Q: Do most people get the wall enclosure or the screen enclosure? Which is better?
A: No question about it most customers purchase the wall enclosure and not the screen enclosure. Some customers will purchase both, however, the wall enclosure has six large screened windows. In other words, it kind of acts as a screen enclosure or a wall enclosure depending on whether you keep the windows opened or closed.
Q: How do I properly season this tent?
A: Seasoning the tent is very important. It ensures that the tent is completely waterproof so that you don't find yourself wet and miserable during a camping trip. Many people skip this step without running into any problems. The tents are pre-treated and should be waterproof out-of-the-box. The purpose of seasoning is to cause the fibers in the tent to shrink. The very first time the tent gets wet and then dries it creates a reaction within the fibers causing them to tighten-eliminating any spot that may have been prone to leaking. To season the tent simply set it up complete. Close all the windows and vents if any. Next, simply take your garden hose and spray the tent. It is a good idea to use an attachment that creates moderate pressure. Moderate pressure helps infuse the water into the fibers. Inadequate pressure will simply cause the water to roll down the tent similar to water rolls off the back of a duck. Moderate pressure is adequate-do not use a pressure washer as it could damage the fabric. Spray the tent all over from top to bottom. Pay particular attention to the seams and around the windows. Once the tent is completely wet simply let it dry. Depending on your weather and climate it may try within an hour and other climates may take the entire day. Should you notice any spots where the tent is leaking dont worry. Simply wait for the tent to dry-the fibers to shrink-and spray it again to ensure that it does not leak. At that point if the tent still leaks water please contact us and we will get you taken care of.
Q: Which tent is your best tent for tall people?
A: Model 6133 cabin tent is definitely the best for tall people. We have other sizes to accommodate all shapes and sizes. Model 6098, for example, is just 6 feet tall but this one is 7 1/2 feet tall. It is not only nice for tall people, but it feels very roomy for those who may not like cramped spaces. So feel free to wake up in the morning and to stand up to stretch tall.
Q: Do I need to use guy ropes to secure the tent?
A: You do need to use guy ropes to secure the basic awning. Guy ropes are recommended for the deluxe awning as well. One of the nice things about the cabin tent is that it holds up to wind exceptionally well. Most customers in most environments will never need to use guy ropes to help stabilize it in a rough windstorm. However, if you decide to there are plenty of places you can tie rope to give it some extra stability. It comes with guy ropes for the awnings. Replacement guy ropes can be purchased separately.
Q: Does the warranty cover extended use-like all year long?
A: The warranty does not cover extended use, but regular use. Extended use would be something like leaving it up all month, all summer, or businesses that leave it up all year. The tent is designed for camping and not for a permanent residence. If you need any clarification or have any questions please let us know.
Q: Where can I get replacement parts?
A: You can obtain replacement parts contacting the manufactures customer service department at 801-726-0243
Q: Can I download the instruction manual?
A: You definitely can download the owners/inspection manual from our website by clicking the top of our page on "Kodiak Tent Manuals" or by clicking here .
Q: If I purchase this tent can I detach the awning?
A: The awning is sewn directly onto the side of the tent and cannot be detached. This is considered a benefit. The awning does have its own set of poles to create stability and having a sewn onto the tent utilizes the already stable tent structure. It also helps ensure that you do not misplace the awning. Also, please note that the awning does not need to be set up each time you use this tent. Although the awning is sewn onto the front it can be rolled up nice and neatly and strapped to the side. Many customers find this helpful if they know that the footprint of the campsite will not allow for the extra 8 foot awning. If you are considering a detachable awning please consider the screen house model 6417. The screen house allows you to set up a canvas enclosure with large windows that zip closed. It is perfect for playing cards in the rain, enjoying the view without the bugs, and a place for the pets.
Q: What color is this tent called?
A: The official color of the tent is Tan and Olive. Tan is the color of the roof and door trim. The darker-toned colors are olive. The tent has earth-tone colors to give a pleasant earthy feeling when camping. No loud sporty colors to stand out or distract from a great camping experience.
Q: Do you offer floor or wall patches?
