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Another Tent Thread
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Contributors to this thread:
Bowfreak 21-Feb-19
cnelk 21-Feb-19
cnelk 21-Feb-19
Bill Obeid 21-Feb-19
Inshart 21-Feb-19
Darrell 21-Feb-19
PO Cedar 21-Feb-19
PO Cedar 21-Feb-19
Sam 21-Feb-19
Beendare 21-Feb-19
Brun 21-Feb-19
Empty Freezer 21-Feb-19
swede 21-Feb-19
standswittaknife 21-Feb-19
IdyllwildArcher 21-Feb-19
Ermine 22-Feb-19
DanaC 22-Feb-19
Muddyboots 22-Feb-19
PECO 22-Feb-19
DConcrete 22-Feb-19
midwest 22-Feb-19
Bowboy 22-Feb-19
Mule Power 23-Feb-19
Bowfreak 23-Feb-19
PO Cedar 23-Feb-19
PO Cedar 23-Feb-19
PO Cedar 23-Feb-19
PO Cedar 23-Feb-19
Mule Power 23-Feb-19
PO Cedar 23-Feb-19
Matt 23-Feb-19
Ambush 23-Feb-19
Bowfreak 23-Feb-19
Brun 23-Feb-19
PECO 23-Feb-19
Mule Power 23-Feb-19
PO Cedar 23-Feb-19
PO Cedar 23-Feb-19
PO Cedar 23-Feb-19
BULELK1 24-Feb-19
BULELK1 24-Feb-19
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Mule Power 24-Feb-19
PO Cedar 24-Feb-19
From: Bowfreak
21-Feb-19
I didn't want to hijack the other thread going as I have a slightly different situation. For my Wyoming hunt I will be camping in a location where I can do most of my hunting right from my basecamp. I may be driving to another location from camp but I should be hunting right from camp and returning every night. I had planned to just sleep in my backpacking tent, which is pretty roomy for 1 person, and have one of those mesh sided tents set up to hang out in if adverse weather rolls in. I will also use this as my eating area. There is a possibility that I would be spiking out into the wilderness with my buddy so I wonder if it would be best to pick up a 4 man tent to set up for basecamp and keep my backpack tent available if I need to pack in? If I were to pack in and actually kill and elk I could pack a quarter out and camp would be set up when I return. Thoughts and opinions are appreciated.

From: cnelk
21-Feb-19

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21-Feb-19

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From: Bill Obeid
21-Feb-19
I have to say ... about 20 years ago I bit the broad head and bought a cabin tent. They make the most comfortable Base camp imaginable. Add a stove and I prefer it over the fanciest Four Seasons Resort.

From: Inshart
21-Feb-19
I purchased a Kodiak tent couple years ago -- far and away the best tent I've ever owned. 10 x 14, on sale less than $500.00. Took it out of the box and had it up in less than 7 minutes by myself. (They say "up in less than 5 minutes) Which I could have done if I had hurried. Follow the directions to "cure" (water proof) it.

The reviews were great.

Used it in CO last year and we had a torrential down poor with 40+ winds - not one drop inside and handled the wind just fine.

Would highly recommend this tent for a base camp.

**EDIT - I just noticed the other thread. Oh well.

From: Darrell
21-Feb-19
I've had two Cabelas Outback Lodge tents. They are roomy and bullet proof. Been in some nasty storms with high winds and even had a large limb fly off a tree in the middle of the night and it held up and kept us dry. Set up is fairly easy and I've done it by myself most years. I called all the stores bargain barns and found one for a great price. They then did a store transfer that cost me nothing and I picked it up locally. However, that was back in the day when Cabelas was still Cabelas and not BassPro/Cabelas. (Don't get me started on that rant!) Anyway, my only complaint about the outback lodge is that it needs a porch which I have always made myself with a tarp. However, I saw the new version has addressed that issue.

From: PO Cedar
21-Feb-19

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I set up a tarp/tentcot combo down at the truck when I came down from my bivy camp up on top. I used it every 7-8 days through the archery season when I needed to replenish food, charge batteries...

From: PO Cedar
21-Feb-19

From: Sam
21-Feb-19

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Best money I ever spent. Of course only feasible if your vehicle stays put, many folks mount them above a trailer for more versatility.
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Best money I ever spent. Of course only feasible if your vehicle stays put, many folks mount them above a trailer for more versatility.

From: Beendare
21-Feb-19
Another big fan of a wall tent with a stove for a base camp.

From: Brun
21-Feb-19
Bowfreak, the idea of a larger tent for base camp and a small backpack tent for bivy hunts is a sound one in my opinion. I have used that kind of set up many times. I own a 6 person Big Agnes, but there are many other good options shown here also. Pick one you like and you'll be good. I must admit however, to being baffled by the tent on top of the truck setup.

21-Feb-19
Another vote for the kodiak with a heater buddy. Better than a hotel.

From: swede
21-Feb-19
I prefer a good wall tent also. A wood stove is great when you can use it. Where I have been hunting it is rare to get to use one in the general archery season due to fire restrictions. The F.S. makes no exceptions for spark arrestors.

21-Feb-19
I'd keep my eye out on craigslist for a smaller canvas wall tent. I happen to agree that this would be so much more useful and comfortable that it would make the trip. Something about sitting next to a fire under a lantern glow that makes hunting camps worth it.

21-Feb-19
Cabellas guide gear tents are bulletproof and will stand up to that DIY Kodiak Island hunt you’ll have to plan now that you have the tent for it

From: Ermine
22-Feb-19
I think it would be a good idea to get a big tent for base camp/truck camping. And a small lightweight one for backpacking.

