Wall Tents and Spike Tents Provide Simple, Temporary Shelter


Spike Tent

We’ve been homesteading for five years now. Fortunately, our homestead came with a house we could live in while we fixed everything up and made it livable — this is not the case for many starting their homestead.

An RV or other camper is a decent option. As an RV owner, though I don’t like that option. Living in a camper is sort of like living in a narrow hallway. There isn’t much room to move around and it feels very claustrophobic. RVs are also very expensive. You could rent a home nearby but that is also costly and with all the work required it would be nice to be on site.

Spike Tents

For these reasons, when we buy our land and start building our log cabin and homestead, we are going to dig an outhouse and live in our new 14-by-14-foot spike tent. What is a Spike Tent you may ask? Well it is very much like a wall tent — a thick canvas tent built to last — only it has a built in floor and uses more traditional tent poles. Our spike tent has poles around the edges and one in the center and one over each door.

The thing I love about our spike tent is that it is like a portable tiny house. You can have a bed, woodstove, a kitchen table, and room to move around, unlike a camper. It is also a lot less expensive compared to a camper. Our spike tent has a front and back door, both with screens as well as two windows. It’s nice, because the tent is completely enclosed with a built in floor so you don’t have to worry about any mice getting in and causing trouble.

Wall Tents

Dave Whipple (of the History channel’s ALONE TV show and someone who knows a thing or two about shelters) owns a wall tent and over the last 20 years, along with his wife has bought land in Alaska and Upper Michigan and lived in a wall tent each time as a temporary shelter while building up their log cabin homesteads.

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