The frame of a tent is arguably its most important part. When purchasing a tent or a tent frame, you want to be sure that it is strong and resilient, so that it can hold its own against strong winds and snow. While tent frames vary widely in their design and materials, there are four standard types. These types are the Elk frame, the Lodgepole frame, the Internal frame, and the A frame. The Internal frame is a type of frame which will typically make use of either aluminum or steel that is galvanized. This type of tent frame can be quite useful to those who are camping close to a road. These frame types are also useful in protecting horses from the elements.
The A frame is any tent frame which is constructed from steel which has been galvanized. Like the Internal frame, it is useful for situations where you are either camping near a road, or you have horses with you. The Elk frame is made from galvanized steel as well, but it is generally designed for use by hunters, as opposed to those who are building their tent near a road. The Lodgepole frame is a type of frame which can be used for packing horses, but it may also be used by an reeanctor as well. Of all the tent frames that you can use, the Internal frame is the fastest to construct, and it is also the most simple.
The most powerful attribute of the internal frame is that it will provide a great deal of support for the roof of the tent. While some may recommend using guy ropes on a tent, this isn't necessary unless you're dealing with strong winds or a large amount of snow. If you choose not to set up guy ropes, you will save a great deal of time. If you're in an environment with high winds, then it will be necessary to put up the stakes and ropes, and tying the ropes to a tree, rock, or strong stump is highly recommended. Once you have your frame, it is wise to wet down your tent. Wetting the tent will allow it to shrink, and if it starts to rain or snow, you will need the wall stakes or guy ropes.
If the tent shrinks too much, it may become uneven, and this could cause it to not properly conform to the internal frame. It is best to provide a certain amount of looseness within the guy ropes to allow the roof to shrink. In a situation where the tent shrinks near a rope which is tight, this shrinkage can put a great deal of pressure on the seams of the tent, and this will gradually cause the seams to become weaker. When you're working with your frame, it is important to make sure you clean it. If the frame makes use of a coating which causes your hands to become dirty, this will be transmitted to the tent itself, which you probably don't want.