41 years of Eureka 4s and still going
We have used our Timberline 4 for 41 years and several others from Boy Scouts, friends and acquaintances. With proper care we expect our 41 year old to continue to serve well. So how do we care for it to keep it healthy? 1. Dry before packing each day. If it is wet after a too quick getaway, don't let it stay wet. 2. Stake it down. Keep different stakes for soil, sand and rocks. Prepare tie down bags for the corners if you cannot get a good hold into the land below. 3. Don't loose the plastic pole connectors. Color tape helps identify each pair per tent. 4. Practice setting up the tent solo in the dark when it doesn't matter. When you are consistently under 4 minutes setup then ready to go camping. Use 2 people in wind. 5. As a backpacker tent, divide the fly, poles, main, stakes among the hikers. 6. Re-apply waterproof from time to time before needed. 7. Don't cook inside, but eating is ok. 8. Use a ground cloth underneath and sleeping pad inside.
I like it best when car camping for 2. Ours has camped on each coastline and back country from Yellowstone to the bottom of Grand Canyon. Enjoy.
Prosdurable, very roomy for 2, sets up easily solo in most weather, drys quickly, parts divide for hikers, excellent value
Consvery crowded for 4 small people, if ALL parts are not together - it is not a functional tent, pole shock cord breaks frequently