Outdoor Tents: A Buyer’s Guide

Camping in the untamed wilderness can be a great way to relieve stress, enjoy the quiet, and relax. But choosing the wrong outdoor tent can lead to water-logged sleeping bags, insect attacks, and restless nights. There are many outdoor tents to choose from, but several factors need to be considered. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when choosing your next tent.

Durability. Outdoor tents that are well constructed from high quality materials can last decades. They are often expensive, but even cheap tents can last several years with proper care. Tarps placed underneath tents in use can increase their lifespan, as can packing and storing them properly.

Weight and size. The weight and size of outdoor tents isn’t an issue with car campers. Large, heavy tents can make hiking more dangerous and stressful as they can increase the weight and awkwardness of hiking packs. Although light tents are easy to pack and great for hiking, weatherproofing should be considered if hazardous weather is a possibility.

Living space. An important consideration is how much room outdoor tents provide. There should be room for everyone to sleep comfortably, and enough space to store camping gear. It is much easier getting dressed in a tent that allows you to stand up, which can make ceiling clearance an important feature.

Comfort. Tents should be comfortable, allowing their occupants to get a restful nights sleep. According to David Street , car campers should use a tent that is designed for 1 or 2 more people than are actually using it. This provides maximum comfort and freedom within the tent. Comfort is less of a concern for backpackers, who value weight and carrying size over roominess.

Weatherproofing. The outdoors can be unpredictable, especially when it comes to weather. Make sure the tent you buy matches your weatherproofing needs.

The weather-worthiness of a tent is measured in seasons. The more seasons a tent is rated for, the more weatherproof it is. Most tents are rated for three seasons, which means they fair well in moderated weather during spring, summer, and fall. Tents that are rated for four seasons perform great during all times of the year, even heavy snow. They can get hot during warmer weather due to their high amounts of insulation.

There are separate measurements for a tent’s level of water protection. Tents are rated in psi, which is a measurement of the pounds of water per square inch of material a tent can sustain before leaking. The higher the psi the greater the tent’s water resistance.

Price. Buy the tent you can afford. Many low-priced three season tents are perfect for light use, but constant abuse or exposure to extreme elements requires a more expensive and durable 4 season tent.

Features. Many features make outdoor tents comfortable, waterproof, and functional. Features can include: tent color, windows for observation, ventilations screens, rain covers, large entry doors, and others. Decide what features and characteristics are important to you, and buy a tent with only those features. There is no need to pay for features you don’t want.

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Build Your Own PVC Tent

I love to go camping. Tents from days gone by used to last for years- not so anymore. Of course, even the best tents eventually give in to the wind, rain, sun, etc.

Replacing tents can be an expensive measure, but not if you build your own from PVC.

Make the following tents quickly and easily with outdoor rated fabric from your fabric store, or fabric you have on hand (like denim) and cover with waterproofing.

Paint, dye or stain your PVC poles for a custom look. Cover them with a UV sealant to preserve them for years. People will wonder where you got your beautiful tent, and you could, perhaps- if the price was right, make a few for friends and family as gifts. Perhaps. Or teach them to make their own. And not borrow yours.

This tent is based on a Kelty- style tent, but with variations- not the least of which is the price.

For all tents, you will need:

Each tent will give additional specific fittings and materials.

• PVC Pipe- I like to use ½” Schedule 40 PVC- this is lightweight, and stronger because it’s made to withstand water pressure.

• PVC fittings- available in DIY stores and some fittings are available online

• Sandpaper to remove rough cut edges after cutting pipes or drilling

• Paint, dye or stain if desired

• Hacksaw or PVC pipe cutter

• Measuring tape

PVC Tent – for one or two people

You will also need:

• Four each ½” diameter PVC pipes, each 10 feet long, cut to eight feet- do not discard the scraps.

• Four each 1-foot long pieces of rebar

• Mallet or hammer

• Drill and ¼”bits

• Drilling jig

• This frame is based on the Kelty style tent. It’s a little different.

• Four each carriage bolts, ¼” diameter and 1 ½” long

• Four each cap bolts, ¼”

• Eight each ¼” washers

• Tarp for floor- 6′ by 6′ square.

• Cord for tying tarp down.

• Tent stakes for making wind ring.

• Large tarp for covering tent- also use canvas, denim, etc.

Insert one end of each pipe into a cross fitting. This will give you a giant plus sign. Using a jig, drill a hole through the cross fitting all the way through the pipe.

Thread a washer onto a carriage bolt and push the bolt through the hole, cover with another washer, and thread on the bolt. Tighten only finger tight. This keeps the poles from coming undone in a strong wind. Place the cap nut on the end.

