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What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« on: November 30, 2017, 07:54:57 AM »
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XXCKTZ6/ref=twister_B01N2BAJSP?_encoding=UTF8&th=1          I am thinking of buying one for back country camp.  Expeditions with the utv to get deep then a tarp on ground and set camp?  Seems clever and plenty functional to me?  Any pros or cons??
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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2017, 07:57:44 AM »
The strength of those things sucks. I had one in my backyard, sort of forgot about it, roof sagged with rain and eventually collapsed. Had legs pointing every which way...just trashed it.
I'd think you can buy a decent tent for almost the same money and definitely lighter weight.

Unrelated, but where are you going to be able to get deep on a UTV? Out of state?
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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2017, 08:00:02 AM »
First wind gust.   :tdown:

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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2017, 08:09:45 AM »
Yes, planning on Id next year.  Are ya guys talking about this one or others like Ozark and Harbor freight?  I know they are much cheaper weaker.  This one is commercial, cordura, hex strong legs, staked down etc.  But I dunno if its really that good or not.?  Weight isn't a concern.  Thinking a spike camp type use.  I hate tents and a canvas wall is so expensive.  I have a great older Salmon River tent but its huge, 20"x16'.  Tents just suck though. Might be a poor idea?
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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2017, 08:14:33 AM »
Why do you think tents suck?

I'd buy this.
http://www.kodiakcanvas.com/10-x-10-ft-flex-bow-canvas-tent-deluxe/
Granted, it's twice as much money, but I think the benefits in a situation like yours would far outweigh the cost.
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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2017, 08:16:34 AM »
Iím just thinking of all the ones I see at all the soccer games.   I mean Iím sure itís a shelter.  Heck half the time Iím sleeping under a tree, so its better than that right?  Iím just thinking if you want to compare it to a good tent say for late season, not good.  Compared to a tarp in October or a tree in Sept.  sure

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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2017, 08:17:02 AM »
No door, no ventilation.
I'd be concerned with condensation.
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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2017, 08:19:46 AM »
Other than the fact that they will not withstand wind, or snow... 

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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2017, 08:43:06 AM »
I think your biggest challenge is shape of the roof on that thing.  Snow load would be a problem.   

For winds, there are plenty of ways to stake that down both at the legs and at the top corners with tie-outs.  I have just a pop up canopy of similar design but without the zip sides, and properly staked mine survived quite a few storms on some trips.   I never tested heavy snow load on it though, not sure it would survive. 

Personally, I'd just get a four season tent.  That link jackelope included for the Kodiak is pretty cool.   



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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2017, 08:44:37 AM »
We used one in 2016 for a cook shack, it didnít have sides that came with it, we just put tarps on three sides, used a propane heater to heat it. It worked good to be out of the weather, like two feet of snow, we added two 10í sections of pvc pipe to the roof supports on all four roof sections but we still had to knock the snow off to keep it from collapsing. Wind wasnít a factor as it was partially protected by the wall tent and lay of the land.

I think early September/ October seasons no problem.  :twocents:
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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2017, 08:47:46 AM »
We used one in 2016 for a cook shack, it didnít have sides that came with it, we just put tarps on three sides, used a propane heater to heat it. It worked good to be out of the weather, like two feet of snow, we added two 10í sections of pvc pipe to the roof supports on all four roof sections but we still had to knock the snow off to keep it from collapsing. Wind wasnít a factor as it was partially protected by the wall tent and lay of the land.

I think early September/ October seasons no problem.  :twocents:

But we have since went to a wall tent with a Costco garage frame cut to fit it.  :tup:
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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2017, 08:52:26 AM »
Doesn't matter the brand, that design is not great at withstanding wind.  You would need to camp down in the bottom to avoid wind gusts.  The Kodiak is a good option, but it will take up some space in your UTV.  Probably not much more than that quick shelter though.  You could also look for a smaller wall tent, 10x10 or so and use that.  There are good deals to be had on those things if you look on Craigslist from time to time.

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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2017, 09:45:32 AM »
I use one of the sports canopies for my Truck camping. I set it up over the back of my truck that has canopy on the bed. ( I sleep in the truck bed).  A make shift campsite I can set up/take down in 5-10 min w/ a propane stove and small collapsible table and chairs. Perfect for me solo camping where I can drive to. I'm usually in a forested area and have never had a wind problem. The legs are flimsy and putting up and down solo creates some extra strain on them but I have mastered that  ;).
On the other hand I have used the same canopy at soccer games and set up on an open field, they catch every breeze and will blow over super easy even if staked. Legs get bent then your are screwed and you can't collapse them back into place.
That price looks high to me for what you get.  :dunno:

They will handle a small amt of snow, but not much

I have also wrapped the sides with tarps and with a propane heater is quite cozy.
I like this set up with the truck better than sleeping on the ground in a tent.

