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posted: Jun. 14, 2013 @ 9:13a
This could be a pretty good deal. We had to buy a tent in a hurry a few years back and ran to Wal-Mart - ended up getting an Ozark Trail model that seems identical to this one. We figured it would be a throwaway but it's holding up well (and it's seen a fair bit of use) no leaks or fraying ... and we were very pleasantly surprised to find a tent that, for once, set up as quickly and easily as the instructions claimed it would. Plus, we have one of these fans and it's pretty powerful for a battery-operated one.
If I'm remembering correctly, we paid in the $99 range for just the tent.
posted: Jun. 14, 2013 @ 10:26a
Been needing a tent. Tired of waiting for a better deal. $100 bucks for one with great reviews and a queen sized pad seems plenty good, especially with free shipping.
Thanks for your input too, wordgirl!
posted: Jun. 14, 2013 @ 11:18a
Thanks for your input, Wordgirl!
Great deal on a starter outfit that gives you some good basics for an outdoor adventure. The queen-size mattress comes with the electric pump, an must-have unless you are filled with enough hot air to blow one of these up without passing out. Ozark Trail gets dissed sometimes because it is a WalMart brand, but really much of the equipment is good quality, especially for the price.
I still know guys that think having a fan is "wimping out" and you aren't really camping if you have creature comforts. Don't be that guy. The fan is nice to have and you can use rechargeable batteries, which you can recharge onsite if you have a power inverter. I like to have a spare 12-volt car battery along to use with the inverter.
Here is a good checklist from REI for car camping. It has about everything you will need, but remember to take season-specific items, too. REI checklist
Roughing it is all relative. The fun thing about camping is finding spots you love, and exploring great places. My favorite sites are cart-in sites, where you have to load up a little cart and push it a half-mile from the parking lot. Just enough of a barrier to keep the riff-raff out. The beach is 30 feet from the site, and is almost deserted.
Senior Member - 10K
posted: Jun. 14, 2013 @ 3:04p
Honestly, the fan was not purchased for camping ... it's part of my hurricane box.
Trust me, if I get hit by a storm that takes out power, the last thing I'm worried about is a failure to "rough it" authentically. That said, I'm not a huge fan of camping either, so when I go I bring anything I can to make my life a little more comfortable.
posted: Jun. 20, 2013 @ 6:07p
now showing for $85 for tent and queen mattress......the fan is no longer in the bundle. If you're in the market though, good deal!
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