Measure a spot on the ground 6 feet square. Drive a piece of rebar six inches into the ground at each corner and insert an end of the PVC pipe at each corner. It may be hard at first to bend the pipe. You can also work in the other direction- place the stakes first, insert the poles, and then bend towards the center.

Cover with tarp and lay out the floor. Secure the floor tarp to the corner stakes, and secure the tarp outside to the ground through grommets or ties. Make any kind of tent door or closing you desire.

To make the wind ring, measure 1/3 of the way down the top of the tent. Tie or use rope clamps to make a rope ring. Tie four ropes to the ring, one for each side of the tent. You can use eye snaps, metal rings, etc. Using the tent stakes, tie the ropes down securely, but not so tight the PVC cracks. This will ensure the tent does not blow over in a strong wind.

For a larger tent, leave the poles full length and make your square larger. Keep in mind, that PVC will bend, but only so far. It may help to angle your rebar in a little. The wind ring will help keep your tent secure.

For a large tent, add four poles to the inside.

1. While the 10-foot poles are on the ground, measure four feet from the end of each cross piece (with the poles inserted), and make a mark. Make certain your measurements are correct.

2. Cut the pipes and insert a four-way fitting (available online) into each end. The sides should point to the inside of the tent.

3. Erect the tent, and measure from one four-way fitting to the next. Add 2″ to this measurement for insertion into the fittings. Cut the pipes, and work them into the fittings. You will now have a cross at the top, and crossbars for added strength. Your wind ring should ride about a foot above the cross bars.

4. You can indeed add a tee fitting to each cross bar, and insert an additional pole to the ground. This gives the larger sides more structure, and makes the tent sturdier.

5. Although it isn’t necessary, you can drill and bolt these attachments.

6. You can experiment with longer PVC pipes, and additional cross bars and side poles. Fancier looks cooler, but will cost more and weigh more to carry. Of course, you could probably fit more people in it.

7. For anything larger than 10′ square, I would build a yurt or other structure. See the following link for a free downloadable plan.

Make a bag or use a dedicated box to carry all the fittings, bolts, etc.

Use stands for lights and do not hang anything from the poles of this tent. It is made to keep the tarp or tent cover up. I wouldn’t hang more than one or two 1-lb. battery lights inside the 6′ square tent.

Enjoy your custom tent all season long. Your tent poles may be cut shorter, and attached together at the campsite using connectors. These are available at any DIY store.

A Good Canopy Shelter Tent

You, your family, your goods, supplies, pets, plants, cars, machines, whatever is out there under needs protection from the elements. A Sunday afternoon picnic can easily be ruined by bad weather if you do not have the right protection against it. That being said, the answer to this problem is a good canopy

shelter tent.

A good canpopy, shelter, or tent is characterized mainly by its durability. Since this is supposed to provide you with protection, it should be able to withstand a lot of beating for a couple of years. So if you are out shopping for one, check out the canopy tents from Global Industrial. These are built to last with high quality steeal and top of the line covers made from polyester fiber or polyethylene plastic which are sure to last for years.

Another important characteristic of a canopy tent or shelter is portability. Being portable means that you can take this anywhere. From camping or fishing trips to county fairs and picnics, you would never have to worry about not having shade with a portable canopy tent.

In line with this, being portable means that you can store this easily in your attic or garage when not in use. And since it is light in weight, a single person can easily set this up or break it down without much trouble.

There are several uses for a portable canopy tent or shelter. For one, you can bring it with you in camping and fishing trips. You can bring this with you during picnics or barbecues. You can bring this to events and parties. With it, you can ensure that your fun is not ruined because of a downpour of rain or extreme heat.

Another common use for a portable canopy tent is to house vehicles. This type is more commonly known as a garage kit. With this, you can create a temporary housing for your car or truck wherever you are. At the same time, you can also use this to create a secondary garage without having to construct one which can cost a lot. With varying shapes and sizes, garage kits can store cars, trucks, vans, jet skis, boats and even RVs.

Portable sheds and shelters on the other hand are used to store and protect supplies and equipment. Agricultural wares and all terrain vehicles are commonly stored in these covers. And, aside from adequate protection from the sun’s rays and rainfall, it is also treated to resist ripping, microbes and yellowing as well.

Plants and animals can also greatly benefit from portable canopy tents too. You can buy a portable greenhouse from Global Industrial to give your plants an extra six weeks of life. Portable kennels on the other hand are carefully designed to provide protection, ventilation and comfort for your beloved pets and animals.

