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American Camper Tents Setup Instructions

by David
(Yukon, Ok)

I have one of the American camper tents but no instructions...can anyone help with a site or place to get setup instructions..it is a 6/8 man cabin tent.



Hi David,

Thanks for your question and I do apologize for the length of time it took to reply. Family events took us away from the website for a short while.

Turning back to your issue, I believe we have identified which tent you are talking about so I hope these instructions help. I do not have pictures and I could not locate an actual manual, so I will substitute this detailed description instead.

First, lay out the tent in a clear area and arrange it so floor is spread out flat. Identify which edge has the front door on it so you can face the tent in the desired direction.

Count the number of grommets or tent stake loops around the edge of the floor. You should have a matching number of stakes. Stake the corners first and then the rest of the edges.

Now divide your pole sections up according to length and shape. You should have four long poles, four shorter poles, and six angled pieces. The angled pieces should have two that are the same with a sharper angle and four that match each other with a lesser angle. The other possibility is that the four angles are formed into the ends of some of the shorter poles.

You need to assemble two matching sections that will each have a long pole on each side, angle at about 135 degrees towards their centers, continue up with the short poles and meet at the top middle with the sharper angled pieces. Each assembly will be roughly an upside down U shape.

The next couple of steps are easier if you have two people working together. Take one of the assemblies and place one open end along each side of the tent near the rear corners. Find the clip or a loop sewn onto the tent that is near the top of the door. Attach the clip onto or slide the loop over the pole assembly near the top angle. If you have loops, then you will also have to slide the loops where the walls meet the roof at the corners over the poles now.

There should be a similar clip or loop sewn to the top rear of the tent. Have this ready to attach to the other pole assembly. Take the second pole assembly and arrange it so the open ends are along each side of the tent and near the front corners. You may find it easier to start with the ends slightly in front of the tent.

Attach the top rear of the tent to the top angle of the second pole assembly. If you have loops sewn into the tent where the walls meet the roof in the corners, slide these loops over the poles now. If your tent has clips sewn to the tent in the corners, attach the clips to the poles after the poles are in their erect position.

Slide the bottom ends of the poles along each side of the tent toward the back corners increasing the height of the top. Repeat the process with the first pole assembly, sliding the bottoms toward the front of the tent. The roof of the tent should hold the tops of the pole assemblies from spreading away from each other. Viewed from the sides of the tents, one set of poles should appear to angle from the ground near the middle of the side toward the roof at the front and the other set should angle from the ground near the middle of the side toward the roof at the rear.

When you have moved the pole bottoms into the correct position, there may be either pins or pockets attached to the tent edge to hold them in the correct position. The pins would insert into the bottom of the poles. If there are no such pins or pockets, do not be concerned as the poles will simply rest on the ground.

As I said, since American Camper Tents has gone out of business and I could not locate any specific instructions for you, this is based on a similar cabin tent that we own and how we put it together.

I would recommend printing out these directions and reading them step by step as you assemble your tent.

I hope this helps you make use of your tent and have some enjoyable camping!

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by: Anonymous

I have the same question dj asked in May 2014


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by: DJ
I received a American camper tent stock number: 4648 made in Taiwan has a zipper hole at the bottom and a vent shaft on the side-could someone enlighten me as to their purpose? I would be ever so grateful, although I'm sure I will feel like an idiot because they're probably for something really obvious!!



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by: Margaret

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by: Anonymous



Finally figured it out through trial and error. This right here is the only correct explanation given anywhere on the net.

First, make sure you have all of your poles. There will be 4 straight green ones, 4 straight blue, 4 straight burgundy with plastic feet, 4 curved yellow, 2 small orange arches, a straight pink and a straight white.

Before you start putting the poles together, stake the tent down at every loop point around the base of the tent. There should be 10 of them. Make sure they're fairly tight and the floor of the tent is taught and flat but not so tight that you tear the tent at the seam. Stake 1 corner first. Then put the second stake through the second loop in order and using a firm pressure, pull away from the first stake, along the line of the tent base, make taught and push the second stake into the ground. Repeat until finished.

The first pole assembly uses in this order, going out from the yellow arch, which is in the center. From one side of that arch, add one green, then a curved yellow, then another green and a burgundy at the bottom. Do the same from the other side of the center arch piece.

