Wall Tent Tips
With all of today's fancy campers and motor homes, the interest still remains in the lore of "real camping". The use of a wall tent contributes to this feeling. We like to think of it as a step back to unhurried times, a reflection of Grandpa's stories of how it used to be, cowboy coffee, beans-n-bacon, and tall tales around the camp fire. The basic design remains the same, as well as the manner of construction. The only minor changes and improvements of today are in some use of longer wearing synthetic fibers in the fabric.
Hunter Wall Tents
The staple shelter of hunters, packers and explorers, our wall tents provide room to cook, sleep and live. More than a tent, this is a wilderness home, made of treated canvas that wears like iron, A home waiting for you to select a site a view.
Poles and Frames
If you are using the ridge pole / "A" frame system, the poles are not included with your tent, because traditionally, the required poles are created in the field. The manner of erection is universal in that a large "A" is required at each end, with a ridge pole going through the inside peak extending out each end through open gables on the tent. The ridge pole then rests on, and is attached to the top of the "A" poles. Guying the eve lines completes your tent set-up.
If your are using an internal frame, this frame is usually made from 1 inch EMT galvanized steel conduit and uses square steel tubing for the eave and ridge fittings. The steel tubing is inserted into the square fitting at the eave and ridge junctures. Larger sizes have additional cross supports for added stability. This frame is free standing, however, for maximum stability we recommend using the adjustable guy ropes and stakes provided on our wall tents.
Make Sure You Can Cut Poles
Some areas don't permit cutting of poles, which means that you must rely on a pre-fab assembly that has to be packed into your site. Checking with local forestry personnel can clear up any problems before they arise.
Pre-Shrink Your Tent Before Use
If using a 100% cotton canvas, untreated fabric, pre-shrink your wall tent before using it for the first time by loosely setting it up and hosing it down with clean water. Then let it dry naturally. Pre-shrinking closes the holes in the pores of the fabric, and is a very important step if you wish to apply waterproofing, or pre-fab a pole assembly. For maximum effectiveness we recommend that you pre-shrink your tent three times.
How to avoid Mildew and other Damage
As the new owners of a wall tent, you must avoid a constant enemy, MILDEW. Never store your tent damp. Dry it out completely and clean off all leaves, grass, bird droppings, and pitch. When cooking inside your tent, protect the fabric from splatters of grease, as this can attract rodents while your tent is storage, and can damage the waterproof ability.
Other Camp Set-Up Tips.
The use of common sense in your camp, and the way you set it up will save you much grief. Ditch for drainage away from the tent. Never leave camp with a fire going. Keep all stock away from guy ropes. Fill stove and lanterns outside. Have a shovel and bucket of water handy. Store extra fuel away from your tent. To eliminate animals which spell trouble for you and your camp, never leave camp with open food containers setting around. Pack all of your garbage out.
Things You Should Have in Your Camp
Listed below are some common items that most wall tenters have found useful in setting up house keeping, and adding to their comfort in the remote areas of the great outdoors. Bucket, Shovel, Hatchet, Axe, Folding Limb Saw, Bailing or Tie Wire, Duct Tape, Cooking Foil, Coat Hangers, Nails, 100-Foot of 1/4" Rope, Large Safety Pins, First Aid Kit.
Be extremely Careful with Lanterns and Heaters
Things that create heat pose a variety of hazards to the tent user, as well as the entire camp. A stove in a tent requires very careful planning to eliminate any chance of fire. Even the standard Coleman lantern can create heat enough to cause a fire if left too close to fabric or other combustibles. Never leave anything to chance where heat and a tent are concerned.
Other Advantages of Wall Tents that make for Happy Camping
Anyone can set-up one of those small dome tent and spend a rainy day bent low inside. The real value of your wall tent will show itself that first nasty day. You and your group will be cozy inside, able to walk and move around, sit up and play at a card table. You'll have a smile on your face, while the bent over bunch will look and feel miserable.
Did You get a Big Enough Wall Tent?
It is easy to make the mistake of buying a wall tent smaller than you can use. Planning ahead by placing all your gear, including a table, if you wish, on a spot, and checking the size, will help you get a better understanding of the size needed. A 5-foot wall will give you about 20% more walk around room than one with a 4-foot wall.
Our advice...Go for as much comfort as you can!
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