User Review: Eureka! Sunrise 11
Design: Three-season dome tent
Ease of Setup: Fine with 2 people, tricky with 1
Price Paid: $250
After a lot of research, I decided on this tent because of the many favorable reviews I saw and Eureka's reputation for good tents. I am now tent shopping again (this one is two weeks old and has not gone on a single camping trip yet).
Simply put: where the floor of the tent (the bottom dark blue) meets the wall (the light blue part) - this is a "bathtub floor" as Eureka and other reviewers refer to it. Nice because there is no ground level seam to leak during rain. But - it does leave a nice horizontal seam all the way around the tent (where the light and dark blue meet) that is not covered by the fly and IS NOT factory sealed.
We sealed the seams of this tent twice with three tubes of McNett. It rained - the floor of the tent was wet.
In spending a substantial amount of time on the phone with Eureka today, they apparently feel it is the job of a $6 tube of McNett to make sure you stay dry, not the job of a $250+ tent. I would have thought the seam sealing was a secondary safeguard, not a mandatory requirement - apparently Eureka is banking their reputation on a 3rd party rather than choosing to provide a quality product.
We have always had REI tents until now, never sealed any of them and have always stayed dry. Will never buy another Eureka - they simply do not stand behind their product.