User Review: Eddie Bauer EB-30004.2
Source: received it as a personal gift
Correcting for the design flaw by fabricating a canvass/vinyl outer door flap.
- Solves the wet zipper / water dripping issue
- Requires machine sewing
In order to prevent water entering the tent around the bottoms of the front and rear door screen mesh and zippers, I cut up a canvass / vinyl coated painters tarp (45" w' x 15 foot long available in beige from Home Depot for $18) to create two outer door flaps. The tarp width of 45" is perfectly suited to completely cover either door opening and zipper.
I used an old treadle sewing machine to sew the hems. If needed, you could take the pieces needing hemming to a tailor or you could hand sew a hemmed edge. The two finished and hemmed tarp pieces should be 63" long to extend down to the bottom of the tent.
At the top corners, affix a fabric tie (1/2" wide narrow piece of ripstop nylon or tarp material) 10" long diagonally across the corner, and then slip one end through slitted opening on the tent pole clips to tie up the door flaps. Be SURE the vinyl covered side of the door flaps face away from the tent (the canvass coated side will absorb water somewhat). To keep the flaps out of the way of the door during clear weather, roll up each door flap and use two fabric ties to secure each one above the tent doors. I sewed my fabric ties to the back side of the door flaps to avoid losing them.
The final touch is to cut and attach between 4 and 8 self-stick 1" Velcro strips to the inside bottom corners of the door flaps, placing additional sets of Velcro strips about half way up the sides of the doors if desired. Doing so will keep the door flaps from...you guessed it......flapping in the wind.
This project took about a half hour and cost less than $20, yet it totally eliminated the design flaw inherent in the tent (rain fly not totally covering doors / correct screen and canvass door positions reversed).