Tent for Grand Canyon

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Tent for Grand Canyon

Postby Jeff B » Thu Jun 08, 2006 5:51 pm

Looking for a tent for my wife and 6 year old for the grand canyon trip coming up. We are not serious campers. Here are my choices.

Eddie Bauer Sport Dome
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005 ... &n=3375251

Columbia - McKenzie (last year's model)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BT ... &n=3375251

Columbia - Ice Box (this year's model)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007I ... &n=3375251
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Postby Rod » Thu Jun 08, 2006 6:11 pm

Of the three options listed, I'd go with the third. The EB is out because it's, well, an EB and I doubt he ever camped a day in his life.

Of the two by Columbia, the last is larger. 9x8 is a whole lot bigger than 7.5x7.5, especially when it comes to having room at your head, feet and sides to stow stuff.
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Postby Jeff B » Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:48 pm

Correction on typo... I meant \"for my wife and 6 year old daughter and I...\"

Also, would you reccomend three twin size mats or a queen and a twin?

Rod: what is the ground situation at the Grand Canyon camp ground... are we puting the tents on sand, dirt, asphalt, gravel?
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Postby PhilD » Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:50 pm

I was looking at the Columbia First Up tents the other week and liked the quick setup and take down.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007I ... &n=3375251
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Postby Rod » Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:17 pm

[quote=\"Jeff B\"]Rod: what is the ground situation at the Grand Canyon camp ground... are we puting the tents on sand, dirt, asphalt, gravel?[/quote]

Been awhile since we were last there but I'm certain it's not asphalt or gravel. Dirt/sand combo perhaps and possibly even some grass.
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Postby Rich » Thu Jun 08, 2006 9:13 pm

I know a little about camping ;)

All of those tents are fine if you are by yourself, but with your family your going to regret not buying something bigger. At least 4 person.

3 person tents literally fit 3 very snug sleeping. No room for gear and usually you can't stand in them. Usually when you go to 4 man you can stand and change clothes etc. You'll have a much easier time convincing the wife to go again if she's comfy.

Heres a few close to your price range. Kelty makes good stuff for the price and it should be fine if you don't expect bad weather.

http://www.rei.com/category/4500537.htm ... *4_5person
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Postby Jeff B » Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:31 pm

Okay... here's the 4 person one with 6.1\" height. I will always use the tent for H2 trips so the gear will not go into the tent.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007I ... &n=3375251
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Postby Rich » Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:57 pm

perfect
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Postby Jeff B » Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:50 pm

Thanks everyone for the advice on the tent situation.

I went to REI today and got a killer deal at their used gear sale. I got a $300 "Base Camp 4" tent for $125 and three sleeping pads for $21 to $35 each - normally $90 to $150 each. I also got a tent footprint, three inflatable pillows and tent patch kit. The total bill was $294 plus tax. That's less than the tent would have been alone!

Base Camp 4 Tent
http://www.rei.com/product/47612028.htm

Therm-A-Rest LuxuryCamp Sleeping Pad
http://www.rei.com/online/store/Product ... REI_SEARCH
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Postby Rod » Sun Jun 11, 2006 11:55 pm

I like the new tent ... it matches my truck! 8)
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