After a lot of research........
I am afraid of Buyer's remorse when I make a purchase, especially over the internet. After one miserable attempt to unsuccessfully pitch this tent I thought this was just one more remorseful purchase.
To be honest, my first attempt at pitching the tent wasn't my finest hour. My main concern with this tent was the fiberglass poles and they were the reason I almost returned it. They are heavy and cumbersome. My first time trying to feed the poles through the mesh sleaves really frustrated me. Instead of the smooth connecting aluminum poles I'm used to these have a metal sleeve connecting at each joint (all 11 of them per pole). They catch on the mesh sleeves and are difficult to slide through.
On my second attempt it went much smoother (although not perfect). The shock cord is not tight enough and the poles have a good chance of separating while being inserted into the sleeves. I may attempt to shorten the cords to make them stay together better.
I think the first time I was afraid to really put a bend in the fiberglass poles, therefore, not accomplishing my goal. I have heard stories of fiberglass poles breaking more easily than aluminum. The second time I was a little more determined and managed to get it set up. I believe it will get better but I DO have concerns about setting up this tent by myself when I occasionally go camping alone.
A requirement for a tent was that I needed a rainfly that could be rolled up, while attached, for ventilation and this one does just that. The window is close to the floor so I should experience some nice breeze even with the rain fly on. We needed privacy and this one provides that completely even without the rainfly attached. Both large front and rear doors can be either mesh or closed.
I really liked the idea of a screened vestibule......yay! Perfect for a couple tent chairs while hiding from bugs.
I wanted standing room and this measures about 6 1/2 feet at the center......plenty tall enough.
This tent is seam sealed with the bathtub floor, another huge plus.
Tons of guy outs and lots of ventilation options as well.
I set it up in the yard this week to make sure I liked the tent seeing as I am in Michigan and wouldn't tent until spring. My wife and I slept in it the past three nights with last night's temps dipping to 27 degrees. I had my Edenpure heater inside and managed to be very comfortable. There is a small zippered area to run a power cord inside.
We had a moderate rain one entire day and all stayed dry inside. I have no idea how it will stand up against the wind but there are MANY guy outs on the rain fly so I think it will be fine.
The tent comes with plenty of stakes but I have ordered 16 MSR Ground Hog Stakes with a lifetime warranty. They will improve stability for sure.
I am excited to use this tent next year and will soon start booking reservations. I turned 66 this summer and am new at camping. I am having a blast!
I didn't give the Grand Manan Tour 5 stars just because of the fiberglass poles. Poles and all weigh near 30 lbs. I will eliminate the stuff sack as I just ordered a 40" duffle bag to lug it around.
I am excited about using this tent and hope my first look review didn't turn anyone away from getting it. It looks extremely promising.
Excellent Tent For thed Car Camper
Let's start with ease of set-up - this tent can be done by one individual that has patience and knowledge of a pole and sleeve type construction that this tent uses. A pole and clip construction is much simpler, but I suspect Eureka did not use tha clip design to provide added structural strength (I'll get back to that later). Two people make the set up much simpler (approx. 15 to 20 minutes for the tent, another 10 for the fly). The "knee" end pieces provide for a much roomier interior, providing a nearly vertical 18" side wall before the arch begins.
Back to structural strength - I had my tent set up during the 2012 duracho - a 70 mph sustained horizontal wind blast - this beast withstood everything the storm had to offer. The valley we were camping in (SW WV)was without electric power for 2 weeks due to the fallen trees that did not stand up to the wind.
I'm 6'4 and have plenty of head room to stand up. We use a queen sized air mattress that makes this very comfortable. The front and rear doors make the tent very accessible. The full length bottom edge screen areas provide for great cross ventilation. The front screened vestibule is handy for keeping the leaves and dirt out of the main tent, and is roomy enough to keep two chairs and a couple of coolers. The tent also has an electric power port and sleeve to allow for interior lighting/fan if desired. Eureka really has thought through this family tent very well
My biggest compliant is the difficulty I have in getting the fiberglass poles pushed through the sleeves, but with experience I'm getting better. The trick seems to be to push them through while your helper is making sure the ferrules (metal connectors between the poles) do not snag the mesh sleeve.
