Before I bought my Carolina M, I searched around for any information regarding pitching a steel poled tunnel tent solo. There wasn't a lot of info so in the end I worked out a method which works for me on the Carolina. It would probably work with other medium to large tents of similar design so I put together some photos of the method I use in the hope that it may be of use to someone who is thinking of getting this type of tent but might be put off by the thought of not being able to pitch (or strike) it alone....
I first laid out the tent (on a footprint) and pegged the 4 corners very loosely.
Next, in go the top sections of roof poles into the sleeves
I then bring the tent "to its knees" leaving the bottom pole sections hanging loose
This makes it easier to line up the pin with the bottom of the pole, less strain on the fabric.
Once the pin is in, I can lift the tent by clicking the bottom pole sections in
Just keep fingers out the way! in can nip!
Now I can tighten up the pole straps but not the corner straps yet.
The tent will stand with only the 2 sets of poles and 4 corner pegs in, even in a wind
I then slide in the fibre glass outrigger poles and clip all the poles with the plastic snap clips
And finally all that is needed is a nip up of the corner pegs, peg the rest of the ground pegs and peg out the guy lines.
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