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A vintage Eureka tent.
« on: April 02, 2013, 08:52:18 PM »
This last Spring a friend of mine who was downsizing and moving to town ( :P) gave me his old Eureka tent.  I pitched it and slept in it once.  I thought some of you might like to see a fifty some year old tent before the widespread use of nylon came along. 

Its in wonderful condition, no tears or repairs, and other than a little dirt here and there its much the same as when it was made.  We think probably the 1960's.  The floor is heavy vinyl that comes up the sides a bit, the rest is canvas.  There are vents in the back, a zippered mosquito net door and a canvas door.  The tent is suitable for cold camping in the winter.  The floor size is about 80x100 inches. 

Its a heavy tent (I have not weighed it but would guess somewhere about ten to twelve pounds) but it packs into a relatively compact tube.  A tent for the car camping or ATV trips.  The rain fly is canvas and covers the top area as shown in the photos.  The frame is all on the exterior and is a PIA to erect compared to todays modern tents.  With nothing shock corded you have to remember what goes where.  Once you have pitched it a few times it becomes somewhat easier.  One person can put it up with a minimum of trouble if they work at it a bit.  Its free standing but difficult to move by yourself.  I have it pitched outside near the pasture on our farm and am thinking of sleeping in it once again as its been almost a year since we last used it. 

The pictures we took are from the day I picked it up and we pitched it and took these photos so we would have a reference on how to do it in the future.  I used them again yesterday when it was put up.  This tent should hold up well in high wind and after its treated with the alum formula posted last week here it should be good to use.


                                       



 

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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2013, 09:21:38 PM »
...I've never seen this particular design...  Intriguing... ???

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A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2013, 09:26:48 PM »
That's pretty darn cool Stan :thumbsup:
The design looks interesting that's for sure.
How long does it take a fellow to set that up?

The 'high wind test' shouldn't be a problem in South Dakota :P

I assume its prolly even Made in the USA 8)
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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2013, 09:49:47 PM »
Heck yeah....I remember those ol' girls!    I've never had the pleasure of pitching or staying in one, but I do recall one of the assistant Scoutmasters had one of them on one of our winter camps.  Eureka makes well constructed tents and you can usually always get replacement parts for them, too.  Looks like there's a lot of years left in her too!  Congrats on a nice gift, Stan!
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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2013, 10:00:04 PM »
That's pretty darn cool Stan :thumbsup:
The design looks interesting that's for sure.
How long does it take a fellow to set that up?

The 'high wind test' shouldn't be a problem in South Dakota :P

I assume its prolly even Made in the USA 8)

Yep, made in the US and it takes about fifteen minutes or so to set up.  More if you have to run back to the house and look at the photos to see how something goes.  Your right about high wind tests, no problem where we live.
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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2013, 10:11:16 PM »
Heck yeah....I remember those ol' girls!    I've never had the pleasure of pitching or staying in one, but I do recall one of the assistant Scoutmasters had one of them on one of our winter camps.  Eureka makes well constructed tents and you can usually always get replacement parts for them, too.  Looks like there's a lot of years left in her too!  Congrats on a nice gift, Stan!

I had never seen this model before Wolfy.  Even looking on Ebay and the rest of the images section of search engines I only saw a couple of them.  They don't sell well from what I saw on the old Ebay listings.  Its a  tent that doesn't appeal to backpackers and its too small to put a stove jack in and use as a hot tent.  But its fine for a fall hunt tent or a fixed camp during the summer months.  If we were still floating the Smith River in Montana it would be fun to use this one.
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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2013, 10:25:51 PM »
Nice score mate!

You can definitely see the start of the evolution of the modern dome tent in that old Eureka. Would have been pretty high-speed back in its day.
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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2013, 07:09:23 AM »
That is one cool tent.  Thanks for sharing it. 
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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2013, 08:19:09 AM »
That is one cool tent.  Thanks for sharing it.

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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2013, 07:24:07 PM »
That is nice I bet the folks at Eureka might like to see some pics of one that old in such great condition.
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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2013, 12:52:17 AM »
Cool stuff..

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A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2013, 06:09:37 AM »
Yeah, that's a neat tent. Congrats!
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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2013, 09:11:15 PM »
My father has a 4 man of that tent. I spent many nights with my cousins in it. Thanks for bringing back the memories! Enjoy it

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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2013, 09:58:38 PM »
Thanks for posting this. It's neat to see a bit of modern camping history. :thumbsup:
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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2013, 11:25:13 AM »
I have left it pitched through this latest round of snow.  It does okay until the weight of the snow gets too much and then it kind of collapses on itself.  When the snow is brushed off it gets up again, with a little help.  Hasn't leaked yet.

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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2013, 05:57:06 PM »
Perfect winter canoe tent! Pretty cool

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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2014, 04:20:12 PM »
 8)  greetings....
i'm new to this forum but can offer some information about this tent.. It's designed by Richard Blanchard of Eureka tents and dates to the early 1960's.  It's call a "draw-tite".   It's a beautiful asymmetrical design and a similar tent was used by Sir Edmund Hillary on the first ascent of Mt. Everest.. It was market through the Eddie Bauer Catalog as a "three-man overnighter".   
I happen to love this tent design and have picked up a couple of them on ebay over the last year or so.. I just recently purchased the 4-man model, called a "four man ranger" on ebay that someone in Colorado found at an estate sale..  These are unique tents that were state of the art in their time and quite expensive, I think my father paid around $200 in the 1960's for his which was a lot of money for a tent.. their well built canvas and I highly recommend coating them with this "UVX canvas waterproofing" that they sell on ebay, i've tried it and it works quite well... good job on preserving and posting the pictures of this tent..

regards.. from south dakota...

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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2014, 04:43:40 PM »
Welcome to the forum William.  Where are you at in South Dakota?  I live in Butte Country not far from Belle Fourche.

You are, of course, right about it being a Draw Tite.  There is a bit of information on several sites about these old tents.  In 2011 one sold on Ebay for $10.50 plus $30.00 shipping.  Somebody got a bargain. 

This site has a lot of information if you are interested in equipment from those days. 
http://www.oregonphotos.com/Really%20old%20gear-1.html

We were aware of Draw Tite back when they were being made but went with the REI mountain tent.  At the time it was much easier to pitch and far less weight.  This was after the Draw Tites went to a lighter material.

Thanks for posting about this, I didn't use it last year and need to get after it this summer.
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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2014, 05:47:28 PM »
Cool website, Stan! :thumbsup:
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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #19 on: November 29, 2014, 01:31:02 AM »
very cool.  It looks like you might be YOU MIGHT GET AWAY WITH A COUPLE GOOD RIDGE LINES AND SOME GUY LINES. Sorry typing in the dark on a laptop.

That's a very interesting pole setup. I'm amazed it held up so well in storage. i love antiques!
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Re: A vintage Eureka tent.
« Reply #20 on: November 29, 2014, 08:43:24 AM »
That old tent is a beauty, really nice for that time, I own 2 Eureka timberline line tents, a 2 and a 4 man tent, I bought the 2 man tent in 1983 to use with the Boy Scout outings when my son was a Cub Scout, and it is in real good condition for how much I have use it.
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