canvas tents

Wall Tent Stakes


Wall Tent eave stake requirements vary depending on how windy the area is where you camp.

Almost any stake is adequate for staking down the walls. The primary purpose of these stakes is to keep the walls down to prevent wind from blowing in under the walls.

Tent stakes in stores for staking out the ropes are inadequate in windy conditions. Some tent companies provide large nails/spikes with their tent. However, in windy conditions these nails/spikes are not adequate.

If you are going to be camping in possibly windy conditions I suggest you use rebar for stakes, 1/2" or 5/8". Rebar can be purchased at a lumber yard and the lumber yard cuts the rebar for you free or at a nominal charge. 

Another option for eave stakes is metal concrete stakes. More expensive, but also makes a very good eave stake.

Minimum stake length is 18"-24 ". 12" of the rebar is driven into the ground at a 45 degree angle.

Leave 6-12" above ground. Tie the tent eave ropes to the bottom of the rebar. If you have a fly, tie the fly ropes near the top of the rebar. Tying the fly ropes high on the rebar will provide a gap between the tent and the fly.

If you are in windy conditions I do not recommend a gap between the tent and fly as the wind will get under the fly and cause loud flapping and possibly ruin your fly.

The tent eave ropes and the fly ropes will not come off the rebar because the rebar is driven into the ground at a 45 degree angle away from the tent.