User Review: Northwest Territory 16' x 14' Extreme Vacation Home
Ease of Setup: easy
Registered Maine Guides here. We bought this tent in 2007 for folks who expect a condo when they camp during a canoe trip without amenities.
It has to be set up before you use it. Mark the poles with some different colors for roof, eaves, walls, etc. The stickers and odd markings included will wear off!
Get two cans of spray seam sealer and soak every seam you see from inside the tent. Let it dry. Do it again. Let it dry.
When you set it up for use, stretch the guy lines for the tarp as far out as they can be set and anchor them well. You might even want to increase the length of the guy lines with longer cord if you are expecting any windy or rainy weather unless you are going to be right there during the weather to monitor the tent. Replace the chintzy stakes with heavy plastic stakes. Bend them away from the direction of the tent when you hammer them in.
Completely close all zippers and windows during rain. Do not touch the surfaces of the tent when it's wet. If you do these things, you should be ok.
We lost the fly and connectors on our last trip in 2009. We loosened it up to dry and a sudden rainstorm with high winds blew in. We called the number listed on the back of the directions and on the packing slip for HKD Global on 03/24/2010. On 03/31/2010 we received the needed parts. I may make up some connectors from PVC for emergencies but the parts I needed came as promised and the cost was minimal. They also say they have the same tent on sale now at K Mart and Sears with an improvement to the design of the fly and tie-downs. I checked it out and they have added webbing and tie-downs at the stress points of the original fly design.