I have been on Colorado Yurt Company's email list for years. I am in love with their yurts and cimarron tents since my husband took a fascination with the traditional dwellings of Mongolian nomads and we did some research on gers and yurts. Also, If you've ever seen Junkaholique's blog and seen them travel in their vintage vw van and with their canvas bell tent, then you'll know how I feel about beautiful and breathable camping.
I hate nylon tents. I feel suffocated in them and they are miserably hot as soon as the sun comes up. They're gross. They serve a wonderful function for many around the world, but I hate them. So usually when we go camping, we set up the tent, and then I sleep in the van. For real. I go vanping. Our van can accommodate an air mattress or sleeping pad and with the chairs out or folded flat is basically a full sized bed. Sweet, right?!
However, vanping is not exactly glamorous. Vanping is practical for me, but it's definitely not glamping, and my hubby isn't partial to sleeping in the van.
I have been pricing canvas tents for years, and could never justify the expense with the frequency which we would use it. THEN. One day I went to my Father-in-Law's yard sale, and he had his old canvas tent for sale. (!!!!) I told him I wanted it, he wouldn't let me pay him for it, and we took it home. We have been accumulating the things we need to repair it and finally we just took the time to set the tent up and repair it over a few days in our front yard. Yes, the front yard 'cause we're classy like that.
The first thing we did before we ever even thought about repairs was order this bag from Walmart to store it in. It was a great value for the quality and has held our tent well.
Repairing the tent wasn't hard at all. Learning how to put up a vintage tent without instructions did, however, have a learning curve a bit steeper than we expected.
Packing It All Back Up
If you happen upon a vintage tent, don't feel daunted! With a little problem solving and a few supplies we now have our dream canvas tent at only a fraction of the cost of a new one. Plus, I don't think they make them like this anymore, with the green and white stripes! It's so cute I can't even stand it.
Leave a comment below, tweet us and let us know your favorite way to go camping! Are you a camper, glamper, or vanper (am I the only one?!)? What is your camping dream, a camper van, a bell tent, or are you less fussy than me?
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