For multipurpose needs, nothing beats the versatility of a heavy duty tarp. You can use them to cover just about anything. They can be extremely helpful for

almost any purpose such as construction, painting, and cleaning to name a few.

Carl Guido loves to go outdoors and take in the sun. But too much of anything can be very harmful which is why he shops from Global Industrial for the best covers and shelters.

How to Shop for a Used Tent

A used tent can save you a great deal of money over a brand new one, and provide you with just as much use. You will want to be careful when making such a purchase, however, to be sure that you get a quality item that will work well for you and is a good value. There are certain things you will want to consider. The following are some things you should look for when shopping for a used tent.

First you will want to make sure the tent is of good quality and free from significant rips, tears or anything else that you feel could affect the performance of the tent. Remember that a small problem can turn into a big problem. If it is stained, make sure that it is something that you are comfortable with and not an unhealthy stain such as a mold spot. Examine the tent fully, looking at all of the seams. If you can, you may want to fully set it up before you purchase it to make sure that you can get a look at it from every angle and make sure that all of the parts are there. Make sure all of the zippers work as well.

You should carefully consider the prices when shopping for a used tent. You should get a significant discount by buying a used tent. Remember, there are many inexpensive sources to buy new tents such as discount stores and Internet sources. If you are getting a used one, you are going to want to get a big discount over even those.

You should try to look for a reputable seller when searching for a used tent. If you are buying off of an Internet site such as www.ebay.com, try to find a seller that has very good reviews and gives lots of pictures. Also, find out if the seller has a return policy, so that if something is not to your liking, you can return it and get a refund or at least an exchange. This is especially important for used tents that you cannot see or set up in advance. The best way to find an individual seller is if you personally know someone that you trust to not cheat you. You can also ask around to see if anyone knows of someone who is selling such an item.

Buying a used tent can save you a great deal of money. When purchasing such an item look for a quality tent in good condition that is sold for a reasonable price by a reputable seller.


Boy’s Tent Canopy

Why are most bed canopies so frilly and girlish? Doesn’t anyone think that a little boy would also like a canopy for his bed? Maybe not a frilly one, with lace and bows, but a different type, which will let him have that feeling of being surrounded. And, if your boy wants a canopy, you’ll have a hard time finding one that is appropriate for him, but if you do, it won’t be cheap. But you can make the cheapest canopy ever, and it will be perfect for a boy’s bed. A tent canopy will make your boy feel safe, secure, private, and happy.

A long, wide piece of cardboard – and maybe a second, smaller piece – is all you really need to make a boy’s tent canopy. The brown color of the cardboard might not suit the boy’s bedroom theme, but cardboard can be painted. Spray paint it black or brown, purple or blue, or give it a camouflaged design. Don’t soak the cardboard or it could buckle or wrinkle.

You can use 1, 2, or 4 pieces of cardboard, to make it long enough for a tent canopy. The cardboard – in total – should be long enough to reach from the floor, up above the mattress, at a slant above the bed, down the same-angle slant, and back down to the floor. The cardboard should be wide enough to reach from the headboard (if there is one), to at least the middle of the bed – or beyond.

In order to build the canopy all you have to do is fold the cardboard. First, bend the cardboard in half, across the width. That bend will make the peak of the roof over the bed. You can make a smooth bend if you use a straight edge, like the side of a dining table.

Measure from the floor, to a few inches above the mattress, and mark that area on the cardboard. Mark the same area at the opposite end of the cardboard. Bend the cardboard, across the width, at those two areas. That’s it for the main shape of the canopy. However, you can add a piece onto the back, particularly if there is no headboard, to make a solid wall in the back of the tent. Or, hang a curtain to cover the front of the tent. Your little boy is going to spend hours beneath the canopy, playing, reading, or sleeping.

3 Tips for Buying the Right Tent

Buying a tent for camping can be a daunting task if you don’t know the right things to look for. You need a tent that will fit your needs and serve the purpose that you have for it. There are many different styles of tents out on the market that look great, but they can be the wrong tent for you. Choosing the right tent can be the difference between a great camping trip to a camping disaster.

The first thing that you need to look at is what you are going to use the tent for. If you are looking for a tent to take along to a family camping trip, you need to choose a tent that will provide comfort, size, and good ventilation. These things are important if you want to have the best time on a family vacation. If you are going to be camping in the wilderness, you need to choose a different style of tent. If hiking or on a hunting or fishing trip, you need to be able to transport your tent and other gear easily. So, if you are going to be hiking or any other activity that requires you to lug your gear with you, you need to consider a tent that is light and durable.

