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Is it warmer to sleep in a car or in a tent?

I suggest using both the car and the tent together. A car will lose heat fastest through the windows, so use the tent to cover them (and the top). The windows are a thin single layer of glass, while ...
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Why do most tents have black floors?

One reason (and I don't know enough to suggest this is the main reason) is for identification. When putting a tent up you may have a bundle of fabric that you need to set down on an uneven surface, ...
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How to win against ants

The best way is to reduce (actually to remove) any kind of attractions they like: food and water. If they cannot find anything useful, than they will stop releasing scents that attracted other ants. ...
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Under what conditions does heating a tent artificially make objective sense?

The general rule I use is if your tent needs to be heated to be comfortable, then you're "doing it wrong" and should have gotten a better tent. There isn't really any weather (especially backpacking, ...
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Why aren't (poly-)cotton tents more popular?

I grew up car-camping in a frame tent (slept 4 in about 1/4 of the floor area). Those things are heavy. Seriously heavy. Lifting the fabric onto the central pole with that half-extended was hard ...
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Why should a good tent be UV resistant?

It's because the sunlight will damage the tents fabric over time. UV damage occurs when long term exposure to the sun damages the fabric and thread of your tent or rain fly. The fabric will become ...
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Why should a good tent be UV resistant?

A tent's UV resistance isn't for you, it's for the tent. High-energy UV rays will break down many synthetic and natural textiles over time. UV resistant fabrics are not as susceptible to this ...
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Advantage of truck tent?

I can think of a few advantages: You're off the ground, which means you're not at risk of getting flooded out or allowing animals access (ants, snakes, rodents, etc). You can set up wherever you can ...
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Is it warmer to sleep in a car or in a tent?

The car, mostly because you can use the heater. You will want to make sure that the exhaust is clear to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and only run it for a short periods at a time. This also helps ...
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Under what conditions does heating a tent artificially make objective sense?

I would say there really aren't any. Even a hypothermia patient would get wrapped in a hypo wrap and the stove would be used to boil water to go into Nalgene bottles. The problems with running a ...
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When making camp in the mountains, which direction should I face my tent?

Depends on where you set it, where I'm from the wind is almost always the determining factor, when you're in thick trees and wind isn't a factor, then you set your tent wherever it fits. Which ...
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What do I need to do to a tent that's been stored for a long time?

Putting it up in the garden sounds like a great idea, as it will let you check if: all parts are still there, everything is in working condition, you still know how to actually put it up. One ...
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What to wear to walk to showers: clothes or towel?

I wear my swimming trunks to the shower. My wife wears a pull over sun dress (light weight, thigh length). We wear our shower shoes, we carry our towels and shower supplies. We usually just take ...
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Sleeping pad slightly wider than tent?

If you only need the extra width for your elbows, try a sleeping pad with wings. This is a common practice in hammock camping, because the elbows tend to get chilly when pressed up against the hammock ...
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How to win against ants

There are a number of articles on the web telling you how to kill ants that invade your campsite with common household products. See, for example, Tips And Tricks To Stop Ants From Invading Your Camp....
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What do I need to do to a tent that's been stored for a long time?

Additionally to what April mentioned I would: Check if any of the plastic parts (if there are any) got brittle. If they did I would replace them (this should be easy if the tent is actually still ...
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Is this low-footprint tie down feasible for a canopy tent?

Your intuition about swapping the ropes around is not sound: As RBarryYoung notes in the comments, the pivot points change. In your third design, the tent could pivot 90 degrees such that the back ...
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Why aren't (poly-)cotton tents more popular?

A good cotton tent is expensive, but can be very good value as they last a lifetime and are childproof. In The Netherlands, families may camp up to 5–8 weeks per year, car camping on campgrounds in ...
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Camping tent with outer tent installed first

Certainly from UK suppliers and reviewers (example reviews) "outer first" is the term most commonly used. I've also seen (probably) US sources using this term. Terminology does vary, as in the UK ...
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Looking for lightweight backpacking tent suggestions

Okay, I've made enough suggestions in the comments I figured I'd better summarize them in an "answer." It's not fully what you asked for; this is more of a summary of all the "almost ...
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Why do people who backpack sleep in tents instead of tarps?

Is there really such a clear dichotomy between open tarps and enclosed tents? The OP implies that open tarps offer a qualitatively different and superior experience to enclosed tents. My response ...
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Will a tent provide some protection from bears?

Your tent may not provide any physical protection, but your sleeping bag will provide some. Sleeping bags cover the vast majority of your body, and the thick material of a sleeping bag will initially ...
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Relative popularity and merits of A-frame tents

Why the A-Frame fell out of fashion Until around 25 years ago, A-Frames dominated the 1-2 person market, both for car camping and in the mountains. Then we saw the emergence of lightweight flexible ...
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Are there tents with better space-to-weight ratio than tunnel tents?

What are your options? As someone who makes their own shelters I've given a great deal of thought to the pros and cons of different architectures. But like most things involving gear choice, the real ...
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Is it warmer to sleep in a car or in a tent?

I can't say with certainty about which would be better, but I can speak for the survivability of spending a night in a tent at nearly -30°C(acutally -20°F/-28°C). As a boy scout, my troop and I once ...
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Will I be warmer in my sleeping bag inside or outside of my tent, when winter camping?

The tent will definitely be warmer because it keeps the wind away. As you are sleeping your body produces heat and a tent helps keep that warmer air around instead of it blowing away in the wind. ...
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Alternative to midshipman's / taut-line hitch for modern ropes

First, try with more 'coils', when you tie the taut-line hitch; every coil adds some friction. An alternative, that I, myself, like a lot, since I find it easier to tie, is the Farrimond Friction ...
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Advantage of truck tent?

Easier to setup, pack up and keep in proper shape in my experience Much warmer during the cold months You can pre-setup a lot of things you going to need during the night The only 2 downsides I've ...
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