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Old 03-23-2009, 12:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Canvas Wall Tents

I have always had a nostalgic thing for canvas tents like the ones we grew up with as kids.

As a kid we did lots of camping in our musty old coleman tent and then one day dad brought home a coleman tent trailer. I swaer I have the best childhood memories of both of those.

so in that spirit I am thinking that I want to get a 10x10 canvas wall tent.

what features should I look for ?

so far I am thinking:

fire retardant
back wall window
floor ?

anyhow, what is your experiance with wall tents ?

I like this one http://www.davistent.com/
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't have much experience with the newer ones, but I have one in excellent shape that I still use now and then. It's a little harder to set up than the newer style tents, but I like it much better.

It's quieter inside and is insulated better.

I know it's not much help for you, but at least I can offer moral support.
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adding a floor to a canvas wall tent is going to make it a heavy bastard to deal with.
I vote no floor.
Ridge pole style tents are great for extended periods, but packing the poles in and out can be a PITA, I usually go for the soft style, that way you just run some cord between whatever sturdy poles you find laying about.
Is this going to be for extended base camp use or for weekend camping?
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I want to set it up for the season on my mining claim in the mountains.

can access via quads so weight is not a huge issue.

would also like to be able to take it on wheeling adventures. I built in plenty of storage room for this very reason.
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Army surplus "GP Small" > Davis 10 x 10
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My brother and I have been looking for one for a while for elk hunting. The ones at Cabelas are made by Montana Canvas in Bozeman. Haven't found what we want at a price we want to pay.
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Get the floor. Get the stove. Set it up inthe shade or buy the cover because the canvas will not last if left out in the sun all summer.
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I believe all of them sold in California must be fire treated.
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buy a frame and have a shell made from a canvas and awning company
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I want to set it up for the season on my mining claim in the mountains.

can access via quads so weight is not a huge issue.

would also like to be able to take it on wheeling adventures. I built in plenty of storage room for this very reason.
Might want to consider dragging some pallets up ther eon the quads for the floor.
Makes muddy boots and what not a non issue.
Since weight is not a problem I'd go with a ridge pole model, that davis tent model looks nice.
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My brother and I have been looking for one for a while for elk hunting. The ones at Cabelas are made by Montana Canvas in Bozeman. Haven't found what we want at a price we want to pay.
Looked at Cabelas yesterday and wasn't impressed. they only had their store brand nylon ones.

But montana canvas is available online as well.

http://www.outfitterwarehouse.com/te...412849db59ef88
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Cabelas is expensive but has a good selection for browsing.


Modern badass tents.... I use these @ work
http://www.drash.com/
http://www.base-x.com/
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Army surplus "GP Small" > Davis 10 x 10
I LOVE my GP small.

its a 16' hexagon with 12' center pole.

200#'s with liner

takes two of us 45 minutes to get it erected.

i picked up the telescoping aluminum poles from the local army surplus for $15/ea to replace the wood poles.

the only thing i dont like about it are the guy-lines. they are long and drunks tend to trip over them. LOL.

i've had it up in 40mph gusts and it held strong.

if you;re going to leave it up year-round i'd say you probably wont want a floor. we just throw down a piece of indoor outdoor carpet or a tarp near the beds to kick your shoes off on.

if i ever buy another one it'll be a "frame tent" http://www.calarmy.com/tents/index.html

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buy a frame and have a shell made from a canvas and awning company
you think the mexi's working down at my local awning shop will have the knowledge and experience to build a great tent ?

that is where the saying penny wise and pound foolish comes from.

I am not trying to save $8 on a tent. I want to but the best possible product.

from the link I posted.

" Canvas tents - also called wall tents, outfitter tents, or hunting tents - are a specialty of ours at Davis Tent and Awning. We have been manufacturing quality wall tents and horse packing equipment in Colorado since 1955. We enjoy a hard earned reputation for making the most durable tents and related gear for outfitters and hunters alike. "
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have you ever camped in a traditional canvas tent?

if it rains you cant touch it. you'll be soaked.
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Cabelas is expensive but has a good selection for browsing.


Modern badass tents.... I use these @ work
http://www.drash.com/
http://www.base-x.com/
holy FAWK !!! those are so badass..... out of the realm of what I want to deploy...but super badass
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have you ever camped in a traditional canvas tent?

if it rains you cant touch it. you'll be soaked.
modern ? nope, an old coleman canvas tent when I was a kid.


so even with "modern" water proofing treatments that is an issue ?
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modern ? nope, an old coleman canvas tent when I was a kid.
so even with "modern" water proofing treatments that is an issue ?
when i was researching awhile back for a tent, most of the canvas tents i found weren't waterproofed

thats why i went the military route. its rubberized waterproof heaven
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I LOVE my GP small.

its a 16' hexagon with 12' center pole.
is this yours ?

http://www.rddusa.com/General-Purpos...y-Surplus.html
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nope.. that one has a raised entryway. mines just straight down to the door. that might be a newer model or something.

this ones mine
http://www.foberg.com/tent/governmen...s/gp_small.htm
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hey.. just saying

nevermind

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thats a sweet looking tent. dont like the flat-top vestibules. puddling and snow load could be a bitch for year-round setup.
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great info on "modern canvas " http://www.davistent.com/davisTent/html/Tents.html

click the canvas tent information link

direct link to Davis tents canvas info. A GREAT READ if you are looking at canvas tents
http://www.davistent.com/html/CanvasInformation.html
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I have always had a nostalgic thing for canvas tents like the ones we grew up with as kids.

As a kid we did lots of camping in our musty old coleman tent and then one day dad brought home a coleman tent trailer. I swear I have the best childhood memories of both of those.

so in that spirit I am thinking that I want to get a 10x10 canvas wall tent.

what features should I look for ?

so far I am thinking:

fire retardant
back wall window
floor ?

anyhow, what is your experience with wall tents ?

I like this one http://www.davistent.com/

Just so happens I have one thats the 11x14 x 8 with 4ft walls from this out fit thats now roughly 40 yrs old (bought used at a 'vous)...

http://www.tentsmiths.com/period-tents-wall-tents.html

Thats sorta like this one;



The biggest issue is that it takes 2 people to put up and take down, the second big issue is that theres 12 poles to deal with and in my case because I have the forward awning/rain fly the ridge pole is a 2 piece 14 ft/ section pole. Even on the scout it tends to go from front to back of the truck.

Now would I replace it with something newer? Not on a bet! Its one of the few tents I can actually stand straight up in without ducking to avoid the roof and it has the stove vent...

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