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Rebecca Canode
(bcanode) - F
Ideas for Family Tent on 07/01/2009 15:30:54 MDT Print View

I would like to make a tarptent for our family of four. We have two kids 6 and 9, and would like something that would fit all four of us. Most designs I find are for 2 people. Any suggestion for a 4 person shelter or would we be better to go with two 2-person shelters?

george carr
(hammer-one) - F - MLife

Locale: Walking With The Son
Re: Ideas for Family Tent on 07/01/2009 15:49:43 MDT Print View

Here's Henry's solution for a family of 4:

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Pyramid on 07/01/2009 21:33:14 MDT Print View

A like a pyramid for a family. It gives a lot of realestate for the weight, and probably offers the easiest tent sewing project.


Rebecca Canode
(bcanode) - F
Instructions for a pyramid? on 07/01/2009 22:08:36 MDT Print View

Is there any place to get some instructions for a pyramid tent? A friend has a Megamid and I was thinking of borrowing it to get some dimensions and construction ideas. I've never made a tent, but have sewn a lot.

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Can't find any on 07/02/2009 04:37:49 MDT Print View

Try here

You can also search here at BPL. Try pyramid, teepee and tipi as search terms. You could talk to Tarbubble (Colleen) about her experience. (she runs the Backpacking with Kids Yahoo group)

Also check this thread, and pay particular attention to what David Olsen and Ron Bell have to say, since they both make and sell them.

It's perfectly feasible to copy a Megalite but, whilst it's reasonable and pretty cheap, it's not the greatest design ever. As David says, catenary cut will make the design MUCH better.

You may want to post a WTB on Gear Swap, since a good used one will likely only run you $150, and you can use it to learn what you like, then sell it again for about the same amount. There's about 10-15 yards of silnylon in one, so it's worth looking SH.

Also check Roger Caffin's info on sewing with silnylon.

And don't forget to post pics!

Edited by Rod_Lawlor on 07/02/2009 04:39:10 MDT.

Gary Boyd
(debiant) - F

Locale: Mid-west
This lady has it... on 07/02/2009 08:34:59 MDT Print View

You may ask this lady on youtube after watching her demonstrate setting up her teepee, she says it will sleep 8 and weighs in under 3 lbs... I bet if you designed one to sleep 4 you could probably get it much lighter.

This is her homepage,
from watching her make a stuff sack she seems to be a pretty good gear maker.

Rebecca Canode
(bcanode) - F
Thanks! on 07/02/2009 12:54:12 MDT Print View

Thanks for all the ideas. Now that I'm pointed in the right direction, I can get started on a design. I just finished quilts for my kids and myself. I just ordered material to make backpack for the kids and then on to a shelter.

Scott Van Doeselaar
(vandoe) - MLife

Locale: Southern CA
Re: Thanks! on 07/02/2009 18:37:18 MDT Print View


I am almost complete with a pyramid tent for my family. I am including a floor. It is made from cuben fiber and the tent body will weigh around 12-15 oz. It will require one pole that I think can be under 10 oz. as well, so I think the whole thing will weigh in at under two pounds. I will probably be finished in about two weeks and then I will post my design

Cesar Garcia
(crgowo) - F

Locale: Desert SW
Pyramid on 07/02/2009 22:41:43 MDT Print View

Scott if you can that would be great. I too have a family of 4 and was eyeing the new 4 person tarptent as well but would love to see other designs.

Cesar Garcia
(crgowo) - F

Locale: Desert SW
Rajd on 07/02/2009 22:50:10 MDT Print View

One idea I was thinking I might be able to duplicate was something that resembled the hillerberg Rajd.
Its seems it can just be a large tarp with beaks at both ends and you can sew an inner A frame mesh tent pretty easy.... Seems like that would have less condensation issues also.