missy wrote:I was also wondering the same thing, just bought a dome tent and gypsylady said it would be fine. The canvas which would only be a 3 man tent (the dome l got is a 10man) would cost $999, in comparison to my one which l got for $279.
I've heard canvas are excellent, but then again is the sales rep just trying to get money out of you? Good question KnP
Derek wrote:Hi KnP
I am one of the more mature people around here and have been camping for 40 odd years. When I started you couldn't get anything but canvas and that is what I had.
As a young hippie I lived in a canvas lean-to tent made by the old tent maker Geo Pickers, for quite some time on the bank of a river near Cooktown in North Queensland. With a young family growing up I had several canvas tents with the last one in the eighties being a three room monster that took up half of the trailer.
I then progressed on to nylon dome tents for many years and now have a camper trailer that has a high grade quality canvas. You can see it here ..... http://www.aussiecampovencook.com/homeawayfromhome.htm
To be quite honest I think that the pros and the cons for either are really negligible.
Canvas is heavy ................ nylon domes are light.
Both have good strength and both if pegged and roped properly will weather a storm.
Both are like ovens in the sun if you don't have a tarp over them. (But remember a nice warn tent is a great place for bread dough to rise )
Wet canvas is a cow to dry and attracts mould if put away damp ................... nylon is easy to dry.
Good quality canvas tents are expensive ................... good quality nylon domes can be expensive. You can buy cheapies in either.
I think overall it comes down to personal preference and the available space you have.
For me, and this is something I really love about the camper trailer, the smell of canvas is part of camping and brings back many great memories.
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