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Camp cot question

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Do camp cots damage tent floors?

I have been using a self inflating pad, but had hip surgery over the winter and it is easier to get up from a more elevated position like a cot. However, I don't want to damage my tent floor.

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We have been using cots in our tent for years and have had no issues with the tent floor. They work great.

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What type of legs do they have? I've seen some that are U shaped and others that aren't.

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Cots should have a rubber boot of some kind over the bottom of each leg. I've never had a problem with them. If you feel you need extra protection cut some 4x4" pieces of plywood, round the corners, sand them if needed and place one under each leg.

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Our cots have a rounded plastic boots on the legs.

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My fat buddy has a bad foot and rolls around 6-6 and 500 lbs. He swears by a double level air mattress from Cabella's.

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Yes they will damage the floors, even if they have the hard rubber boots. We use small cardboard squares under the rubber boots and have never had a problem. You need something to get between the hard rubber boot and the hard surface under the tent. Have camped for a week, without moving, and never had a problem with wear marks in the tent floor.

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Yeah, I wondered about that. I like the cardboard idea.

I camp up at Voyaguers and they have sand filled tent pads for the tent. I figured the legs on the cot would push the tent floor fabric down and tear, or strech it out.

Thanks.

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I have a cot and I have not used anything yet. I just bought a new tent and was worried about this. Went to the local store and got those rubber things that you put under furniture. Cheap and they should help. The cot does not have the rounded U shape that some have. I have the Slumberjack XL. Love it by the way.

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