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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why Canvas?

Canvas has a much longer life-span than nylon or polyester. Canvas can be re-treated for waterproofing, fireproofing, or UV agents. It is also very breathable, which keeps moisture out of the tent, prevents condensation. Our Wall Tents have been tested for decades.  Many of our customers have had our tents in use for decades.  Wall Tents have a steep history in our country.  Our country was largely settled in the early years by travelers seeking protection from the elements in a wall tent or cabin tent. Whether you hunted, fished, mined or were trapping wild game in the woods the wall tent was your home.  

Our designs, craftsmanship, construction and materials are the finest in the country. When you buy one of our Wall Tents you know that it will be a generational purchase. You will also know that it is was made by hand by the finest team in the Wall Tent industry.

Can I order a Big Sky Canvas Tent with a sewn-in floor?

Yes, we offer wall tents with sewn-in floors at the customer’s request.

  

Do I need a rain-fly?

No, a rain-fly is not necessarily needed.

However, a rain-fly can be used to help protect your tent from natures elements and sparks. This is a cheap insurance for your investment and one we recommend. We do offer a rain-fly that is designed to fit your tent and already has a hole for the stove jack.

A fly will significantly increase the life span of your tent. A fly guards the tent roof from damaging UV rays, delivers an additional moisture barrier, stops stove sparks from burning a small hole in your tent roof, and keeps your roof unsoiled from natures elements.

How much do the canvas wall tents weigh?

  • 10 oz canvas - non fire treated. Lightest option, will require a tent fly as it is not waterproof. 
  • 10 oz  canvas- fire treated and waxed with a finish that makes it water resistant and fire resistant.  This is about 25% heaver than the non-treated 10 oz. 
  • 13 oz canvas - non fire treated. 
  • 13 oz. canvas - fire treated and waxed for water resistance.  Heaviest option.  

Do you sell used canvas tents?

No, to guarantee our customers the finest quality and craftsmanship, all our tents are custom made at the time of order.

Do you offer outfitters a discount?

Yes, we offer our wall tents at whole sale prices to outfitters. Give us a call and we will see what we can do for you. (406) 541-6071

Do you build custom tents?

Yes, there is very little that we can’t do. Bring us any idea and we will work to make it exactly to your specifications with the finest materials. If you need something made from a fabric we have a solution. We love working with customers on new ideas. Our portfolio of custom work is extensive.

How long will my tent last?

Our generational custom wall tents typically last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. Making your investment more than worthwhile.

What is the floor made of?

When requested by the customer, we manufacture our wall tent floors out of a revolutionary shelter-lite vinyl that will last generations.

Are the frames strong enough to stand up to a heavy snow load?

Our frames are very strong and under normal conditions withstand snow.  We don’t recommend letting the snow build up for a lengthy period of time and it should be brushed off the tent before it gets too heavy.

How many doors are there in the tent?

Our tents come with one door in the front center for easy access, measuring 8ft. We do offer an additional back door at the customers request.

Do I need an internal frame, or can the tents be hung externally?

Yes, our canvas tents can be hung externally.

With the internal frame do I need to anchor the tent?

Yes, we do recommend that when using an internal frame anchoring the tent, especially if it is windy.

Are Big Sky Canvas’s wall tents compliant with CPAI-18 fire requirements?

The following states require that our wall tents meet CPAI-84 fire treatment guidelines:

  • California
  • Minnesota
  • Michigan
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York

All Big Sky Canvas tents sold in the above states meet those requirements. Slight pricing differences exist between the two types of canvas fabric the we offer that meet the CPAI-84 guidelines.

How long does it take to set up a tent and frame?

To set up one of our canvas tents it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

What are the measurements of the side walls?

Our tent’s sides walls measure 5’.

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