AnswerID: 350555 Submitted: Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 11:43
Hi there. I reckon, if push comes to shove, a nylon tent would get pretty ripe if stored wet anyway. The instructions for our new Coleman dome really emphasise the need to dry it before packing away, so I suspect there's not a lot of difference ultimately.
But, like others have said, you can pack a canvas tent away wet as long as you dry it out fairly soon after. This means it is important to buy a canvas tent that can be put up quickly and easily.
Our big tent is a standard canvas centre pole tourer, and you can forget about guys and all but the four corner pegs, and just erect the tent over lunch or something the next day.
I remember once putting ours up on the side of the road outside Launceston Tas, and getting a few strange looks as we waited for our tent to dry - all of ten minutes or so - before we joined the ferry back to the mainland that night.
We don't get rain in SA anyway, of course, so it's not often a problem. But the good features of a 'real tent' make it well worth it.
Mind you, a good canvas tent isn't cheap, but enjoy!!
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