Sunshine Tent & Party provides quality party and event rental services in the Southern New England region. (see: Tent Rentals Rhode Island,
Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts) We are a full service rental company that is family owned and operated. Our product lines include
party tents, dance floors, tent flooing, tables, chairs, linens.

Our new line of custom made
sail clothe fabric high peak tents create romantic lighting effect without the negatives of additional center poles.
These tents also have valances that help keep rain and wind from spoiling your party.
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Frame Tents
Frame tents have a metal tube structure that supports the tent fabric. This
structure does not rely on the tent stakes to keep the tent fabric tensioned.
This allows flexibility when staking a tent. This flexibility allows frame tents to
be placed closely to buildings and other structures that could not be done with
a pole style tent.

The lack of any center poles in a frame tent allows for greater flexibility when
laying-out a tent plan. Visibility is also slightly better in a frame tent.

In some cases weights can be used in place of stakes. Even heavy weights are
not as good at holding a tent in place as a stake. This can limit the amount of
wind a tent can handle before it becomes unsafe to occupy. Using weights
instead of stakes should be the last choice for installing a tent.

When you should choose a frame tent!
  • Installing a tent close to building or over decks and patios.
  • Loose soil or ledge limits staking.
  • Walkways or underground obstacles limit staking.
  • Special lay-outs that center poles would interfere with.
  • Tent liners look much better in a frame tent (we only line frame tents).

Other things to consider when choosing a frame tent!
  • Frame tents are more expensive and require more labor than a pole tent.
    Rental rates for frame tents are 20% to 40% more than the same size
    pole tent.
  • A large frame tent requires hundreds of linear feet of metal tubing to
    support the tent fabric. All this tubing gives a frame tent a commercial
    look. A tent liner can conceal the tubing, but is an additional expense.
  • Large frame tents are only available in the traditional style.
  • The maximum practical width of a frame style party tent is 40 feet. There
    is no limit on length.

Pole Tents
Pole tents use center poles or our vista span rafter sets to support the tent
fabric. The tent fabric is tightly tensioned to keep the tent from collapsing. All
the tensioning is held by the stakes. Pole tent staking must be strong and in
the correct positions to support the tension load. This limits the flexibility
when staking. Improperly staked tents can collapse in relatively light winds. A
properly staked pole can handle severe winds in excess of 60 miles per hour.

When you should choose a pole tent!
  • If you have a open area that has no staking limitations.
  • When you don't plan on using a tent liner.
  • If you want the most space with the lowest cost.
  • If you want the look of a high peak tent.
  • if you require a tent over 40 feet wide.
  • The center poles can be removed using our Vista Span rafter sets. This
    allows the unlimited lay out choices similar to a frame style tent.

Overall, most of the parties including wedding receptions use the pole style
tent. Budget is a great concern when planning an event. When budget is a
concern a pole tent is definitely the way to go.

Lined frame tents have an elegant look that cannot be matched by any other
style of tent. But if your party is casual and your site allows, the pole tent is
better looking than a unlined basic frame tent.
Frame tent with optional tent liner
Vistabay Sail Pole Tent with Vistaspan rafter sets
Basic Frame Tent
Vistabay Sail Pole Tent