FAMILY TENT—I am going to Arkansas in August to locate on a homestead, but cannot move until November. I want to make one trip in a wagon; the distance is about 300 miles. How large a tent should I have for a family of two children?
On a trip of that length you will want as much comfort as possible, and all things considered, I think a wall-tent, about 9˝ x 12 feet, with 8˝-foot walls, will be about right. A waterproof “balloon-silk” tent will probably be best, but a double filling duck tent, waterproofed, or a single-filling duck tent with a fly, will be satisfactory. The latter will be very comfortable, but there is more trouble in pitching it, and as this must be done every night, it is something to think of. The tent should have a 9-inch sod-cloth at the bottom, inside, and for real comfort, a floor-cloth also. The latter can be used as a cover for the goods on the wagon, during the day. Take tent-poles and pegs with you. You will want a smooth, straight ridge-pole inside, with a single, up right, inside support behind (this with a tenon, fitting into a hole in the ridge-pole), and two crossed poles to support the front end. The ridge-pole will have to be run through a hole in the peak of the tent in front, so that you can use the crossed poles outside. This arrangement will leave the doorway unobstructed.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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