The size of lodge
you purchase should be determined by size of family, how often
you plan to use it, and the usual length of time you will
have it up. The most important factor is how far you will
be traveling. Poles over 30 ft. are difficult to transport.
My wife, four children and myself have lived in a 20' lodge
at many rendezvous, and felt this was a good size for our
family. 25' to 30' poles transported on top of our pickup
Listed are the
number of people you can accommodate in each lodge size including
plunder (personal belongings, cooking gear, etc.): 12' - 1
to 2; 14' - 2 to 3; 16' - 4; 18' - 5 to 6; 20' - 6 to 7; 22'
- 8 to 10.
You can sleep larger
numbers, but with a fire and gear it becomes uncomfortable
and possibly dangerous.
I have slept 18
boy scouts in a 20' lodge, no fire and nose to toes.
Our lodges are
made according to the Laubin pattern which we feel is the
Over the years,
we have reinforced more areas and have made minor changes
(size of door, etc.) as these changes have become desirable
Widths do vary
with size of lodge and available material, normally four to
five strips. All seams are double sewn. Edges are hemmed unless
salvage edge used. Bottom edge is hemmed to keep from fraying.
Lacing pin holes are stitched by hand and no grommets are
used. The thread is a polyester core with cotton outer shell
for an authentic look and not a shiny nylon. We do not use
stake loops as these are not authentic. Instructions for attaching
stake loops in the proper way are included.
The prices listed
are for Sioux or Cheyenne tipis. The only difference between
a Sioux and Cheyenne lodge is the smoke flaps on the Cheyenne
have an extension on the bottom which helps keep out rain.
They are the same otherwise in all respects. (See detail R.K.
Lodges tipis). Please specify or we will ship a Cheyenne style.
Our liners are
made in three sections (see diagram) and are adjustable to
fit your lodge when the cover is set down tight to the ground
for winter and cold weather or up to 10 inches off the ground
for hot weather. Ties are attached for tying to poles and
rope, but can be left off. Please specify.
We can furnish
a one-piece liner on request, but we do not recommend these,
as they are much harder to handle when setting up or taking
down. Also, to fit properly your cover has to be set the same
all the time to fit your liner. Please allow one week extra
for one piece liners, as we do not stock these.