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Do the screens on the sides zip up? I see with the rainfly up, the screens are exposed, do they zip up for privacy? Aug 14, 2012
Elite has windows that zip open and shut, roof inside has a place for hanging light, port for electricity and ?? I forgot. next time I buy this model, I will splurge on the Elite version.
Since the main gripe has to do with weatherproofing on this tent...is there a way to prep the rain fly to keep it dry inside? May 31, 2013
Out of the bag, this tent is fairly decent with rain. We've owned the previous incarnation of this tent (16x10) since jan. 09, camp 3 to 4 times a year, and have had very little(if any) issue with leaks. I WILL say that the first time out, we sealed the interior seams of the rainfly and tent body. Later, we learned to periodically reseal the interior tent/rainfly seams and apply a spray silicone to the exposed portions of the tent body as well as the rainfly. Once you set up camp, assuming its not raining, these steps are pretty easy to knock out. It's a great tent, but even great tents require some maintenance. Enjoy!
does it come with stakes Nov 30, 2013
Hi! It does. It was great! It comes with a little mat for the front, the rain cover, stakes and rope attached to the tent which came in handy just recently when I used it by the beach and it was windy. We were able to use the ropes to tie around a tree for extra hold. There are plenty of stakes, but you will have to supply your own mallet and you may want to buy bigger and sturdier stakes, but I haven't. So far, the stakes have worked well for me. Hope that helps. =)
We have a queen air mattress...and it is the double high mattress and we still fit it through the door inflated. Done so for 3 years of camping.
How good is the ventilation? Seems like 2 small windows on the ends wouldn't give enough cross ventilation during hot summer camping. True or not? Apr 7, 2013
When our granddaughters camped in this tent last month (March 2013), temperatures were in the mid-80's during the day and near freezing at night; so I have no experience camping in this tent in the summer heat. However, there is more ventilation than is visible in marketing photos. A large portion of the roof at the far left and right ends of the tent (as viewed from the entry door) are screen material, and this is not obvious with the rain fly installed. This allows air to flow through the top of the tent, while preventing rain from entering. In fact, the rain fly must be installed, if you wish to have any privacy from nearby campers.
Actually, we were really amazed! Stayed as dry as a bone. I guess it was because of the over-tent, or whatever it is called, is situated in such a way it worked AND we were able to enter the tent an still keep it dry inside.
If i was going to lay a tarp down first before setting the tent up(so nothing pokes through bottom), how big of a tarp would i need? Jul 9, 2013
The footprint of this model is 16 x 7 feet