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    i need it to pack up in a very small bag due to ill be getting to camp site on my honda pcx 150 scotter .i am short so long as its like 6 feet wide on one side im happy. i can store my gear ina garbage bag outside tent. id like to spend under 70 bucks
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    Do you want a true "tent"? What about getting just a camping tarp and rigging it up with cord between trees? It would keep the rain and wind off you if the weather isn't going to be too bad and will roll down to nothing.

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    Forget the tent. Get a hammock & tarp. I did several years ago and for the life of me, can't figure out why I thought it was a good idea to sleep on the ground! LOL

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    Some general tent advice.

    1. Aluminum poles are better than fiberglass.

    2. Must have full rain fly.

    3. Cut occupancy rating in 1/2. A 4 person tent often sleeps 2.

    4. Use a ground cloth but don't let it extend beyond the rain fly.

    I am not sure what model tent is best for you as often sleep in a hammock. If yea find something post up a link and we will look it over.
    The TK20. Yes it still rocks.

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    ty everyone i found a ozark trail 3 person tent it fits great under my scooter seat and i can still fit a latern under the seat with tent
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    Quote Originally Posted by raggie33 View Post
    ty everyone i found a ozark trail 3 person tent it fits great under my scooter seat and i can still fit a latern under the seat with tent
    If it doesn't have a full rain fly put a tarp over it. On some of those tents the floors are waterproof but side walls aren't. If the fly doesn't cover the entire canopy it becomes a swimming pool.
    The TK20. Yes it still rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raggie33 View Post
    Probably one of the worst tents going. Here is a similar one my uncle from florida used. I warned him but he didn't listen. Took it on the AT around high point. Ended badly.






    I would say about 4 inches of water in spots after a hard night. As the floor is 100% waterproof and walls not in the least it was going to happen sooner or later. The rain fly doesn't cover the side walls so why do they even bother?



    About 4 am he crawled under my group hangout tarp.



    Fire under tarp in crazy rain.



    Cool White cedar swamp.



    Put a big tarp over that tent or you will get soaked beyond soaked IMHO.
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    well this sucks lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by raggie33 View Post
    well this sucks lol
    Bummer on that but a cheap poly tarp over the top would probably save you. Unless there are no-see-ums which could fly right though the bug netting. Odds are they screwed that pooch as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raggie33 View Post
    ty everyone i found a ozark trail 3 person tent it fits great under my scooter seat and i can still fit a latern under the seat with tent
    Is there room for your multiple cooking systems you need to take a pic of your scooter loaded up for the road trip!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offgridled View Post
    Is there room for your multiple cooking systems you need to take a pic of your scooter loaded up for the road trip!!
    lol
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    Here is a tent I use...
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    looks like a good
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    Quote Originally Posted by raggie33 View Post
    looks like a good
    Yes it really is a good tent . I also have the Big Agnes big house 4 with vestibule. This is another picture off the web. I bought both the tents at one of REI's parking lot sale and got them for less than half price. Couldn't pass them up.

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    This is without vestibule hooked up. Plenty of room in this one. A car camping tent

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    My best advice, don't go cheap. Good tents have aluminum poles, not fiberglass. They also have full coverage rainflies and real no-seeum mosquito netting. If it has fiberglass poles, don't trust it in cold weather (fiberglass becomes brittle and stiff and cracks), in winds over 30 mph, on terrain that isn't flat, or under any snowload. Full coverage rainflies are required because in rainstorms, rain doesn't fall straight down when it gets windy. If you touch the sagging nylon sidewalls of a cheap tent in the rain, it starts leaking, which is also why you want two layers of fabric between you and the elements. Cheap tents go cheap on mosquito netting so you are going to get eaten alive by bugs and will end up not using the cheap tent much because of this. If you don't need protection from bugs and only camp out on sunny, windless days, go ahead and buy the cheap tent, but then again, if that's the case, just sleep outside. You don't really need the tent. The tent I've been using lately is a North Face Stormbreak 2 tent which is $160. It has aluminum poles, a full coverage rainfly, real no-seeum mosquito netting, guylines on the fly (strengthens the tent in high winds), and multiple pole crossings (strengthens the tent in wind and under some snowload). Also has decent ventilation so it doesn't rain condensation from my breath every morning (this is a problem you will definitely have if you wrap a cheap tent with a tarp). A $3 6 x 8 foot tarp from Walmart makes a decent footprint for the tent. Hammock camping would work for your price range. Walmart has a decent hammock with mosquito netting for around $40. A cheap tarp will cost about $10-$15 at most. With a hammock, the trees are your poles so it won't fall apart and blow away. It is off the ground and under a tarp, so you stay pretty dry even in a flood. It would have good ventilation so no condensation problems. So, to summarize, go the hammock route or get a real tent, not a cheapo.

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    The French 2 man tents pack up into a relatively small bag thats the size of a rolled up bed mat. They are also under $100 new and closer to $50 used.
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    Dome tents


    Dome tents are available in a huge range of sizes and structural configurations – so choose the size to suit the number of family or friends you need to accommodate, and boot space. If you have a family of 4 then you may need a multi room tent but if it is for 1 person you can go with a smaller option
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    Saved the TP!
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    Get a hilleberg it will last your life unlike other stuff you'll inevitably need to replace. A Kifaru super tarp is a great option as well

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    Whose got money for a hilleberg. But i agree not to cheap out on a tent as you will be buying more more often.

    There are tents similar to the hilleberg made in Colorado but cost just as much. Extremely quick to set up and extremely storm proof.

    Tarptent out of Cali make really good tents as well, and pack really small. Much more affordable.

    MSR, REI, Amoung others make good tents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INFRNL View Post
    Whose got money for a hilleberg. But i agree not to cheap out on a tent as you will be buying more more often.

    There are tents similar to the hilleberg made in Colorado but cost just as much. Extremely quick to set up and extremely storm proof.

    Tarptent out of Cali make really good tents as well, and pack really small. Much more affordable.

    MSR, REI, Amoung others make good tents.
    I agree with this one. Safety and practicality first dude.

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