A: Yes, please call for details. Please note the patches are not a perfect matching color. They are simply earth-tone, but they do the job. The tent should not rip or tear or have any type of defect. These patches are for instances where, say, a pocket knife gets dropped and punctures the floor, etc.
Q: If I have 7 people and 2 of them are fairly small children will we be able to fit into this tent comfortably?
A: The 9x12 design is meant for 6 people. Smaller children may increase the occupancy a bit. However, when the children are older, they will occupy more space, which may make this tent too small for your needs in the long run. For a higher occupancy, I would recommend taking a look at the 10x14 tents we have.
Q: I’m concerned this tent might be too heavy for me to carry around. How many bags does it include?
A: The great thing about this tent is that it has two bags. Rather than carrying all the poles and tent body in one bag they are separate so that the average adult can manage them without any problems. One thing I like to do is separate the awning poles into their own bag as there are times when you might set up the tent without wanting the awning up. It is an amazing tent and will surprise and impress you with how much room is inside.
Q: What tent is the best one for hunting for a week at a time?
A: This tent is definitely one of our favorites for hunters and here's why. Many campers bring a lot of gear and sometimes animals when they go hunting. The deluxe awning attachment provides plenty of space for putting extra gear, animals, and equipment. Hunters also will often go in groups for more than just one night. This tent is great if you're putting it up for a week or so as well. The height is 7 1/2 feet inside and allows you plenty of room for.
Q: If I want to put an electric blanket or stereo is there a way to run an extension cord into the tent?
A: Yes! This tent actually has its own little opening that zips to accommodate an extension cord. The opening is located on the bottom left of the front of the tent. It zips closed when not in use and also zips tight when the cord is moving through it. It takes camping to another level allowing you to power electric blankets and other electronics.
Q: Will I be able to fill a breeze with the windows closed?
A: Yes! You will absolutely be able to feel breeze. That is one of the huge benefits of this tent. There are large windows on every side of the tent-and they are large. The nice thing about the windows is that it not only allows you to feel the breeze, but it allows you to enjoy the scenery around your camping area. One thing to keep in mind is that the window on the left side-a very large window-can only be opened while the awning is set up. When the awning is put down the window is closed. The awning is actually the cover to close the window itself.
Q: Can I purchase a separate bag for just the awning poles since I don’t have to set them up each time with the tent?
A: Yes, you sure can. You can order it online, however. You would need to order it over the phone.
Q: Can I sleep other people underneath the awning?
A: Yes you can! That is one reason many people by this. Sometimes people get this particular tent because they realize sometimes they will be camping with just a few people and other times with many more. If you go camping with just a handful of people are usually able to fit the main tent room. If you need extra room simply open the awning and set it up, place down the tarp, and put up the wall enclosure and you are set. When you use the awning to sleep more people you can simply leave the tent door open (not the door, but the tent door) and it feels like one large open area.
Q: It looks like there are two awnings included. Looks like a smaller awning also functions as the door flap. How does that work?
A: There are two awnings-one is that the deluxe awning and the other is the regular awning. It includes them both. In fact, they are both sewn on and not detachable. The larger awning and smaller on in both our optional when you set up the tent. You don't have to set them up if you don't want to. The smaller awning does also function as the door closing flap for the large door on the left side. It zips closed on the left and right sides and Velcro on the bottom. It is water tight. The larger awning does not act as a closing flap for a door - it is a stand-alone awning.
Q: Is there a way to clean off tree sap?
A: Yes and No. Some trees that is very unforgiving and is not come off without a lot of work. Do not use soap on the tent. The only way to clean this is with water and a paper towel, rag, or a material that can help scrub it off without being abrasive and damaging the canvas. In most cases you can simply spray the tent with the garden hose for several minutes to get most of it off. As with any tent you may find that it does not come completely off. It may fade over time and in some cases the cold weather will allow it to break off cleanly.
Q: Can I set this up and leave it up all summer long?
A: You definitely do not want to set this up all year or all summer. There are some businesses that will do just that knowing that they will need to replace it every year. Please keep in mind that the care instructions that come with the owners manual explained that this is not designed for extended long-term use for an entire season. It is a tent designed for fun family camping that will last a lifetime. Camping generally consists of a few weeks a year, and an overnight trip here and there, or a hunting trip that can last couple weeks.
