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Eureka Grand Manan Tent
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Design and Feature Walkthrough

The Eureka Grand Manan Tent is a large dome tent that is tall enough for family camping.

It offers leisure tent campers features that are usually only available in backpacking or expedition tents.

It's well suited to leisure campers who camp at open or windy campsites.

Roll back doors in front and back of the tent body offer access to a separate vestibule.

The pole frame design features elbow connectors that allow the lower pole sections to stand vertically. Campers can sleep against the wall of this dome tent without tent fabric in their face.

The full tent rainfly forms a vestibule at each end of the tent. It can be partially rolled up (short sheeted) along the side walls to allow fresh air into the tent body.


Windows and ventilation

A long, rectangular screen window along each side walls allows air to pass through the tent. This window is also referred to as a (very large) low vent.

The rainfly rolls up and ties off to expose the window screen.

Surprisingly, the long side windows do not have the standard storm flap with zipper closure.

Instead, a separate panel of solid fabric covers the window from the inside of the tent body.

It attaches to the tent wall around the window screen via loops and toggles at the corners. It can be rolled up and tied off at the top to expose the entire window screen.

The attached panel leaves a gap around the sides for reduced air flow through the tent. This is handy for sleeping campers who want the privacy of a closed window, but still some airflow for comfort.

On cool evenings, the rainfly can be lowered to further reduce the airflow and resulting draft to a minimal amount.

However, campers should bring enough bedding so that they can stay comfortable.

Vestibule

The entry panel of the vestibule has a zipper on each side and can be tipped up and supported by poles to form an awning over the entryway, which is handy for shade or shelter from light rain.

A clear polyurethane window in the upper entry panel of the vestibule allows a view of the surroundings, sky or weather without opening the vestibule. It also allows light into the tent when the full rainfly is deployed in adverse weather. 


Oversize tent

Since the rainfly stakes out away from the tent body to form vestibules in front and back, the Grand Manans are both XX-Large size.

This is fine for open ground, where the Grand Manan is designed to be set up.

Campers looking to set the tent up on a tent pad should inquire at the campground to make as to whether they have an oversize tent pad.


Design

This tent style is a crossover 4-pole dome tent.

If offers many of the features of a backpacking tent, but is a leisure tent and needs to be transported by a vehicle for more than short distances.

The GM features 4 loops in the ceiling that can support an optional gear loft.


XX-Large Grand Manan Sizes

Grand Manan 9

The GM-9 tent body dimensions are 9' by 9' by 6' high, which offers standing height at the peak of the tent.

Vents

The GM-9 rainfly features peak vents that can be opened or closed from inside the tent via a zipper in the ceiling.

The open vents will more quickly carry away any stale air from inside the tent.

Since the peak vents are on the sides of the rainfly and the ceiling mesh panels are in the front and back of the tent body, wind driven rain will not get into the tent, if the peak vents are open.

Rainfly

The rainfly is supported by two ridge poles that run from front to back and cross in the center of the ceiling.

The ends of the poles are about a foot apart and cause the rainfly to form a squared peak over the front and back doors. The peak offers headroom right over the doorway.

The awning panel is also a roll up vestibule panel and has a clear plastic window towards the top. This allows a view of the sky and weather without opening the vestibule.

The GM-9 offers a twin track zipper on the doors. Rolling back the storm flap exposes a full screen panel, which allows a lot of air to flow through the tent. Unzipping the outer track opens the door for getting in and out.


Features

The 81 square feet of floorspace is rated to sleep 4 to 5, but should comfortably sleep 2 to 3 adults.

The fairly vertical lower sidewalls allow for a camping cot or two.

The tent has matching vestibules in front and back, each offering about 26 square feet of sheltered ground space.

A rough calculation of the entire length of the GM-9 with vestibules shows it to be about a foot too long for a 15' x 15' tent pad. Campers may be able to pitch it on this size tent pad with a bit of ingenuity. However campers will likely be pitching it on open ground.

The tent features 4 double storage pockets, one on each side of both doors.

12.7mm (1/2" diameter) fiberglass poles support the tent body.

Although the literature mentions post and grommet attachment for the poles and tent base, the instructions show ring and pin connectors for the GM-9.

The tent offers multiple buyout loops high and low along each of the sides of the rainfly, which secure the tent in moderate to strong winds.

The tent weighs 21.5 lb.


Grand Manan Tour

The GM Tour features a sheltered space in front, supported by a separate flexed pole, which offers the same headroom as the ceiling of the tent body.


Screen Room

Eureka has attached a screen room to the front of the tent body.

The rainfly can be rolled back and tied off to expose the screen room.

The screen room doesn't have a floor, so campers can eat and drink there, while watching the surroundings. However, campers should take precautions not to attract animals to the tent.

This is one of the few family dome tents that offers a front screen room.

Like the GM 9, the middle panel on the front screen room or vestibule can be rolled up or tipped up to form an awning.

The panel has a window so that campers can look outside without opening the tent.

The screen room is 5'6" deep by 8'6" wide at the tent body door tapering to approximately 4' wide at the front and offers roughly 34 square feet of open floorspace.

