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Message posted by sunnydays0827/7/2008 at 4:45pm
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What gloriously hor weather for our first trip. We and the dogs loved it. Took everyones advice as no EHU  and used a coolbox with ice packs and froze everything else that went in there. Got batteries for the radio, used the bbq, and the campiong gas stove. What a weekend.

Can you help thoughm on Friday night as the sun went down and we went to bed,  the tent did get a lot of condensation and everything did feel quite damp, did we do something wrong? how do you prevent this?

The tent is a large Rage Harstaad 6 and we slept in the main tent area as the pods were too small for us ( we are not big people) The dogs slept in the pods.

 

Thanks for your replies in advance and I hope you have all had as great a weekend as we have. 


Message posted by bryan_k27/7/2008 at 5:04pm
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Its a common problem with poorly ventilated nylon tents, see if you can improve the ventilation at all. or use your bedroom pods because they usually breath better & don't get condensation.

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Message posted by rexgrant27/7/2008 at 5:19pm
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Hi sunnydays.
Nylon and polyester tents do not breath. The human body releases around Half a liter of moisture per night. the only place this can go is onto the flysheet of the tent when it condenses it will run or drip and will make the tent atmosphere very Damp.
You must keep all vents wide open and also the top of your doors if you can.
You can get an EHU and run a two KW heater this will help do dry the atmosphere but not good on a hot night. And you can buy reusable bags that absorb moisture and are then dried each day to use at night. But you will require an EHU and small oven to dry them out.
The only other cure is to buy a canvas tent that allows the moisture out,they breath.
If you camp with a man-made fibre tent then condensation is part of the scene.
All the best
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Message posted by Sam Coleridge27/7/2008 at 7:21pm
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Is it just people who release moisture ?

If conditions are favourable, though I have a groundsheet, I intend to at least try grass in the living area with a few doormats and reed mats.

Will this release more moisture into the tent ?

Message posted by Hairywol27/7/2008 at 7:33pm
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Not putting down a groundsheet will release moisure, adding to condensation. We tried it and a downside is that where we walked most wore the grass down. You can buy grass-friendly groundsheets though.

Agree wih Rex, where you have ventilation, always use it. If you have mudflaps, tie them up as well. However condensation should evaporate the next day once the sun comes out (yes I am an optimist). Don't touch the flysheet until dry & you shouldn't get rivulets forming.

Bedrooms are a problem, cos they are the bit of the tent that keeps the mozzies away at night. Don't know what your budget is, but I'd be looking for another tent, Dogs should be happy though!


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Message posted by sunnydays0828/7/2008 at 7:07pm
Outfit:  Rage Harsteaad      Location:  West Sussex Hampshire
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I just crawled under the duvet, that was fine! the outside of the duvet did feel quite damp though.

The dogs loved it, and we did as well, the condensation was the only problem.

we need to keep the dogs secure at night so we are unable to keep the door open as it zips from top to bottom. Will have to see if we can keep the windows open next time.

No ehu where we have been staying so unable to have electric heating, i suppose gas would make the problem worse.,


Message posted by Sam Coleridge28/7/2008 at 7:25pm
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You may need to modify the tent with some of that "No-See-Um" netting.

I've a feeling I may end up doing that with the side door of my Khyam.

Message posted by xtinexoop28/7/2008 at 7:31pm
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Would the dogs create more condensation than humans because of panting?

Christine


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