18 February 2009

My New Eureka Pine Lodge Tent is Putting The Pressure On

Posted by Darrell under: Gear - Tips, Reviews, Wishlist .

It is the “off season” for me. There aren’t any local hunting seasons open and I’m not quite ready start fishing heavily, so I’m bored! To fill the time I’ve been doing a lot of browsing and shopping and have been gathering equipment information for later in the year. Oh, and sometimes I just have to go ahead and BUY some of these products.

 Today, I received my brand new tent. It is a Eureka Pine Lodge Tent. It is a huge 12′x10′, plus an awning and sleeps 8 adults! I’ve been wanting to pick up one of these larger tents for quite some time. I have a smaller Eureka camping tent that is dome style and can be set up in a couple minutes. This cabin style tent will probably take a little longer to set up, but I’m hoping the extra time is worth it in exchange for the extra room that I’ll have. Eureka’s website says that 2 men can set it up in about 10 minutes. (I’ll let you know).

 I like plenty of room when I’m camping on hunting trips. Room for several large cots is a must to really be comfortable. A lot of the cabin family camping tents  that I’ve looked at are $1,000 or more. I found the Pine Lodge on the expedition and outfitters page on Eureka’s tent website. This tent sells for $550, so it seems comparatively like a bargain. I’ll certainly find out!  

One of the funnest things about getting something new (like a tent or a gun) is that you have to immediately start planning a trip to try that item out. Boy, am I ever feeling pressured. I’ve just got to get a trip planned where I can fully test out my new tent. I’ve been trying to explain all of this “pressure” to my wife. Now, you are probably thinking that she is giving me a hard time about planning yet another hunting adventure - but you’d be wrong.

I think I’ve figured out that the “off season” is as hard on my wife as it is on me. She is getting so tired of seeing me mope around that she actually offered to help me with my trip planning. I believe she even said something to the effect “Are you sure nothing is in season that you want to hunt right now?”

I’ll probably have my first opportunity to put this tent to use in late August. I’m thinking about doing a DIY archery antelope hunt in Nebraska. This will likely be my first hunting trip of the year, unless I get to use this tent on a hog or turkey hunt this spring.

I’ll let you know how this tent performs. If anyone has any experience with it, please feel free to let me know.

Eureka Pine Lodge Outfitter Tent

Eureka Pine Lodge Dimensions Floorplan

28 Comments so far...

Arthur Says:

18 February 2009 at 8:51 pm.

The tent looks pretty cool. We just got a new Eureka tent as well. Unfortunately, we have a similar problem to yours: it’s too cold to use it right now.

I hate it. I have a new toy, and I can’t even set it up right now because of all the snow and mud. I can tell you for sure, though, that we will be camping with it as soon as we can this year.

Hopefully both of these tents work out for us.

Rex Says:

2 March 2009 at 3:23 pm.

boy, you could sure use that to come to the famous christmas place to fish one weekend!

toddler toys Says:

16 March 2009 at 3:04 pm.

This is right here, in the present, not the future.

Amy Wagner Says:

17 March 2009 at 1:42 am.

That is a great looking tent, I like the fact that it has an awning on the front were most don’t have this feature. We are going to be going into Autumn soon so camping will be out of the question soon.

Everett Patterson Says:

4 May 2009 at 8:59 pm.

I hear you I’m just itching to get out too. My schedule is pretty much full for a while, but looking forward to hitting the trail.

Check out my blog if you get a chance. http://www.campingtrail.net/

P.S. You could have gotten the tent for a lot less @ http://www.campinggear4you.com/eureka-pine-lodge.html

Jane Says:

19 July 2009 at 9:25 am.

So, Have you tried out your Pine Lodge Tent? I’ve been using one for about a year now. I really love it. The space is great, its easy to put up (once you get used to it… I’m the type to read the directions!!) Always forget to put the top poles in first. The rain fly is great, it’s held up on several days of rain without a drop inside!! One interesting aspect of the tent is that everything tends to turn a blood red color………..especially black items! The fan door is fantastic!! So much easier than zipping up and down…….especiallly in the middle of the night. Was skeptical about it keeping the bugs (and critters) out but not an issue. It has spoiled me to camping, since its only for 2 of us, it feels like we bring a hotel room with us!!

Christopher Says:

7 December 2009 at 3:12 pm.

I like your blog. I’m just starting my own on outdoor sports. Anyway I found the Eureka! Pine Lodge tent on a site http://www.discountcamptents.com. I have ordered from this site and they are very reliable with excellent customer service.



Jesse Says:

5 March 2010 at 12:20 pm.

I think Im gonna buy this one. Camping has become less and less fun with my little 2 man tent trying to accommodate my wife, a german shepherd and a chocolate lab.
This is gonna be luxury camping.

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Jomierbm Says:

31 March 2010 at 9:07 am.

Can anyone share how difficult would it be for one person to set up the Pine Lodge? I’m considering a change from the Titan - which I know I can set up alone. Thanks!

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