The Eureka Pine Lodge Tent offers family tent campers the features of a wall tent in a moderate size that is easy for families to set up.
The distinctive oversize rainfly basically tarps your tent and campsite without having to tie lines to trees, etc., to rig a tarp.
The fly extends about 6-8 feet from the front of the tent to form a large covered area.
It also extends beyond the sides of the tent about 2-3 feet to allow the windows to remain open in the rain.
The exoskeleton steel frame connects quickly and the tent body clips to the frame.
A covered mesh vent runs along the entire peak of the tent ceiling. In fair weather or light rain, this allows the tent to be pitched without the fly.
At the front of the Eureka Pine Lodge Tent is a large fan door that is shaped like a quarter circle. It opens and closes like an oriental fan.
Four poles that support the door radiate out from the lower corner of the door. The circular outer door edge rides in a fabric track in the tent wall.
The fan door rotates up from the ground (lifts) to open and falls back to close. The door is zipper free, making it easy for children to operate.
The door can be lifted to open from a standing position, so adults do not have to stoop to work a zipper.
In the back of the tent is an inverted 'T' style door with windows and storm flaps.
On each upper side wall are two screen windows with zippered storm flaps.
The tent body dimensions are 12' wide by 10' deep by 7' high at the peak.
Heavy duty 150 Denier Oxford fabric for the fly, walls and floor mean that this tent resists rain and wear very well. It also means that this tent is heavier than most family tents.
Campers could probably create a screen room in front by clipping mosquito netting along the border of the front awning.
The four side windows and long peak vent should allow plenty of ventilation in warm weather.
The peak vent is not closable, so some heat will escape in cool weather.
The rainfly, tent body, and floor are heavy-duty 150 Denier fabric 1000mm coated polyester. This is one of the few family tents that features heavy duty wall and fly fabric.
With the rainfly in place, this tent should withstand heavy rain.
This tent will need to be thoroughly guyed out in moderate to approaching strong winds.
The rainfly forms a large canopy over the front of the tent. If the campsite is exposed and the winds increase beyond moderate, the wind could catch the fly and damage the tent.
In passing strong winds the fly canopy should probably be taken down. The guylines and front supporting poles can be removed and the fabric can probably be rolled up against the tent and secured until the wind dies down.
Campers should consider purchasing additional tent fabric clips to form separate guyout points to further guy the tent body and fly.
This is not a heavy-duty outfitter wall tent with heavy-steel frame, steel hubs, fabric, etc., designed for 45 mph winds in the high country. This is a family wall tent designed for family camping.
The connectors between crossing poles are heavy nylon, not steel. If the tent is well guyed out so that the frame cannot shift, the tent should perform in moderate wind. At each corner storm attachment point, the tent should be guyed out in two directions, so it can neither shift nor twist.
This tent is rated to sleep 8.
The Pine Lodge should hold 5 to 6 adults or a large family with young children.
This tent is suitable for air mattresses and could hold a couple of queen mattresses.
The high flat side walls are suited to cots. Since cots tend to be more than six feet in length, and the Pine Lodge tent walls vary from 10' to 12' in length, the tent should comfortably hold 3 cots with room between to walk.
The tent design is a 15 pole A-frame wall tent.
The floor plan features 120 sq ft of floor space.
The screens are 50 Denier no-see-um.
The tent weights 46 lb.
The poles are 19 mm (3/4") steel.
3 vertical poles on each side of the tent connect to and cross a horizontal eave pole. The vertical poles then run up the ceiling and connect to a horizontal peak ridge pole.
The tent body hangs from the exoskeleton by clips.
The poles attach to the tent base with ring and pin connectors.
The horizontal ridge and eave poles that run the length of the roof stick out a few inches from the front and back edge of roof. Pockets at the edge of the rainfly hook over these pole ends to attach the fly to the frame.
The rainfly extends to form an awning that is supported in the front by 3 vertical poles. Guylines from the front edge of the awning rig it tautly.
The rainfly and awning support poles are listed as optional, but appear to be included with the kit. When purchasing, verify that the box contains the tent, the rainfly/awning, and the awning supporting poles.
Some campers have added a velcro strip along the bottom of the door so that it can be sealed at night and when campers are away.
There is conflicting information as to whether this tent has a bathtub floor. Wall tent designs generally do not feature bathtub floors. Campers intending to purchase can check this out.
The fly and floor seams are factory taped, minimizing the amount of sealing necessary to prepare the tent for camping. Check the tent walls for any unsealed seams that are not covered by the rainfly.
The Eureka Pine Lodge Tent offers family campers the features of a wall tent without all the bulk.
The heavy duty fabric on the tent body and rainfly will repel rain well and last for many years.
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.
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.