Ozark Trail 1-Person Instant Tent Cot

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  • Ozark Trail 1-Person Instant Tent Cot

    I was asked to post about this specifically, and kept forgetting to take a photo of it on my bike. Today, I finally remembered.

    I really like our Timeout Camper, but it's not very practical for short trips, especially when my wife doesn't come. Last year, I went on the Stuffed Turkey Ride (3 days, two nights), and dragged my Timeout. I enjoyed the comfort, but didn't like setup time for such a short time trip, or the gas mileage; especially when the group started getting over 80mph!

    I started looking for an alternative when I'm by myself, so I can still be off the ground and out of the weather (especially if it rains), but not tie myself to a trailer. I ran across this, and it looked like it fit the bill.

    1-Person Instant Tent Cot

    This is from the website, and gives you an idea of the setup:

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    I took a picture of it (by itself) on the bike to give an idea of the fit. It extends about 2" or so on each side of the saddlebags, so it's a pretty easy "haul". Fortunately, it fits nicely underneath the "lift up" Rivco armrests I have; if you have other brand armrests, it might interfere.

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    It really does only take a couple of minutes to set up the basic unit. Getting the rainfly on it brings total setup to about 3 or 4 minutes. Take down so far has been a little longer, but still pretty quick. I'm sure even that will improve as I get more used to it.

    I've used it twice myself, and loading it this way gives me plenty of room to stack on a couple of sleeping bags and other gear. It's great for those times when my wife isn't going with me, and I don't want the hassle of a trailer. We even took it with us on the family reunion campout for our grand daughter. I don't think there was a full hour the whole time we were there that the cot was empty. All the various kids took turns playing in it.

    Ozark Trail is Walmart's "house brand", so the quality may not be the highest. I've read reviews that complain about the durability, so I can't say for sure how well it will hold up long term; but I'm no lightweight (about 285), and it's felt pretty solid to me so far. The zipper placement for the openings is a just a little awkward, but not unbearable.

    I got mine on sale for just a little less than the new lower price. Even at $90, it's a pretty good deal.
    2012 Honda Goldwing | 2009 Timeout Camper

    Patriot Guard Rider since 2007 | IBA member #59823

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    Where do you change clothes? Is there enough room inside to do that? I have looked at these before and also the tent hammocks, but decided they may not be the most practical for me. But I do like the idea of not having to pull a trailer for every camping outing. I'm keeping an open mind...

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      I was able to change clothes inside of it the first time I used it. A bit awkward, but doable. On the second, we were near a restroom, so I didn't have to try.
      2012 Honda Goldwing | 2009 Timeout Camper

      Patriot Guard Rider since 2007 | IBA member #59823

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      • #4
        Interesting cot.....I might be able to use that on the road

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        • #5
          That is very cool!
          I currently cary a small two man tent in my Tailwind, just in case. This may be a better fit, and the price isn't bad either.

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          • #6
            I've seen one of these (not sure of the brand) used at the Deadwood, SD KOA and it looked to me like the real deal. The fella had an air mattress and a small lamp and he was set for the night. What a great idea to get you off the dirt!

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            • #7
              I do like the fact that you sleep off the ground pretty quickly. Currently I have a 1 person shooting shelter and sub-zero sleeping bag I store in my trailer for questionable weather here in Idaho. Not quite as bulky if I had to bungee to the pillion but I usually have my tag-along when I leave town for anything but a fair weather day trip.
              Tom, in Mountain Home, Idaho
              2002 GL1800 (Illusion Red) Non-ABS, 110k miles
              Retired Air Force "Audentes Fortuna Juvat"

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