Frame Tents - Ideal Family Camping
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Frame tents make ideal family camping tents as they provide plenty of space and comfort. Although in recent years the frame tent has been over taken in the popularity stakes by family dome tents, which are generally lighter and easier to assemble.
Despite its decline in popularity many campers still enjoy the frame style camping experience.
One of the main benefits of the frame tent design is the strength that comes from a strong steel or alloy frame. This makes the tent capable of withstanding most weather conditions in all seasons. The strong frame also allows the weight of the canvas to be increased with a high grade cotton or nylon and PVC combinations.
If looked after properly, the canvas will last at least 20 years. The only downside to the material used, is it is quite heavy and it will take longer to dry than the material found in a synthetic tent.
Another benefit to a frame tent is they provide more headroom space so you don’t need to stoop inside. The straighter walls also utilize space more efficiently than a dome so they allow more room creature comforts, such as tables and chairs, chillers or general camping equipment. They also offer extra privacy with room dividers and curtains in between sleeping areas etc.
Frame tents usually take more than one person to put them up. They also take a bit more time and effort to assemble than what is required to pitch a dome tent, so they are best suited to well-established camping grounds where they can be set up for a longer length of time. The weight and bulk of a frame tent also makes them difficult to transport and store, ruling them out for backpacking adventures.
Some of the popular choices are made by: Cabanon, Eureka, Sunncamp and Lichfield. If you like the look of a "dome" but you like the comfort that comes with a "frame" you could take a look at a Cabanon Cancum, which is a cross between the two styles.