Q: Is this one of those glamorous camping tents? Glamping?
A: You may be surprised to know that many organizations including Glamour camping businesses purchase this very tents. The majority of those are probably in Hawaii. They set these up for tourists to have a glamorous camping experience. They set them up on wooden bases or decks and create a canopy over the tents to prolong the life of the tent. Because you can run electricity into the tent through the outlet opening it can make it a great environment creating a nice breeze complete with electric blanket and alarm clock. If you decide to do this with your tent please keep in mind the warranty does not cover permanent or extended use. The tents last a long time, but they are not designed to be permanent living quarters.
Q: Will this tent mold?
A: This tent will definitely not mold if taken care of properly. The customers we have with mold issues almost always have one thing in common-they got rained on during camping, rolled the tent up and stored it away wet, unrolled it several weeks later only to find mold. That doesn't happen very often, but it is 100% preventable. Camping often involves rain, hail, and even snow. The tent can withstand the moisture. You should not get a drop inside the tent. However, once you get home you need to set it up or lay it out without delay to allow it to dry. It may be raining outside when you get home so you will want to find a location such as a garage or some location with an environment that is dry and will allow the tent to breathe and dry.
Q: Are these tents fire retardant?
A: The Kodiak canvas tents are not fire retardants. We urge you to be extra cautious keeping anything flammable safe distance away to keep you and your family safe. Make sure that you never set the tent up next to a campfire, cooking area, or any area where the tent could start on fire. It is not recommended to use heaters inside the tent for safety and liability purposes.
Q: Can I put a heater inside this tent? Can I put fire wood heater in?
A: This is a very common question. People want to be warm and dry when they are camping. These tents will definitely keep you dry and they keep heat in better than nylon tents, but we do not recommend heaters. The tent can withstand the cold winters of Alaska and the Arizona sun, but heaters create a danger of creating a fire. We don't want anybody to be injured or hurt. Please note that adding a wood burning stove voids the warranty and is not recommended. Modifying the tent in any way voids the warranty.
Q: How often do I need to re-season the tent?
A: Kodiak tens have what's called a "dry treated" seasoning. Meaning, you don't have that old waxy feeling that gets brittle and gooey depending on the temperature. It is immersed and rolled in the water proofing liquid during the manufacturing process. Most customers will never need to retreat the tent. It all depends on how often you use it. Some customers will camp a day or two here and there while others will camp weeks at a time. Even the most avid long-term campers do not need to treat the tent often. In most cases you can get away with treating it every four or five years and that's after spraying water on it to see if there are any spots allowing water inside. When testing it simply spray it with a garden hose using decent pressure-hit all the seams thoroughly. Should water into the tent simply find the spot, treat it with a canvas tent waterproofing spray, let it dry, spray again with water to test it out and you should be set.
Q: What is the difference between this tent and model number 6121?
A: That's a great question and very common. There are only two main differences between the two tents. Model 6121 is simply the basic version of the cabin tent. Model 6133 is the deluxe version with the massive awning. That's the difference. Model 6121 does have an awning, but it does not have a large deluxe awning. Model 6133 has the basic awning same as model 6121, but also has an additional deluxe awning (a total of two awnings). If you decide to purchase model 6121 please keep in mind that the awning cannot be purchased afterwards. The reason being, it is sewn onto the tent during the manufacturing process. So, model 6133 has that deluxe awning sewn onto it.
Q: Is this your largest cabin tent?
A: Yes, this is definitely our largest cabin tent. There is an older model called "the grand cabin" that was larger, but it was discontinued. This cabin tent is 12 feet wide by 9 feet deep and includes an 8 foot awning that is a half feet long by 8 1/2 feet deep.
Q: What is the difference between a cabin tent and a flex bow tent?
