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Old 12-12-2010, 5:34 PM
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Default My Homemade tent

It's not completely finished yet. All I have left is to put a bug screen on the front with a zipper. I made it out of a milsurp parachute canopy. The front and rear tent poles are home depo 1/2 in dowel rod and the front one comes apart with a copper tube connecting the two. Let me know what you think!
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Old 12-12-2010, 5:42 PM
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The fact that it's ~2lbs. and fits in a little bag, I like. The fact that it's not water proof/repellant, I dislike. Other than that, pretty nifty. Good job.
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Old 12-12-2010, 7:21 PM
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What happened to just using two rain ponchos a some sticks? Cool tent though.
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Dont use that in bad weather.
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Old 12-12-2010, 7:56 PM
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Once I treat it with water repellent it will be good to go. I plan on taking a weekend backpacking trip to San Bernadino NF in Jan to test it out. I can't wait!
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Once I treat it with water repellent it will be good to go. I plan on taking a weekend backpacking trip to San Bernadino NF in Jan to test it out. I can't wait!

Try it in your backyard first on a bad stormy night. Trust me.
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Old 12-12-2010, 8:31 PM
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Nice job! I like how it is a 1 man, but still tall enough to sit up in.

Make sure you test it with a hose before you depend on that water proofing. I went camping for a month to Alaska this summer with a tent that was supposed to be water proof.

The first rain I had, I woke up in a puddle. Well, I didn't realize the bottom of the tent was puddled up because of the mat I was on. Not fun though!

It wasn't even a very heavy rain. Fortunately they have some great sporting good stores up there that fixed the issue. I happily forked over enough for a couple nights in a hotel for a nice all season Kelty.

Making your own though is a whole different thing. Much respect!
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I'll stick to my lance camper....BTW nice tent.
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Sweet tent. If you are going to treat it with water repellent for light weather you might as well seal the seams too. Sometimes even good tents arent good enough for the weather. We used this one but it just couldnt handle the snow and ended up using a snow cave the rest of the trip.

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Old 12-13-2010, 7:21 AM
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OP, I don't think that would hold up to any kinds of bad weather. But for backyard use is ok. lol
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