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Take Some Important Tips on Building a Tent

Aug 17, 2007
Each of the tents has different way to build, according to their design and size. Tent has to be strong enough that it can stand against the wind but it has to be tight enough so it can stand against the rain. In this article we will learn some tips while building the tent.

It is always important to stretch the sides of the tent tightly, so that there are no folds. Even tightly woven cloth that has not been waterproofed will shed the rain if it is stretched taut. An umbrella is an example of this. However, the minute you bump against the side of such a tent during a heavy rain, it will start to drip at the spot you hit. If this happens, just press your finger against the spot and draw it straight down along the side of the tent to the ground the water will flow off without bothering you any more.

Lay dry grass, reeds or branches on the floor of the tent, or perhaps you can get an armful of hay or straw somewhere. Even a layer of newspapers is useful. This will protect you from the coolness of the ground (unless you have decided to camp in the middle of a swamp which is not recommended).

The choice of a camping site is important. The earth should not have too much clay, or it will keep the water from being absorbed. And don't camp in the middle of a hollow where the rain water can collect. Loose, sandy ground is warm and comfortable. It is pleasant to have a wooded area or a rise in the ground to protect you from the storm side. In northern latitudes, the storm side is the west, northwest, or southwest.

The Tepee
A tepee is very picturesque standing in a sunny forest clearing. It is also an exceedingly practical tent, with the advantage of allowing you to have, a cooking fire inside it. And it is not particularly difficult to put up your own tepee.

First get a piece of sturdy cloth at least 7 feet by 14 feet. A larger size is all right as long as the length is twice the width. You can even make it by sewing several smaller pieces together. Then cut out a semicircle. From the cutout pieces make two smoke flaps, and sew them on at the spots shown in the illustration. Now bind all the edges of the cloth with heavy linen, or, better yet, with leather. Run a heavy cord around the bottom edge of the tepee, sewing it securely at about 4-inch intervals. Afterwards you will stick the tent pegs through the loops created this way to stretch the sides tight. The tent is not closed with buttons, but with wooden dowels and loops like those on duffle coats.

To set up the tepee, you need about ten poles as shown in the illustration, or, if you like, branches cut as straight as possible. Draw a circle on the ground with a diameter equal to the radius of the semicircle. Then set up three poles on the circle as shown, and tie them together at the height that the peak of the tent will reach. Lean the other poles against these three, putting three aside: two for propping open the smoke flaps and one to tie the top of the tepee to. By narrowing or widening the opening of the smoke flaps, you will get the "chimney flue" to draw. Naturally the opening must always be on the side away from the wind, for otherwise the smoke would be blown back into the tent. Secure the tepee in a strong wind by letting the cord which holds the poles together at the top extend to the ground, and fasten it there in the middle of the tent. In hot weather you can roll the front of the tepee up, holding it with strong forked sticks, to allow breezes to enter.

Choose the correct ground to build your tent and follow the guidance on building the tent to make sure that it stands firm.
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Mitch Johnson is a regular writer for http://www.best-scopes-n-binoculars.com /, http://www.mycampfuntips.info/ , http://www.goodbudgetholiday.info/
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