User Review: Eureka! Grand Manan Tour
Source: bought it new
It's a good quality tent. Nice design, the vestibules give you a lot of extra room.
- A little heavy
- A little hard for 1 person to set up.
We have had the tent for about 1-1/2 years now. We go camping every mo. with a cub scout pack from Oct. to May. Sometimes twice a mo. on family trips. We are in Fl. and don't go in the summer much.
We have had no problems with the tent. The zippers are good quality and that's good for as many time that they get used on scout trips. I like the front screened vestibule. It keeps the bugs out of the sleeping area. It's like a staging area to keep your shoes. We keep our camp chairs in there at night so they are dry in the morning. There is enough room for our cooler and 2 chairs. We have used the vestibule on the other end for our muddy boots.
Setup would be a little hard for one person but with my son's (7 yr old) help it's not too bad. Two adults it's easy. The poles are beefy and should last a long time if you use them correctly.
The rain fly has a lot of places to tie it down. We have camped on a few windy weekends and did not have any problems the tent.
We have had no problems it as far as water. We will get up in the morning and the inside is completely dry. I have had a older tent and did not like having a wet sleeping bag weather from a leak or just soaking thru the walls.
The rain fly can be rolled up on the side for good ventilation. You can leave the sides down and open the opposite side on each end of the vestibules and get nice air flow thru the tent.
It has a lot of headroom. On scout trips, we use two cots on each side and a queen air bed on the end and a tub for a table in the middle for drinks and stuff. I also like that there are 4 loops around the top of the tent. I run twine thru them and hang a light on one end and use the rest of the line to hang our towel on to dry. With the vestibules on both ends you have a lot of area for storage.
As far as packability, we use the tent bag that came with it the 1st few times. But went ahead and bought a larger tent bag. You seem to acquire more gear like extra tent stakes, tent poles, floor saver ect.
If you want to use the front vestibule flap for an awning you will need extra poles, stakes and twine.
All in all I like the design and the quality of the tent. While camping with the cub scouts I get to talk to a lot of people about their tents and I can say that some are not that good. We have been getting ready for this camping season. Our 1st trip camping starts this Friday.