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Tent repair and tips


In addition to maintenance, the tent can also be in need of repair. Small tent repairs, such as turning on a spannerlus, or closing a small tear can anyone a bit of skill on the sewing machine has it myself. But when there are more serious issues, such as torn cams, broken zippers or major damages in the canvas, the repairer or the tent Fabrik must pass coming.
It is important that you do not wait in such cases until just before the holidays, because usually it does not work anymore. The tent factory in the autumn sufficient time to carry out repairs and can therefore devote sufficient attention to it. In general, you can count on a high degree of flexibility in dealing with repairs. Especially when 't is wrong. For smaller issues can be asked to go first just on holiday and then to bring the tent stop by or send. We are certainly very accommodating in there.
As said you can repair most small tent itself carry out quite easily. Sewing on a release tab is not usually a job. There came a small tear in the canvas, it is usually solved with the special opstrijkmiddelen which are available with us. They are repair kits which a cloth strip is on one side an adhesive layer. With a hot iron can be a slip on the canvas on the damage around slices. They are available in the colors of the most common tent cloths.
Cracks in the PVC floor sails, which occur in most tents, you can easily fix the repair kits that are marketed for PVC inflatable boats.

Frame tent or tent poles
In addition to the tent also has the tent frame needed some attention. Check that there is not too much in the reduced portions (slight) rust is. Otherwise, you get the following season, the rod sections less easy or apart. The corrosion spots treated equally with sandpaper, possibly with an anti-rust agent opsmeren. In case of old steel frames, many seasons have been there, after the same treatment also possibly a thin layer of white pile on lubrication. Also with aluminum to watch out oxidation. The surface is then speckled or rough. The material is anodized but after many years, this can happen. It's all to occur when the aluminum tent poles keeps dry.

Tent pegs and tent pegs
Note that the tent pegs and pins not sit filthy and soaked in the bag. Because then you will find them the next season as a big "lump" rust back. Before the new camping season whether you have enough of everything and fill the stock if necessary.


Permanente Tentenshow

by Richard Schokker

Outletverkoop: de beste kwaliteitstenten met hoge afhaalkortingen! 

Kom naar onze tentenshow in Volendam en maak gebruik van onze diverse forse outlet-aanbiedingen:

 Klik voor een video van een deel van onze kampeertentenshowroom.


U koopt een tent, die langer dan 25 jaar(zwaar katoen) en 15 jaar(lichtgewicht) meegaat                                            Klik hier voor een video van onze showroom

ESVO is Nederlands meest vooraanstaande tentenatelier en een AAA-merk in de markt.

Al onze kampeertenten zijn vervaardigd uit de duurzaamste en sterkste materialen, met o.a. 

TenCate lichtgewicht of zwaar katoen, All Season of ons speciale ripstop nylon. KWALITEIT DIE STAAT. 


Kijk/klik hier voor ons uitgebreide assortiment aan kampeertenten


Voor de tentenshow: graag tot ziens in Volendam! Let op: wij zijn zaterdags geopend tot 13.00 uur. Klik hier voor de ACTUELE OPENINGSTIJDEN. 

Camping tent set up without fumbling. Information and tips

by Richard Schokker

There is a (starting) camper few as embarrassing as a camp long to struggle with an 'unwilling' tent while neighboring campers watch amused!

Such a thing does not happen to you because even set up a large family tent is relatively simple, but if you know the order in which you must work. But it is best if you practice before the holidays at least once with your tent, so you know how everything works.

At most campgrounds you now barely able to choose your campsite itself, especially when you go on vacation in the high season. You usually get assigned a place for your tent. If you still can choose, find a good flat piece of ground. Preferably not in a 'bowl', because if you get a downpour, the matter is there underwater. Where the inner tent should be making the land free of twigs, pine cones, stones and other blemishes. Put the tent so that the wind does not get right at the entrance.

In most areas the wind comes predominantly from one side, so that the choice is not so difficult. Great bungalow, pyramid or dome tents are best addressed diagonally on the wind. So not the pawl back location on a wind, but one of the rear corners and preferably not even if that angle where the kitchen is expansion, because it is often sensitive to wind. Noktenten with a beautiful wraparound rear pretty it can be put on the wind with the back.

Spent tensioning much attention. Make sure the tent is pretty strained and that all pegging points are fixed well in tent pegs or pins. Who is careless in this regard is a chance his tent after a heavy storm damage and even find a lot further back. Applying a good stormafspanningen is therefore not a luxury. For a storm bracing noktent best it can be taken a long line that is drawn around all tensioner loops or D-rings. That line puts you at the front edge on both sides and then tension it by repeatedly between pegging points to place a peg. Just so long and so far unharness the line completely taut and the bottom edge of the tent is pushed almost to the ground. Now the whirlwind can not under the tent and also relieves the ordinary pegging points.

