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TENT FRAME ANGLE KIT INSTRUCTIONS

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DETERMINING ANGLE KIT CONDUIT CUT LIST FOR A NEW TENT


TENT AND FRAME SET UP

Wilderness angles (120 degrees) ship 1-3 days after ordering. Wilderness angles that are not 120 degrees ship within 1 week of ordering as these angles are custom made.

Materials Provided: Angle kits are constructed out of 1 3/16" inside diameter galvanized steel tubing.

Materials Needed: To complete your frame you will need one-inch EMT (electrical) thin wall conduit, which has an outside diameter slightly less than 1 3/16 " , that can be purchased at any hardware store.

RECOMMENDATION: Use heavy duty pipe cutters to cut your conduit as there will be less burrs and sharp pieces of metal.

Electrical conduit sleeves inside of the 1 3/16 " inside diameter of the frame angle tube for a perfect fit.

We will provide assistance if you have trouble understanding angle kit instructions.

TO ORDER AN ANGLE KIT: Only slope - B measurement and width - C measurement required.

TO ORDER A COMPLETE FRAME : ALL 4 MEASUREMENTS REQUIRED , A , B , C , D,

Angle Kit Frame completion:: You will need 3 measurements from your tent to complete your frame : A, B , D

How To Measure

 

LAY YOUR TENT ON THE GROUND TO OBTAIN MEASUREMENTS : YOU WILL NEED SOMEONE TO HELP YOU MEASURE TO INSURE THE CANVAS IS TAUGHT WHEN MEASURING

( A ) WALL HEIGHT- Distance from bottom of canvas to wall and roof intersection at the seam.

( B ) RAFTER/SLOPE - Measure from ridge,( center of ridge grommet) to where roof and wall intersect at the seam. Do not measure the eave which has black webbing on wilderness tent.

( C ) WIDTH - from one side of tent to the other.

( D) LENGTH OF TENT. Seam to seam.

A - Wall height
B - Between side wall & ridge pole
C - Between end walls
D - Length of tent at ridge

  1. B & C for angle kits

Easiest to measure rear of tent,   opposite of tent door.

If you are ordering a tent frame or angle kit for wall tents you already have please fill out the form below. Either call us with the measurements or email the measurements. Insure all wall tents are taut but not stretched when measuring to insure accuracy.

If the tent is several years old, measure from the end seams about 5"-10" from the bottom, where the tent isn't as stretched. Measuring wall tents at this location will be more accurate and your frame will fit better.

Tent frames and angle kits are made custom made for all wall tents to ensure years of service.

 






1" EMT (inside measurement) thin walled Conduit (10' Lengths) Required For Angle Kits

Tent Size
3 Rafter
4 Rafter
5 Rafter
6 Rafter
8x10
9
10x12
15
14
12x14
15
17
14x16
*18 - 21
21
16x20
21
26
16x24
27
26
PORCH 8' 3 rafter12 2 Rafter 9 1 rafter 6  

* If you can use one 10' section of conduit for both a leg and a tent length - 18 total will be required. If not, 21 pieces of 10" conduit required.

Recommendation New Tents:
On new tents I recommend that you reduce your rafter lengths 2% and tent length dimensions and tent legs by 1% to allow for canvas shrinkage which is normally 1-3%for new treated canvas tents. If you do not allow shrinkage, after your Montana canvas tent shrinks you will have to cut down your rafter and tent lengths to avoid putting too much pressure on your zipper and seams.

RECOMMENDATION: DETERMINE ALL YOUR CUT REQUIREMENTS FOR LEGS AND TENT LENGTHS BEFORE CUTTING CONDUIT AS YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO SAVE ON CONDUIT IF YOU USE ONE PIECE OF CONDUIT FOR BOTH A LEG AND A TENT LENGTH.

RECOMMENDATION: REMEMBER THE OLD SAYING "MEASURE TWICE AND CUT ONCE"

NOTE: If R or Ridge is marked on angles the angles are for the RIDGE only.

Legs:

Measure A (wall height) from where tent roof meets top of wall to the " very bottom "of the wall canvas tent.

Deduct 1" from the A (wall height) dimensions for angle taking 1" of wall height.

Deduct leg length 1% for shrinkage on new tents.

NORMALLY, TOTAL DEDUCTION IS 1 1/2"

ONE piece legs:

  • 3 rafter angle kit - cut 6
  • 4 rafter angle kit - cut 8
  • 5 rafter angle kit- cut 10
  • 6 rafter angle kit- cut 12
  • Porch Kit 2 rafter - cut 4
  • Porch Kit 3 rafter - cut 6

Rafters:

Measure B (rafter) from grommet on end of tent ridge to where the roof meets top of wall.

Deduct 2" from the B (rafter) dimensions due to the 2 angles taking 2" of the rafter length.

Deduct rafter length another 2% for shrinkage on new tents.

ONE piece rafters:

  • 3 rafter angle kit - cut 6
  • 4 rafter angle kit - cut 8
  • 5 rafter angle kit - cut 10
  • 6 rafter angle kit - cut 12
  • Porch kit: 2 rafter angle kit - cut 4
  • Porch kit: 3 rafter angle kit - cut 6

If you require two piece rafters you will need to purchase optional sleeves (Porch 2 rafter - 4 sleeves, 3 rafter- 6 sleeves, 4 rafter- 8 sleeves, 5 rafter- 10 sleeves, 6 rafter- 12 sleeves).

TENT LENGTHS ( Ridge and 2 Eaves)

Measure D : ridge length, from ridge end seam to ridge end seam on each end of ridge.

