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I have built these before when I was younger, but never slept under it when it was raining so I don't know how to trust something like this if I had to. Any thoughts on making the roof stronger or have you slept in one when it was raining?
 

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I agree with Leon as well. Too many openings for disaster to get wet when it rains, however it is something though. A better bet would be a large pine or cliff/cave. If you had plastic, you could cover the lean to with it as well. Now, then again, a fire in front of the lean to and a log stack behind the fire would direct heat in your area at night, but may lean tos are built with dried leaves on the top of them, which can ignite.
 

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i know that there are times that you could be without a tent or tarp for a shelter, but with the prices of tents these days, especially in the off-season which are really cheap!!>....i just bought a tent for $30 (5 man tent)..small, light and fits with my bug out equipment. I also have a small trailer, and other tents as well just because you never know!!
 

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i know that there are times that you could be without a tent or tarp for a shelter, but with the prices of tents these days, especially in the off-season which are really cheap!!>....i just bought a tent for $30 (5 man tent)..small, light and fits with my bug out equipment. I also have a small trailer, and other tents as well just because you never know!!
I am really impressed with Ozark trail brand tents. I slept in mine and my pal's during that southeastern expeditionary day 3 video I did. I was really impressed by the room and durability you get for the price. I want to get a single man coffin tent also, I own a two man now I did a video on and it performed for me. Has a neat little cargo net on the roof too.
 

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i know that there are times that you could be without a tent or tarp for a shelter, but with the prices of tents these days, especially in the off-season which are really cheap!!>....i just bought a tent for $30 (5 man tent)..small, light and fits with my bug out equipment. I also have a small trailer, and other tents as well just because you never know!!
I just posted pics of my 3 tents in the Survival Gear thread here-
http://www.prepperforums.net/forum/survival-gear-reviews-questions/1186-my-tents.html
 

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Regarding lean-to's, I can't foresee any scenario where we'd have to build one unless we were stranded in the wilderness or on a remote island after a plane crash or shipwreck to keep the rain or snow off.
Tents nowadays are so light and cheap that they can be erected in a hundredth of the time it'd take to build a lean-to, and they give all-round waterproofing and mesh bug-proofing..:)

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Oh back in the day, when I was in the Boy Scouts (50's) we only had access to the old us military pup tents. Two of us would each carry one half of it and boy, made out of canvas, it was heavy. Leaked like a sieve, but it was top shelf back then. Over the years , I have had pop tents, mountain climbing tents and family wall tents. All better then any kind of lean to. I have on occasion made a couple of lean two's and although better then nothing, bad at best. While hiking up at lake tahoe with a friend in the early 60's, got caught in a out of nowhere snow storm. Lean to was better then nothing, but almost froze to death. Did keep is dry though.

Lean two's are last ditch, nothing else avail. type things. In my bob, I carry two person mylar emergancy "bags" and tube tents. Erected fast, keep you sorta dry, and the mylar double bags will certainly keep you warm. The real plus is that they weigh next to nothing., Condensation can be a problem though, so you need to try and keep a little air flowing though as best you can.
 

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..In my bob, I carry two person mylar emergancy "bags" and tube tents. Erected fast, keep you sorta dry, and the mylar double bags will certainly keep you warm. The real plus is that they weigh next to nothing., Condensation can be a problem though, so you need to try and keep a little air flowing though as best you can.
Yeah I'm amazed that astronauts weren't issued with mylar bags (or even regular sleeping bags) for emergencies. The Apollo 13 crew nearly froze to death without them..
 
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