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    08-15-2012, 04:33 PM
  #21
Foal
What size dia verses weight of tent poles would be best,

Here in NZ all the tents available are only produced with around 25mm OD aloy poles..
I was reading that several wall tents over there have much larger Dia poles...
Do these stand up to snow loading ok, or do they still bend..?

What size wall tent could I purchase that is robust and up to around 45 to 50 kgs canvas weight..?
     
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    08-15-2012, 07:50 PM
  #22
Yearling
We generally just buy the Corners or Angles from the tent manufacture. Then we buy and cut Electrical Conduit for the straight lengths. Check with whom ever you buy your angles from. They can tell you what diameter pipe you will need to use with their angle system.

Any of the tent makers should be able to give you the weights for the various sizes. Contact them directly and find out what size tents fit in your weight range. It will really depend on the fabric, windows and doors, Stove Jacks etc.
     
    03-27-2013, 02:39 PM
  #23
Foal
I was hoping you guys could give me some advice on what the best tent for camping is. I don't need a huge one because we'll probably only be sleeping about 5 people at the most but usually only 3. I was looking around online and I found this site Best Tents 3 Person Camping Tentand I'm considering the coleman sundome 4-person tent that I saw on the site. I know I've heard of coleman brands with other outdoor stuff so I feel like it's a pretty trusted brand? Anyways, just looking for some help on what brand tents are the best and suggestions if coleman isn't the way to go. Thanks.
     
    03-27-2013, 02:58 PM
  #24
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by nickpunt    
I was hoping you guys could give me some advice on what the best tent for camping is. I don't need a huge one because we'll probably only be sleeping about 5 people at the most but usually only 3. I was looking around online and I found this site Best Tents 3 Person Camping Tentand I'm considering the coleman sundome 4-person tent that I saw on the site. I know I've heard of coleman brands with other outdoor stuff so I feel like it's a pretty trusted brand? Anyways, just looking for some help on what brand tents are the best and suggestions if coleman isn't the way to go. Thanks.
I use the Big Agnes Scout UL2 tent for our rough camping trips and when I go to the offroad parks with my Jeep. It has served me well.

You may look at Eureka or The North Face brands as well for good quality tents that aren't what I consider one season users.
     
    03-27-2013, 05:55 PM
  #25
Showing
Canterbury, have you considered using hammocks with rain sheets? The whole works weighs maybe 5 lbs. A good web site to google is hennesseyhammocks as they have a number of versions and great tips. Much more comfortable than sleeping on the ground or trying to pack all the conventional camping gear. A hammock, fly sheet and a good warm sleeping bag is all you need. In the daytime it doubles as a chair.
     
    03-27-2013, 09:11 PM
  #26
Yearling
The "Best Tent" is really a factor of what you want it to do.
In October at 9,000 foot elevation, It might drop to 0į and dump two feet of snow. So I want a tent that can stand up to that and keep me warm and give me some room to move a little if I'm stuck in the tent a lot. Late October it's dark at 6pm and doesn't get light until 7am. So I got 13 hours I might be in a tent. I might sleep 8 hours of that time. If I'm stuck in a small dome tent, I'd go crazy sitting around for 5 hours waiting for bedtime. At least in a big wall tent we can get up and move around, Clean our guns, play cards etc.

Summer time when it's warm, I just want something that's easy to put and will shed a good thunderstorm.

So what is the best tent? Depends on what I'm doing with it.
     
    03-28-2013, 09:58 AM
  #27
Green Broke
For a wall tent I would do as someone stated above and get an army tent from the local Army/Navy store then pack it in during a couple of trips to get it all there. I see them listed on CL here all the time for around $450 for the big ones. That would be great for a large party as you could always sew in rings/tabs to drape interior walls to make small rooms for privacy/restroom and such.

Here is one of the local ads for an 18'x36' Military tent to give an idea.

Military Tent 18'X36'
     
    03-28-2013, 11:29 AM
  #28
Yearling
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Originally Posted by canterburyhorsetrailrider    
Just been talking to a keen outdoors riding friend and he asked me which wall tent would be the best to buy..

Here in NZ we don't really have much selection in good tents.

He wants to set up a summer camp and leave it erected all summer.

So help is needed..?

Who has been stealing all my carrots,.................??? Smilies.
I you want to leave it up all Summer (or even a few weeks) you'll really want to look at something like Painted Horse uses. That's the high life and if you plan to be at the same spot for that long you may as well be comfortable. I don't mind suffering some, but only if I have to.

My horse camping is bit different, but I'm sure I'll out grow it some day .
I travel light (but not as light as 30+ years ago, but I'm not as tough today ). When I camp I'm generally never in the same place for more that 2 nights during the week (which is usually when I resupply). The rest of the time it's ride until afternoon/evening, unload, set out the horse, set up the "camp" (a light weight pop up tent that just will hold everything and me). Feed, eat, sleep, feed, eat, repack, saddle up, ride and repeat . Most of the weight is me, then the feed, the saddle/tack, the rest of the gear.

I've never saw what the carrots are for anyway so I don't bother with them unless they show up next to the basket. You can have mine
     
    04-07-2013, 12:00 PM
  #29
Weanling
This has been an enlightening thread re tents. Me? I'm like lbs-not-miles. When I'm out, I rarely spend more than a night or two in one spot. My favorite setup is a waterproof ground sheet, a 3" self-inflating pad (like him, I'm getting older and need more padding nowadays), and a tight-weave canvas cover sheet. I haven't used a tent in years.

It's like this. The waterproof ground sheet is about 5X7, just enough to keep the sleeping bag off the ground and give a little space for my clothes, boots, hat, and gun on it. The sleeping pad not only gives me a little padding, but adds insulation from the cold ground. I use either a summer or winter sleeping bag, depending on the temperatures I expect. The cover tarp is a treated 7X8 or so tight-weave canvas. That covers everything and allows enough space to reach out over the edges of your ground sheet. If it rains, the canvas tightens and stiffens up. You simply kick up a little under it and it forms a dome over you and runs the water off. You have to make sure the edges of your ground sheet are under it, or the water will run off the tarp and onto it, wetting your bag and clothing. The cover canvas also doubles as a pack cover for our pack saddles. We try to minimize our gear by making things like ropes and tarps to double duty as much as possible.

If we expect wet weather or snow, we will tie up a plastic tarp, about 12X12 or so, and make a lean-to type cover of it, so we can keep a fire an cook, keep our gear, packs, and saddles dry, etc..

Having said all that, I have to disclose that most of my packing has been in Arizona, where we don't have a lot of rain most of the year, and my pack trips are not normally above 9,000' like Painted horse. I have, however, experienced hail, sleet, snow, rain, wind, lightening, and occasionally sunshine and clear nights with my setup with satisfactory results...at least to my satisfaction, anyway. I'm easy to please when I'm out with my horses and dog.
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    04-07-2013, 04:24 PM
  #30
Yearling
In the summer I pack a smaller dome tent, It's big enough to squeeze 3 people in for sleeping. But you will really go crazy if you had to spend much time in the tent. Such as sitting out a couple days of rain.


Even though I don't need the extra warmth. I usually take a 3 season tent that has full rain fly. I've spent a lot of days in a tent during some pretty wet days during the summer monsoon season.
     

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