I've got an REI camp dome 2 (2002) that i've only used at bonnaroo for less than 20 nights. hoping the waterproofing is going to hold up. trying to fit a queen air mattress in it as we speak to get some elevation in the event water gets in. have a footprint and a rain fly. plan on having tarps covering it. anything else i'm missing?
any reason to not use the queen air mattress if it "fits" banana style?
Post by gratefuled on Mar 29, 2013 20:51:19 GMT -5
Well...here's the flip side of all that waterproofing: you're courting a major case of condensation and therefore a bad case of The Drips on the inside of your tent, especially if there's a big swing between daytime and nighttime temperatures. What I'd do if I were you is stow your mattress & bedding inside your car during the day, where the sun will bake it dry. Get a fan to keep the air moving through, and be a good hitchhiker and keep your towel handy.
Point taken. I've only had a water issue happen once and it was in the flood of 04. I think it may have been faulty footprint installation and rubbing up against the tent in the middle of the night. Hoping the air mattress will give elevation in the event water gets in, but unsure if the mattress rubbing up against the tent will let water in. the good thing is that it isn't a cheap-o tent.
Post by gratefuled on Mar 29, 2013 21:10:12 GMT -5
Yeah, I've never owned one but I've heard good things about REI's Dome series. I think Roo-goers who don't have much camping experience often blame the tent when they come back to camp and find their bedding is damp, when in fact it's their bedding soaking up either drips from tent-wall condensation, or humidity from the ambient air.
For what it's worth, my wife and I picked up some water on the floor of a cheap bikini-fly tent back in that brief MMJ shower of 2008, but our air mattress kept us high and dry.
blew up the queen mattress......guess it is a little on the small side for a queen. It definitely fits in the tent, but it's tight around the bottom. hoping the rubbing against the tent doesn't cause it to leak, but i'm taller than the length of the tent, so my head/feet touch the edges regardless.
Post by gratefuled on Mar 29, 2013 22:15:16 GMT -5
I just re-waterproofed my old Clip Flashlight with Kiwi's treatment -- about $3.50 a can at Mart-Mart. The smell's a little offensive, so I'm letting it air out in my garage for a few days. Apart from that, no worries. If you're worried about it leaking, set it up and hit it with a garden hose for a while and see what happens...or set up a sprinkler to spray against it, and climb in...
Think I've decided to keep a small amount of clothes in the tent in a garbage bag and the rest in a car (not sure if I'm driving yet). Gotta keep things dry. Having 24/7 access to showers in VIP will be nice, though.
We have the Eureka N!ergy 9 tent. To keep it dry we have been simply seam sealing in and outside and doing a light spray of water proofer all over on the outside a few weeks before roo each year (needs time to air out). This process cost about $15 a year. We have had no moisture problems unless we have something pressing against the sides of the tent overnight. We have been careful to avoid that and had no other issues. The tent has a ton of mesh areas that are we keep always open even with rainfly on for privacy so it breathes well and keeps moisture down.