Worth every penny.
I bought the big 16â x 20â Cabelaâs wall tent. It is a quality product. My advice is to buy the tent, frame and rain fly at the same time. Unless you have a permanent frame built somewhere, you will be better off getting a hotel room than trying to jerry rig a tent frame from lodgepole and 2x4s. We considered it, and are real glad we bought the frame. The frame goes together easy, quick, and fits the tent perfectly. A jerry rigged frame will have low spots in the roof that will catch water and snow, and the tent will not sit level, which will make it on the verge of tipping and collapsing when the wind blows or any precipitation falls. The tent is heavy. If it is not level, you are asking for trouble. Also, Iâm not sure what you would do if you tore the tent on a rough edge setting it up. Try and patch it at the campsite? The frame and fly are expensive, but absolutely worth it. Also, go bigger rather than smaller. You can always use extra room in the tent. Order the tent extra early; mine got back ordered a month before hunting season and almost didnât make it in time. One door and one window was fine. You can get more by ordering a custom tent. I donât know why you would need doors at both ends or more windows unless you were camping in extreme heat or had wood smoke or some reason like that to really air out the tent quick. We used the tent during deer season in northern Minnesota. We have vehicle access to our camp site, so we built five bunkbeds so ten people could sleep in the tent. There was enough room for people/gear and enough room to get ready in the morning. There is floor space for 5 beds, a stove and gear, maybe 6-7 small cots instead of the bunks, but that would probably take up too much floor space. Gear and clothing takes up a lot of room inside the tent. The peak of the roof is about 10 feet high and the tent is heavy. You will need a ladder and/or some shovel handles, 2x4s or something to push the tent over the peak of the frame when you set it up. My 16â x 20â tent takes 4 guys to put up and take down, 3 at a minimum. Also, be sure to zip up the door and windows before you tighten any tent ropes. If you tighten the ropes first, you will never get the door or window zipped shut. Youâll also need a shovel to dig some tent frame feet down to get the frame level. We had light rain one night with no problems. The tent does not hold heat very well, so you will have to keep the stove burning if you want the tent warm. We camped in night time temps of about 40, and we were warm. Ten degrees colder and we would have started the buddy heaters in the corners to keep the kids comfortable. We had three days of sustained 20 mph wind with gusts to 40-50 mph. The tent held great, but we put rope on every grommet on the tent, and rocks on every tent stake. Buy a couple dozen 3â spring clip carabiners to attach/remove the ropes to the tent grommets. Carabiners are much quicker and easier as long as you donât get them too small. Bring some extra coils of rope the first time. Youâll need twice what Cabelaâs sends. We used a vinyl tarp for the floor, which was easy to sweep out. By comparison, we had a cheap vinyl home store tent for a cook shack, and that thing almost blew down daily. The difference in quality was dramatic â you pay for and get great engineering with the wall tent. Next year I am getting a second wall tent for a cook shack. The stove had to burn hot, and we got 3 hours burn time. That was a lot of stove stoking at night. If you can use a propane stove with an exterior vent to eliminate carbon monoxide and condensation, Iâd go that route. The stovepipe blew over in a big gust of wind before we even lit it, and I had already put two self-tapping sheet metal screws in each joint of the stovepipe. After it blew down, I put four screws in each joint, and the stovepipe held fine. Definitely do something to secure the stovepipe.
Home away from home
My brothers and I bought this wall tent in a combo package from the new Cabela's store in Springfield, OR at Gateway Mall. Took it to Idaho for most of October and made it our home away from home. It rained, it froze, it snowed... everything you'd expect during hunting season... and our new wall tent lived up to our expectations. A small woodstove inside kept us warm and the tent did the rest. It was spacious, dry and warm! With conditions like that, it keeps the body fresh and ready to hunt each morning. A great investment that we plan on enjoying for many years.
Big tent, big value
Tested out the new outfitter tent in September with a grouse hunt here in New Mexico. Looking forward to October Elk. Recommend the frame, but I'm sure there are some diehards that would scoff and rig their own. Pretty easy up and down. You can go way back in the woods, where a trailer camper would never even dream.
only has one entrance and one window, instead of the usual exit on each side and multiple windows. however the canvas and zippers are incredibly sturdy, and i would buy this product again.