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    • sinawalli
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      Thought I would post it here, as I’m sure a few people are wanting to know as well! I saw in the photo galleries a picture of your “Elkheart Hilton”. Who makes it, and where did you get it? Thanks for your time!!

    • Lawrence Hansen
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      F.Y.I.

      Dave has travelled to K’zoo for the “really big show”.

      Likely he will not be wi-fi and get your post for a couple a days. Missed the ‘hilton’, what is it?

      Warm wishes,

      Larry

    • James Harvey
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      Here’s the link I think:

      https://www.tradbow.com/members/viewimage.cfm?ImgID=148

      Something of a Taj Mahteepee 😛

    • David Petersen
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      Hi Bill. It’s a Range Tent, by David Ellis Canvas Products in Durango, CO. His website is http://www.cowboycamp.net. It can be put up using two external poles, as I did, or a single internal pole, or if you can find a tree to match, hung from a heavy limb. It has a sewn-in waterproof bathtub floor and a port for a woodstove. Totally delux product with a price to match. That one (now owned by Thomas Downing) was 12×12 with a 9′ peak. While a wall tent provides more standup room due to the higher side walls, this design is the next best thing and had gobs or room for a stove, table, two cots, two chairs and packs, etc. It was by far also the best tent in a strong wind I’ve ever ridden out a storm in. It’s heavy and bulky but I had no problem putting it up by myself. But I rarely used it and, like “extra” bows, found myself in a financial tight spot and sold it. Thomas and his dad and son have used it in their elk camp a month at a time for a few years now and he could tell you more. While you can find cheaper tents, it soon becomes evident why–they lack the floor, or are cheaper thinner canvas (Ellis uses top garde sail canvas), don’t have sun block or fire retardant coatings, etc. If you can afford it you can’t beat it. He has dozens of designs and will do custom work. We are not friends so I’m not glossing him, but he just makes a really good product. If that picture has an entrance fly, I bought that separately from another source. I painted on the bear paws myself, to match a tatoo I have on my leg.

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    • sinawalli
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      David Petersen wrote: Hi Bill. It’s a Range Tent, by David Ellis Canvas Products in Durango, CO. His website is http://www.cowboycamp.net. It can be put up using two external poles, as I did, or a single internal pole, or if you can find a tree to match, hung from a heavy limb. It has a sewn-in waterproof bathtub floor and a port for a woodstove. Totally delux product with a price to match. That one (now owned by Thomas Downing) was 12×12 with a 9′ peak. While a wall tent provides more standup room due to the higher side walls, this design is the next best thing and had gobs or room for a stove, table, two cots, two chairs and packs, etc. It was by far also the best tent in a strong wind I’ve ever ridden out a storm in. It’s heavy and bulky but I had no problem putting it up by myself. But I rarely used it and, like “extra” bows, found myself in a financial tight spot and sold it. Thomas and his dad and son have used it in their elk camp a month at a time for a few years now and he could tell you more. While you can find cheaper tents, it soon becomes evident why–they lack the floor, or are cheaper thinner canvas (Ellis uses top garde sail canvas), don’t have sun block or fire retardant coatings, etc. If you can afford it you can’t beat it. He has dozens of designs and will do custom work. We are not friends so I’m not glossing him, but he just makes a really good product. If that picture has an entrance fly, I bought that separately from another source. I painted on the bear paws myself, to match a tatoo I have on my leg.

      Thanks Dave! Looks like a nifty set up! I have a wall tent, that is at least 25 years old and still going strong, but like you said, it’s damn near impossible to set up alone, and even though it is only a 10X12X4, it is a load to carry! I also have a 2 man 4 season expedition tent, that is pretty much bomb proof, but I like the idea of having a stove, in case one needs to dry out clothes. BTW, I too, have a grizzly bear tat, but on my arm!!8)

    • Ben M.
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      Funny coincidence, there’s a letter to the editor in the latest Primitive Archer mag asking about a picture of a David Ellis Range Tent they printed. Tony Kinton, the author of the article, responded to the letter. He had all good things to say about the tent, too.

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