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Wise Old Owl
01-31-2010, 10:51
Ok I admit I am clueless about this popular design of "off the ground" tents... Why would you own one and what do you like about it?


http://images.cabelas.com/is/image/cabelas/s7_519814_imageset_01?$main-Large$

GeneralLee10
01-31-2010, 10:59
Don't they have other designs too? I remember seeing them in the mag I got in the mail. I thought they were kinda neat but don't think I would want one.

Rocket Jones
01-31-2010, 11:12
Bug protection and view without having to sleep on the hard ground. Or, as I think of it, all the chills of hammock hanging without any of the comfort.

Wise Old Owl
01-31-2010, 11:14
http://images.cabelas.com/is/image/cabelas/s7_516987_imageset_02?$main-Medium$

Here is the other design.... My guess is back of burro, or car camping?

GeneralLee10
01-31-2010, 11:18
That is the one I was talking about.

white_russian
01-31-2010, 11:25
That looks pretty sweet for car camping.

SGT Rock
01-31-2010, 11:25
Would have been nice to have in 2003 over in Iraq.

Dogwood
01-31-2010, 11:46
The hiking world has lots of poorly designed and constructed ridiculous over the top "stuff"(shart) I just don't get. When this happens it's probably, at least in part, because I'm only looking at from my own perspective - what's right for me, what I'm accustomed to.

I guess this piece of gear appeals to someone who doesn't want to sleep on the ground. Perhaps, because of back/health problems or the stress/inability of getting up/down from/to the ground, the ground is very wet and/or it comes alive w/ creepy crawlies. Maybe some of those crawlies are extremely dangerous. Could also be used for flying bug protection and making some feel more secure, mostly psychologically, by having that nylon and mesh between themselves and the UNKNOWN natural world with all its perceived dangers.

Obviously, this is probably not a thru-hiker piece of gear because I doubt anyone would haul this on their back for very long. Seems like it might sell to the hunting/fishing crowd, folks packing in their gear(if someone or something else was hauling it), or by campers not venturing too far from the automobile.

I'm sure their are some, like survivalists, minimalists, native American Indians, and probably many other nationalities/cultures/civilizations for example, that look at how I travel through the woods and sleep in it with bewilderment.

Americans will buy just about anything. And, much of the world knows it. That's one reason so many are willing to lock themselves inside storage containers for 3 wks, cross blazing hot deserts, wade rivers, cross the open oceans on homemade rafts and in small rowboat, risk incarceration and deportation, and sell themselves in to what amounts as indentured servitude - financial opportunity in wealthy spoiled spend happy wasteful mass consuming America.

Wise Old Owl
01-31-2010, 12:52
Well the second picture says it all, you would not be able to sit up in a rain storm, or use a pea nagelene.

I am sure these these things sell as the manufacture is banging these out over the last few years.

10-K
01-31-2010, 13:22
http://images.cabelas.com/is/image/cabelas/s7_516987_imageset_02?$main-Medium$

Here is the other design.... My guess is back of burro, or car camping?

Does it come with a little wagon so you can pull it behind you as you walk up the trail?

JustaTouron
01-31-2010, 13:37
Not everyone who ventures outdoors does so with the intent of hiking 2000 miles.

Obvious the weight precludes using it for backpacking, but there are more car campers than backpackers and even more RVers who sleep outdoors when it isn't raining but inside when it is, then car campers.

Gets you off the ground, and looks a lot easier to set up than a hammock and it doesn't require trees.

Tinker
01-31-2010, 17:15
Good for the back yard. That's about it. I read some reviews on it a few years ago, not very favorable.

lustreking
02-01-2010, 12:43
Not everyone who ventures outdoors does so with the intent of hiking 2000 miles.

Obvious the weight precludes using it for backpacking, but there are more car campers than backpackers and even more RVers who sleep outdoors when it isn't raining but inside when it is, then car campers.

Gets you off the ground, and looks a lot easier to set up than a hammock and it doesn't require trees.

For car camping, I'd want a tent that I could stand up and move around in, though.

JustaTouron
02-01-2010, 12:54
For car camping, I'd want a tent that I could stand up and move around in, though.

That means a large tent with a good size footprint and one that likely takes quite a while to set up.

