Wall Tent Information
Kirkhams Wall Tents

Wall Tents:

 Most of what you need to know about using your AAA wall tent is common sense, but some things bear special mention. In this section, you will find a few hints about how to care for your AAA wall tent to keep it in good condition for years to come.


We recommend that you set up your stock or custom AAA canvas wall tent at least once before you take it out on your first trip, to familiarize yourself with the procedure and to make sure you have all the necessary components.

Most of our customers purchase a "cabin-style" frame for their tent. You can download a copy of our Cabin Frame Setup Instructions.

Kirkhams Wall Tents
Step 1: Assemble roof and cover with canvas.
Kirkhams Wall Tents
Step 2: Insert side poles on one side of the tent.
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Step 3: Insert other side poles.
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Step 4: Pull down the rest of the canvas and fasten guy lines.

Shocking The Fabric

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.

Cutting Your Own Poles

If you have some skill at cutting we can sell just the fittings for the cabin style frame. This option significantly saves with shipping costs.

Cleaning and Storing a Wall Tent
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 Aqua-Tite Silicone Water Repellant from MarChem Coated Fabrics, Inc.

Warranty and Repair

We back every AAA Wall 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 damage to your Wall 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.

If you have a warranty claim, please email or telephone our customer service department.