Our tents are built tough to withstand almost anything that Mother Nature may toss at them. Leaving up a canvas tent for weeks on end is possible to do, however it does require a mindful approach of the set-up, care, and maintenance - especially in humid environments.
Below are key considerations for successfully leaving up a canvas tent for more than a couple of weeks at a time.
1. Site Preparation
The ideal tent site will have good sun exposure, natural water drainage away from the tent, is free of foliage, located in a natural breezeway and is of course on flat ground. Each of these features helps to combat the growth of mold, enemy #1 to canvas.
Building a wood platform helps to raise a tent off of the ground, away from standing water and mud. If a platform isn’t an option, then laying down quarter minus gravel is a great affordable base to create good water drainage. We would also suggest a tent fly.
Strongly consider a tent fly cover to extend the life of your canvas by providing protection from long-term exposure UV rays, discourage your canvas from long-term dampness, and also help to insulate your tent during hot or cold temperatures. A fly cover can even be temporarily installed when your bell tent is not in use to give your tent extra life and reduce exposure from Mother Nature.
2. Regular Maintenance
Rain, birds, trees, leaves wind and the sun will impact the condition of your bell tent after your initial set it up. You will want to monitor and care for your canvas tent regularly to maximize the return on your investment.