The Ellis Tent Designs

Ellis Canvas tents have  5  rock solid designs of "pole supported" stake down canvas tents. Most have 3 sizes, and all have specific quality's for a variety of applications in a semi permanent  tent. The designs, have evolved from the needs of the working ranch cowboy.  are also perfect for the outfitter or the classic camping enthusiast.

If you're looking for the lightest tent on the market, were not it. but  when camping demands a tougher tent that you can stand up in  and work out of, our tents shine.

The Range Tent

Is the classic " working cowboy" tepee tent. with only 4 stakes it goes up fast, holds strong in the wind, and has no guy Ines to trip over. It gets set up using an exterior set of poles that A over the tent.

The Range Tent is our version of a cowboy Tepee. it also comes in 12, 10, and 8', but has no guy lines. This makes a good working tent that can be set up close to each other. It has a self storing awning if you do want more protection over the front door. These tents have a  low window in the back , a front screen door and a vent at top.


The Prairie Tent

Is the modified Range Tent. with its added front and rear guy line it  is 20% larger in size. with the same foot print as the  Range Tent. . It also  gets set up using an exterior set of poles that A over the tent.

The Prairie Tent is by far our most popular tent. It is sold in  12, 10 and 8 foot square size. It is a modified Cowboy tepee that has the front and rear pulled out that makes it really  roomy inside. The front door actually tilts out and a 20% angle. You will never have a wet spot in the front of the tent. In fact you can stand in the door way of this tent with your boots in the dirt and be covered by the tent.


The Torrent Tent

Is an advanced design single pole tent that is  rectangular and has the  ability to  offer a rear door. We also make a Torrent Tent that is a rectangle version of the Shackleton Tent. It has a front and rear door, and is more designed for fairer wether.




The Split Torrent

Is a delightful lounge tent that will make you want to sleep under the canopy every time. The Torrent also comes in a Split Torrent design and has to be seen to believe. If hanging out under a well designed awning in front of your tent you will love this.




The Shackleton Tent

Is a more  wind worthier worthy version of the Torrent Tent. both tents have 8 guy lines that offer a standing wall of at least 2'. they are offered in a sewn in floor or floorless tent. making them a great tent to heat using a wood stove.  In fact the  center pole requirement makes the tents  well suited for a center location stove jack. Center stove location makes a great allowance for  even heat throughout  the tent.

Our Tents all have one thing in common, they are tepee style. We make several style of tepee tents but the one I am most proud of is the very spacious Shackleton Tent in a 14 X 14, 11 X 11, and 8 X 8. You will be surprised to see how simple this tent is only relying on three poles. But the carefully designed shape makes it stretch out to be a spacious tensioned structure. It does rely heavily to be spiked in 8 directions. If you have good staking points than you are good to go. This can be a negative in frozen ground but remember the 8 anchor points will really keep it on the ground in windy whether.

Keep all your cooking and camping gear in your truck

The Truck Tent

Is designed to connect your camp with the bed of your truck. It is my latest design and serves the specifics of  the overland camper.

Consider if you will your car or truck filled with camping gear. The Tent being the  key element allowing you to chose which items stay in the vehicle or gets moved to the tent.

The Truck Tent, once erected allows you to transfer  sleeping and heating gear to the tent quickly and easily. It allows the bed of the truck for  food beverages, and kitchen supplies. The best part is the tent is not reliant  on the truck. You chose to stake the tent to the ground around your truck, or to the ground. this levees your truck  to freely back up or drive away from the base camp.

The Ellis Canvas Tent Difference

Our tents are made with 7 oz. cotton canvas for the walls and roof, and 8 oz. khaki color polyester on the floor. Why cotton canvas? Cotton canvas is breathable and water repellent, and therefore, condensation on the inside is rarely aissue.

When you first get your canvas tent, be sure to set it up, hose it down, and allow it to dry. This process shrinks and tightens the fibers, making your tent more water repellent.We like to remind our customers that these canvas tents can be set up and left in one place for an extended time. You can choose to do this with our custom made pole set, or you can save some money and add your personality to it, by making your own pole set with natural timbers.

Dave Ellis designs his canvas tents to have a variety of set-up options.You can travel light, without poles because the tent can also be hung from above using the loop at the top of each tent. In fact, with a permanent tent location, inclusive of: timber constructed tripod, elevated tent mound, and specific spike down points, your tent can be stretched out and then easily pulled up, without the use of our break down pole set.

Hand Cut Tents

Making a canvas tent  durable  takes deliberate and well thought out sewing. Our unique method making a tent starts at the beginning. Tents are hand cut and include the  strong edging on either side of the canvas. We use this edging and, a special webbing to reinforce all lines the cut edge to add I create a skeletal design to reinforce all structural lines of the tent. Some of my tents are tougher than another, but that depends on the  floored or floorless option you require and some designs are more durable than others.

Call and talk to us, 970-259-2050. We have countless ideas and are happy to help with a design plan specific to your needs.

What should I do when I get my tent? (Seasoning your tent)

Set it up in your backyard of course! You'll want to set the tent up completely, making sure all poles are in place and all guy lines are taut. You'll then want to take the hose and wet the tent down. We'd recommend putting your thumb over the hose instead of spraying the tent directly to recreate a rainlike effect. Don't worry, all our tents are water resistant, so you won't damage your tent.

Due to the nature of canvas, the first time the tent gets wet you may notice some droplets of water on the inside of the tent. This is normal. Wetting the canvas allows the fibers to swell around the thread to ensure your tent is as waterproof as possible. Just make sure you let your tent thoroughly dry out before you store it again.