No, not the kind you’re thinking of. If only… What we do have is a brand spanking new tent! You may remember when I wrote Our Home is in the Mail that I shipped it back to the manufacturer under a warranty claim. While I did not receive a good answer as to what was going on with our tent, they did agree to replace it for us. Except for the problems we had toward the end of our trip, I really love this tent, so I am so happy to be able to continue to use this tent for future expeditions. Now we just need to get started planning our first camping trip of the season. And by camping trip, I mean camping outdoors, not camping indoors, which is what we’re currently doing. For those of you who are wondering, camping outdoors is vastly superior to camping indoors, but at least you don’t have to worry about the sub-freezing temperatures.
This has been our home for much of our wanderings across this great land. We began to notice something funky with the tent in late fall. It started to seem as if the tent material had shrunk. All of a sudden, we were noticing that the poles fit tighter and that the floor wouldn’t lay flat all the way to the edges. Shortly after we noticed that, the zippers on both the tent and the fly started to separate from time to time. It would usually zip up just fine, but then it would start to come apart in the middle anywhere from five minutes to several hours after we had zipped everything up. It only happened periodically at first, but then the frequency increased as time wore on. Since it was too cold for bugs, we just dealt with it and promised to look into once we were no longer reliant on it for shelter.
And so, I packed up our collapsible home this week and made a trip to the post office with Van. I’m happy that this is the first warranty claim of the trip (though we did return Alan’s Big Agnes ground pad earlier in the trip to replace it with a much improved Therm-a-rest), but disappointed it’s on the most expensive piece of camping equipment we own. I’ll keep you posted as we find out what Nemo Equipment will do to replace or repair the tent. In the mean time, I’ll be dreaming of our first camping trip of the new year once the snow melts and the tent is back in our possession.