Another suggestion for purchasers, and this is based upon experience with other fiberglass poles, is to contact the manufacturer and purchase a set of back up poles. Fiberglass has a tendency to split over time and I think the poles are more likely to wear out before the tent or fly fabric. In the care insturctions, Eureka warns against dropping the poles on their ends, because this can begin the splitting process.
Like another reviewer, I also purchased a separate canvas storage bag. I can never seem to reroll the tent and stuff it back in to the original bag. So I don't fight it, and the canvas bag is big enough to carry the ground cloth, the emergency pole set, and the small carpets we use for the the vestibule.
Excellent base camp tent
This is an excellent tent! We have tested it in a wide variety of situations with no problems: 40+ mph winds, heavy rain, extreme heat, freezing temperatures. This is one of few affordable tents that fit our needs:
-full rain fly for extreme storms
-front vestibule for gear storage/cooking during a rain/washing up
-large enough for a queen airbed and another small bed - we comfortably sleep four people on airbeds
-front and rear entrances
Other features we were pleased to find in this tent:
-low windows on the sides for panoramic view when laying
-being able to stand comfortable in all parts of the tent; no crouching
-front vestibule rain fly can be held up with polls for a front awning
We had the front vestibule pole develop a small crack in one of the sections after high winds. Campmor took the product back and glued the pole. (could have been done at home, but nice that they did that for us)
We have recommended this to friends and they have purchased it as well. It is a quality product.
Eureka- another great product!!
I've had my Eureka Mushroom tent for over 30 years and it was great! Time to replace it, so I purchased the Grand Manon Tour! What a blessing, through downpours and wind in W. Va. at a music festival we were warm, and dry! My 6'2 husband loved that he could stand up in it, and it had PLENTY of room for all our gear and instruments while camping. Looking forward to our next trip in a couple weeks! Thank you for another great product! and it was shipped to us so fast!
It just works.
First trip out - before sealing any seams: rained constantly, inside of tent stayed dry. Lots of well-designed features: easy-to-use ties that don't wick in water, flexible system of flaps that give you great control over how much air gets in. We're still discovering nice little features. There are a few seams that seemed good to seal, but any seam that is really exposed to the weather is factory sealed. My review: this tent just works like you'd expect; minimal fuss, maximal flexibility.
great tent, we love it.
it is our first tent, we just used last weekend, we love it. you need two perple to set it up but it is easy and fast. and inside the height is great. the design of the front screen room is very nessesary to avoid the insects come it the sleeping room whenever you open the door.so far we did camp in the rain, hoping it will be ok. it is great quality ,we like it.
Eureka Grand Manan Tour
This is a great tent! This tent is ideal for car camping and I would recommend it because of the amount of space it has. The ventilation is great even with the rain cover on. The vestibule is a perfect place to leave your shoes so that you do not track in dirt or mud. This tent is kind of difficult to setup by yourself, however it can be done.
I can't wait!
I was looking for a tent large enough to store my gear and use a cot in. This tent will be great for my camping/fishing trips to Shenandoah. I have used a Eureka Timberline tent since I was a boy scout and loved the fact that it is water proof and has lasted me 20 years. I will always choose Eureka first.
Well thought out
Great car camping tent. Well thought out. Poles heavy and made set up for 1 person difficult but manageable. Looks water and wind proof. Fly covers the entire footprint and has many stake options. Has not been tested yet but that changes tomorrow(magfest, yeah). Wont dissapoint. Cant wait
Waterproof out of the box
Set this this tent for the first time out of the box and in the dark without reading the instructions. 3 poles and 3 sleeves, it doesn't get much simpler. It held up to some very heavy rains while keeping my gear bone dry.