Campers are ready for spring camping weather and should be evaluating their equipment. Whether you're looking to replace or upgrade gear, or you're just starting out with tent camping, usually the shelter is the first stop. We asked Bass Pro Shops Altoona Camping expert Chuck Stevens for his tips on buying a good tent for camping:
I have a Eureka Timberline Original A-Frame 4-Person Tent. People like the classic items that are tried and true over the years, and this is a classic A-frame tent that is celebrating 40 years of production.
I have done, and continue to do, a great deal of camping and kayaking. When I shop for camping gear, I look for quality and I can say I put the Timberline 4 through a VERY rigorous six weeks of spring camping.
I sat through back to back to back to back 3" rain storms with very high winds reaching 40 mph (that's not a typo - there were multiple storms over multiple days). The guy lines on the ends work nicely and the criss-cross guy lines on the sides anchored this tent down beautifully in those super high winds!
The aluminum poles work very well - helps make it light for transport and easy set up. The sturdy well-designed frames, taped seams, and storm shield rain fly did not let me down.
A couple of other tips when outlining your tent camping necessities:
- I use Eureka ground cloths under the tent and also inside on the floor. They worked especially well with all the rain.
- I also use, inside the tent, two Therm-a-rest Base Camp Inflatable mattresses. These mats are one of the best investments a tent camper can ever make. The soft cushion with thermal properties make it a must have in my opinion and it has been a camping mattress of choice for other campers for over 35 years.
Find some additional tips on selecting a tent, in general, on Eureka's page. You'll also find a link to Tent Care tips including the importance of keeping your tent clean, sealing seams, and making sure it is put away dry.