Tentguy History

 
It was the love of music that led Michael Lefler into the tent business. He started with a women’s clothing booth as a way to get into music events but soon found that renting tents quickly broadened the possibilities. He saw that tents not only provide shelter but also create a focal point and a festive environment. Michael learned to use different styles and configurations of tents to establish an interesting atmosphere.
Tents have been a theme throughout Michael’s life. He constructed tents as a boy and his daughter was born in a tent. He bought his first tent when working on a building site that needed temporary housing and rented it out. What was basically a hobby that got him into concerts, quickly grew into a full time business that included a broad range of events. “I tell people my tents have covered Jerry Garcia to pygmy goats.”
Known as the “tentguy” onsite, Michael has provided shelter for events from a Tibetan monk pilgramage at Mount Shasta to Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert to weddings, charity events, and parking lot sales. “It’s an interesting life. You get to know vendors and be part of the scene.”

Richie Havens and
Daniel Ellsberg, 1992.

A 100th Monkey Project event at Redrock Canyon was an anti-nuclear rally against the decades of Nuclear explosions on the Nevada Test Site and other areas. Thousands showed for support and, in the event of arrest, the Western Shoshone National Council gave out permission slips to be on tribal land–the lands that the government maintained certain “rights” for, according to the 1863 Treaty, which was extrapolated to include exploding nuclear bombs. Richie Havens, Jesse Colin Young, and other musicians, plus Daniel Ellsberg were all sheltered by Lifes Best Inn Tents. People changing the world for the better in the spirit of the 1960s protests.

Lifes Best Inn Tents early beginnings

Lifes Best Inn Tents early beginnings

Where Michael's daughter was born.

Where Michael’s daughter was born.

Lifes Best Inn Tents in full swing

Lifes Best Inn Tents in full swing

The Tibetan pilgrimage at Mt. Shasta.

The Tibetan pilgrimage at Mt. Shasta.

Sacramento Jazz Festival

Sacramento Jazz Festival

Lifes Best Inn Tents on the move

Lifes Best Inn Tents on the move

Michael Lefler, owner of Lifes Best Inn Tents

Michael Lefler, owner of Lifes Best Inn Tents