Reviewed by Charles W (Sedona, AZ) Reviewed for a 2000 Ford F-150 — 2011-09-29 09:18:36
Truck is 2000 F-150 6.5' bed. Have not tested in rain or wind, although I expect it to perform very well.
I performed a pre-setup of the tent up in about a half-hour without reading directions; pretty straight forward. Great Fit. Well Constructed fabric components; Pole placement in heavy-duty nylon fabric tabs... sturdy. Rainfly install is a snap.
(1) The shock-corded poles are assembled with a metal collar at end of each pole segment. However, the collar-edge is exposed...not recessed into the pole. When inserting a pole into its nylon-mesh sleeve, this collar edge WILL hang on the sleeve fabric--especially when under compression (think rough finger nail on nylon stocking). I expect this issue to cost me at least 10 minutes of solo erection time. This is a serious design flaw which would be cured if the mesh sleve were solid nylon fabric. If you have two people, temporarily attach the outside straps, thus laying out the tent in place; then insert all assembled poles from one side, where your helper is pulling/straigtening the individual pole-sleeves. Have your helper put their pole-ends in their respective pockets; now, erect the colored poles, followed by the white poles, on your side.
(2) Check the rubber nipple pole ends. Some of these will not have been glued, and you will surely loose them during pole removal from sleeve.
(3)The Rainfly snap-buckles, which should be simple/smooth operating, are pretty cheezy-cheap. These are easy to snap-in incorrectly; if you do this, they are nearly impossible to release at break-camp time.
Suggestions: Definitely do a prefit before your first camping trip. Carefully tune all of the strap lengths. Roll up all of the excess strap and tie a heavy rubber band around the strap bundles. Check to assure that all the pole nipples are tightly glued. For a one-person install, tie 4 ft--or so--length of cord below one of the Rainfly windows (at buckle position, after affixing fly buckles on one side) so you can throw it over to the other side; oth