I recently went on a camping trip and thought a friend was bringing his tent for us to stay in. Unfortunately he thought the same about me, and when we met up, no tent was present. Went to a small town w/ a Wal-Mart & picked one up (For $25, not $30!) since it fit our needs and was dirt-cheap. I also picked up some seam-sealer because it was predicted that we'd encounter some weather on our trip. The setup of the tent is pretty easy, (though I'm used to a complete clip-in system, this uses sleeves) and the tent was up in about 5 minutes. The tent was rolled out, staked down, then poles positioned. Initially the rainfly was left off, so I could seam-seal, and after it was applied, the rainfly was put into place & seam sealer was applied to it. After a couple hours, I applied a second coating of seam sealer to both. Everything was fine the first day; the tent was spacious and sufficient for what we needed. The next day, during the afternoon, an afternoon shower hit, while we were about an hour-and-a-half away from camp. When we got back, the contents of the tent were soaked, including our sleeping bags. Luckily we had time to hang everything up and dry it by the fire before we retired to bed that evening, and it did make for a more interesting and exciting trip, but I'd prefer a tent that is water-tight.
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