Brian has *always* wanted an old-fashioned ''wall tent''. You know, the kind you can put a wood stove in and actually walk around in? Well, his boss had an old one, and got a new one just recently (smaller and easier to set up). So, Brian ended up with the tent for a pretty good deal!
This was what the tent looked like when we first got it set up:
So, first thing we did was buy new smaller diameter pipe, and at less than half the weight, it was a dramatic difference when setting it up. Easier to set up and looked SO much better!
So, we took the tent down. It had 6 widths of canvas sewn together, so he decided to remove 2 of them, which would make the tent 14x12. So, he removed the end of the tent about 4'' from the rear seam, then just on the front side of the 2 back panels.
Brian also color-coded the frame so it will be easier for someone to assemble it if they borrow it that way too. The middle leg is optional, we thought it might be handy for hanging things on though (there are loops inside the tent so we can make a mini clothesline too)
So, now all we have to do is install a zipper on the doorway (it overlaps and has ties and velcro, we want a zipper)...... and the separating zipper has been ordered and is on it's way.
I also have on order some seam sealer for the seam I stitched, and I plan to use the leftover canvas that we removed from the tent to make a bag for it. Then, we'll just have to locate (or build) a woodstove and we'll be ready for winter camping!