Guide to buying modern camping tents
Tent designs and style to choose from
Tents come in many sizes and shapes. Tremendously large circus types are capable of accommodating hundreds of people. Small camping tents can usually hold only a few persons. Still smaller ones shelter only one person.
Most modern camping tents are usually made of lightweight cloth. Popular materials are closely woven cotton or unbleached muslin. Egyptian sailcloth and balloon cloth make very durable tents but are most expensive that other materials. Most tents have entrance flaps sewn onto them. Many are equipped with cloth floors and small windows made of mosquito webbing.
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Tents are shaped and held in place by poles and ropes. The ropes are generally tied to a small metal or wooden pegs driven into the ground nearby. Poles are placed either inside or outside, depending upon the tent style. The umbrella tent has a vertical pole placed inside. Several shorter poles are attached to the top of this pole. These support the roof of the tent.
Almost all modern camping tents are variations of three basic designs. The wedge tent is shaped like the letter "A." The pyramid tent is wide at the bottom and draws to a point at the top. The baker tent is open in front and may or may not have a flap which closes. From these three designs, many other styles have evolved. Among these are the campfire tent, the wall tent, the miner's tent, and the explorer's tent.
The miner's tent is popular with camper's. It may be erected with poles, or a rope may be tied to its top, thrown over a tree limb, and secured after the top has been raised. The wall tent is also popular. It is a basic wedge type, except that the lower portions of the two sides form vertical walls. This permits more room inside the tent for cots or storage.
When buying a tent, select one that will best suit the purpose for which it is to be used. The miner's tent and the wall tent have proved the most versatile. A tent should be light enough to be carried long distances with ease. Keep in mind that those floors assure dryness and keep out insects. Choose a tent that is easily set up, easily taken down, and easily folded into a small unit for convenience in carrying.