Eureka! Freedom

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I purchased this tent from a gentleman on eBay. …

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Design: Abilities camping
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Very easy
Weight: 17 pounds
Price Paid: $150

I purchased this tent from a gentleman on eBay.  Being a wheelchair user I was looking for something that was easy access. 

It can be said this tent is definitely easy enough to access through the side doors/windows, the butterfly door at the vestibule, and the middle partition screen door which zips down the middle and completely around its perimeter. 

The ceiling height in the vestibule is just right for a manual wheelchair user.  The vestibule offers an awesome place to get in out of the weather quickly. 

I think this tent would work better for someone that is independent with getting in and out of their wheelchair. Considering the fact that I am a quadriparesis that requires attendant care this tent was a bit smaller because of my need to have a cot. This tent works better with no cot or a very low cot such that permits the user to stay within the sleeping area without touching the sloped foot area. Because of my elevated cot I had to sleep part way into the vestibule. 

I would be more likely to give this tent a greater rating if I did not have such a great need for an attendant.  But because of that need it is not all the tent I had hoped it to be.  For a quadriparesis it would be helpful if this tent were a couple feet greater in width and a couple feet greater in links in the sleeping area that would permit better cot placement without having to extend into the vestibule. 

I would also prefer a rain fly that extended awning like over the side doors/windows for a protected entry in the event of rain.  True, the tent permits access from within the vestibule but there again it is far easier for a paraplegic that is independent of attendant care for transfers. 

Another little quirk that needs to be worked out in the design is the rain fly puddles directly over the vestibule when it is raining of any significance. There is a bit of a flat area directly over the vestibule that needs to be rethought for a future tent models. 

Also when guying out the front of the tent at the butterfly door it tends to rack the tent in an unnatural position that wrinkles the rain fly such that holds water in those wrinkles.  There needs to be guy out positions pulling in opposition to those that are at the front.

In summary I would say this is a better choice of tent designed for those that are much more mobile and independent.

I would suggest a higher level injury that is in need of a personal attendant should look at something such as the Paha Que Pamo Valley or Temescal Creek which have protected awning covers, a huge door that makes it easier for attendant care, a smaller door on the opposite wall that permits exit and entry by able-bodied campers, and a tall ceiling that makes it far easier on attendant backs.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Freedom makes outdoor recreation accessible to all—developed for campers with physical disabilities. The physical demands and limitations of tents no longer present barriers to campers wanting to explore the beauty of the outdoors. Provides those with disabilities a camping tent they can set up and use independently, with conveniences everyone can appreciate. Tent's large size and ease-of-use provide maximum flexibility for a variety of uses and a variety of campers. Offers easy setup, easy access and a usable vestibule space for mobility devices such as wheelchairs, bicycles and baby strollers. This three-season tent has a five-pole, tapered, rectangular dome-style that sleeps two people. Easy post-and-grommet assembly and continuous pole sleeves make setup possible by one person in a seated position. Continuous sleeves guide poles into pole pockets, allowing setup from one side of the tent. Patent-pending, wheelchair-accessible zipperless fan door allows quick access to the interior with minimal dexterity, strength or reach. Spacious vestibule provides ample space for wheelchair, pets, gear storage or simply relaxing. Pull handles on the internal door and window zippers provide easy grasp and operation. Combination window and side entry doors in the sleeping area allow side transfers onto a cot and also provide excellent ventilation. All windows and front door have zip-up covers for weather protection and privacy. Mesh roof increases ventilation and reduces condensation in the sleeping area. Features seam-taped StormShield® polyester rainfly and nylon oxford bathtub floor. Includes stuff sack, stakes and guylines. Closeout.

- REI

In the Eurekas 3-Season, 2-Person Freedom Tent, universal design and assistive technology has provided people with disabilities a camping tent they can set up and use themselves, or offers their caretakers conveniences not found in other tents.

- Backcountry Outlet

Eureka! Freedom

Discontinued

The Freedom has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$155.76 - $319.96

The Eureka! Freedom is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen July 24, 2007 at GearTrade.

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