Now digging trenches runs around the tent or redundant, because many camping tents have cockpit floor sails that keep the water out of the tents. Moreover put landowners 's not exactly appreciate if you' ns wide trenches to have been digging your tent ... For the design tips for your particular tent is made to the separate user, which is packed with your tent.

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Buying a tent? Things to know before you buy.

by Richard Schokker

What should I look for when buying a tent?

Is it normal for a tent to leak after two years? At ESVO Tents in Volendam, during the Dutch television programme 'Totally Crazy Of'(RTL4), they explain in 3 minutes what sustainable camping with good materials means and what a good camping tent has to meet.
If you are also fond of camping, you don't want your tent to leak after a short time - so you don’t want to have your camping holiday spoiled. Qualitative and durable materials can prevent this! The choice of good materials is a carefree choice for both the manufacturer and the customer! Erik Schokker of ESVO Tents explains, in the broadcast of Sunday 23 June '19 of 'Totally Crazy Of' on RTL4, how ESVO as a camping tent factory produces quality tents, which even last longer than 25 years.


The proper tent canvas or fabrics for you


The best tent fabric AND tents for you

If you are looking at buying a family tent you will have come across a confusing mix of different tent fabrics, from cotton and polyester to nylon and poly-cotton, and a whole collection of different brand names. It’s hard to know which is best. ESVO tries to clear things up…

By the way, ESVO is Europe's global leading company in tent fabrics and canvas. Please click here for our wide range in tent fabrics. By the way, nr. 2: we produce all tents by ourselves, only in AAA-quality materials and fabrics. Therefore the life time of our camping tents is over at least 20 years! Please click here for our tents


Which tent fabric is best?

There are lots if different tent fabrics, with some being a lot more expensive than others. But are they worth it?


Each tent fabric has its good and bad points.

Which tent material is the best will depend on your needs. For example, do you need a tent that’s easy to transport, or are you looking for a tent to be your holiday home for a week or more?
A good example are our ESVO tents. They have a life time of 15 years(with nylon), 20 years(with light weight cotton) and 25 years+(in case of heavy weight cotton). 

Man Made Nylon and Polyester

The vast majority of tents are made out of man-made fabrics, either polyester or nylon based.
For family tents, you will typically find Polyester. Nylon is used for lightweight backpacking tents.
Why is Nylon or Polyester the best material for tents
Cheaper – you can get a lot more affordable tents with man-made fabrics (the exception is, of course, some of the tents for extreme expeditions, such as those used when trekking the South Pole).
Lighter – from smaller backpacking tents to even larger family tents, these man-made fabrics are a lot lighter and less bulky than natural based fabrics, making tents made from this material a lot easier to get to the campsite.
Quick to dry out.
Less maintenance. Can be more resistant to mildew and rips.

Why is Nylon or Polyester not so good for tents?

Compared to cotton, polyester and nylon are not good insulators. This means that tents can get very hot when it is warm, and chilly when it gets cold.
The material is not naturally breathable. Condensation can build up on the inside of the tent – sometimes enough to cause puddles.
They can deteriorate and loose colour over time through exposure to the sun’s rays.
The lightweight material means they flap around a bit more in the breeze…which can be a bit noisy if you are trying to sleep.
Man Made Fabric Coatings and Water Resistance
The man made fabrics will be made or covered with coatings to increase water and UV resistance.
The quality of these coatings can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, and tent to tent.
Man-made fabrics are graded by how water resistant they are, known as the Hydrostatic Head. Some tents will have more water resistant fabrics than others.
You can read here to understand more about Hydrostatic Head and what makes a good leak-proof tent.

Cotton and Canvas Tent Fabrics. ESVO has them all.

Canvas is the traditional tent fabric, and it has lots of great properties for a tent.
In days gone by, Canvas was made from Hemp, but these days canvas for tents is made from cotton. So, tents advertised as ‘canvas’ or ‘cotton’ are actually made from the same thing.
Why Canvas or Cotton is the best material for tents
Compared to man-made tent fabrics, cotton insulates extremely well. You won’t get as hot on a warm day, nor as cold when it is chilly.
Cotton is a breathable fabric, and can absorb water. This means that you are unlikely to have an issue with condensation.
Due to its weight and insulation properties, canvas/cotton tents can be quieter, and not so noisy if there’s a breeze.
The fabric can last a long time and is more resistant to harmful UV rays.
(Personally, a new canvas tent can smell a lot nicer than the chemical smell you sometimes get with man-made tents).
The problems with canvas and cotton as a tent material
Cotton and Canvas is very heavy and bulky. This means transporting a large tent to a campsite can be problematic – possibly enough for you to no longer fit it in the boot of your car. It can also make pitching a bit more work.
You normally need to ‘weather’ the canvas before using it. This involves leaving a new tent out in the rain (or under the garden hose) so that the canvas expands and fills in the holes in the stitching and fabric. Without doing this, your new canvas tent could leak.

