Donald Schmit

Donald Schmit

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Blue Mounds, Palisades, Wichita Mountains

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Donald's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
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Donald's Bio

I almost have OCD when it comes to buying my gear. I research what I want. Then ask around about it. Then research some more. Then I'll sleep on it. Of course then comes more research and asking around. Then about 3 months after I actually needed the piece of gear I'll order 2 or 3 different ones so that I see them next to each other and make a decision before returning the others. It does take forever but I am rarely disappointed in what I do get.

Donald Schmit

Donald Schmit wrote an answer about on December 14, 2011

They are unable to ship 686 to Canada due to their contract with 686. In general though, Backcountry does ship to Canada however some brands they are not allowed to. Here is a link to brand they cannot ship outside the U.S.

http://sales.liveperson.net/hc/s-9551721/cmd/kbresource/kb-8312106693056626701/view_question!PAGETYPE?sc=120&sp=94&sf=101133&documentid=239527&action=view&VisitorProfile=BCS&MESSAGEVAR!home=yes&MESSAGEVAR!cookie=no&MESSAGEVAR!docid=239527

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Donald Schmit wrote an answer about on December 13, 2011

There are a couple of options.

1. Mountainsmith is supposed to be putting out a footprint for this tent soon. I've heard January is the expected date.

2. I've seen people who use plastic dropcloth sheeting and cut it to size.

3. Get a regular tarp of a comparable size.

4. Could find a footprint from another tent that is similar in size but if you are going to blow the money on a footprint you may as well wait til next month to get the Mountainsmith footprint for it.

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Donald Schmit wrote an answer about on June 22, 2011

I'll agree as well. I personally have always used a 2 piece paddle and like Mike and Rick said it works well for transport and storage. I also work in a rental shop and we use 2 piece paddles and they have withstood the use and abuse that comes with rental equipment so I definitely believe a good 2 piece paddle will work for you.

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Donald Schmit wrote an answer about on June 13, 2011

Yeah, as long as your cross bars are set the correct length apart you'll be fine. My friend has a long box like this on his Forester and the only thing we every worry about is that when you open the rear hatch that it won't hit the box. If it is going to hit the box, if you open it nicely it won't matter if it hits it so long as you aren't slamming the door open and hit the back of the cargo box.

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Donald Schmit wrote an answer about on June 12, 2011

I'm not sure it'd be able to hold a full 5 gallon shower between strength of the poles and it would probably hang down far enough that it would make you have to stoop down to get good pressure from the shower. If you have the right area you could set the shower up to hang above the tent with the hose hanging down through the opening in the roof. That would allow you to still let the water warm up a bit from the sun without having to move the shower into the tent to wash up.

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Donald Schmit wrote an answer about on January 11, 2011

I don't think the loss in mpg is even worth mentioning. The loss wouldn't even hit a quarter of your mpg. I've drive on several 8 hour plus trip to Colorado and Wyoming I really would say that I don't really notice the difference. The convenience of having the rack on top is definitely worth it.

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