This arch outlines the door and goes through the 3 loops on the front of the tent, around the door, so the poles hold the tent up. the loops at the bottom are not for the poles. Every loop around the bottom are where the stakes go to hold it down. For now point the feet towards the back of the tent wherever they will stand on their own. You can fine tune it and firm it up once you get the second arch in place.

All green ones should now be used up.

For the second arch, do the same thing but use the blue instead of the green. So from the one side of the yellow arch, 1 blue, 1 curved yellow, one blue and one burgundy. Same order from the other side of the arch.

Now all the poles should be used up except for the straight pink one and the straight white one. These two go together to make a straight pole that goes through the metal loops attached to the yellow arch pieces and locks the two arch assemblies apart at the top.

Now this takes some maneuvering and some word smithery to describe but what you want to do is make sure the feet of the front arch assembly, are pointed towards the back of the tent and stop at the side. The back arch feet will point towards the front of the tent. They both stop about 6 inches BEFORE the center tie down loop on the SIDES of the tent, on either side of the center loop. The front arch will actually lean forward, with the feet pointed behind it and wedged into the ground, right up against the tent at the bottom, move it around until you have a nice firm feel to it. Same with the back arch but this one will lean away from the back of the tent and the feet pointed towards the front. Once you get the back arch into place, it will really firm up and won't budge.

Another way to describe it would be that the two arch assemblies feet will point towards each other at the side of the tent, about 6 inches before they reach the center loop on either side.

Hope this helped. =)

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I received a American camper tent stock number: 4648 made in Taiwan has a zipper hole at the bottom and a vent shaft on the side what are those 4 and need new Tent poles.

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I have an AC tent,but don't know what # or style it is. It's about 7.5-8ft. wide and about 10 ft. long. Has 2 rectangular side vents, with zip rain flys and a triangular door, with rain flys. it is app. 70-72" high. The only label I could find was a manufactorers label stating it was made in Korea. At the bottom of this label was a #. 4801 G6. I dont have any poles for this tent. Can you help me?

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by: rona

i am trying to set up this american camper tent it is about 15 years old and it belonged to my boyfriend. he no longer has the directions on how to set it up so if someone out there would have the instructions and a picture of how it is supposed to be please get back to me at ladyracer1965@yahoo.com .i really need help so i can use this tent for the nascar race in june.thank you

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by: Ernesto

Dear friends,
I need some poles for my American Camper Tent Style #14648. Do you have any idea where I can buy some of them?

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by: Richard

I was cleaning out the shed and found sons' tents from maybe 20 years ago. On an instruction page it is Style #14648 - Dome Tent. It appears to be a one-man tent. It has three connecting poles that I slid through the holes and set up. It is in great shape. My sons are grown up and have tents for their own sons. What I was wondering are the following: What size is this tent? About how much is it worth. I was going to try to sell it, but didn't know what it may be worth.

If you could help, I would appreciate it. I don't know how to get your response, so my email address is: rvaldez@tooeleschools.org. Thanks for whatever help you can provide.

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i would like to see a picture of one that has already been put together also

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Tent picture
by: Marty


I have a tent that is VERT similar to the one Anonymous has except it is green and red with poles that match his. I cannot figure out how to to the ubes together. If anyone can send me a picture of one erected I beleive I can put it together but reading the directions isn't making sense to me.

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Oct 14, 2010
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I think I have it
by: Anonymous

Hello

I have an American Tent. It is red and white and has pole like the ones you outlined in your post. However I dont have short poles and long poles I only have the same poles. They have colors on them like Blue, Brown, Red, one White, one Pink, Yellow and so on.

Do you have a pic you can post so I can be sure I have the tent setup right? I set it up in the driveway and it seems to look as if it will work but still looks off a bit. Any pics would be a big help.

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American Camper tent Joshua, 13'6 x 8
by: Heidi

Hi there-
I was gifted the Joshau 13'6 x 8' dome tent, with no poles. I can't get information as to the size of the pole that was originally used, and thus, can't buy replacement poles. I've even called tentpole tech in seattle area for information-keep leaving messages, and no return reply for them.
Looks like a great tent-would love to use it. Any knowledge as to the size of the poles that would be used? 1/2", 7/8", 1/4"? Or how many are needed. Would love to just go get everything in one fell swoop.
Thanks for your thoughts.
Heidi

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