Cotton or canvas requires more maintenance. As it absorbs water, you need to dry the material out before putting the tent away, and this can take a lot longer than man-made materials. Without doing so, you will get mildew in your tent.
It can be easier to snag and cause a tear, which can turn into a big tear.
Cost – cotton or canvas are a lot more expensive than man-made fabrics.

By the way, ESVO is Europe's global leading company in tent fabrics and canvasPlease click here for our wide range in tent fabricsBy the way, nr. 2: we produce all tents by ourselves, only in AAA-quality materials and fabrics. Therefore the life time of our camping tents is over at least 20 years! Please click here for our tents

Coatings and Treatments on Cotton Tents

Cotton tents shouldn’t be coated with a waterproof membrane as polyester tents have since the cotton needs to remain breathable and are already UV and water resistant.

However, some manufacturers have applied a light waterproofing treatment to the cotton. The cotton still retains its breathability, but the treatment means that water will bead off the tent if there is a light shower or morning dew. Innovations like this make cotton more practical for family camping as it helps reduce the drying out time. (Especially important for campsites that insist you leave your pitch by 10am!).

What about Poly-cotton Tents?

Poly-cotton is a hybrid between man-made polyester and cotton. Essentially a poly-cotton fabric is a cotton fabric with some polyester weaved into it.
All the good qualities of cotton (or canvas) can be found in poly-cotton tents. They have some of the bad points too (such as cost, weight, and maintenance), but the polyester in the weave makes them slightly more resistant to mildew than pure cotton or canvas, and the polyester also helps reduce the risk of large rips.
ESVO also has tents in poly-cotton - see down stated info.

So which is the best tent fabric?

As you can see, each fabric has a lot of good properties, but also some not-so-good points.
For me, the feel and insulating properties of canvas (or poly-cotton) make for a great family tent, especially if you are having a camping holiday.
If you get a chance to visit a camping show, tent display, or even have a chat to campers with a canvas or poly-cotton tent on a campsite, I urge you to compare it to a polyester tent.
Wait until the sun comes out for a few minutes. Go into a canvas or poly-cotton tent and it will feel pleasantly cool (not cold). Then walk into a polyester tent and you’ll immediately feel and breath the baking air.
If it is cold and a bit breezy, do the same test again. The canvas or poly-cotton tent will feel a lot warmer and quieter than the polyester tent. It will feel like a comfortable refuge.
So for family holiday tents, if you can afford, transport, and pitch it, go for canvas, cotton, or poly-cotton is my recommendation.
However, for quick weekend camping (and definitely backpacking!) then man-made fabrics are the way to go…though some air-framed tents can make pitching a cotton or polycotton tent a lot easier and more practical, making them work for the weekend camp too.
Polyester tent fabrics can work really well for holiday tents as well. Just remember to open the vents, and if your tent’s doors and windows allow for a through-draft of air, then use that when it gets hot.
If you are camping outside of the summer months then the insulating properties of canvas/cotton/polycotton are definitely worth it.
For campsites with an electric hook-up, you can use a tent heater and the fabric will retain more of that heat than a polyester tent. (See keeping warm and this Heater for more details).
Some canvas tents also have an outlet for a wood burning stove flue. This can make the tent very warm indeed. (Click here to read about our experience of using a wood-burning stove in a polycotton tent).

By the way, ESVO is Europe's global leading company in tent fabrics and canvasPlease click here for our wide range in tent fabricsBy the way, nr. 2: we produce all tents by ourselves, only in AAA-quality materials and fabrics. Therefore the life time of our camping tents is over at least 20 years! Please click here for our tents

Winter tents

by Richard Schokker

What is the use of a ground cloth for a tent?

by Richard Schokker

The function of a ground cloth tent has to do with comfort. Strictly seen, you can 't with a polyethylene groundsheet from the hardware, but a tent groundsheet of a thicker material is quite enjoyable and considerably more durable because it is thicker and firmer.
Tent groundsheets you can buy separately, but nowadays many tents are also provided land sailing, which are all around vastgezoomd the tent. The so-called cockpit sailing. This occurs naturally flowing water can not enter the tent and that goes for crawling insects. Because the seams are welded, this land sailing are 100% waterproof.
In ESVO there tent floor trailers for sale in various sizes and designs. We have special departments, who are using high-tech equipment tent groundsheets can cut exactly and whether high-frequency welding. Because of this modern production methods we are able to offer our tent groundsheets at competitive prices.
The choice of the material of tent groundsheet depends on your desire and way of camping and can eg. Not too heavy with lightweight tents. Our weights 260 gr. / M², 360 gr. / M2, 450 gr. / M2 and 600 gr. / M².

Mail or call us for more information on other land sailing or cockpit sailing.

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