A: There is one major difference between the cabin tent and the flex bow tent and that is the assembly time. The flex bow tents can be assembled in about five minutes, whereas the cabin tents take about 15 to 20 minutes. Both styles are fairly quick to set up. It becomes quicker each time you set it up as well. The other difference is the slope of the walls and the height of the tent. The cabin tent is the tallest with a peak of 7 1/2 feet. The walls are almost completely vertical. The cabin style is considered to be a more deluxe wave camping. However, most customers choose to go with the flex bow style because it is very quick to set up. The cabin tent can be set up by one person, but the first time you set it up you would probably want a second person there. It's difficult to explain without a video. Feel free to check out our video that shows one person assembling the tent and the awning.
Q: How do I wash the tent? Do I use soap?
A: Cleaning these tents is very simple. I'm in charge of our Boy Scout troops tend maintenance which means every time you have a camp-out they bring the tents to my home, I set them up, I clean it off, and I repair any damage (somehow Boy Scouts find a way to damage about anything). I have found that the best thing to do is simply set up the tent and spray it with a pressurized hose (not a pressurized washer). Before doing that I sweep it off with a kitchen broom to get any bird droppings, pine needles, and loose dirt off the tent. I then sprayed for about 10 minutes. I have learned that doing this can be a little bit deceiving. As your spring the tent with the hose it will look like it is doing absolutely no good. It will look like the dirt is not coming off and you are wasting time. Somehow, each time I have done this, by the time the tent is dry almost any stain or dirt spot disappears. For some reason while it is wet every bit of dirt seems to show up a little bit better. Just be patient and most of it if not all of it will be gone by the time it dries. Cleaning the interior is done the same way. Please never use soap on these tents. It can undo the waterproofing technology and damage the tent. Do not use soap on the floor either and especially do not use any type of abrasive cloth on the floor as it will take off the beautiful look. Tree sap is a little bit difficult to get off and I have found that it takes months before it starts to disappear. The stains may never come out, but they really don't look bad. It just looks like a good tent that has been on a lot of camping adventures.
Q: How can a clean dirt from the inside of the tent? Can I use soap on the floor?
A: He's never, never, never, use soap on these tents. You might be tempted to use soap especially on the floor. Soap could leak into this seems on the sides of the tent and undo the waterproofing technology. If you need to clean the floor you can simply spray it with water, let it soak for a few minutes, and then mop it up like you would a floor with an actual mop or with towels. Be sure to never use an abrasive material to scrub the floor. The floor has a subtle shine and texture that gives you a little bit of traction when you walk on it. An abrasive material would scratch that and make it look different than the rest of the floor. In most cases you can simply sweep the floor-no need to wipe it down.
Q: Does the cabin tent have airflow vents at the top?
A: The cabin tent does not have/need airflow vents. The cabin tents provide some of the best ventilation of all of our tents. There are windows on each side to provide a gentle breeze from any direction. The tents breathe very well. Generally, customers that need a little bit of airflow will simply unzip the top of the window a few inches-just enough to let airflow in and out according to your desire. The windows have two zippers so you can manipulate the shape of the opening to some degree. The models that do have airflow vents are considered flexible tents and not cabin tents.
Q: Which ground tarp is the appropriate tarp for the tent and the appropriate tarp for the awning?
The appropriate ground hard for the model 6133's model 0591. 0591 is a 12' x 9' ground tarp and is designed to fit the footprint of the bottom of the tent. Some customers want to put a floor down underneath the awning, however. If you decide to do that we do not carry a tarp that is a perfect match. The footprint is 8' x 8.5'. The closest heart we would have would be the 10' x 10' tarp. You would simply need to roll the edges to fit the footprint.
Q: Does the cabin tent have a gear loft option?
A: This tent does not have the option for a gear loft. It does have loops around the ceiling edge where you can be a little creative if you need to hang something your own way. Just be careful not to put too much weight in one spot. Contact us if you have any questions.
Q: Do you have any tips on how to keep the inside floor clean?
A: Yes, keeping the floor clean usually can be achieved by requiring people to take their shoes off before going inside the tent. In many cases that isn't realistic and the floor will get dirty. That's okay. The floor is PVC and quite easy to clean. Do not use soap on the floor, but a wet nonabrasive rag and you should be just fine. Some stains might need to soak for a little bit. Worst-case scenario-if it's very bad-you can sprayed up with the hose, but you would be to mop it up.
Q: What is the material of the floor? Is it like a glorified tarp?