I use a Kifaru 12 man tipi for base camp. It’s like a wall tent but much lighter and easier to carry and setup.

From: DanaC
22-Feb-19
As has been noted, Craigslist usually lists a bunch of 'used once, I hate camping!' tents for sale at bargain prices. If you're truck camping, no need to go small. I'd opt for 'big enough for cots and a folding table.'

From: Muddyboots
22-Feb-19
Springbar tent for me. Canvas, many sizes available, easy setup, made in the US. I believe Kodiak is a China knockoff of the Springbar. As mentioned above, enough room for a cot and small table equals great comfort which is welcomed on longer hunts.

From: PECO
22-Feb-19
Whatever you get, make sure it has a rainfly that goes all the way to the ground.

From: DConcrete
22-Feb-19
Springbar has plenty of Chinese made tents. Most of them they sell are.

From: midwest
22-Feb-19

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With optional vestibule.
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With optional vestibule.
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10 x 10 is perfect for a solo hunt.
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10 x 10 is perfect for a solo hunt.
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Lots of snow on this hunt.
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Lots of snow on this hunt.
The Kodiak's are awesome, Mark. Go up quick, withstand rain, snow, and wind. Mine has never let me down.

From: Bowboy
22-Feb-19
Agree a good wall tent with a stove is great for a base camp. If the weather is wet you can stay warm and dry.

From: Mule Power
23-Feb-19

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The Wall Tent Shop out of Idaho. Best one of any I’ve used. Best price on angle kits for the frame too. You get 1” emt conduit from Home Depot for that. Free shipping too.

From: Bowfreak
23-Feb-19
The last post sort of jogged my memory. My friend in the area has a few canvas wall tents that his outfitter buddy gave him. He had to pack in quite a ways to get them so he left the frames. Wonder if it would be possible to have him figure out what it would take to get some materials for a frame? He had mentioned it would be no problem to set them up and he could just cut poles. I've never hunted out of one so I don't know if this is plausible or how one sets up?

From: PO Cedar
23-Feb-19

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Canada, 1982..with cut poles...

From: PO Cedar
23-Feb-19

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With military poles...

From: PO Cedar
23-Feb-19

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I have the tent Mike posted on one of my military trailers....

From: PO Cedar
23-Feb-19

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I used the Rooftop tent on my Taco on a flyfishing trip in Utah but heaving the dog up and down got to be a chore...

From: Mule Power
23-Feb-19
Using natural poles (lodgepole) isn’t something you’re going to master the first time. The As on both ends have to lean in toward each other. But a really easy way to do it is use an A for the front door side, put your ridgepole on top, and ratchet the other end of the ridge pole to a standing tree. Solid!

You could also get an angle kit from the wall tent shop and cut the poles from 1 inch conduit easily found at Home Depot.

From: PO Cedar
23-Feb-19

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From: Matt
23-Feb-19
Help me understand the benefit of having a tent mounted on a vehicle or trailer? I see them from time to time and frankly don't understand the "why".

From: Ambush
23-Feb-19
Google Eena TT made by Beckle Canvass out of Oregon. I’ve had the 14’X14’ for several years and use it from northern BC to Wyoming. It’s kind of a square hybrid tipi single pole design. They’re popular with the horse and fly in guides because of weight and compact storage.

We have slept four on cots with a wood stove, but that’s tight. Great two man, late season tent.

From: Bowfreak
23-Feb-19
Mule Power,

My buddy who has the tents knows how to pitch them. He worked for an outfitter (the one that gave him these tents) for years in his spare time. I wouldn't know how to pitch one myself and would just take a 6 or 8 man camping tent.

From: Brun
23-Feb-19
Matt x2....I would also like to hear the reasoning behind having a tent on top of your truck.

From: PECO
23-Feb-19
x3 on the tent on top of truck?

From: Mule Power
23-Feb-19

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Gotcha Bowfreak. Another option is Buckstitch Canvas out of Cody Wyoming. They make spike tents. You can pick walls in 2, 4, or 5 foot height depending on the weight you want to handle. 8x8 or 10x10. The 2 & 4 foot walls use only a center pole. The 5 foot walls also use corner posts.

You can get standard canvas. Or at half the weight they make those in what’s called Li-Tent. I just bought an 8x8 that is only 19 pounds. Backpackable. It’s super strong material but as with many of the lighter materials you may get some condensation. Mine has a stove jack for a woodstove. The woodstove will stay on the mountain. See the link.

From: PO Cedar
23-Feb-19

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Fast setup, 3 mattress, sleeping bag, pillow, already inside...2-3 minute takedown, set up...unzip the protective cover, grab the ladder, pull it down, tent erects, place a few rods in slots for awnings over window..take a pea jug in the tent with you, zzzzzzz....

From: PO Cedar
23-Feb-19

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23-Feb-19

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From: BULELK1
24-Feb-19

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I went with the Roof Top Tent as well but on a 5 x 8 enclosed trlr that does double duty when not being used for a scouting/hunting camp

Good Luck, Robb

From: BULELK1
24-Feb-19

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Inside is the Kitchen & storage area, I use a 1500 generator for the microwave and TV/DVD
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Inside is the Kitchen & storage area, I use a 1500 generator for the microwave and TV/DVD

From: BULELK1
24-Feb-19

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I have been in big wind Thunderstorms and some early heavy snow, I did just fine
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I have been in big wind Thunderstorms and some early heavy snow, I did just fine

From: Mule Power
24-Feb-19
That’s a pretty nice setup Robb. Must be tough to go home.

From: PO Cedar
24-Feb-19

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Some friend's camping with rooftop tents, awnings here by the house at LBL..

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