All Frame Tents Aren’t Created Equal
The difference between common and classic frame tents.
Just as there are different brands of the same breakfast cereal, the different styles of tent can factor greatly into the quality of the end product. Sometimes you can opt for a cheaper brand because the outcome isn’t going to be greatly affected, but other times this decision might cost you more than what you thought you were saving. This fact is just as true with tents as it is with anything else.
Celina Tent has worked hard to ensure that every product we develop and sell, down to our Classic Series Frame Tents, can withstand any situation that is presented to it, and pass with no problem.
With so much time, effort, and money invested in a single product, it’s important to know that it has long-term value; it can be used time and again and fully live up to its potential. Let’s take a deeper look below at some of the common canopy concerns versus Celina’s Classic Series Frame tents.
The lighter frames of common canopies are often powder-coated; while this makes the tubing blend into the structure better, it can be exceptionally easy to chip and scrape the coating off when transporting many metal pieces together. The amount of corrosion, wear, and rust that can result can turn a well-functioning tent into scraps in no time. Celina prefers to use zinc-coated or galvanized steel and anodized aluminum parts, the coatings of which can’t be easily or quickly removed and which form a barrier against corrosion that lasts for years.
Celina’s frames are typically heavier than the common canopy tents; however, the trade-off comes from the amount of base strength each piece imbues the end structure with. These slightly heavier frames offer a great deal of additional support, keeping your tent in place and sturdy for years to come.
Ease of Use
Forget about confusing set-up directions. Fastening the pieces of a Classic Frame Tent together couldn’t be simpler. Once the tubing is slid onto a connector, the holes in both align and a fastener (either pin or bolt) is slid into place. Piece of cake! This drastically reduces setup time – compare this to having to tighten tension screws at each connection as you go along.
What could be more important than the well-being of your guests? While we aren’t suggesting measures like hardhats and oven mittens for all, there is a modicum of safety measures that can be quickly and efficiently worked into tents in order to help to create a stop gap for when such measures are required.
Classic Series Frame Tents are made with 2” (5.1 cm) steel or aluminum tubing, giving the base structural elements a large amount of strength from the start. Connections between the tubing and fittings, which are created from tubing of a slightly smaller diameter, are achieved through pinning or bolting. R-pins insert through both layers of tubing and are held in place with the bent outer section of pin (giving it the R shape). Pin-and-Bale insert in the same fashion but are further secured with wire connectors that reattach to the pin around the outside of the tubing, and bolts insert through and are held in place with nuts installed on the bolt threads.
Compare this to the common canopy where oftentimes simple, smaller tubing is used which can lead to support issues. In most cases smaller tubing can be a boon – easier to carry due to lighter weight, but at the expense of having to worry more about wind load, water pocketing on the top of the fabric placing pressure on the tubing, and just plain wear and tear should the pieces roll around on or – heaven forbid- fall off of a truck while transporting.
Celina is getting the word out on improvements which can make your tent a long-lasting addition to be used year after year with maximum ease and enjoyment. Like this blog, but prefer videos? Watch our video on this very topic over on our YouTube Page!