I said I would follow up on some of the recent tent failures. I sure hope some of these manufacturers are paying attention.
ColemanOzark Trails tent…
This tent could not withstand the 30 mph winds. First thing that failed was the door zipper. The owner used safety pins to shut it. Then, in the middle of the night when the winds picked up again, the owner went to sleep in his car and this is what he found in the morning. Two busted poles and the entire rain fly had ripped in half horizontally right across one of the windows.
Luckily no one was hurt although many of his belongings were damaged.
Then to the brand we originally thought was better…
The Bushnell tent…
A pole snapped and his rain fly shredded into little strips. (You can’t see the damage to the rainfly in this photo, its on the back side). We all know that poles can break. This tent was only two months old though and it had only been set up on this site…so it had not been taken down and put back up repeatedly. It should have held up better. When he inquired into getting a replacement rainfly, the cost was $45.oo which is half the price of the tent originally. He opted to go for a different model of the Bushnell series. We wish him well.
The model he upgraded too was the same one we had. During the same time period, our main door zipper failed. To be fair, our tent was already 5 months old. I bought a hand held sewing machine and my husband helped me sew a different zipper that we had salvaged from another tent enclosure right over the old one. It lasted another 6 weeks. The day that zipper failed, a friend purchased a Kodiak Canvas tent for us so we were not even impacted by that failure.
Now, we have had the Kodiak for a few weeks. So far we love it. I already tripped on the door and ripped the corner of the zipper loose but it is fixable.
We have had rain already and it appears the tent is seasoned well. We found one tiny drip, wouldn’t you know it, right over my computer key board. You can’t see where it comes from and its so infrequent that you can stare and stare but it won’t drip when your looking. I can live with that.
The Kodiak does have a design flaw of sorts. You have to hand tighten the thumb screws on the support poles when you put them up. Several days of wind will work them loose and the tent starts to sag. No huge deal, you just go out and lift them up again.
What we really like is that canvas is so much quieter than the other tents. The wind may whip it around but its a fabric sound so its easy to bear. The flooring is heavy duty too which most tents seem to not even worry about and therefore they end up with holes in them. We did get the enclosure addition but unfortunately, the site we are in is not level enough to use it. (The tent pad is raised above a patio area by a good foot). Soon we hope to move on and set the entire tent up and enjoy the extra space.
So here I am guarding our current mansion. Gotta run for today…More soon.