I second that...I have a Eureka Timberlinetent that I bought in the mid 70's and I've used it alot! I have never had anything happen to it and it is as tight a tent as the day I bought it...mine is a two man tent but the 4 man and 2 man arethe same, one's just bigger. I Also have a Mountain Hardwear Muir trail 4 season tent that I use when I winter hike andcamp but the Eureka can't be beat for simplicity and ruggedness. Infact the 2 man tent is $99 at Campmor, the same price I paid for it in 1976...I don't know how they do it.On a cross-country tour last summer to meet my brother in Illinois, we got caught in a summer thunderstorm just across the Mississippi somewhere in Wisconsin......
Man, talk about a deluge, it beat anything I've ever seen, including the Monsoon in Vietnam. The rain was pounding down and beating up from the pavement in sheets, making motorcycling not only unsafe, but unthinkable.
In a momentary lull, the rain let up just enough for us to see the KOA sign along the freeway. I turned off hoping that the Kampground might have a cabin...... they did, but they were all rented.
In a flash, we erected our 4-Person Eureka Timberline, threw some gear inside, and dashed for the Kampground Office, where we drank some coffee and watched the storm resume in all it's mind-boggling glory through the office windows......
"Is our stuff gonna get wet, " asked my unflappable mate, the Mighty Red.
"No doubt about it," I told her. "Look at the lakes forming out there!"
I wasn't particularly worried, figuring we could dry out our sleeping bags in the laundry driers.
When it finally did stop raining for a bit, we removed our boots and sloshed our way to our tent. I unzipped the door and peered inside. Unbelievable. Not a speck of moisture, not a drop of water anywhere! We ate some emergency food and snuggled up that night in our warm, dry sleeping bags listening to the rain drum down on our $150 tent. In the morning, we awoke to sunny skies and a campground steaming under the rays....... In retrospect, it was a great night!
Eureka Timberline 4-Person, $150, Campmor..............unbeatable value!
Do you mean like this, Winger? Or do you mean with the bags open so you can see the packing? I could do that, but the bike's still under its winter cover........remind me in a month!I'm so glad I caught this thread before buying. I've been looking to take a trip out west (Colorado) hopefully this summer. I truely value all the suggestions on this great forum. Testimonials on products here, IMO, are completely "honest". Not just hand picked by the company/seller, just to tell you what they want you to hear.
Cousin Jack, I see from other threads you do a lot of travel on the bike. It would be interesting to seesome pics of your bike when it is all packed with your gear.
Anyone else for that matter, that might have pics. I don't have a trailer and really don'thave a need for one.
My first wife did that a lot...... stared at me blankly!I very gently mentioned this tent/camping thread to my wife . . . she just looked back at me blankly without saying a word. Oh well, at least she is now interested in riding with me.
Jack, What do you do with a half of a shotgun?