I purchased a new Ozark Trails tent from Wal-Mart for my latest camping trip. Most tent manufacturers are about the same, and they seem to have evolved to the point where putting up the tent is a breeze. Yet, in their zeal to improve the tent-erecting process, they forgot the second half of the equation: decommissioning the tent after its use.
I knew right away when I was unpacking my tent that there was going to be a problem putting it back inside its storage case. As I unzipped the storage bag, the tent started popping out like a tube of Pillsbury biscuits! I thought, "How in the world am I going to squeeze the tent back into this microscopic bag without the use of a 500 ton press?"
I was right. After our camping trip, when we were tired, dirty, and just ready to go home, packing up the tent proved nearly impossible. I opted to just wad it up in the back of the truck and take it home to reattempt stuffing it into the bag after my anger subsided.
Id love to let the monkeys who make tents know that most consumers, such as myself, would be more than happy to pay the extra 50 cents or so for about 10 percent more material in the storage bag to ensure that the last few minutes of our camping trip isn't a complete nightmare.
This entry was submitted by Chris Clouser and edited by Rob Spiegel.
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