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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2017, 09:54:40 AM »
I use one of the sports canopies for my Truck camping. I set it up over the back of my truck that has canopy on the bed. ( I sleep in the truck bed).  A make shift campsite I can set up/take down in 5-10 min w/ a propane stove and small collapsible table and chairs. Perfect for me solo camping where I can drive to. I'm usually in a forested area and have never had a wind problem. The legs are flimsy and putting up and down solo creates some extra strain on them but I have mastered that  ;).
On the other hand I have used the same canopy at soccer games and set up on an open field, they catch every breeze and will blow over super easy even if staked. Legs get bent then your are screwed and you can't collapse them back into place.
That price looks high to me for what you get.  :dunno:

They will handle a small amt of snow, but not much

I have also wrapped the sides with tarps and with a propane heater is quite cozy.
I like this set up with the truck better than sleeping on the ground in a tent.
I have done this  same setup alot and use a tarp around the back of the truck/canopy to enclose it and it is very comfy sleeping in the canopy and having the ezup all setup with propane heater, propane cook stove, water jugg, chairs , lantern etc.
I do use an ezup brand shelter which is well built and sturdy, does need to be staked down so it wont fly in winds and i also have sides for it that fit all around and zip up tight.  :tup:
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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2017, 09:58:09 AM »
Ya, What everybody else said.
If it snows you are in a pile. Wind and you are in a pile.
We have a canvas tent and it's well worth the money.
I also use a truck tent for certain situations.
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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2017, 10:14:16 AM »
If your looking for cheap and light you can make a hell of a shelter with a 12x14 tarp and a couple of 12x12s for the ends and 100' of rope
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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2017, 11:48:04 AM »
I switched from an EZ-up style tent to one of these:  http://www.gazelletents.com/gazelle-6-sided-portable-gazebo

They are lighter, faster, and a little better in bad whether.  Also good bug protections.  Still has the problems everyone else mentioned, but to a lesser degree.

Not right for every situation, but mine gets a lot of use.

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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2017, 12:02:46 PM »
So when you say back country camp you don't intend to pack this in very far do you? Or are you meaning car camping?

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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2017, 12:47:29 PM »
I switched from an EZ-up style tent to one of these:  http://www.gazelletents.com/gazelle-6-sided-portable-gazebo

They are lighter, faster, and a little better in bad whether.  Also good bug protections.  Still has the problems everyone else mentioned, but to a lesser degree.

Not right for every situation, but mine gets a lot of use.

This looks great.  I've done the shelter over the back of the truck as well and it has worked.

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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2017, 01:03:50 PM »
So when you say back country camp you don't intend to pack this in very far do you? Or are you meaning car camping?

He's riding it in on a UTV.
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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2017, 03:24:22 PM »
The one I linked is a commercial vendor type.  SUPPOSED to be heavy duty cordura, zippered waterproof seems and sturdy hex shaped legs.  I was hoping someone has one to verify.  It does have a window with bug screen and a door.  Sew in a stove flap and wallaalla!  Kodiak is great but costs more.  Weights and size are comparable.  This would be for Sept type hunts NOT winter snow storms!  If that was the case I would do a shed tarp above it.  Good advice guys, thanks.  It was just a spur of moment idea I get al the time.  I like to be creative and cheap DIY inspires me! :chuckle:  Example today I bought a 13hp Predator engine for my 4000psi pressure washer I built.  Wow it really gets after it now!  $299 with elect start!
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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2017, 03:35:35 PM »
I have used a 12 x 12 Sunshade popup with a bug screen as a cook shack for over 10 years. It has worked great!
You need to be conscious of wind, I have never had an issue. I just pick good camp spots, LOL
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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2017, 03:40:15 PM »
Looks just like what Costco sells.  Looking at the pictures on the website, it seems like if you buy two of them they provide a bunch of girls to help you set it up.   :tup:

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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2017, 03:53:22 PM »
You might want to talk to @ghosthunter about using a portable carport as a tent. He uses one. I believe it's more used as a cook shack, but might be something you'd want to consider.

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Re: What does ya think about this instead of a tent???
« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2017, 05:10:43 PM »
You might want to talk to @ghosthunter about using a portable carport as a tent. He uses one. I believe it's more used as a cook shack, but might be something you'd want to consider.

Yeah we have used a Costco canopy for about 15 years as a cook shack. One of the old ones. We can move the ends in when there only couple guys or full set up for 12.
We cut a stove jack in it and run a three dog stove.
Couple time we have slept in it. We cut 6 inches off the legs to get a better ground seal.
They will fly so you gota stake them down . We were in 50 mile gusts elk hunting a few years ago and did fine.

To the op ,if you want something like you posted. They make one you can add rooms too. You can add up to three separate rooms around the center. You the center to cook in. My buddy showed up in elk camp with it and it held up fine in some wind. I think he got it at  Walmart, Costco ummm I will ask.

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