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Ridge Runner
2006-08-28, 21:36
Surplus M1 French Tent (http://www.majorsurplusnsurvival.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=083225&Category_Code=34)


I puchased one of these a few months ago for $25 at a local surplus store. It looked traditional and not made of any "space age" materials. I also liked the color and thought "what the hell."

I remember as a kid playing in our backyard with a surplus USGI Pup tent for several summers and I wanted my kids to enjoy the same great experiences I had growing up.

Well, this is no USGI pup tent!

When I got it home and set it up in the backyard I was very impressed. The tent is made out of a canvas/cottom material that looked brand new. The floor is nylon and the two tent poles are made out of aluminum.

The tent is very roomy on the inside and can hold two people with some gear or one person and a lot of gear. I am 6'4" and had plenty of room on the inside.

On the tent "walls" are velcro air vents with netting that run the entire lenght of the tent. They can be opened or closed depending on the weather. There are also vents at the top of each entrance/exit flap.

There are tent flaps on each end of the tent and provide "tie-ups" in order to keep the flaps open for air circulation. The zippers are first quality.

The aluminum poles come in three sections are are secured on the inside of the tubing by a long metal spring. This keeps the pole sections from getting lost, but they do break down easily. They are about half an inch wide and very sturdy.

The rainfly is TOP QUALITY and fits over the top of the entire tent. I was very impressed with its stitching and strength. Although I have not tried it in a heavy rain for several days, I did leave the tent up for a few days when it did rain. The tent was perfectly dry.

The rainfly is not pictured in the above link.

I did treat the tent and rainfly with a silicon spray that I got from WalMart - just for that added protection.

The tent pegs are metal, and have a hook pattern to them. All the necessary pegs came with my tent.

I was so impressed with the tent that I bought 3 more to have on hand. I keep one of the tents in my car at all times during the spring/summer months. I have another suplus canvas Dutch tent for the fall/winter months.

I like the traditional looks and style of the tent. The dark green color is a plus in my book. My kids loved playing in their tent and I have enjoyed mine.

If I ever do tear it, a field repair should be easy with a needle and thread.

You may find a lighter, better tent, but not at this price. I think the French troop tent is an excellent tent for car camping, emergency evacuations or to just keep in your car "just in case."

Anyone else own one?

Iceman
2006-08-29, 00:18
I am really confused here. Are you getting a kickback for selling these or what? :confused: Your write up's are really nice and thorough, and I appreciate the effort, but it just seems a bit wierd. Ten pounds of tent is a bit heavy even for me. (especially since I would need two of them...)

Anyway, heck, nevermind... :damnmate: I wouldn't want to get in trouble here again...

Ridge Runner
2006-08-29, 20:22
I am really confused here. Are you getting a kickback for selling these or what? :confused: Your write up's are really nice and thorough, and I appreciate the effort, but it just seems a bit wierd. Ten pounds of tent is a bit heavy even for me. (especially since I would need two of them...)

Anyway, heck, nevermind... :damnmate: I wouldn't want to get in trouble here again...



Sorry..........English major.

Iceman
2006-08-29, 23:23
Sorry..........English major.

Ok, now I understand. :biggrin:

JAK
2006-08-29, 23:33
Sorry..........English major.I don't know.
Even Senior Officers and Englishmen should know 10 pounds is a bit heavy to be humping around in the noon day sun. :biggrin:


Mad Dogs and Englishmen
by Noel Coward

In tropical climes there are certain times of day
When all the citizens retire to tear their clothes off and perspire.
It's one of the rules that the greatest fools obey,
Because the sun is much too sultry
And one must avoid its ultry-violet ray.
The natives grieve when the white men leave their huts,
Because they're obviously, definitely nuts!

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun,
The Japanese donīt care to, the Chinese wouldnīt dare to,
Hindus and Argentines sleep firmly from twelve to one
But Englishmen detest-a siesta.
In the Philippines they have lovely screens to protect you from the glare.
In the Malay States, there are hats like plates which the Britishers won't wear.
At twelve noon the natives swoon and no further work is done,
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

It's such a surprise for the Eastern eyes to see,
that though the English are effete, they're quite impervious to heat,
When the white man rides every native hides in glee,
Because the simple creatures hope he will impale his solar topee on a tree.
It seems such a shame when the English claim the earth,
They give rise to such hilarity and mirth.
Ha ha ha ha hoo hoo hoo hoo hee hee hee hee ......

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.
The toughest Burmese bandit can never understand it.
In Rangoon the heat of noon is just what the natives shun,
They put their Scotch or Rye down, and lie down.
In a jungle town where the sun beats down to the rage of man and beast
The English garb of the English sahib merely gets a bit more creased.
In Bangkok at twelve o'clock they foam at the mouth and run,
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.
The smallest Malay rabbit deplores this foolish habit.
In Hong Kong they strike a gong and fire off a noonday gun,
To reprimand each inmate who's in late.
In the mangrove swamps where the python romps
there is peace from twelve till two.
Even caribous lie around and snooze, for there's nothing else to do.
In Bengal to move at all is seldom ever done,
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

JAK
2006-08-30, 19:53
I really thought that was one of my funnier posts.
You know - English major - then the song and dance routine.
Killer stuff really.

"Sir, in my heart, I know I'm funny." - Lt. Steven Hauk

Iceman
2006-08-30, 23:19
JAK, twas funny, but I was silenced and awed by the epic vastness of it all... :biggrin:

JAK
2006-08-31, 01:56
Thanks Iceman. In my heart, I know you mean that. :biggrin: