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Subject Topic: How to stop tent poles sticking?
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Message posted by The Outwell 4 on 03/9/2008 at 1:58pm
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Can anyone suggest something to lubricate tent poles (the metal type that slot into each other) to stop them from sticking together? 

We have an Outwell tent and extension and find the poles tend to get stuck.  Tapping them with a mallet can help.  The tent poles are a bit older and slightly rusty which doesn't help and the extension poles are new but still stick.

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Message posted by Freebird on 03/9/2008 at 2:09pm
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sandpaper and remove the rust on the bit that goes into the other bit. Then, gently rub a candlestick over it which will leave a film of waxy lube on the connection. Wipe excess off. It should prevent rusting or sticking without it being a risk for the waterproof of the tent.

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I rubbed my TT poles down with a bit of emery paper then lubricated them with Fabsil at the start of the summer. Worked a treat, and no risk of damaging the tent fabric. You can buy Fabsil in small spray cans.



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<Freeby, frantically googling "Fabsil"...>

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We used WD40 for the same problem. There's nothing you can't do with WD40!

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Quote: Originally posted by dizzy WO4 on 03/9/2008


We used WD40 for the same problem. There's nothing you can't do with WD40!

Including wrecking your flysheet, especially if it's cotton canvas.



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Ooo! Ouch! That hurt. I meant that you put the WD40 inside the poles, not on the tent. We even made sure we cleaned the outisde of the pole.

Just trying to help!


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Quote: Originally posted by dizzy WO4 on 03/9/2008

Ooo! Ouch! That hurt. I meant that you put the WD40 inside the poles, not on the tent. We even made sure we cleaned the outisde of the pole.

Just trying to help!


Yes, but for poles that slide out from inside each other how would you get every last trace of WD40 off them before erecting the tent? WD40 is made of a mix of solvents and oils, neither of which should be going any where near a tent canvas, whether synthetic or cotton. There are far safer things to use (ie Fabsil) which will do the job of lubricating the poles just as well, but will also not damage the canvas.

No, I'm not having a go at you, please don't think that. But I've got a real bee in my bonnet about some of the "home remedies" that I've seen suggested lately on UKCS. A tin of Fabsil  might seem expensive at 4 or 5, but how much did the tent cost in the first place? And an emergency tin of Fabsil will do  other jobs, like waterproofing weak spots, emergency seam sealer  and acting as a grease stain remover. Very useful stuff!



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Silicon spray from Towsure, made for the job, so it says.....

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I have to say I agree that Wd 40 should not get on your tent at all and suggestions of Fabsil are good but I have used WD40 for years and then pledge polish my poles before I go away and I have never had a problem at all.Though I do have to agree poles that slide out from inside each other may be a problem, whereas my poles slide into each other.

However next time I go away and pack up I am going to invest in a can of Fabsil and give it a go, after all it will save me having to polish the poles before going away, I will give anything a go once


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As stated, silicone spray is the stuff to use, no oil in it so harmless to rubber/canvas/nylon buy it from Halfords

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When we first used our Monty 6 we had problems separating the roof sections from the legs. This was due to the poles turning inside one another at the joint. The type of poles were the ones which have three flat sides and a curved forth side.The curved edge would become jammed inside the squared edges.

I noticed that my sister's new Monty had  fully squared sections at the joints with  rubber inserts.

After complaining to my supplier they exchanged my tent for a new one with the squared frame.  Never had a problem since!

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Hmmm, strange! I brought a new Monty 6 this year with the rubber ended poles and guess what? They stuck and we ended up having to replace 3 of them (well, Go Outdoors did!)

I'm thinking of using vaseline to provide a surface that will not stick, but like the candle wax idea...... perhaps that will be better.

Vaseline or candlewax ....... opinions please!!


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graphite lubricant. and you can use it on you zips.

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Fabsil, and you can use that on your zips as well.

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Quote: Originally posted by dizzy WO4 on 03/9/2008
We used WD40 for the same problem. There's nothing you can't do with WD40!
well im telling you now....ive just fried some bacon and egg in it - and it tasted bloody awful!

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