Mat and Danielle from Exploring Alternatives trekked 4 km into the woods to stay in a 270 sq. ft. prospector-style tent that is completely off-grid. The tents are rented out as 4-season accommodation for outdoor enthusiasts in Québec’s Gatineau Park but that’s not the only reason the couple was interested in checking it out. They thought it might also be an interesting option as a permanent or semi-permanent tiny home.
The tent is built with two layers of weather-proof canvas stretched over a wooden frame and is equipped with a double combustion wood stove for heat, a solar panel to power 1 LED light, and a propane fridge to keep food cool. There’s also an outhouse, barbecue, and picnic table outside. To maximize indoor space, the tent has a cascade-style bunkbed that sleeps 4.
After spending 2 nights in the tent, they agreed that it would make a very comfortable tiny house with a handful of modifications, including a more robust solar setup, an indoor composting toilet, larger windows for more daylight, a rainwater collection system (for 3 seasons), and a small couch for relaxing by the fire.
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