Well, I've got a desert trip coming up on Friday and I finally got around to making the tent.
I bought a sewing machine from Amazon and slapped it together. I was going for simplicity of construction but it still took me a good twice as long as I'd hoped.
It's canvas duck cotton so nice and breathy, and nanoseeum mesh. I used navy canvas to be able to keep it dark in the morning.
It's held on with 6 bungees, with hooks at the front four corners, then one under the tailgate from one side to the other, and another at the back to hold the two sides in. I messed up the one under the tailgate in that there's a couple gaps (see picture link below). I'll probably just drop a shirt or something on each side if there's bugs/cold, and maybe someday sew on a flap.
The door is simple - just the mesh hanging down inside and canvas outside. I should probably add some weight to the bottom of the mesh but I'm done for now. Then the canvas flap outside is held at the bottom by three rare earth magnets, since I couldn't think of a better way. They can also be used to quickly hold the flap open. But for more permanent raising of the flaps, I just made some loops and toggles. I carved the toggles by hand since I couldn't find a suitable stick in the yard. (There's some blood on a couple of the toggles...)
While sewing the canvas door flap, I accidentally captured some of the mesh (which I should have sewed on second). I couldn't rip the seam because the thread is so heavy-duty, so I ended up just ripping the mesh and just patching it. Seems just fine.
It was fun to make, and I haven't used a sewing machine since mom's old black Singer way back when.
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