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08 September, 2015

A Versatile and Extremely Affordable Option for a Prepper Survival Retreat Shelter

A big part of a long-term survival and emergency preparedness involves location. Depending on where you live, it may not be viable to make a true go of it where you are. It could be that the population density of the area increases the odds of a danger situation, or it may be that the area where you live simply lacks the things that will be needed in order to attempt long-term survival. This is why most of the advice on this subject revolves around having a survival retreat property either as your home or as a place to "bug out" to if things get bad.

A wall tent as a survival shelter?

Cabela's Ultimate Alaknak™ Tent – 12' x 12'

The thing is that money is always somewhat of a concern as well, so that's one more thing to worry about. Do you build a house? A rustic cabin? Live in a travel trailer? Have you ever considered a wall tent?

A wall tent as a survival shelter?
Wall tents are much more sturdy and more roomy than a typical tent, and you can purchase them with a built-in flap made specifically for a woodstove chimney pipe. Not a terrible option, in my opinion. The biggest concern I would have would revolve around the viability of the structure in bad weather, such as heavy snows, but I'm sure that the expense would still be lower than many other options even after adding in the additional cost of reinforcing the framework. Also, it would offer no ballistic protection. I'm not sure I would trust the idea of living in something like this as a permanent option, but it could even be used simply as temporary shelter while you build a cabin or something more permanent, and it would allow you to live at your retreat property during the construction.

Definitely worth thinking about.


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  1. Looks like a great shelter - very spacious. Would be good for a larger family or group to live in. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 850.00 is to costly for me, for a tent.

    1. True, I'd call it affordable rather than inexpensive. It is a tent, but much more spacious as a daily living option.

  3. I lived in a tarp teepee for five months in the National Forest in Oregon. It was made of long poles lashed together about 12 feet off the ground in a circle about 15 feet across. Then blue tarps were layered over it to the point of being waterproof, many small and medium tarps all assembled together. Inside was a wood stove and old rugs hung around the lower areas provided extra insulation from the snow outside. Pallets with rugs on top made up the beds. Outside the tarp teepee it was subfreezing with snow and freezing rain at night, about 80 degrees inside with the wood stove going. Significantly less expensive than purchasing a pre-made tent of the same size. It lasted a year before being taken down.


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