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Steel vs Plastic Tent Stakes

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We offer heavy-duty steel stakes with all of our Magnum Tents. These stakes will drive into the hardest of soils and keep your tent secure in all weather conditions. But is there ever a time to use the cheap plastic stakes? Actually there is. One reason you might choose the plastic stakes is that they are much lighter than steel stakes. Our bag of steel stakes can weigh as much as 15lbs for our larger tents. On the other hand, the plastic ones might weigh a pound. If you pack in on stock, you know that weight matters. We also...

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Caring for Your Canvas Wall Tent

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Every year we get a few calls from unhappy campers who have ruined their wall tents. They put them away the season prior, only to unroll them and find that the tent is stained with black mildew, or worse yet that the tent is completely rotten. "I thought my tent was supposed to be mildew proof" is the comment we frequently receive. Most canvas wall tents are treated with chemicals to make them both water resistant and mildew resistant. The key word is "resistant". No canvas is 100% water proof or rot proof. Canvas is a natural fiber and under the...

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To Fly or Not to Fly?

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We often get asked by customers whether or not they need a rain fly for their new wall tent. Most customers assume that since their tent is treated, a rain fly is not necessary. However, there is more than one reason to get a rain fly for your tent. First of all, your new tent is treated to be water resistant, not water proof. Cotton canvas can be made 100% water proof, but only if it is coated with PVC, heavy wax, or polyurethane. While these treatments keep the water out, they also keep the tent from breathing. The reason...

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Canvas Types

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Canvas comes in different weaves, weights, and treatments. It is important to understand the different canvas specifications because each will determine how well your tent will meet your needs. WeaveThe 2 most common weaves used in canvas wall tents are single-fill and double-fill. Single-fill canvas is a looser weave than double-fill. Most single-fill tent canvas is not treated (with the exception of tents made by Montana Canvas and sold by Cabelas). Although single-fill may feel thicker, that is only because it is woven less tightly. Single-fill generally has a lower tear resistance than double-fill, and will shrink up to 10%...

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