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wiloran

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Posted: 04/18/18 04:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have fun! Will appreciate hearing how it worked out.

mountainkowboy

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Worked like a champ...WAY NICER than sleeping on the ground. Maybe it's because were both gettin older, but getting out of the back of the truck is better than pushing yourself up off the ground. Then again this is the first tent that we've had that you can stand in. Setup was pretty straight forward and under normal conditions would take about 20 minutes, but we were meet by 25-30 mph winds with 50-60 mph gusts...so everything took 4 times longer to get done. There are some tweaks we need to do to the truck to make it into a better bedroom with more privacy and better light control, but the "Airbedz" mattress makes it comfy.. We were setup for 4 days and 3 nights and brought another tent and sleeping gear setup for the kids who visited us for the weekend. We are already planning our next outing.

I would HIGHLY recommend this style of tent camping to anyone who wants to do it. The Napier 84000 2 room tent worked flawlessly and is a very well made product. The only thing I didn't like was that the screen room doesn't have a floor, but we are going to modify a HD tarp to go under the whole setup. This style of tent offers a huge amount of room for camping and with the ability to disconnect the truck and still close the tent up makes it a REALLY versatile home base.

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My experience goes back to station wagon tents, 1950s. It depends on how much trouble it is to use the vehicle without taking down the tent, and how badly do you want to sleep on the floor of your car instead of in the tent.

For geology field trips, I ultimately opted for an external-frame 7x7 umbrella tent, about 10 minutes to set up or take down (even in the dark, raining), so I could leave it in place when out doing field work. That was about $50 in 1970, equivalent to several hundred today, which will buy a really good tent. Today's tents tend to be a bit more hassle, complex frames of lightweight tubing, non-weatherproof lightweight fabrics needing rain protection, but at the equivalent of what I payed almost 50 years ago, you can get into equivalent "outfitter" tents, providing you are working from a car, not backpacking.

Now I am in a full-size van, and if I want to sleep in the van, I don't need to attach a tent. I might still bring the umbrella tent, for campsite storage and maybe a private space for a portable toilet.


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We will be heading to Oregon next month and will be using our Napier SUV tent again. We've "customized" a heavy duty tarp for under the tent/screen-room by adding eyelets for all the spike loops on it, so setup should be much quicker this time.

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mountainkowboy wrote:

I would HIGHLY recommend this style of tent camping to anyone who wants to do it. The Napier 84000 2 room tent worked flawlessly and is a very well made product.

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I have an observation and a question. It seems the "entrance" side of the tent is on the driver's side of the vehicle instead of the passenger side which in an organized campground setting would normally be the campsite side where one would park a trailer. For boondocking I suppose this wouldn't matter as there's no specific campsite side but for use in a campground would this setup not be backwards to what it should be? [emoticon]

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SoundGuy wrote:


I have an observation and a question. It seems the "entrance" side of the tent is on the driver's side of the vehicle instead of the passenger side which in an organized campground setting would normally be the campsite side where one would park a trailer. For boondocking I suppose this wouldn't matter as there's no specific campsite side but for use in a campground would this setup not be backwards to what it should be? [emoticon]


One solution is just to park "backwards" in the site. Since there are not any utility hookups to deal with, it doesn't really matter much which end is the front and which is the back (in most cases).





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If you don't mind climbing a ladder, look at the roof nest my son has one and loves it.

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SoundGuy wrote:

I have an observation and a question. It seems the "entrance" side of the tent is on the driver's side of the vehicle instead of the passenger side which in an organized campground setting would normally be the campsite side where one would park a trailer. For boondocking I suppose this wouldn't matter as there's no specific campsite side but for use in a campground would this setup not be backwards to what it should be? [emoticon]


DrewE wrote:

One solution is just to park "backwards" in the site. Since there are not any utility hookups to deal with, it doesn't really matter much which end is the front and which is the back (in most cases).


Maybe I'm missing something here but that just doesn't make any sense as that would put the tent out by the campground road and in many cases would have one stepping out of the tent and straight into bushes or trees surrounding the site. Seems to me that used logically this tent would be located on the campsite where a trailer would otherwise be located, with the "door" facing out to the campsite and with the SUV, truck, whatever, pointing nose out to the campground road. The question is - why would the manufacturer design this tent in this manner? Just doesn't make any sense. [emoticon]

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