Surplus tent is often a better option than commercial camping equipment sold in the market. For one thing, rddusa tents are originally designed to meet military circumstances, so you are sure that the tent is not made of the weak material. They are designed to take the worst of weather conditions.
However, not all tents are sold in the same state of quality. Of course, most of the stuff you'll find in stores a third party checked in accordance with government standards, but there is a shop selling old tent at a cheaper price. Some tents could be around 15 years, but do not be surprised if you find some as old as 60 years. In case you are planning to purchase this type of camping equipment, you have to make it up with a little restoration work.
You can start by taking a good look at the rope. The durability of the rope is important, lest you risk falling on your tent while you're at it. Check the mold, rot, or fungi. These things will only weaken the ropes and cause them to break if you use them in their current state. Such straps are easy to clean – simply immersing them in a solution consisting of 8 parts water and 2 parts bleach. Once it has dried rope in the sun.