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Eureka Copper Canyon 1512 Cabin Tent – 12 Person 2010
I bought this tent in preparation for an overnight camping trip for a family of 5, including a 1 year old. Of course as soon as it arrived the kids wanted to sleep in it THAT night. Well, it was quite the rainy night – ALL NIGHT LONG, light rain to downpours. After setting it up in the drizzle, and wiping out the inside, this tent remained bone dry all night with the factory taped seams. Water just beads off the fly, outside walls, and storm flaps over the windows. I was very impressed with this aspect of the tent. Although the rainfly does not cover much of the long sides of the tent, as I mentioned before, water just beaded and slid off the fly, and down the sides of the tent.
Ventilation was excellent – I was able to open the tops of the storm flaps on the two windows on opposite short sides, in the pouring rain. The fly over these two windows extends out from the tent far enough to protect these windows from even driving rain. The entire top of the tent is mesh and allowed for plenty of air circulation.
The fly has a great feature (in my opinion) – it has four see-through panels at the peak of the tent which allow you to look through the mesh tent roof, to the sky!! If you prefer not to, the tent itself has a zipper panel that zips over the mesh roof in the areas where the fly has the see-through panels. The fly also has the Eureka! logo watermarked into the the outside surface of the fly.
The quality of the materials is excellent, as I would expect from Eureka!. Zippers work very well, fabrics are substantial, and the size is wonderful. I am 6’6″ and I can stand easily throughout the tent.
The tent setup easily and all the pieces fit together well. I used a 16′x20′ tarp underneath and folded the rest under the tent.
I have not yet used the divider for 2 rooms, the awning, or the included gear loft.
It was obvious to me that a lot of thought went into this tent and it shows in the quality and features. I am looking forward to many years of fun.
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I think I am in love with this tent! There isn’t much about it that isn’t great. The size is huge, the dividing curtain is nice, it uses a ring/toggle system on the sides of the divider, and also to close the window covers. The room divider is zippered down the middle, and easy to pull back in a curtain fashion when not in use. There is some space on the sides of the divider where it attaches to the tent sides because of the ring/toggle/elastic system it uses, but I don’t find it to be a problem. The divider goes all the way to the floor, and there are some small mesh pockets on the bottom of the divider on both sides.
It rained when we used the tent, and no water got inside. The only water that was in the tent was condensation on the inside of the doors after a night of frost and a morning of sun. Great ventilation. The skylights are nice, although you can’t really see through them clearly. I would recommend a small step stool if you are short, though, to close the skylight covers, hang up the divider, or to put up the gear loft because the tent is so tall, or make sure you do all those things before raising the tent.
The tent is easy and quick to put up with two people, but I don’t think it would be at all easy with only one person. You really need two people to get the fly over the top. We used the awning in the front to cover our shoes from the rain, but we had to angle one side of the awning down so the rain wouldn’t pool on the top of the awning. It would be nice if the awning attached to the rain fly because there is a space between the fly and awning, so if it rains the rain can possibly get right through. And the awning poles just sit on top of the ground, so they are easy to maneuver to change the angle and shape of the awning, but they do use guy lines to anchor them, too.
When camping in the backyard we used the E-port for our laptops, and it was very handy. The two room, dual door style was great when my son had a friend sleep over so they had their space and my husband and I had ours and they were able to get out of the tent without bugging us. Because of the tent height, the windows are not possible to be unzipped by a child, which could be a good or bad thing depending on your preference.
We were able to find a floor saver made by Eureka in the correct size for this tent. I have seen sites recommending 2 floor savers put together, but Eureka now makes one in a size specific for this tent. Make sure you get a floor saver, it makes a huge difference and will prolong the life of your tent.
Oh, and the stakes that come with the tent are pretty junky, I suggest buying some better tent stakes. If you use the awning, the tent uses 15 stakes total. If you aren’t going to use the awning, then it uses 12 stakes.
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