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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Wenger Lugano 16- by 10-Foot Two-Room Eight-Person Family Tent with Canopy

Perfect for car camping with the entire family in the summer, the Wenger Lugano family tent sleeps up to eight campers and adds privacy with its two-room design. The Climate Control venting system allows for hotter air to escape and cooler air to enter the tent for more comfortable sleeping. It has large mesh windows to let the breeze flow through, as well as a generous mesh roof. It also includes a canopy for resting after a long day's hike. The two rooms are created by simply zipping up the divider curtains. It has a base measurement of 16 by 10 feet for a 131-square-foot area, and a center height of 74 inches.

The Lugano has a Dutch D-style door as well as an inverted T-style door. It has a polyester taffeta with double-pass polyurethane coating tent body and a sonic-sealed polyethylene floor. The tent also includes an embossed rip-stop fly with quick-release buckles. The mud mat attaches to the ground in front of the door to help keep your tent floor clean. You get a number of storage options to keep your gear out of the way, including a gear loft organizer and e-port for electrical cord access. The frame is composed of chain-corded steel poles that are color-coded for quick assembly. When packed up, the tent weighs 30 pounds and can be easily toted around in the included zippered carry duffel.

Features:
Size: 16' x 10' x 74"
Area: 131 square feet
Sleeps: 7-8
Factory taped fly seams
Sonic-welded polyethylene floors
E-Port and canopy
Chain-corded steel poles
Embossed rip-stop fly
Shoe pocket and mud mat
Dutch D- and inverted T-style doors
Climate control venting system
Sewn-in divider curtain
Snag-free zipper covers
Ten-year warranty
Amazon.com Tent Guide
Selecting a Tent
Fortunately, there are all kinds of tents for weekend car campers, Everest expeditions, and everything in between. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Expect the Worst
In general, it's wise to choose a tent that's designed to withstand the worst possible conditions you think you'll face. For instance, if you're a summer car camper in a region where weather is predictable, an inexpensive family or all-purpose tent will likely do the trick--especially if a vehicle is nearby and you can make a mad dash for safety when bad weather swoops in! If you're a backpacker, alpine climber, or bike explorer, or if you like to car camp in all seasons, you'll want to take something designed to handle more adversity.

Three- and Four-Season Tents
For summer, early fall, and late spring outings, choose a three-season tent. At minimum, a quality three-season tent will have lightweight aluminum poles, a reinforced floor, durable stitching, and a quality rain-fly. Some three-season tents offer more open-air netting and are more specifically designed for summer backpacking and other activities. Many premium tents will feature presealed, taped seams and a silicone-impregnated rain-fly for enhanced waterproofness.

For winter camping or alpine travel, go with a four-season model. Because they typically feature more durable fabric coatings, as well as more poles, four-season tents are designed to handle heavy snowfall and high winds without collapsing. Of course, four-season tents exact a weight penalty of about 10 to 20 percent in trade for their strength and durability. They also tend to be more expensive.

Domes and Tunnels
Tents are broadly categorized into two types, freestanding, which can stand up on their own, and those that must be staked down in order to stand upright. Freestanding tents often incorporate a dome-shaped design, and most four-season tents are constructed this way because a dome leaves no flat spots on the outer surface where snow can collect. Domes are also inherently stronger than any other design. Meanwhile, many three-season models employ a modified dome configuration called a tunnel. These are still freestanding, but they require fewer poles than a dome, use less fabric, and typically have a rectangular floor-plan that offers less storage space than a dome configuration. Many one- and two-person tents are not freestanding, but they make up for it by being more lightweight. Because they use fewer poles, they can also be quicker to set up than a dome.

Size Matters
Ask yourself how many people you'd like to fit in your fabric hotel now and in the future. For soloists and minimalists, check out one-person tents. If you're a mega-minimalist, or if you have your eye on doing some big wall climbs, a waterproof-breathable bivy sack is the ticket. Some bivy sacks feature poles and stake points to give you a little more breathing room. Also, if you don't need bug protection and you want to save weight, check out open-air shelters.

Families who plan on car camping in good weather can choose from a wide range of jumbo-sized tents that will accommodate all your little ones with room to spare. A wide range of capacities is also available for three- and four-season backpacking and expedition tents. Remember, though, the bigger the tent you buy, the heavier it will be, although it's easy to break up the tent components among several people in your group. It's also helpful to compare the volume and floor-space measurements of models you're considering.


Customer Review: Love this Tent!!
This tent is huge. There are two rooms and each room has it's own door so you don't have to disturb anyone else if you need to get up in the middle of the night. We live in a windy area and this tent held up like a dream. The set up is very easy, I mean, it is big so the first time you do it, it may take 20 mins, but once you get the hang of it you may spend only 10 mins setting it up. There are also lots of clever features inside the tent. The craftsmanship is amazing. The one thing I didn't like so much was that the roof is primarily made of the screen mesh material. Which can be neat if you are not expecting any wind or rain. But if you are in question, the rain fly must be up otherwise you will get wet. All-in-all, we love this tent and will not be moving on to another one for quite some time.
Customer Review: Very Nice Tent and Well made, i love the head room
Very easy to put up and lots of room for a family. Highly recomended. Good quality for BURNING MAN also. You will not be disappointed, if you get it for $175 or less a great deal! Not very many tents you can walk in without hitting your head, but here is one for you tall people.


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To add to the fun of race day, the Speedway offers fans several hospitality clubs. Each of the three clubs offer different options; the Champions Club offers preferred seating, food/beverage vouchers, in-seat food/beverage service, lounge, private restrooms and much more. The Victory Lane Club offers breakfast, lunch and beverages, pre-race pit pass, entertainment, a souvenir program, professional drivers as guest speakers. The Tailgate Club offers lunch, program, pre-race pit pass and special guest speakers.

In 2005 the Speedway opened its newest addition, the AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza behind the grandstands where fans can relax between races. The complex houses sponsor displays, concessions, merchandise and a three story viewing tower. Campers will enjoy a wide range of options at one of the eight sites available. There is a site for any form of camping from tents to RV's from Infield RV sites to outdoor camping. Rentals start at $130.00 with several booking options.

Race fans share a love of speed and thrills and the Michigan Racing School gives you the opportunity to satisfy that need for speed. The school offers racing thrills for any passion; Indy style or Stock car. The adventure begins with instruction, techniques and a quick ride around the track. Once your training is completed you'll climb behind the wheel and take to the track. A variety of packages are available from "Ride with a Pro" 3-lap ride along to the "Thrill of a Lifetime" 80-lap driving experience.

The Track Time Driving School is another avenue for race fans to fulfill the ultimate dream of driving their favorite cars. Track Time provides instructional classes, defensive driving and gives you the opportunity to experience the thrill of driving a stock car or Formula 3000. You can even drive your own car and get expert driving and safety tips.

Check out more information on the following raceways by clicking their name: Michigan International Speedway, Thunder Valley Raceway, Auto City Speedway

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