The next thing that you need to consider is type of material that the tent is made of. First, there is Polyester which stands up to a lot of exposure to the sun. This is usually ideal for a weekend camping trip with the family. Next you have Nylon which is ideas for the hiker and people that lug gear because it is lighter. The last one that we have is the Canvas, which is very durable, but it is a lot heavier. You could use this maybe on a 4-wheeling camping trip or a fishing trip that does not require a lot of moving.

The third tip that I want to share with you contains a lot of different things within. You need to be able to choose the right size, both for people and for weight considerations. You also want to consider the quality of the poles that come with the tent for anchoring the tent to the ground. You need reliable and good quality anchors for any tent. You also need a tent with easy setup so that your entire first day is not full of just setting the tent up. This can be very frustrating. The last thing to consider is the quality of the features. You don’t want to be stuck with zippers that don’t work, bad flooring, leaky stitching, etc. Pick a tent that is reliable and is of good enough quality for your camping adventure. You always get what you pay for in most cases. Don’t go cheap when it comes to your shelter when camping.

I hope that you have found these tips helpful in buying the right tent for camping. Just please remember to always have fun when out in the wild.

Choosing a Camper: Switching from Tents to RV’s and Tow-behind Campers

You are a lover of the outdoors and camping and have been all of your life. Camping in tents is great but now you’ve gotten older you like your comforts a little more. Perhaps now is the time to consider switching to an RV for your camping adventures. Yes, a new motor home is expensive and so is a tow- behind camping trailer. But fortunately there are many used older model to choose from. By carefully looking around for these camping options you can acquire one at great savings.

Determining which type of camping vehicle you need is a personal preference. Motor homes are completely contained for the most part. All aspects of comfort are included in these wonderful vehicles. Most will have an independent power and water supply for those isolated camping spots without either. But realistically, these extras are seldom used. Power generators somehow destroy any sense of solitude you may be seeking in the great outdoors.

Unless you plan to use a motor home for this type of camping these are just not worth the maintenance. Besides, you will probably need another vehicle to travel around in unless you want to unhook everything when you want to go somewhere. But since many of these are bought by senior citizens for their retirement, there are always some on the market. Eventually they are sold by the children or other heirs at a great savings for the new buyers.

Tow- behind campers seem to be the best bet for the former tent camper. Although they aren’t as prestigious, they offer the most economical alternative to tent camping. Because these campers come in a variety of sizes and models there are usually more to choose from. It is recommended that you start with a smaller version of tow-behind camper to get an idea of what you are looking for. By carefully inspecting the floor, roof, electrical and plumbing system, and appliances, you can be assured of the soundness of your purchase. You may find one for a few hundred dollars if you are willing to modernize the old systems. Always take in consideration the vehicle you will be using to pull the camper.

Some of the advantages over tent camping are having everything ready to go when you are. One of the most stressing aspects of camping is getting everything to the camping site. Tent camping veterans are invariably exhausted after setting up camp. In either of the alternative methods you merely level the RV and hook up the water and electric connection. Another important distinction is safety. Riding out a storm in a tent can ruin a camping trip even if fright is the only disadvantage. Wet clothes and sleeping bags do not help either.

But the main advantage is comfort. Once you get accustomed to sleeping in your RV bed it will make no difference which way the camper is pointing or where it is. There are no damp sandy sheets to keep you from enjoying your slumber, the A/C and heating system will keep you comfortable in any weather. When you need something you know which drawer or closet to look in without wondering if you left it at home. It becomes like a second home to you and your family. Familiarity breeds comfort in this case.

If you are camping on a budget you will also have to figure out which type of camper will be the most expensive to own. This includes maintenance and storage of the unit in the off season. A tow-behind model will generally be the less costly of the two as far as expense is concerned. Motor home are notorious for getting low gas mileage compared to towing costs of a tow-behind model.

If you have never owned anything other than a tent to camp in you will be pleasantly surprised how convenient a camper is. Sure, there are many tent camping purists who frown on this type of camping, but they will be the ones with the wet, sandy clothing at the campsite. Do they really look that smug?


Canvas Tents: A Great Alternative for Campers Everywhere

Ever thought about getting a tent made from canvas? While most people use tents made out of synthetics, like nylon, there are other alternatives. Synthetics may be light and easily available, but they’re also easy to damage, don’t last long, and get hot and stuffy in the sun. They also tend to be low to the ground and don’t offer much space for storing your stuff. For backpackers who need a light tent, or people without much space in their vehicles, these tents may make sense. For everyone else, they can be annoying and uncomfortable.

