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Old 01-30-2015, 03:56 PM   #1
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Wall Tent(s)

My brother-in-law and I recently joined a small hunting camp situated on 120 acres in Middle Georgia. We've been looking for a bumper pull camper but everything we're finding in our budget (under $2K) is pretty well thrashed. We've given consideration to erecting a small, wooden building but we'd prefer the unit to be modular so that we can relocate it if need be. I've started researching Wall Tents but I have zero experience with them. I know they're a popular option for Western Elk hunts, etc.

Generally speaking it would be just the two of us; however, there may be instances where we have family members or friends join us. Any advice or information would be appreciated.

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Old 01-30-2015, 07:02 PM   #2
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I have a "spike" tent from The Wall Tent Shop.

I love it. It sets up in 15 minutes. And it is awesome with the wood burning g stove.... warm

That said, any wall tent from a reputable company will meet your needs.
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:33 PM   #3
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I am one of those western Elk Hunters. Been doing it for 35 years, using Canvas wall tents. We have been in all types of weather, rain, wind and snow. All have had a wood stove of various dimensions.

Our designated cook uses heavy duty propane stoves, either 2 or 3 burner. You can bake on it with a folding oven. New this year was "Dutch ovens" for one of our group

We have a lot of gear that has been accumulated over the years. You have think about water storage, cookware, tools, ice chests, lamps and the like. That includes a privy if you are modest.

This year I brought my own 8X10 30 year old canvas tent for a little privacy. It rained most every night for a week and I was warm and dry.

Too small for a stove, so bought a "Heater Buddy" hooked up to a 5 gal propane tank.
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:34 AM   #4
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I've had a 12X14X5' (width X length X sidewall height) for many years. I also got a metal frame for it, so it's easy to set up and you don't need to cut trees when you want to set up the tent. Small stove and stove jack.
Make sure you get one with a stove jack and sod flap, they make it a lot nicer. One year we had a LOT of rain, but no stove (stupid weatherman). One of our fellow hunters brought one of those kerosene heaters and it worked very well. Propane might be easier to deal with and probably cheaper, but they generate moisture which is a problem. I like the wood stove, but somebody has to get up in the middle of the night to feed it or everybody wakes up cold.
Look for a manufacturer that has been in business a long time, or just search local Craigslist ads. I bought mine new, but I've seen some good deals on CL.


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PS: Get a bigger one than you think you need- if you have several people even the big ones don't take that long to set up, and you can partition off the rear for a sleeping area. Vestibules are nice too.
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:52 AM   #5
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Military tent maybe. Depending on how long your tent is going to stay i'd consider making it from wood but be able to disassemble.

6x8 privacy fence panels are 80 bucks, and put a fibreglass or metal roof.
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Old 01-31-2015, 10:01 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice. We'll likely erect it in September and leave it up through mid-January. It might need to go back up for Spring Turkey season. Provided a tree doesn't come crashing down on it there shouldn't be a problem as most of them are mold/mildew resistant.

Edit: Just checked out the Spike. That's about perfect for what we need! allowishish, have you ever left it up for an extended period of time? Any issues?
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Old 01-31-2015, 10:23 AM   #7
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Cabellas has some set up in their stores. If you want to see them to get an idea of your footage and height needs. They also have all the cool options, cots ,stoves, kitchens, all set up to look at.
It would be worth a trip before dropping a grand or so on gear.
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Old 01-31-2015, 10:29 AM   #8
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What about a portable garage... people have them up yr around here and under lots of cold and ice.

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Old 02-01-2015, 01:54 PM   #9
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Montana Canvas

One option is Montana Canvas wall tents: http://www.montanacanvas.com/collections/wall-tents
My family has used a 10x12 and 12x14 for the last 25 years deer and elk hunting. My parents used the 10x12 with a kitchen extension as their sleeping tent and we used the 12x14 as the "kitchen/dining/gathering room". Eventually we added sides to kitchen extension on the 10x12 so it's now fully enclosed 10x16 or so and sold the 12x14 a couple years aga as we started to use our pickup campers to sleep in. The 10x12 with the additional enclosed kitchen extension serves now as the main hall. The Montana Canvas tents have held up very well with no complaints. It is not uncommon to use them for six to seven weeks a year. They have/has full metal frames, wood cook stoves and assorted other small features that make them like home in the woods. The only concern I would have with leaving one up is without heat to dry them out they might mildew over time even if they are mildew resitant. The other concern would be critters chewing on the canvas. May or may not be an issue. They have been a worthwhile investment for us.
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:51 PM   #10
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I've seen folks who leave their tents up pull the sidewalls up a couple feet. Less for coyotes to piss on, less likely for mice to chew on, and the airflow keeps mildew under control.



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Old 02-01-2015, 07:28 PM   #11
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Talking to a hunter last year in VT , he was complaining about a group that set up t-111 for sidewalls, doors windows the works, then just left it stacked under a cammo tarp in the off season.
Seemed like a good idea to me, a lot more secure when you are not there.
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Old 02-01-2015, 08:35 PM   #12
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We have had 4 of them over the years. Got bigger ones as our camp grew with the kids from my Brothers and my families. Then got smaller as the group spread out. They are great. We have had internal frame tents mostly, but the current on is just strung. Fits on horses better etc. This one is from Davis Tent in Denver. The largest was a 16x20 with 6 ft walls. Seems like the best size we have had is 14x16. The best recommendation I can make, is to get tall walls. So 5 ft min wall height. Actually I think 5 ft is almost ideal. Less and you loose lots of interior space, more is mostly overkill. I like having a floor, and a rain fly to keep the sun off the canvas, and leak protection. Windows for cross ventilation is also important. Camped @ 25 below in ours with the wood stove in comfort.
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Windows would be nice, but I won mine for a $1 raffle ticket so didn't get it my way. We just hike the walls a bit for airflow. What are you using for a floor?



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Old 02-02-2015, 09:59 AM   #14
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I have never used one of the larger ones personally but I have used a "small" Kodiak tent. It was a flex bow model.
http://www.kodiakcanvas.com/flex-bow-tents/

For long term severe cold weather "homes" they are awesome and bomber.

I used the one for a 2 week desert trip. You might think something so thick would be bad in the desert but the thick canvas means I can sleep for another hour or two in the sun, with a nylon tent you bake about 30 seconds after the sun comes up.

The straight tall sidewalls means you can use every square inch of space. I had 4 full sized cots in mine plus room for gear. The same sized footprint nylon tent pole tent would barely let me sleep 2 with gear.

It would be great to have a similar design in a lightweight silnylon\aluminum pole setup.
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Old 02-02-2015, 05:37 PM   #15
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windows would be nice, but i won mine for a $1 raffle ticket so didn't get it my way. We just hike the walls a bit for airflow. What are you using for a floor? 1

my floor is just a piece of canvas, fire retarded, water proof etc. I think most tent mfg sell a floor. It has a cut out so the stove doesn't sit over the canvas. I have use indoor outdoor carpet as well. Keeps dust down and everything strays lots cleaner inside. Also nice to not wear your groddy boots inside. I have 2 stoves one is a riley "sheephearders" stove, made of sheetmetal. Fast easy to use, heats quick etc. For colder weather we use a cold rolled steel stove. Looks like half a 30 gallon barrel. It will burn coal if we want. Both have water tanks on them for constant hot water.


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