Cotton vs. acrylic

There is much discussion and debate at the present time regarding the various benefits and drawbacks of the traditional cotton canvas and the newer acrylic fabrics when used as the covering for a trailer tent or folding camper. Given Camperlands' long experience of over 40 years in the camping business, we thought it might be helpful to provide our view on the relative merits of the two fabrics.




Last upto 25 - 30 years depending on quality and care.
In general Acrylic does not last as long as cotton.
100% waterproof upto a certain pressure.   100% waterproof upto a certain pressure.
Water absorbance depends on grade of canvas.   Absorbs less water than cotton and will dry quicker.
Good colour fade resistance if looked after.   Good colour fade resistance if top quality fabric.
Resitant to mildew but must be dried.   Resitant to mildew but must be dried.
Breathable and more comfortable in hot conditions.   Breathable unless plastic coated variety
Easy to clean. Stubborn stains require washing out.   Similar to cotton but easier to clean.
Re-proof at least every 8 - 10 years   Re-proof as canvas unless plastic coated variety
Expensive if top quality canvas is used.   More expensive for equivelent quality.


Cotton canvas has been used very succesfully in camping for over 50 years, and experience has shown how best to use it. While Acrylic has not been around as long it is not new and, while there used to be drawbacks, recent modern fabrics are now very good.

When choosing your trailer tent be aware that the are many different grades of both canvas and acrylic in the marketplace and they don't all perform the same. Camp-let uses only the best Isabella materials.

The biggest trailer tent / folding camper market in Europe, Holland, prefers cotton canvas.

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