Where can I see one put up?
Our headquarters are in Byron Bay with viewings by appointment. Our warehouse is in Brisbane where we dispatch all over Australia 5 days a week (no showroom there) We also have a list of corporate customers where you can book a stay and try before you buy. Please contact us for our corporate customer list firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I pick up to save it being sent?
If you require pickup then you simply place your order online during business hours, contact us immediately that would would like to pick up (that way it doesn’t automatically drop into the system) then we supply pick up address (please bring ID) and we’ll reimburse your shipping once we have confirmation form our warehouse of the pick up. Please allow 24-72 hours for process
What are the measurements?
The 4 metre tent is 4 metres in diameter and 4.5 at it's widest point. It's 3 metres high. The two windows measure 80 x 70 cms each and the door 1.54 x 1.08 metres. The 4 metre weighs 56 kilos and packed dimensions are (photos of the boxes below):
4 metre tent can fit up to 4 standard size singles or even a queen or king size bed!
The 5 metre tent is 5 metre diameter, 5.5 and slightly taller at 3.2 metres high. The door and windows are the same dimensions as above. The 5 metre weighs 68 kilos and packed dimensions:
All Lotus Belle tents come with two side windows
5 metre tent can fit a standard queen or king and up to 6 standard size single beds. This tent it 56% bigger than the 4m so significantly bigger
Is it waterproof and what about mould and mildew?
Our tents are treated to be mould and rot resistant but after long term use (if your tents is left up a month or more) we recommend cleaning and after extensive weathering cleaning and reproving your tent with a suitable canvas treatment. Also really important to take precautions like airing your tent out daily and never packing away wet (especially the groundsheet!) and make sure the canvas shutters are down when drying it so there is no damp build-up. While our super strong canvas which is 380 gsm is treated to make it mould, mildew, rot, UV and fire resistant. This does not guarantee you won't get mould, so please read the below care suggestions if you've not had experience with canvas tent before. How long it will last is totally dependent on how well you look after it. We would expect a Lotus Belle tent to last at least 5-10 years, if well looked after hopefully much longer. We have friends still using canvas tents which have been in the family over 50 years!
HOW LONG CAN I HAVE IT UP?
As a guide, we say 3-6 months a year (depending on the conditions and climate in your area), which makes it perfect for semi-permanent accommodation for your business or a spare bedroom!
We have customers have the tents up an entire year, but you will need a good maintenance plan, airing it out, hosing it down and doing a mould treatment and re-waterproofing to keep it in good condition
Here's what one of our customers says:
Fading will occur particularly as Australia has some of the highest UV penetrations in the world.
* Please note clove oil has worked well as a preventive for some customers this is recmonded for small areas but if the mould issue continues its recommended you do a full treatment with an approved canvas mould killer.
How does it perform in wind?
Really well. The tent has 10 supporting poles and multiple guy ropes to keep it well anchored, a good idea is to slacken these in storms to let the tent move. We left it up recently during a 100 kph storm and the tent was fine. It's not recommended you do this all the time. Any strong weather conditions are not good for your tent. Please exercise due diligence. If there are weather warnings set in place for your area, take your tent down.
How much space will I need to pitch it in?
Ideally you'll have about 7m diameter space to put up the 4m tent, but it can be smaller if you adjust the toggles inwards, around 6m minimum. It's ideally used in fields or large gardens, at festivals or large open spaces like farms and lifestyle blocks.
You'll ideally need a 8m footprint for the 5m tent but can get by with 7m if you adjust the toggle inwards.
The product I want is sold out, when will you be getting more?
1) You can often find another tent model in the same size, contact us if you need some assistance.
2) We also have warehouses in Auckland and San Francsico so if you absolutely must have the item you are after, and we are sold out then we can get a quote from our other warehouses, please email us email@example.com with your address and we can get a quote.
3) Our summer shipments generally arrive September/October so if you’d like to pre-order a particular item let us know.
What's the groundsheet made of?
If you check the gallery section of our website you'll see our 550gsm groundsheet. It's super thick and waterproof and the same durable material they make kayaks out of so we know it performs well! We often photograph the tents with carpets inside which we get made to order, this adds comfort and looks great, but it is an optional extra. Many customers get platforms made for the tents if they are up long term you can see pics of the platforms here on Pinterest.
What's the tent made of?
We have worked hard to manufacture an excellent quality canvas which is 380 gsm in thickness, much thicker than standard canvas tents on the Australian market. Its treated with a non-toxic fire retardant and rot/mould resistant spray to meet the standards required. The centre pole is wood (4 and 5m tent) and metal in the 6m tent and we use wooden toggles, all great quality and beautifully made. The supporting poles fold down into 3 parts and are metal.
Will it fit in the boot of my car?
Yes! Woohoo, hurrah, finally, an almost-yurt that you can actually travel in a normal size car with! It folds up and fits in to two bags, each measuring 120cm x 40cm x 40cm max. So there's even room for your sleeping bag (and perhaps some clothes too if you're lucky).
What is the size of the box the Lotus Belle tent comes in?
|4m Lotus Tent
|5m Lotus Tent
|6m Lotus Tent
|Air Beam Bud
What is the availability of the tents?
Unless it say's "sold out" we have tents in stock now. We do tend to sell out by around Christmas time though so its good to order early to avoid disappointment. If the model you want is unavailable please email us firstname.lastname@example.org as we may be able to locate one form our NZ store.
Can I fit a burner flue in for a wood burning stove or air conditioning unit?
Yes you can fit a burner and no, it doesn't come with a flue hole - but its easy to make one yourself with the addition of the plates provided with a burner kit. A quick Google of "stoves for tents" will show you images of what can be done and where you can buy them. Please be aware of the fire risk. Lotus Belle cannot accept responsibility for issues caused through misuse of stoves.
How long does it take to put up?
Once you get the hang of it ONE person can do the whole thing in 45 minutes. Sure its easier with two people but one person will be able to erect the tent if need be. There are two methods of putting the tent up - roof first or walls first. It is easier to put the walls up first, but if its raining when you put it up, then roof first is better. (also - if you leave the wall poles in the canvas, you can put it up in 15 minutes)
Please see our video below
Our pictorial instructions also come with the tent
How do I put it up?View PDF instructions