Springbar Owner Information

Springbar Tents:

Springbar® tents are designed to be tough and last a lifetime. But remember that cleaning and storing your tent is very important in extending the life of your tent. Take a moment and get familiar with the setup guides, warranty and repair information, cleaning and storage, and of course fire safety information. If you should have any questions please give us a call or an email.


The unique Springbar design is not only strong, it's also super easy to set up! Our strong frames have a minimal number of poles to keep track of and no ropes necessary for a secure pitch. Once you've experienced the ease with which these tents go up, you'll be spoiled for life.

Remember! The first time you setup your new Springbar® tent give it a good soaking with a hose to "shock" the fabric. This will tighten up the fabric and seams, making it even more water resistant. Let it dry completely and you will be ready for any kind of weather.

Download a PDF
  • Classic Springbar Tent - If you have an Outfitter, Compact, Campsite, Traveler, Family Camper, Colossus or Vagabond tent, this is the guide to download. This guide also applies to many older discontinued external-frame models.
  • Canopy Setup Guide - How to rig the standard front canopy that comes included with many deluxe Springbar models.
  • Expandable Tents - Setup instructions for the 7199 Expandable tent.
  • Screen House - Instructions for setting up a Springbar Family Shade or Family Room screen tent.
  • Superport - The Superport shade canopy is a little more difficult to set up in an exact square, so check out the instructions.
  • Cabana - The Cabana is a bit different and includes frame is on the inside of the tent.


The first time you have your tent set up, give it a good soaking with a hose to "shock" the fabric. You will notice the tent is oversize for the frame when new. We cut the tents to allow for some shrinking upon the first wetting; this will tighten up the fabric and seams, making it even more water resistant. Let it dry completely while on the frame.

Storing Your Tent

The important thing to remember with any tent is to ensure that it is completely dry before storing it. When you return from each camping trip, allow the tent to air out in the sunshine with the windows and doors open until it is completely dry, then roll it up and put it in its storage bag in a dry environment for long-term storage. Even though our special Sunforger® canvas is somewhat mold and mildew resistant the canvas and synthetic materials can mold if neglected. Kirkham's is not responsible for mold or mildew damage due to inappropriate storage.

The Sunforger® fabrics we offer (12.5 oz Boat Duck and 10.1 oz Army Duck) will dry faster than our untreated 14.7 oz #10 Duck, but they all need to be allowed to dry completely. Paying attention to this requirement after returning home from your trip is the best way to protect your investment.

Cleaning Your Tent

The best way to clean your AAA Wall Tent is to set it up and hose off dirt with plain water and a soft brush, then allow it to dry completely.

Do not use detergents or soaps as these can remove the special silicone treatment.

Mold and Mildew Damage

If despite your good intentions, your tent has been stored damp and is affected by some mold or mildew, all is not lost. If the damage is not extensive, you may be able to clean it. The recipe for a mild cleaning solution that will kill and remove minor mold/mildew damage is the following:

  • 5 quarts water
  • 1 quart white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon laundry detergent

Use a soft bristle brush with this solution on the affected areas. Rinse thoroughly with copious amounts of plain water. Allow to dry completely in the sunshine.

After cleaning your tent, retreat the affected area with an approved silicone-based treatment such as 303 Fabric Guard For Marine Fabrics.


We back every Springbar® tent with a limited lifetime warranty that covers the entire tent against defects in materials and workmanship. Kirkham's Outdoor Products will repair or replace (at our option) defective materials or products as necessary to render the product functional.

Items covered under this warranty:

  • Defective stitching/sewing
  • Defective zippers
  • Defective fabrics or treatment
  • Defective hardware

Items not covered:

  • Damage due to normal wear and tear
  • Inconsequential "spot" leakage; tents are not guaranteed 100% waterproof
  • Hardware or pole failure unless caused by defective materials
  • Damage due to chemical exposure, mildew, mold or ultraviolet exposure

This warranty is not valid if the product is used in a commercial application or for housing, although we will make every attempt to correct any problems that arise under such conditions. We do not warrant that our tents will not burn if subjected to excessive heat or open flame.

There are no other express warranties beyond the terms of this limited warranty. In no event shall Kirkham's be liable for incidental or consequential damages.This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may have other rights that vary from state to state.

If you have a warranty claim, please fill out the "Warranty Claim Form.".


If you have damage to your Springbar® tent that falls outside the scope of the warranty (e.g. damage due to improper use or neglect) or if you need replacement parts, we will make every effort to assist you in resolving the problem. Because of our unique business as the manufacturer and sole retailer of Springbar® tents, we have a large supply of spare parts on hand.

We can service not only current Springbar® models, but frequently even tents that are 20 to 30 years old. Our customer service department is here to help you with any repair issues you might have so you can get back to your favorite camping spot as soon as possible.

For Minor Repairs


Camping with a Springbar® tent is a safe and rewarding way to spend your leisure time. Just as with your personal home, though, there are precautions that must be taken to keep safe in the outdoors.

Fire Safety with Cotton Canvas

The 100% cotton canvas material used in Springbar® tents is not flammable like synthetic tents, but it will burn if held in extended contact with an open flame. If ignited, our cotton fabric tends to burn very slowly and does not burst into flame.

Currently, there are 7 states (California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey and New York) that have restrictions on sales of tents without a fire retardant treatment. Mostly, these restrictions involve sales to groups and usage in commercial applications. If you live in one of these states, we encourage you to check with your local Fire Marshall prior to ordering a tent so that we can help you to determine whether any legal restrictions apply in your particular situation.

Be aware that even materials treated with flame retardants can become less effective after prolonged use or weather exposure‚ also the fire retardant is typically the first thing to degenerate on any treated fabric. The best measure of safety is to never expose any tent fabric to an open flame or heat source. Keep fuel-based appliances like stoves, heaters and lanterns well away from tent walls. Don't smoke or use candles inside your tent. Battery lanterns are far safer than gas or propane lanterns for lighting your tent. Pitch your tent a safe distance from your campfire.

If all this seems like common sense, it is. In over a half-century of manufacturing, selling and using tents made of our special cotton material we've concluded that our fabrics do not pose any significant safety threat when used in conjunction with common sense.

Fire Safety with Synthetics

The nylon oxford cloth that we use on Springbar® Screen Houses and in the door panels of the Springbar® expandable tents has a fire retardant applied to it that meets the requirements of all 50 states. However, the same precautions of keeping flame sources at a safe distance apply to this material as well. Any tent fabric will burn if held in contact with a flame long enough.

Fire Safety with Tent Heaters

We do not recommend the use of heaters inside a tent to keep warm in cold weather. In addition to possibly providing an ignition source, many heaters may cause other risks in a confined space such as a tent with closed doors and windows. Any appliance that burns fuel also uses available oxygen and exhausts carbon monoxide, which can build up to hazardous levels.