Frame tents have a metal tube structure that supports the tent fabric. This structure does not rely on the tent
stakes to keep the tent fabric tensioned. This allows flexibility when staking a tent. This flexibility allows frame
tents to be placed closely to buildings and other structures that could not be done with a pole style tent.
When you should choose a frame tent!
- Installing a tent close to building or over decks and patios.
- Loose soil or ledge limits staking.
- Walkways or underground obstacles limit staking.
- Special lay-outs that center poles would interfere with.
- Tent liners look much better in a frame tent (we only line frame tents).
Pole tents use center poles to support the tent fabric. The tent fabric is tightly tensioned to keep the tent from
collapsing. All the tensioning is held by the stakes. Pole tent staking must be strong and in the correct positions
to support the tension load. This limits the flexibility when staking. Improperly staked tents can collapse in
relatively light winds. A properly staked pole can handle severe winds in excess of 60 miles per hour.
When you should choose a pole tent!
- If you have a open area that has no staking limitations.
- When you don't plan on using a tent liner.
- If you want the most space with the lowest cost.
- If you want the look of a high peak tent.
- if you require a tent over 40 feet wide.