I am not exactly rushing out and buying one these either.....

but I know several families that RV and nice nights kids sleep outside, bad weather they sleep inside and the parents always sleep inside.

These could be ideal for them. Each kid gets his/her very own tent (if you have kids you know that is 1000 times better than sharing) and very quick and easy to set up with minimal space (the RV will take up a huge chunk of the campsite often leaving no room for a large tent)

These are obviously not for everyone, in particular AT thru hikers, but then again nor are dutch ovens.

white_russian
02-01-2010, 17:08
For car camping, I'd want a tent that I could stand up and move around in, though.
That is why you put the big blue tarp over it and everything else and stand up outside. I really don't see these or any other car camping gear as being watertight without a big blue tarp anyway.

Franco
02-01-2010, 17:13
Here is a link to an Aussie manufacturers explaining the "benefits" of what they call a cot tent.
http://www.tentcot.com/1.htm (http://www.tentcot.com/1.htm)

Keep in mind that many don't go camping here because they are afraid of snakes and the myriad of other crawling animals that we have.
Franco

dmax
02-01-2010, 17:22
I like it. I might have to get one for carcamping. Standing up doesn't bother me. My carcamping tent and my backpacking tent are too small to stand up in anyway. So this might be just what I've been looking for. And thats a great idea to have one for the RV! If I get one, thats where I'll keep it. It will fit nice under the queen size bed that lifts up.

ShelterLeopard
02-01-2010, 17:26
http://images.cabelas.com/is/image/cabelas/s7_516987_imageset_02?$main-Medium$

Here is the other design.... My guess is back of burro, or car camping?

Hey, I dunno- those look kind of cool. I imagine that it'd be annoying if it rained and the cot started sinking halfway into the mud and got stuck, but it's a neat idea. Looks like a car camper thing.

ShelterLeopard
02-01-2010, 17:28
Come to think of it, that looks really cool.

Wise Old Owl
02-01-2010, 21:06
Here is a link to an Aussie manufacturers explaining the "benefits" of what they call a cot tent.
http://www.tentcot.com/1.htm (http://www.tentcot.com/1.htm)

Keep in mind that many don't go camping here because they are afraid of snakes and the myriad of other crawling animals that we have.
Franco


Franco, correct me if I am wrong the manufacture is in Nevada and the contact salesperson is an Aussie,

The pictures of the cot on top of the military vehicals is enough... your post was very informative....

Franco
02-01-2010, 22:08
Wise Old Owl
That one is indeed the brand made in Nevada, in fact we make very little here..
There are others that occasionally I see around (in the military disposal type shops)
like this is one
http://www.camping-r-us.com.au/Items/5848?sck=3000853&caSKU=5848&caTitle=Kookaburra%20Tent%20Cot (http://www.camping-r-us.com.au/Items/5848?sck=3000853&caSKU=5848&caTitle=Kookaburra%20Tent%20Cot)
often products here have Australian logos on them(map/roos) but usually are made in China.
A kid made one a year or two ago for the local "inventors" show. I see if I can find it.
Franco

Wise Old Owl
02-01-2010, 22:16
That OK don't go out of your way, I am not going to buy one.... I was trying to understand why this type of tent is useful. I am still convinced for this Eastern Seaboard camper that the HH is the way to go. I was thinking that some Californian or western folk was snapping this up.

Franco
02-01-2010, 22:29
Not for me either but....
This is the one
The Anywhere Tent, by Gary Lewtschenko. It comes with an awning and can be set up on an uneaven or swampy ground.
Similar to the US versions but with adjustable legs.
(never seen one in the flesh...)

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/txt/s1186353.htm (http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/txt/s1186353.htm)

Franco
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e389/Francophoto/odds/case_tent_lrg.jpg

dmax
02-01-2010, 22:33
Some of the earlier posts made me think of Ca...When I was a kid in the 70's I lived in Ca. My dad had a motorhome and we used it all the time. We lived close to Anza Borego and used to go there quite a bit. My dad would drive in as far as he could and we would set up camp. On more than one occasion my dad would have me and my brother sleep outside on a couple of cots. The sleeping under the stars was a memory I will never forget! That and the coyotes coming close everynight.

Dogwood
02-01-2010, 23:28
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