Saturday, September 19, 2009

Ray Stevens - The Camping Trip, What to Consider Before Buying a Family Camping Tent

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When shopping for a camping tent, there are several things you should consider in order to get the right tent for your needs. A weekend spent in an inadequate tent can turn a retreat into a misery!

Portability: First, examine where you will be camping and how you will be getting there. If you plan on hiking to your camping destination, a small tent which folds into a small package and can be strapped to a backpack will be a necessity.

If you own a compact car, a camping tent which collapses into a small space will also be a necessity. But if you own a large vehicle, you are less constrained by tent size or break-down features.

Square Footage: While your car size or destination will have some effect on the size of your tent, it must be balanced by how many people will be sleeping in the tent. Many camping tents estimate the number of adults it will sleep by assuming everyone is of average size and will sleep shoulder-to-shoulder. Most people do not want to sleep this close to others, not to mention that large people will require more space. When in doubt, get a larger tent.

Material: Camping tents today generally come in two types of material: nylon and canvas. Nylon tents are inexpensive and can easily be found at sporting goods stores and discount retailers. Canvas tents are harder to find and often must be ordered from a company which sells historic reenactment goods. They are also considerably more expensive.

The benefits to canvas tents, however, is that they tend to last much longer and are much less prone to leaking. There are even canvas tents with a roof-height of 6' or more, allowing an adult to stand upright in them. The drawbacks are: they are heavier than nylon tents, take up more space in a car, and typically require many large poles to set up. Some models are nearly impossible for one person to set-up alone.

Price: As mentioned, the choice of material will have a great impact in the price of your tent. Size too will have some impact, as will special features, such as multiple rooms or porches. But the main consideration when it comes to price is: how often will you use the tent? If you plan on camping once or twice a year, an inexpensive tent will serve. However, if you plan on camping regularly, or for long-periods of time, or in all weathers, it would be best to spend the money upfront and buy a tent which will be both comfortable and long-lasting.

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