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Coleman Event Shelter

Postby amanda » Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:08 pm

While wandering about camp on the weekend, we came across a set up using a Coleman Event 14 shelter. It looked pretty impressive to us, and was certainly spacious enough to cover the tent and still give plenty of living and kitchen space. It just seemed a lot simpler than putting a tarp up, and at about $290 the cost doesn't seem too prohibitive. Does anyone have any first hand knowledge of the advantages/disadvantages of these?

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Re: Coleman Event Shelter

Postby Frilly » Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:38 pm

I'm with you Amanda.. I have seen these and was wondering what they were like??
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Re: Coleman Event Shelter

Postby amanda » Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:52 pm

I just think they'd be so much simpler to put up than a tarp, particularly if there's only a couple of you. And when you look at the cost of a good quality large tarp, pegs and poles, the cost would work out around the same I'd think.
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Re: Coleman Event Shelter

Postby Frilly » Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:55 pm

Yeah I agree...
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Re: Coleman Event Shelter

Postby double_d » Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:31 pm

i think a tarp would last a lot longer though
if you had these out in the sun covering your tent
i think they would last as long as your tent would being out in
the sun all the time

but they do look tricky i looked at them at bcf
but then seen the material is same as tents almost

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Re: Coleman Event Shelter

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:24 am

I personally believe the tarp is the better way to go and depending upon the size of tarp you chose you would probably come out ahead with the dollars spent.

I put a 20 x 30 tarp over my CT and sometimes only use 6 poles if the weather permits. My 20 x 30 tarp cost me $107 on special so that leaves a big balance for poles, ropes and pegs, most of which people have extras of anyhow.

Most people would not go for a tarp that size so that would be less cost as well.

Then you have to think about how big the Even Shelter would be when folded up and the space to carry it if that was an issue.

My daughter has one though not a Coleman and it took 4 of them, one at each corner to put it up and take it down at xmas time. Now when it was calm it just sat there but when the wind came up it was a mad scurry to rope and peg it down.

My daughter carries hers on the roof rack of her 4wd as it will not fit inside.
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Re: Coleman Event Shelter

Postby amanda » Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:13 am

Thanks GL, that's exactly the kind of feedback I was looking for.
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Re: Coleman Event Shelter

Postby Frilly » Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:09 pm

Cool thanks Gypsy... I think I will leave my setup as I have it now.
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Re: Coleman Event Shelter

Postby will_deness » Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:26 pm

gypsylady wrote:I put a 20 x 30 tarp over my CT and sometimes only use 6 poles if the weather permits.

That's a lot of tarp for 6 poles even on a still day, Any gust of wind must give some flap, which is one of the many continual sounds that drives me insane :twisted:
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Re: Coleman Event Shelter

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:44 pm

will_deness wrote:
gypsylady wrote:That's a lot of tarp for 6 poles even on a still day, Any gust of wind must give some flap, which is one of the many continual sounds that drives me insane :twisted:


It is, but remember it has CTunderneath thus the advantage of being able to reduce the number of poles used.

In normal windy conditions I add an extra one front, back and each side making it 10 poles, in extreme conditions I add more.

Like I said, not everyone wants a 30 x 20 tarp though and a standard 18 (16) x 12 which would be quite sufficient for the average tent would certainly be more manageable and less costly.
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