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I hunt and fish out of a tent camp in the UP. an 16 X 21 outfitter type. I built a floor and wood frame for the tent and it works great. An insulated flat floor makes it comfy to live out of for weeks at a time. I leave it up all year long the time to set it up and take it down got old fast.

I have a wood burner in the tent and going from cold to hot you get a lot of condensation on the inside of a solid roof with out insulation and a vapor seal. The canvas roof lets the tent vent the water vapor out the top and it dries out as the temp goes up inside. A side note 18 or 20 inches of snow is a real good insulator on the roof when it is minus some thing out side. I need to figure out how to post pictures it is real comfortable.

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Swany,

It is not light I am sure. The canvas has no problems with the weight I have been up there with 2 feet of snow in top and the ridge board did not sag a 1/4 inch. I have a complete framed in structure. Rafters are on 16 inch centers not that much room to sag or tear the canvas is stronger than you would think. People lived in "tent cabins" like this for long periods of time not just in the movies.

A few years ago we got 24 inches plus during the night had 3 good size trees (8 to 10 inches) fall on the tent it did not tear it at all the original conduit frame was modified some ;D ;D ;D but I just cut the trees off and we stayed there for 5 more days no problem. That incident did make me spring for a full frame 2x4 stud walls and 2x6 rafters with collar ties. I have to post pictures I will work on that.

Kevin
 
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