A: The floor material is a polyvinyl (PVC) and it is amazing. It has a texture so you can get a grip on the floor with your shoes or feet and it also does not make hardly a sound when you walk on it like the old tarp-like crunchy nylon floors everyone is used. In other words, if it is the middle of the night and you need to go do your business you might get away with it if you can keep the tent zippers quiet-the floor won't make a sound.
Q: Which tent would be the best fit for a family of four?
A: This tent is perfect for a family of four… And then some. This tent model 6133 is a great option for a family of four or up to a family of six. You simply have more room to grow or for gear. One recommendation I always give to customers is to measure out the footprint on the living room carpet and lay down sleeping bags and see how much room they feel they need in addition to that or if they have too much room.
Q: What is the benefit of having canvas versus nylon?
A: Canvas holds up to UV rays many times longer, is thicker, breathes better, less likely to tear, is far more water proof, is quiet in wind, cleans easier, and our canvas does not wick when touched from the interior.
Q: do I need to use the tarp? What if it’s raining?
A: You definitely do not need to use a tarp. You do not need to use it as a rain fly and you do not need to use it underneath the tent. However, there is some benefit to using the tarp (even if it is raining). If you are camping on a very sandy/dirty surface you will want to use the tarp to keep your tent cleaner than mud. The tent is completely water-proof so no need to put it over the tent. In extended use (months at a time-not recommended by the manufacturer) it can help prolong the life of the tent.
If you are camping on grass there is usually no need to use the tarp.
Q: Does this come with a rain fly?
A: It does not come with a rain fly. No rain fly necessary. It is watertight. Not having a rain fly means that it is quieter when the wind blows, dry when you get horizontal rain, and keeps the heat in better at nighttime.
Q: What kind of canvas is this tent?
A: The canvas is high industry standard cotton duck canvas. The water rose off like the back of a duck. That includes Kodiak's HydraShield technology. It is a dry treated canvas so it does not get brittle in the cold or oily in the extreme heat.
Q: How does this tent compare to spring bar?
A: spring bar makes a fantastic tent. It is only second to one and that is the Kodiak brand. In an independent lab test Kodiak tested approximately 7% stronger as far as the canvas goes. Kodiak uses a heavy duty for that is almost twice the thickness and weight, and it has a welded seam. Spring bar has a thin floor and a sewn seam which can lead to water leakage. Kodiak has a superior screen that is much stronger than spring bar. Both use the same zippers, and assemble similarly.
Q: Is this a wall tent? What’s the difference?
A: These are considered cabin tents. Wall tents have vertical walls like this, but they generally don't have the floor. There are many will tents that are canvas like the Kodiak models and some even include a way to heat it through a wood burning stove. These cabin tents all include floors.
Q: Is it possible to use the privacy vestibule on this?
A: Some customers do use the privacy vestibule, but it is not designed for that. That is, it will not fit perfectly, but it will be a close fit. The vestibules are designed for the flex bow models and not the cabin models. They are designed specifically for models number 6011 VX, 6013, 6043, 6010, 6051, 6044, 6041, and 6014.
Q: Can I use this tent is an emergency preparedness type of tent?
A: Absolutely! Many customers who are emergency prepared enthusiasts buy this tent. In fact, there was a huge demand for canvas tents in recent disasters including the earthquake in Haiti. Many Kodiak tents were used for temporary shelters.
Q: Will I feel too crammed if I take my hunting buddies with me? How many people does this really hold?
A: That is a great question and it is difficult to answer without mentioning some specific items. This is officially a six person tent, but if you have six people using extra large cots you are going to fill crammed. If you are going to have a lot of gear it is more like a four person tent. This particular tent is popular for hunters because there is the deluxe 8' awning where you can store gear and keep it protected from the elements if you use the wall enclosure. This tent is definitely number one when it comes to our elk hunting customers.
Q: We’re looking for a temporary shelter for the summer to use for missionary service. Will this tent work for that?