D (length of tent) :

Deduct 1/2" on ridge length for steel angles taking up space..

Deduct tent length 1% for shrinkage on new tents.

 

TENT LENGTHS - CUT RERQUIREMENTS

3 rafter angle kit - divide tent length by 2 and cut 6

4 rafter angle kit - divide tent length by 3 and cut 9

  • 5 rafter angle kit - divide tent length by 4 and cut 12
  • 6 rafter angle kit - divide tent length by 5 and cut 15
  • Porch angle kit : 2 rafters - cut 3
  • Porch angle kit : 3 rafters - divide porch length by 3 and cut 6

To make two-piece tent lengths you will need to purchase optional sleeves (Porch- 2 rafter - 4 sleeves, 3 rafter-6 sleeves, 4 rafter-8 sleeves, 5 rafter-10 sleeves, 6 rafter-12 sleeves).

Mark all leg, rafter, and tent length sections to make assembly easier.

 

PORCH

Legs: Same length as tent legs. Multiply number of rafters in your porch by 2 and that equals number of legs required..

Rafters: Same length as tent rafters. Multiply number of rafters in porch by 2 and that equals number of rafters required.

Tent Lengths: If you have a 3 rafter porch angle kit,, divide porch usable length by 2 and cut 6. Do not count the porch overlap with tent when determining usable porch length. Overlap is normally 1 foot.

If you have a 2 rafter porch angle kit , cut porch lengths to usable size of porch. Do not count the porch overlap with tent. Cut 3. Overlap is normally 1 foot.

If you are connecting your porch frame to the tent frame eave angle and you have a

2 rafter angle kit, divide usable porch length by 2 and cut 6. Do not count the porch overlap with tent when determining usable length of porch. Overlap is normally 1 foot.

1 rafter angle kit, cut porch lengths to usable size of porch. Do not count the porch overlap with tent. Cut 3. Overlap is normally 1 foot.

If your tent fits tight over your frame:
  • Do not force the tent over the frame.
  • Either your tent lengths and/or rafters are too long.
  • You must reduce the tenth lengths and rafters lengths accordingly, otherwise you will damage the zipper and weaken your seams.
  • If your zipper is tight, reduce rafter length.
  • Remember, your new tent will shrink 1-3% after it gets wet.

TENT SET UP INSTRUCTIONS

When You Receive Your New Canvas Wall Tent FIRST DO THE FOLLOWING: Before using your new tent I recommend you wet it down on your frame. When wetting canvas wall tents, especially the seams for shrinkage, insure that you have wall stakes and guy ropes/side ropes on your new tent to insure it only shrinks the normal 1-3% shrinkage and that it shrinks evenly. If guy ropes and stakes are not used it may shrink more than 3% and unevenly and won't fit your internal frame properly.

Setting up Internal Frame & Canvas Wall Tents:

  • Remove rocks and sticks in set up area.
  • Lay tent floor on ground where tent is to be located. By using a floor your tent will stay cleaner during set up and take down.
  • Position angles and frame on floor in appropriate location for set up.
  • Assemble frame except legs on one side. By installing legs on only one side of the frame, the ridge will be 5-6' high to allow you to easily drape tent over ridge. If your tent has a tall roof line it is best to not install legs. On Montana Tents do not install legs due to the ridge height.
  • Unzip all door zippers to prevent strain on zippers.
  • Drape tent over frame. Fold the sidewalls in toward the inside of the roof to keep sidewalls off the ground.
  • Put fly over canvas wall tent.
  • Install legs on remaining side
  • Adjust your tent to the frame. Do not pull hard on canvas wall tents or you will weaken seams and zipper doors. If tent is too tight you must cut down your frame rafters or tent length as necessary. The tent should be snug on the frame but not taunt or require any forcing to make it fit the frame.
  • Over the lifetime of your canvas wall tent it may continue to shrink slightly and require you to cut down the frame.
  • If your door zipper is tight you must cut down the rafters to reduce stress on the zipper.
  • Place sod cloth under floor for an air seal and to prevent any rain water from getting on top of floor. Some campers that do not have a floor put the sod cloth to the outside to direct rain water away from area.
  • Install stakes and guy ropes and tensioners. Stakes should be driven in at a 45º angle away from the canvas wall tents. Guy ropes are at the same angle as the tent roof or less depending on personal preference. If I am in an area with high winds I tie my corner guy ropes to trees, stumps or logs. Another method is to use 3' or 4' rebar stakes.
  • Guy ropes. Cut your ropes 8-10 ' long depending on the angle you take the ropes down from your eaves. Tie one end of the rope to the eave D rings. Put the end of the eave rope through one end of tensioner then through the other end of the tensioner. Adjust guy rope and tensioners so there is a loop in the guy rope. Put the guy rope loop behind the stake. Adjust the tensioner to tighten the guy rope.
  • If rain is possible, dig a 4-6" wide trench 2-3" deep around your tent to insure water drains away from your area.
Rope Tightener

Taking Down Canvas Wall Tent:

  • Clean your sod cloth. If your sod cloth is dirty you will get the inside of your tent dirty.
  • Unzip your door zippers.
  • Fold your walls to the inside so the inside of your tent always touches the inside of the walls to keep the inside of your tent cleaner.
  • Take down in reverse order of assembly.

Internal Frames:

  • If your frame is not marked, color code your frame parts, i.e., legs, rafters and frame lengths at 1-2" from ends where the paint will be hidden in the angle joints.
  • Clean Your Frame if the frame has a coating that makes your hands dirty. Dirty hands results in a dirty canvas wall tent.

 

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