The basic canvas wall tent, used by outdoor enthusiasts and the military for hundreds of years, can be turned into more than a tent with the simple addition of a wooden platform. My family has some property in a beautiful meadow with mountain views and we are looking to put up a canvas wall tent on a wooden floor to use for guest camping and enjoying the summer nights. Research for these tents has turned up some fantastic photos of what can be created with these portable but heavy duty structures.
Wall tents are different than tipis and in that they have four sides and a peaked roof, much like a tiny house. Canvas wall tents have been used by the military as early at 1740 and were used extensively in the American Civil War. Hunters and trappers in the 1800′s used wall tents while on the frontier and they are still used today as shelters in refugee camps and by soldiers in Iraq.
Canvas wall tents range in size from about 8-10 feet wide and 10-20 feet long. They can be supported with a simple wood frame, steel poles or traditional timber poles cut down on site. The walls are typically 5-6 feet high. Some canvas tents are large enough to contain a wood burning stove and the canvas roof can include a hole for a stove pipe. Furniture, carpets and even wall hangings can be used for interior decoration.
Canvas wall tents can actually be mounted to a hard surface deck. This keeps the tent from being blown away and damaged in the wind and also keeps out unwanted outdoor critters. These types of tents are called deck tents and can be secured even further with cable systems that tie the tent down to the deck.
Because of their sturdy construction and ability to let in fresh air while protecting campers from the elements, many canvas wall tents have become popular for glamping enthusiasts. The tents can be enjoyed in the summer and fall and then packed up and put away when winter arrives.
If you’ve always wanted your camping experience to be more elevated, the new Stingray Tent, built by UK company Tenstile and distributed in San Francisco, is a new design that looks like a floating sea creature. The Stingray, which can be set up on the ground or suspended in the air is a three season tent that can fit up to three occupants and their gear.
This aerial tiny shelter is made of UV resistant and waterproof materials and anodized aircraft aluminum poles. The full tent is 13x13x13 feet and it can pack down to 27×10 inches. A rope ladder and ratchet straps come standard and optional accessories include luggage nets, tablet pouches, shoe nets and mobile phone pockets. Two access points in the bottom hatch allow occupants to access various parts of the tent and you sleep in a 6 ounce reinforced cordura hammock. They are currently on sale for $799. The Stingray Air, with a removable, PU coated waterproof polyester flysheet sells for $1,199. Which stings just a little bit.
So, if you are looking for a more clandestine tiny house, you only need to look up.
Photos by Stingray Tents
While on a recent teardrop trailer trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, I ran into a Texan named John who travels around the country for work. He lives simply out of a camping trailer I had never seen before. His Roll-A-Home camper is small enough to be towed behind his small sports car, yet it expands and pops up into a structure that is large enough to stand up in.
This camper is more than a glorified tent, though. When folded down, the trailer is towable behind a small car or a motorcycle, yet everything inside is still accessible in the 18.5 cubic feet of cargo area. The trailer body is constructed out of fiberglass and also doubles as a luggage rack. The tent is made with breathable, waterproof and UV resistant fabric and when erected the entire tent is 88 inches high and clears the ground. Both the standard (47 x 78 inches) and wide bed (73 x 80 inches) models include five double zippered screen windows and a screen door. Setup only takes a few minutes.
The entire structure also has lighting, independent rubber torsion bar suspension, plugs for 110 volt or 12 volt appliances and slide outs and external shelters are available to extend the space. The weight for the standard model is 325 lbs. and 385 lbs. for the wide model. The cost for the standard trailer is $4,499 and the wide bed is $4,999. Optional features such as a storage box, screen room, spare tire or carpet are extra.
Photos by Roll-A-Home and Christina Nellemann
For someone who wants to be close to nature, but doesn’t mind a little less privacy, a new bubble hotel/campground has been built just outside of Paris by designer Pierre-Stephane Dumas. Each of his “rooms” are transparent, air-filled plastic bubbles placed discretely in the garden of the Chateau de Malmaison, which is the former home of Napolean’s Josephine.
“I think nearly everyone of us has dreamed of something like this,” Dumas said. He built these bubbles primarily to stargaze from the comfort of bed without having to set up a tent. Continue Reading »