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Canvas tents?

topic posted Wed, March 18, 2009 - 8:52 PM by  Unsubscribed
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Anyone have any experience with them? Thinking of getting one, but it runs about $400... I'm thinking it might be a lot better than that thin fabric I've dealt with for so many years.
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  • yup yup yup...
    lots of threads on here about Springbar tents...
    mine's been to 2 burns, and a few regionals...
    bulletproof...
    with shade, you can sleep in later than most others...
    /s\a|n/d\
  • I just bit the bullet and bought a Springbar Vagabond 4 and I can't wait for it to arrive. Yes it was expensive compared to a department store nylon tent, but I figure it will be much more affordable in the long run. It is definitely cheaper than renting or buying a RV, so I still feel like I got a deal. I will have access to my parents RV (yes they go to burning man) as the "main house" on the playa, but I think it will be a great "bedroom" for me.
    • After having gone to Burning Man with my kids, I often wonder if my parents would have liked it.

      My Dad motorhomed to the Salton Sea, so I know he could have taken the heat and dust, and he would have dug the engineering of the sculputes and the man.

      My Mom would have hated the lack of control and people's freedom to walk away from a scene that held no interest nor promise of delight.

      One brother had a great time, the other thought of dust and allergies and discomfort and took a permanent pass.
    • You are going to love your Springbar, I just spent 5 days in mine at Flipside. A big blow with torrential rain and I didn't even get a drip inside the tent, everything was dry dry. The only dust I got last year was what I tracked in.
      • I considered this, back when I was researching and looking to invest. I feared it'd be too much for one person to set up, too heavy, etc. I've really loved my EZ Up for lack of poles and other tent set-up headaches. I love the look of the canvas ones, too.

        I'd really like to just have one of these:

        www.engadget.com/2006/08/0...otel-room/
        • Springbar and Kodiak tents are heavy. But my Springbar Traveler 5 sets up faster than my nylon dome tent.

          Martini Steve
          • How's the heat in the springbar?
            • I bought a piece of Aluminet shade cloth and draped it over my Springbar tent, and it definitely helped keep things cool. (Cover the roof pole ends with tennis balls to prevent them from poking through the shade cover.) The full height of the Springbar tent and screened window ventilation also really helped with heat dissipation. That said, it was still nice to have a portable mist generator and a fan for those lazy mid-afternoon cat-naps...
              • Ya, I've done the same... aluminet over the Springbar... I bungeed 3' wood dowels with plastic bowls on the ends (or golf balls would work), to the outside framework of the Spingbar, that raises the aluminet up a couple feet for cross wind ventilation... I need to make a video of this... hmmm... /+\+|+/+\
                • @Sand: I would love to see at least a picture -- I have a 10X10 Kodiak, and I've ordered a 14X15 piece of aluminet ...and was wondering the best way to get it over and up the tent!
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                    A good idea for that is to use the old sectional fiberglass poles from your old tent to hold the aluminet above the new. Just join then secure them in a bow over the canvas tent. Throw the aluminet over that and secure. Cleanest way I've seen it.

                    Sas

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