Canvas is an option that most people have heard of, but haven’t thought seriously about. After all, canvas tents seem old fashioned. However, there are plenty of advantages to this less glamorous tent alternative. Natural fibers breathe more easily than synthetics. This means that you don’t have to worry about coming back to a tent like an oven, even if you’re camped in an open field. You’ll get a lot more space with most canvas tent designs, too. They’re often made with plenty of headroom, preventing you from feeling like you have to stoop inside.

One thing that’s often a worry when talking about canvas as a tent material is fire. However, it’s not the problem that many people think it is. While cotton does burn, under the right conditions, it’s less dangerous than a synthetic. This is because tightly woven natural fiber fabrics tent to snuff themselves out, while nylon and similar fabrics melt. If you’re very worried about flammability, tents made from Sunforger fabric have been treated to resist fire. This can reduce breathability, but will make sure your tent never catches on fire.

Another concern people frequently have about canvas tents is the possibility of leaks. Since canvas is a porous fabric, and water soaks right into cotton, this makes sense, intellectually. However, a tightly stretched canvas surface, like a tent, actually keeps things under it quite dry. This is because the water only soaks into the canvas at first. Then the threads swell up, shutting it out. Just don’t put any items right against the walls or ceiling of your tent, and avoid sagging areas that can puddle, and you’ll stay nicely dry.

You can find plenty of canvas tent styles. One of the most popular is the wall tent, shaped a lot like a house. These tents have angled roofs and straight or slightly slanted walls that give plenty of standing and storage space. However, there are also wedge tents (the classic triangle, but larger), round and oval pavilions, and bells (like a wedge, but with semi-circular ends). You can get these from hunting suppliers and companies that offer goods to historical reenactors. They often cost more than a conventional tent, but they’ll last longer and be more comfortable.

The downsides of using canvas for tents are weight and bulk. Tents made from sturdier fabric last longer, but they also take up more space and weigh more. This means that they’re not ideal for people who like long hiking trips. They are great if you’re going to be driving up to your campsite in a vehicle, and for camping trips that last more than just a day or so. Regular synthetic tents can feel hot and cramped after a few days.

Remember that any tent needs to be cared for. In the case of models made out of canvas, this means avoiding mildew. Never put your tent away wet. If you must (breaking camp in a downpour is no fun), take it out as soon as you get home and set it up to air out and dry. Mildew not only looks and smells bad, but can weaken the fabric of your tent. Bleaching to deal with old mildew also weakens fibers. Don’t be tempted to apply a commercial waterproofer or deck sealer to your tent, either. Some people do this, because they doubt the ability of canvas to keep them dry. However, this adds a non-breathable layer to your tent, making it hot, heavy, and not much better at keeping water out. With the right care, your canvas tent could last you a decade or more, and add lots of fun to your camping experience.


Guide: Buying And Using A Tent For First Time

Getting the Right Tent Is The First Step To A Great Camping Experience

Camping is a great way to spend time with your family and make wonderful memories. But a camping trip gone wrong can quickly cause misery and heartache. The information in this article is designed to help you prepare for your first camping trip by have a proper tent.


Tent designs vary greatly, but for the beginner, there is really only two. Dome tents and pup tents. A pup tent is what most people think of when picturing a tent. Shaped like a triangle on each end these tents have their use but for a beginner they are only really useful as a second tent for a child. The Dome tent is the preferred choice for a beginner as they are more roomy and either allow a camper to stand up inside it or at least more enough to get dressed in privacy.


Obviously you need a tent that is big enough for your family. Tent manufacturers provide a handy reference on tent boxes that state the number of people that a tent will sleep. For typical camping situations this number should be divided by two. A tent designated to sleep four, will in real situations sleep two. This allows room for needed items such as clothes, hygiene materials, flashlights, etc.
An item to look for when buying a tent is a fly that covers the tent to the ground (not just half of the tent). Regardless of what is stated on the box, tents are often remarkably non waterproof. An exterior fly that covers the whole tent provides a good second layer of protection from the elements. Added features such as roll out ‘porches’ and others are nice but they are basically a gimmick.


A tarp or preferably a heavy duty plastic drop cloth should be brought along to lay down on the ground and then set-up your tent on top of it. After the tent is set up tuck the excess under the tent to avoid water pooling on it. The excess can also be pulled out to stand on when putting shoes on or taking them off. When it is time to leave the bottom of your tent should be dry and clean and can be packed away without getting it back out at home to clean and dry. The tarp or drop cloth can also be used to cover the tent in case of leaks.
Before leaving on a camping trip you should practice setting the tent up in your backyard if at all possible. Learning to set up a tent is not much fun with excited children running around wanting to do other things.