Tent care - Part 2 Maintenance

 

Pitching and Ventilation

Maintaining your tent starts with the initial pitching and ensuring it is on a flat surface that is clear of any rocks is a good start. All the guy lines should be pegged so the frame is rigid and not pulled out of shape. The structural integrity of the tent relies upon the guy-lines to provide support and strength, additional loads will be transferred to each one if they are not all used.

Good ventilation is key to keeping the inside fresh and dry. If the vents are not clear or sealed condensation quickly builds and can lead to dampness and drips inside the tent.

Pole Repairs 

Traditional poles can occasionally break and there are some options on repair, depending on the damage. Poles, pole parts or shock cord (the elastic going through the poles) can all be purchased and are useful to carry as spares. The shock cord wire found in the kit will help with threading the elastic through the pole after the repair and makes the threading much easier than relying on just the elastic.

Airpoles

The beams in an inflatable tent are easily removable if you are unlucky enough to have a puncture and there are spare inner tubes available.

To replace the tube, you can unzip the beam inside the tent and lie the beam on the ground. Unzip the beam sleeve to get the inner tube out and gently take the tube out, being careful around the valve and at the end where it is strapped in.

To replace the inner tube, unroll the new tube along the sleeve and and secure the valve. Work along the sleeve so the tube is straight and tuck through the end strap. Zip up and replace the beam in the tent and inflate.

To repair a puncture it is the same process of removing the inner tube. To find the puncture you can either use the sound of the air deflating and sight or use water to see if you can see bubbles as it deflates. Once the puncture has been found, simply apply a patch of duct tape over the puncture and put it back in the sleeve.

Flysheet, inner and groundsheet

Tears in the tent fabric can be repaired with some repair tape such as Tenacious Tape. It can be applied to both sides of the tear and will provide a secure, waterproof repair (providing it's not in a load bearing area such as a pegging point).

Repair toolkit

If you have room, it is always useful to pack the following repair items just in case you have a problem occur:

  • Spare pole section
  • Shock cord
  • Repair tape ('Gaffer' tape and tenacious tape)
  • Seam sealant
  • A large needle, thimble and some strong thread
  • Spare pegs
  • Spare guy lines

 

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