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Old 04-02-09, 08:18 PM
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I just got free tent but not bath tub floor

I just got a free tent. It does not have a bath tub floor. It is an old Texsport. Beggers can't be chosers I know but will I have an problems?

I am just doing the BF GAP / C&O Trail tour and will only be camping for 2-3 days. I have not been camping in about 35 years. I figure if I like it, I could always go out and buy my own tent if I decide I like camping.
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If there weather's nice, just about any tent or no tent will be fine. If you get in a rainstorm, you'll never regret spending too much on your tent.
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Before bathtub tents, everyone had to apply seam sealer. If you do this properly, you won't have any worries. Just make sure you use some sort of powder on the application before folding it up or else the seam sealer will stick to itself like contact cement.
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It probably wouldn't be an issue in any event, especially on such a short trip. Most likely it won't rain much if at all and many problems with water seepage through the floor can be resolved by good site selection.

But if you're still concerned, one approach is to get a waterproof tarp (or 'groundcloth') that's a bit bigger than the dimensions of your floor and put it *inside* the tent with the edges going up the walls a little. Now you've essentially got a bathtub floor and don't have to be as concerned about proper site selection.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
I just got a free tent. It does not have a bath tub floor. It is an old Texsport. Beggers can't be chosers I know but will I have an problems?

I am just doing the BF GAP / C&O Trail tour and will only be camping for 2-3 days. I have not been camping in about 35 years. I figure if I like it, I could always go out and buy my own tent if I decide I like camping.
I doubt you will have a problem. If it's a monsoon, any tent will leak. But for most rainstorms a good application of seam sealer will keep the tent from leaking.
 
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Thanks for the advice guys. And thanks aroundoz for the tip on the powder. I suppose if I use the right stuff, I could always sell my seams if I get into a bind.

I have one other question. The floor has a zipper in it in a half moon shape.

I figure it could be:

1. Saves late night trips to the latrine.

2. A secret escape hatch.

3. An easy way to sweep debris out of the tent.

Am I right on one of these?
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
Thanks for the advice guys. And thanks aroundoz for the tip on the powder. I suppose if I use the right stuff, I could always sell my seams if I get into a bind.

I have one other question. The floor has a zipper in it in a half moon shape.

I figure it could be:

1. Saves late night trips to the latrine.

2. A secret escape hatch.

3. An easy way to sweep debris out of the tent.

Am I right on one of these?
quite possibly
a lot of people use an old bottle for late nite latrine duty
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Originally Posted by AsanaCycles
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a lot of people use an old bottle for late nite latrine duty
I was kidding about the first two. But I do remember sailing with a someone. His engine conked out at the dock in the picnic area and needed to get the boat back to his slip at the marina. He was not skilled enough to bring the boat to the dock under sail so I told him I would do it. I hopped aboard and went below to stow my gear. I moved something of his, and found a bottle of urine! And there were several! Apparently the guy never dumps his bottles. I hope his never accidentally drank one.
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Originally Posted by AsanaCycles
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a lot of people use an old bottle for late nite latrine duty
Guys, if you camp with Spinnaker, do NOT leave your water bottles where he can find them.
 
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Originally Posted by The Historian
Guys, if you camp with Spinnaker, do NOT leave your water bottles where he can find them.
Don't worry TH, I'll just wiz on the side of your tent. I hope you setup your rain fly every night.

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......so you'll drop your fly on his fly. Well there goes that idea of going to sleep each night with the same view as Washington had 250 years ago.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
Thanks for the advice guys. And thanks aroundoz for the tip on the powder. I suppose if I use the right stuff, I could always sell my seams if I get into a bind.

I have one other question. The floor has a zipper in it in a half moon shape.

I figure it could be:

1. Saves late night trips to the latrine.

2. A secret escape hatch.

3. An easy way to sweep debris out of the tent.

Am I right on one of these?
Oh, that is an old tent. The floor cutout is for the use of a stove inside the tent. No, really "Mountain" tents are designed for use in very cold expedition conditions (think Himalayas) where cooking outdoors is not an option. The open section allows use of a stove without melting the floor (used with extreme caution). True mountain tents will have a tunnel entrance to prevent the loss of warmer air and attachments for an inner frost liner. As these tents are designed for sub-zero conditions the need for a bathtub floor is minimal.

As far as the bathtub floor, cut a piece of plastic sheeting (2- 2.5 mils) slightly larger than the floor, say 2-3" per side. put the sheet inside the tent for a custom bathtub floor.
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It is yard sale season in these parts, keep on the watch for tents.

I bought a 3 room family tent last year for $10, it had been used once.

I have tents I take motorcycle camping, gave $4 for one, and $2 for the other. Both are small and lite weight, perfect for backpacking or bike camping, neither had ever been used before!

The one you have sounds fine, perhaps a little heavy? But use what you have grandpaw always says...
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My experience has been that you are more likely to get wet from condensation than leakage. The bathtub floor isn't a huge deal except in the case where you are in standing water or at least a low area with very wet soil. This does happen, but on a bike tour I have never had that problem. We came close once in Cassoday KS. When we woke up the entire park had 3-4" of standing water, but since it was already raining when we made camp we had set up in a gazebo with a floor maybe 18" off the ground.

Crossing the US we probably camped on concrete in a pavilion, or slept on a church floor almost as often than we camped on dirt or grass. On the C&O you won't have the same options, but... most of the hiker/biker sites will allow selecting a place to pitch your tent that is well drained if you are careful.
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