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The Basics on Camping Tents

Jun 17, 2008
When it comes to selecting a tent for your camping needs, there are a few things to consider. With the wide variety of makes and models available, your decision can seem overwhelming. However, you can simplify the process by knowing what you need before you start to shop.

One of the first things to consider when buying a camping tent is size. Think about how many people will be in the tent and the amount of supplies you will keep in the tent. You want to make sure you have enough room to be comfortable. If you're planning an extended trip where you'll need a lot of supplies, you might want to purchase another tent just for storage.

You also must consider the weather. Base your buying decision on what the climate is normally like where you plan to camp. When you're going to an area you're not familiar with, check what the usual precipitation levels, temperature ranges and wind speeds are. All of this will help you choose a camping tent suitable to that area's climate.

Price also should be a consideration. Choose the best quality material that is within your budget. You want the material to be as durable as possible so you get years of use out of your tent. You need to consider maintenance, as well. Look for quality workmanship. This is not only in the actual tent material, but also in the poles, pegs, rope, tensioners and accessories. You want the best quality in all elements of the tent. This enables you to avoid repair and replacement costs over the life of the tent. You might as well pay more upfront for a better tent than have to pay for repairs, or even a completely new tent, after just a few uses.

Another thing you may want to consider is ease of assembly. If you are camping alone, you want a tent that you can set up without much labor or strain. When you know you will camp with other adults, you can look for something more elaborate since you'll have the extra help. Ease of transportation is something else to think about. Do you need a camping tent you can carry easily on your back? There are many durable, lightweight tents on the market today. A compact, lightweight tent is perfect for backpackers going to areas not accessible by vehicle.

Look for reinforced eaves when buying a camping tent. The eaves handle most of the pressure on camping tents. When tightening roofs with ropes and stakes, the eaves bear the strain. Reinforced eaves are especially important for winter camping. Tents tear along the eaves and grommets when heavy snow collects on the roof. Reinforced eaves can prevent this from happening.

Look at purchasing a rain fly for your camping tent. A rain fly covers the roof and walls of your tent, which provides several benefits. Air collects between the rain fly and the tent roof, which becomes insulation in cold weather. A rain fly protects a canvas camping tent from ultraviolet rays, which can cause the canvas to break down. A rain fly can also prevent tree sap, bird droppings and other foreign substances from falling directly on the roof of your tent.

Above all, consider good, old-fashioned comfort when buying a camping tent. You know what you like and what makes you feel comfortable. Look for tent features that suit your needs. Your camping experience will be much more enjoyable when you love where you're living.
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Warren L. Smith offers a fountain of information on Camping, such as Camping Tips, Family Fun, Hunting, Fishing, Tents, Equipment, and Wilderness Tips. For the best, up to date information, go to: http://www.CampingBreak.com
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