Shelter is probably one of the many things you have considered and planned for in the event that TEOTWAWKI strikes. This may include remaining in your home, meeting at a centralized location, building your own shelter, or pitching a tent. Whichever shelter method you choose, it is important to be able to get out of the elements and protect yourself. Beyond that, your level of commitment to shelter is up to you and it can be an basic or elaborate as you prefer.
Many of us have a love-hate relationship with tents. There is something about pitching a tent that can bring out the anger in folks. For some it comes naturally but for others it does not come without a fight. For that reason alone, a lot of folks may want to write off the use of a tent and instead opt for building a makeshift shelter or staying inside of a building. I can't say I blame such folks, as tent pitching has never quite been a talent of mine.
What if the tent you were pitching were worthwhile enough that learning to set it up was something you simply could not resist? Sure, the cheap tents from the nearest big box store probably do not fit such a bill. The cheaper the tent, the more trouble you are likely to have, and the less use you will get out of it in the long run. Let's forget that for a moment and imagine a bigger, better tent. A tent that is more accommodating, to a point where you can actually pull your vehicle inside. A tent that you can add onto to form a colony. A tent that can be responsible for the initial stages of a societal rebuild. You must admit, such a tent sounds pretty good. Being large enough to accommodate a vehicle is probably an indication of set up difficulty, but such difficulty in this case just might be worth enduring because of what you will be able to create in the end.
Enter the Decagon Link Station tent system. The creation of a Japanese company called Logos, the Decagon Link System comes in sections, starting with a centralized hub off of which wings can branch. You can purchase the sections (dome, link, link screen, car tarp) you want to create a home-like atmosphere, giving family members their own private space while still being able to remain modular.
Granted, this is not a practical solution for everyone but the idea itself has great potential. If you were to have bug out plans that included a central meeting place for widespread friends and family, this would be an ideal way to house everyone together in the same temporary structure. The ability to bring vehicles under cover will help you keep an eye on them as well, aiding you in preventing break-ins and other forms of theft. These tent components are pricy, however, ranging from $150-$1,400.
The downside is that this would involve a foreign purchase, so returning it if you aren't happy will take time, as will its arrival. The website selling it is in both Japanese and English and it does frequently appear for sale on Amazon Japan, but even then, the English is limited. Drawbacks aside, it might be worth considering if you have a large family to accommodate and have the money to make such an investment. If nothing else, it is an interesting concept to see and may inspire you to come up with a similar idea all your own to provide shelter for those you love. Plus, when you factor in the amount of time you could be faced with spending inside of a tent when the SHTF, it might as well be a nice, spacious tent rather than a bargain basement model.
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