Small tents!

Ideas, advice, tips, and tricks regarding shelter, shade, tents, and camping. Yes, this includes RV's too.
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Small tents!

Post by somekind » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:32 pm

Small tents are great for the light traveller. You can leave your gear in it during the day to weigh it down, and at night if you have to sleep just put your bags outside while you sleep.

Here's a remarkably small tent available at Wal-Mart for 15$. That's really cheap. It's only 6' long, so a tall person would have to sleep diagonal.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product. ... 3807839918

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Another advantage of a small tent is that it's less likely to blow away in a dust storm (if weighed down).


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Post by Dork » Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:04 pm

It has been moved!

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Walmart seems kinda.. evil

Post by Stray » Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:18 pm

I don't know really, its all hear-say, never been in, I just suggest higher standards. I got my tent at a mountaineering store, because last year my tent was destroyed and eventually stolen... Which didn't matter because the zipper ripped off.

The new one is desert ready and easy to put up...
I can't recall anything.
But I can call again and again until they pick up.

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Post by phil » Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:19 pm

I've seen a small two-person tent being blown through camps like tumbling tubmleweed. I don't know what it was weighted down with, though.

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Post by Dato » Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:37 pm

Besides, you really don't want to leave your bags out overnight, in the dust. And, if that's not enough, that thing would be unberably hot before 8am. :)

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Post by MrMullen » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:19 pm

Small camp setups suck. I have done 2 years of a small camp setup and I ain't never going back. It's nice to have personal space, shade and a place where you can stretch out at night.

A couple of years ago, I got a queen size blow up mattress and it was awesome. It popped it this year and I swear, I will never sleep on the ground ever again. I have replaced it with a new queen size that have a nice foam on top and can't wait to use it. Plus, I also got a new 6-7 person tent, which I have to admit, is a scale down from my 9 person tent.

Also new this year for me is shade! I have been studying the Monkey Hut designs and plan to bring one this year and keep cool for once.
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Post by Bob » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:31 pm

Help! The cover blew off my tent!

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Post by AntiM » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:47 am

I have a small tent, but I have larger shade above it. The best of both worlds for me.

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Post by BitterDan » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:00 am

If you are the only person then that little tent could work out fine. You'd definitely want some shelter for it though. The only downside of it is that usually people store all of their gear inside their tents which is not an option here. Additionally, I personally like to have room to stand up in my tent at BM (regular camping not so much). Larger tents aren't much more money and I think last year mine cost $130 for a 10-man tent. Regarding weighing down your tent, just keep all of your water in there with you and it won't blow away.
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Post by mdmf007 » Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:24 pm

I like the little tents from walmart. I sleep diagonally in it and theres still room for most of my stuff camping, BM though id need another tent for all the goodies.

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Post by Ugly Dougly » Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:55 pm

They tend to get pretty damn hot during the day. Best thing is a sturdy dining-fly-type structure. The breeze blows through and cools you off, while you stay mostly in shade.

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Post by CapSmashy » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:06 am

I wish I could camp small. :(

I could pack up the little TDI Beetle and tool along at a delightful 45mpg.

Of course... with a roof rack and a little aerodynamic trailer...

Hmmm....

Might knock me down to 30 to 35mpg, but would still be a damn site better than the 10mpg I am hoping to get in the truck this year with the camper and trailer.

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Post by BAS » Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:00 pm

I guess what I had (still have, packed somewhere) was a medium sized tent. I don't recall if I got it at a K-Mart or ShopKo, but it was relatively inexpensive. I had a huge cooler filled with water and ice and a cot in it, plus I bought foot long aluminum stakes, and had it partially sheltered by my car, so it didn't blow away. (The zipper, however, did come open during a dust storm... or maybe I left it open?) I'd like to try something else if I ever get to go again, maybe a converted school bus (converted both to being a motor home and to run using waste vegetable oil, given the way fuel prices are headed!) Setting up a tent under the desert sun is not so pleasant if you come from the northern states, like I do! Plus, an old futon or mattress of some sort would probably be nicer than the cot was. (Although, considering the ground out there, a cot is a definite improvement over a sleeping bag spread out on the playa!)

Of course, it is all largely a matter of preference. A guy was camped near me in a tent about half the size of mine, and he seemed perfectly happy, as did the people in the r.v. (who I hardly ever saw, come to think of it. I don't know if they just didn't spend any time in their camp, or if they were up to something in that r.v. of theirs... :wink: )
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Post by phil » Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:08 pm

> I had a huge cooler filled with water and ice and a cot in it

That _was_ a huge cooler! Must be great for naps during the day, though.

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Post by CapSmashy » Sat Apr 05, 2008 2:29 pm

Would be like a nice air conditioned coffin.

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Post by BAS » Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:37 am

phil wrote:> I had a huge cooler filled with water and ice and a cot in it

That _was_ a huge cooler! Must be great for naps during the day, though.
No, the cot was pretty small. I really need to get a human sized one...
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Post by Scout13 » Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:02 pm

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The Nap Pak

Post by phil » Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:42 am

Who needs a tent!

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Just power nap your way through the week.


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Post by CLARKcon » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:59 pm

3 person has seemed to work great jn years past, and with the addition of rebar to the corners, the worry of it blowing away is nil. My buddy brought a 10 person, 3 room family tent (which is funny cause' he's only like 5'2" :) A storage tent/guest tent ain't a bad idea. The other thing about size is the mass vs. wind. The larger tent's are like bowing parasol's when the wind hits them. More parts, more joints, more ways for something to break...
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