A: Yes and no. This tent is designed for the elements, but not necessarily extended use. Having said that we do get some customers-especially in the tropics that will live in these or rent these out for a business in extended use circumstances. To be fair, they often don't leave it out in the sun, but they will leave it underneath some other type of structure such as an awning, canopy, or even have some type of tarps hung over it to protected from extended sunshine. In those cases you can often get years of use. There is a local sporting goods store here in Utah that has had one out since the beginning of the year and it still looks beautiful. It is their display model and I think everyone is a little surprise that it has been able to last for most of one complete year. Please note that it does void the warranty if you are using it in extended use circumstances.
Q: We have started a business for deluxe camping. Which is the best tent to give our customers the best experience?
A: Glamping (Glamour Camping) seems to be a big trend and there is even an outfit in Bear Lake Utah that seems to be doing pretty well. We have some customers in tropical climates such as Hawaii and some in colder climates such as Alaska that will use this tent to rent out to customers. It is designed to give them a deluxe camping experience with some of the luxuries and pleasures of our contemporary lifestyles. Please note that the warranty does not cover extended use. Many of these companies simply understand that they will need to replace them every couple years or sooner depending on the environment and how well shaded or protected they are.
Q: Are these the tents that I see at the scouting jamborees?
A: Yes. At local scouting jamborees you'll see Kodiak and spring bar models. Spring bar is the older brand and Kodiak is the newer brand that you will see everywhere. There are some awesome photos online that show dozens of Kodiak tents lined up in a row. The scouts trustees, because they are designed to last a lifetime.
Q: How quickly can I get this ship to me on the East Coast?
A: Assuming the product is in stock, delivery time to the east coast is generally completed within 6 or 7 business days of you ordering your tent.
Q: Do I have to be home to sign for this tent?
A: These tents are shipped FedEx Ground for a doorstep delivery. No signature is required automatically with the shipment. In some cases, the driver may request a signature, depending on the delivery situation - e.g. shipping to a business instead of a home, or shipping to an apartment complex - if the driver feels the security of the package is questionable. If you have any concerns about the security of the delivery situation at your address, you may request a signature service with your shipment by either calling us or emailing us with your order information so we can request it when the shipment is sent out. Please make sure you contact us immediately for this service so we can get the request placed with FedEx BEFORE the shipment is sent out.
Q: How long have you guys been selling these tents and how long have you been in business?
A: We have sold Kodiak tents online since 2008. We have been in business since 2003.
Q: What if something arrives defective?
A: If there is something immediately wrong with the delivery when it arrives, please notify us immediately so we can get a claim filed with either FedEx or Kodiak so we can get you a replacement shipped out immediately. Please note that we must report damage in shipment within 4 days of the delivery, otherwise FedEx will not honor the freight claim. If a defect in your product appears after 30 days of you receiving the product, the tent includes Kodiak's factory warranty. Please contact Kodiak directly using the contact information in your owner's manual to make a warranty claim.
Q: Can I have this ship to a business?
A: Absolutely you can have it shipped to a business. During checkout please specify whether you want it shipped to residence or business.
Q: My wife hates camping. Which tent will give the best experience?
A: This seems to be the favorite camping tent among those who generally don't enjoy camping. Because the walls go up vertical on the front and back it feels more like a room than a tent. This is also our favorite tent among the hunters who spend a week or so at a time.
Q: Is it okay to have pets inside this tent?
A: This question is a little bit difficult, because it really depends on the size of the animal, the temperament of the pet, and other factors. You probably know the answer to this best. Our biggest concern our claws and teeth. Those sharp little claws on say, a cat can really do damage to the canvas. A well tempered animal would do just fine in the tent provided they don't jump around and claw on the screen windows. Having said that, many of our customers bring along rambunctious animals and keep them in a pet porter or have them supervised (night time) to make sure nothing is compromised.
Q: Does the 6133 require any treatment against rain like Scotch Guard? Also, does it have rain fly?
A: This particular tent comes pre-treated. You do not have to treated with anything; however, it is recommended that you spray it down with water the first time you set it up. That is considered the "seasoning" process. The first time the tents dries-should there be any pinhole issues-it fixes them.
Q: How much of the 12x9 size is lost at top of wall? It looks like the front and back are nearly vertical but that the sides slope in somewhat. Looks to be maybe 18 inches or so on each side? Thank you.