The screen room should hold a few camping chairs or a small group of people sitting on the ground.

A tarp or ground cloth transforms the screen room into a sleeping space.

Children could sleep along each side wall, if needed.

The rear vestibule is created by the rainfly center staking away from the tent body and forms a triangular space approximately 3' deep. It offers roughly 14 square feet of area to shelter gear.

There is a smaller vestibule at the back of the tent.


Other features

The ceiling features two closable mesh panels, however there are no vents in the fly of this model.

The Grand Manan Tour has an electrical port and an interior sleeve that can hold an extension cord, keeping it off of the floor and allowing AC power to electrical items inside the tent.

The tent body dimensions of the GM Tour are 8'6" wide x 11' deep x 6'6" high at the peak.

The 93.5 square feet of floorspace in the tent body is rated to sleep up to 5. The tent should comfortably sleep 3 to 4 adults.

The GM Tour is rated to sleep 5-6, but should comfortably hold 4 adults or a larger family with young children.

The screen room will make the GM Tour a bit long for a 15' by 15' tentpad, so this model may need to be pitched on open ground.

A pair of 16mm (5/8" diameter) fiberglass poles support the tent body. A 12.7mm (1/2") fiberglass pole supports the front of the screen room.

The literature and instructions show post and grommet attachment of the tent poles to the tent base.

The tent weighs 27.5 lb.


Grand Manan Tent Performance

Grand Manan Tent In Warm And Cool Temperatures

The Grand Manans are uniquely designed for both warm and cool temperatures.

Screen doors on the front and back allow air to pass through.

On the sides, the roll-up fly ties off about a foot off of the ground to allow a breeze into the long rectangular side window.

The long windows do not have a zippered storm flap, but are instead covered by a curtain which uses loops and toggles to attach to the tent wall.

Although the curtain does not tightly seal the window, it sits against the screen and, with the rainfly rolled down, should only allow a bit of air to seep around the edge. (Some dome tents have mesh sidewalls that are not closable at all.)

The ceiling vents can be closed off to further reduce drafts.


Eureka Grand Manan In Rain And Wind

The Grand Manan is designed for more adverse weather than most family tents.

The fiberglass poles are fairly thick and should provide good support in moderate to strong winds.

The poles attach to the tent body via continuous sleeves and with post and grommet connectors at the ground. The sleeves will resist wind better than clips.

The dome shape will provide the best wind profile for a leisure tent.


Rain

The bathtub floor resists seepage of standing water.

The full rainfly and vestibules over the doorways mean that rain will not strike the inner canopy, and that campers can enter the tent and bring hardly any water with them.

The fly and floor seams are factory taped to minimize the amount of sealing necessary to prepare the tent for use.

The sides of the rainfly can probably be left rolled up in light vertical rain. In heavy or wind-driven rain, they should be rolled down, as the inner canopy fabric is uncoated to allow it to breathe to reduce condensation.

The GM-Tour, with its aerodynamic profile and screen room, would be suitable in exposed campsites for a family with young children.

Dual tent campers

The Grand Manan would make a good primary tent for many campers, especially those in windy or rainy regions.

Campers in regions with milder weather who prefer a cabin tent for a primary tent could consider getting a Grand Manan for occasional moderate to strong weather.

Campers would be pretty much assured of successful camping trips in any weather, as long as they monitored weather forecasts and avoided severe weather.


Grand Manan Specs

The full rainfly fabric is 75 Denier polyester coated to 1200mm HH of rain resistance, which should offer exceptional performance in rain for a leisure tent.

The inner tent canopy is 68D uncoated polyester taffeta. This type of fabric is designed to allow humidity to pass through and out of the tent body, which can be helpful when the windows need to be closed in rain and wind.

The bathtub floor is 75 Denier, 190 thread count polyester coated to 1500mm HH water resistance.

The screens are 40D no-see-um polyester netting. This is a finer netting that will allow a lot of light and wind to pass through, improving visibility and ventilation inside the tent. Campers should take care of this netting to keep it from tearing.

Campers who intend to use the front vestibule panel of the GM-9 or GM-Tour as an awning will need to purchase a pair of poles to support the front of the panel.


Conclusion

The Eureka Grand Manan Tents are versatile and can be deployed in a variety of ways, depending on weather and comfort. These models offer car campers features that backpackers enjoy along with the comforts of a family tent.

A full fly and aerodynamic dome design makes these models suitable for family camping in windy regions.

It's an excellent all around leisure camping tent.

Disclaimer

Please note that Campetent does not own this tent model. Campetent strives to research and to provide accurate information for site visitors, but cannot guarantee every detail.

Tent models are subject to feature changes over time. Tent campers should always perform due diligence to verify any important features before purchasing a tent.

The author hopes that the information provided in this article will go a long way towards that goal.

This tent is not rated for wind. In moderate to strong winds, campers themselves will need to judge when the tent has reached its limit in resisting the forces of nature.

The tent has a limited warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship. As with all tents, campers should carefully examine the materials and workmanship and make sure that they are satisfied before using the tent.