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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called the Autonomous Tent? 

au·ton·o·mous - existing independently or having the freedom to do so.

We love this definition and believe it describes our tents perfectly. 

How much do the tents cost? 

There are many variables that may affect your final cost.  In general, a finished Cocoon will cost you $100,000 and a finished Tipi will cost you $200,000 (USD). 

This is more expensive than I expected for a tent, how are your tents different? 

The Autonomous Tent shares many characteristics of a tent, but is really a new form of architecture that is in a class of its own.  It can be set up and taken down and doesn’t require a foundation.  However, it is engineered to stand up to hurricane winds (115 mph) and heavy snow loads (90 psf) and can be used year round in many locations.

The exterior shell is a high-tech, translucent fabric, which is mildew, rot, and pest resistant.  An additional insulation layer is available to provide more comfort in hot or cold locations.

Both designs sit on a raised deck, which is a significant portion of your cost. The Tipi requires an 1,800 sq ft circular deck. However, the Cocoon can sit on a smaller deck to reduce costs and overall footprint. 

What are the dimensions of the tents?

The Cocoon comes in two sizes:

450 sq ft.  The outside dimensions are 12 ft high, 24 ft wide, and 20 ft deep. 

650 sq ft.  The outside dimensions are 12 ft high, 24 ft wide, and 28 ft deep. 

The Tipi (coming soon) is approximately 1,000 sq ft. The outside dimensions are 26 ft high, 46 ft wide, and 36 ft deep.  

How do the tents hold up under high winds, lashing rain, heavy snow, and high moisture climates? 

Very well.  The tents have been engineered for hurricane winds (115 mph) and heavy snow loads (90 psf). 

The tent frames are made of extremely strong steel tubes and will last a lifetime.  

The tent fabric is specifically designed to stand up to heavy winds and rain. 

Do the tents require a trailer or a shipping container to ship them? 

Yes, if shipped within the US or Canada, we will deliver the tents via a semi trailer.  If shipped overseas, we will deliver the tents via a shipping container.  Cost for shipping will vary by design, quantity, and location.

Is it possible to install a stove or would it pose a threat to the tent? 

Yes, it is possible to install a propane, wood burning, or solid fuel stove inside the tent.

What are the mechanics of the tent?

The mechanics of the tent are customized to each site. Some locations may have access to electricity, gas, water, and sewer and can utilize these existing systems. However, many remote locations may not have these options.

In remote locations, a small array of solar panels will provide enough power for LED lights, pumps, water filters, and a composting system.  A small array of solar water heater panels or an on-demand propane water heater will provide enough hot water for showers and a sink. A grey water system can filter the shower and sink water and be returned back to the natural landscape.  

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