|CANVAS WALL TENT SET UP INSTRUCTIONS|
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When You Receive Your New Canvas Wall Tent FIRST DO THE FOLLOWING: Before
using your new tent I recommend you wet it down on your frame.
When wetting canvas wall tents, especially the seams for shrinkage, and also
when it snows/rains, insure that you have wall stakes and guy ropes/side ropes
on your new tent to insure it only shrinks the normal 1-3% shrinkage and that
it shrinks evenly. If guy ropes and stakes are not used it may shrink more
than 3% and unevenly and won't fit your internal frame properly. NOT REQUIRED IF YOU HAVE A FLY.
Setting up Internal Frame & Canvas Wall Tents:
TENT AND FRAME SET UP
- Remove rocks and sticks in set up area.
- Lay tent floor on ground where tent is to be located. By using a
floor your tent will stay cleaner during set up and take down.
- Position angles and frame on floor in appropriate location for set
- Assemble frame except legs on one side. By installing legs on only one
side of the frame, the ridge wil be 5-6' high to allow you to easily drape
tent over ridge. If your tent has a
tall roofline it is best to not install legs.
- Unzip all door zippers to prevent strain on zippers.
- Drape tent over frame. Fold the sidewalls in toward the inside of the roof
to keep sidewalls off the ground.
- Put fly over canvas wall tent.
- Install legs on remaining side
- Adjust your tent to the frame. Do not pull hard on canvas wall tents
or you will weaken seams and zipper doors. If tent is too tight you must
cut down your frame rafters or tent length as necessary. The tent should be
snug on the frame but not taunt or require any forcing to make it fit
- Over the lifetime of your canvas wall tent it may continue to shrink
slightly and require you to cut down the frame.
- If your door zipper is tight
you must cut down the rafters to reduce stress on the zipper.
- Place sod cloth
under floor for an air seal and to prevent any rain water from getting on
top of floor. Some campers that do not have a floor put the sod cloth to the
outside to direct rain water away from area.
- Install stakes and guy ropes
and tensioners. Stakes should be driven in at a 45º angle away from
the canvas wall tents. Guy ropes are at the same angle as the tent roof or less depending on personal preference.
If I am in an area with high winds I tie my corner guy ropes to trees, stumps
or logs. Another method is to use 3' or 4' rebar stakes.
- Guy ropes. Cut your ropes 8-10 ' long depending on the angle you take the ropes down from your eaves. Tie one end of the rope to the eave D rings. Put the end of the eave rope through one end of tensioner then through the other end of the tensioner. Adjust guy rope and tensioners so there is a loop in the guy rope. Put the guy rope loop behind the stake. Adjust the tensioner to tighten the guy rope.
- If rain is possible,
dig a 4-6" wide trench 2-3" deep around
your tent to insure water drains away from your area.
Taking Down Canvas Wall Tent:
- Clean your sod cloth. If your sod cloth is dirty you will get the inside
of your tent dirty.
- Unzip your door zippers.
- Fold your walls to the inside so the inside of your tent always touches
the inside of the walls to keep the inside of your tent cleaner.
- Take down in reverse order of assembly.
- If your frame is not marked, color code your frame
parts, i.e., legs, rafters and frame lengths at 1-2" from ends where
the paint will be hidden in the angle joints.
- Clean Your Frame if the frame has a coating that makes
your hands dirty. Dirty hands results in a dirty canvas wall tent.
- If you are making your own frame do not allow any
shrinkage the first cut. After you place the tent on the frame you can decide
how much more you need to cut the frame down. If you cut the frame too small
initially you will have to repurchase all the EMT pipe.