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4 Secrets To Living In A Camping Tent

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Quit the “Rat Race” they are winning anyway

You’ve probably heard about the “Tiny House” craze that is sweeping the world. People from as far away in the Philippines, China, and in the US are going tiny.

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Many of these houses are nothing more than a square box, a few windows, and in some cases, some add a second box on top, used as a sleeping chamber and together, that makes up a person’s home.

In fact, there is hardly a week that goes by without in some form or another we see on the media channels like “Oprah” see and read about people building and moving into little houses.

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What you do not hear about is the very real trend of Americans moving into tents as well.

Tents, of course, have certain advantages over even “Tiny Houses” and today we are going to explore such things as feasibility, portability, simplicity, roominess, and resistance to the weather.

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When you are finished reading today, you will learn 4 secrets of living in a camping tent comfortably. Of course, you may not chuck your condominium or move out of the suburbs right away. But, if push came to shove, you will have an alternative if your home becomes uninhabitable due to storms, flooding, and fire.

4 Secrets To Living In A Camping Tent

#1. Tents Are Nothing More Than Mobile Houses That Pack Up And Go When You Want

#2. So, What Kinds Of Tents Are Suitable For Long Term Living

#3. Some Examples Of What We Are Talking About

Four Season Tents

Three Season Tents

#4. Living in a tent is simple if you go about it a piece at a time.

Buying a generator for your electronic gear

Gas power is available if you want to go that route.

Preserve your meat fruit and veggies. (Unless you are going with smoking, fish, and game along with raising a garden.)

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Now build you a shelter for your pantry.

Final Thoughts

#1. Tents Are Nothing More Than Mobile Houses That Pack Up And Go When You Want

The Mongolians have been living in Yurts for centuries. The Bedouins have been living in pavilions that they set up at dusk and tear down at dawn to follow the caravan routes along the fabled “Silk Road.” Indian and Asian traders too found a tent to be practical and comfortable as well.

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When you think of the Native Americans, you conjure up images of their wigwam or Teepees dotting the Western Plains as they follow the great buffalo herds that crisscrossed America’s Old West.

In recent times, when the Chengdu Earthquake hit, many survivors built tent villages and lived in them for years until things stabilized and homes sprouted up in place of them.

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In America, “Tent Cities” are going up due to loss of jobs or going where work is plentiful, as do the Mexican migrates who follow the farm work. Many Americans are now following the job market as it rises and ebbs with the American economy.

Others have gotten tired of the high cost of everyday living with all the stresses that it entails. These people for whatever reason have gone off the grid and are living happily without High mortgage payments, Utility bills, and property taxes.

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The next group has sprung up in years, but they are a rapidly growing segment of the American landscape.

Preppers, who train themselves to be self-sufficient in case of a breakdown in society as a whole, they often have tents and practice living out of them on plots of land that they have chosen as their “Bug-Out” spot. They wish to be able to head for the hills if things go belly up.

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Finally, there are those who take their camping to a new level and live in the wild for weeks and months at a time.

But, to be able to try this alternative lifestyle yourself, you need to know what kind of tent can suit your needs, as the scout tent or the 2 & 4 persons tents you use for regular camping just wouldn’t handle the load.

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#2. So, What Kinds Of Tents Are Suitable For Long Term Living

Unbelievably, tent manufacturers are actively catering to this market. There are “Cabin Tents,” “Safari Tents,” and various other tents that adapt well to semi-permanent living.

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Let’s take a look at some of the features you need in a tent you may be living in on a piece of property, that you are building a retirement home.

They also are used for extended vacations near a lake, beach, and even in the desert.

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Photographers, writers, and artists are doing this to further their art and perhaps just because they crave the solitude.

  • These tents need to have headroom so you can stand upright without hunching over.
  • Next, they have to be multi-room capable to allow for living space, work, privacy, and storage space.
  • ​Windows and large doors along with awnings and vestibules are desirable features as well.
  • Provisions for tapping into the grid or an alternative source of electricity are becoming a necessity these days as well.
  • Being able to stand up against the elements is a primary requirement, and a tent you are going to be living in should be a 3-Season tent at the least.
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Lastly, the tent should be rugged and able to last for years of use.

#3. Some Examples Of What We Are Talking About

Amazon has some great buys on tents that you can live it and here are just a few examples of the kind of tents you can turn into a place to live.

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First up are the heavy duty 4 Season tents. These are the tents with a heating source will let you weather in comfort year round.

Four Season Tents

Just what you want when you need a place to live and where the weather can get nippy.

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Designed for heavy use and with its purchasable weather fly, it is proof against anything Mother Nature has to offer.

There are also provisions for a chimney for a stove inside. So, you have a heated home when things get nippy.

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You can have all the amenities of home without having a mortgage.

Again, a tent made for heavy use and the weather.

Just about the perfect tent, you need to live off the grid and get away from the mundane world for good. Large windows and two large doors for access and sized to give you all the room you need to live and be comfortable.

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Three Season Tents

These tents are little lighter duty than the previous tents but just as useful, if not more so.

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A tent with a huge footprint and three big rooms that will let you set them up any way you like to live in style. The large footprint and weighs under 50 pounds.

The Klondike is the perfect getaway from the world tent, two main compartments.

One room becomes a screened in sunroom. So, if you are a businessperson, this makes the perfect backyard office.

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If you want to try living off the grid, this is the way to do it as it seals up for two rooms of privacy at night and will stand up to the weather.

Think of a frontier cabin that goes wherever your desire takes you.

When they say instant, it is like planting Jack’s magic beans and then you need to jump back, because a tent will pop up in front of you.

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#4. Living In A Tent Is Simple If You Go About It A Piece At A Time

Buying A Generator For Your Electronic Gear

This the next thing you need to think about to add to your tent lifestyle.

The Wagen Solar e Power Cube is a cutting-edge solution.

Although some will balk at the cost. But, it keeps your electronics powered up, and that keeps you in touch with the Internet and the world.

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Gas Power Is Available If You Want To Go That Route.

Champion has a series of portable generators, and if you want to run your portable appliances, you can tailor your needs to the power and here is one of their top-end units.

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Preserve Your Meat Fruit And Veggies. (Unless You Are Going With Smoking, Fish, And Game Along With Raising A Garden.)

Midea is an Import mini-fridge/freezer that is Energy Star compliant. So, you can keep perishable foods fresh and power it off your generator. (Solar or Gas)

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If you are smart, however, you will learn the secrets of the Mormons and set up a cache of non-perishable foods as they do in their pantries. You can learn about that from the web.

Here are some suggestions.

Remember this golden rule: “Load from the back and eat from the front.” You can gradually stock your pantry a little at a time. In a few weeks or months, you will have enough stocked up to last you for months.

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Now Build You A Shelter For Your Pantry.

Resin or plastic is easy to assemble and take down if you are planning to move about from place to place.

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In your pantry, you can store everything in tubs, and your dried food will last almost a year without spoiling or getting moisture damage.

You at your leisure can add camp stools and a table if you like along with an air mattress of your choice.

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Final Thoughts

There you have it our mini-guide to living in a tent.

The crucial thing you need to remember is to choose the right shelter first. Then you can add extras as you move on down the road as you change your lifestyle from being paid through the nose to be able to get out of the rat race and try the self-reliant lifestyle instead.

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