Ours is too big for our garden too. We came back from our last trip on Sunday and I am still drying it out, little by little in the garden, just unfolding and opening a part at a time to get it dry again. I had to do the same last time as it always seems to rain when we pack up
If I cant get it dry in one day I put in into the shed until the next day and get it out again until I know its all dry.
We have his problem everytime we go camping. Its guaranteed to rain on our last day jus so we have to put tent back up when we get home. We however are lucky as we can get ours up in the garden. But my friend has same trouble so she spreads it over washing line and as alreay said has to keep bringing it in if it rains. If i had to bring mine in i would fold mine and hang it over my bannister at the top of the stairs. She has also draped the tent over even a makeshift contraption using dining chairs. At least it dried.
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Message posted by smee0506/8/2008 at 8:51am Outfit: bailey bordeaux s7 Location: Padiham - East Lancs.
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luckily for me i have a large garage, i have managed to drill some holes and now have six large hooks in the roof beams, my diablo600 just about fits, but need a small box to keep the dome off the floor.
We drape our over the trampoline on good weather and just keep moving it /turing it .In bad weather we just have it draped around the living room and do the same ,either way it only takes a day from dripping wet to dry :)
We had 11 fantastic days of non stop sun in Norfolk in July and then it rained cats and dogs on the day we left ( Me -" Shall we go a day early, forecast is rain tomorrow?"; OH - "No, it'll be wrong again" To be fair we had had 4 days of rain forecast that never arrived). We just had to back the car up as close to the tent as possible to get everything out the tent without it all getting soaked - leaving a space in the car for the tent. The kids were sat in the drivers seat with a book as we neede their seats to put the stuff that would go on top of the tent. We then dropped the tent which immediately became a hug paddling pool on the ground. We folded/rolled it as best we could but there must have been at least 5 litres of water in the folds of the tent. We didn't even try to put it back in it's bag just slung it in the boot. When we got home we draped it over the kid's climbing frame to dry and just kept moving it to dry out pockets and folds that had collected water. Not much fun to be honest! One tip is to pack up in shorts and a Tshirt with some sort of plastic rain poncho and crocs and then have dry warm clothes handy to change into in the loos before you drive home. It's grim sitting in the car soaked to your undies with wet feet to boot. Here's hoping it's dry and not too windy when you pack up!
There are few advantages to being married to a minister - no camping at weekends, little pay etc etc; however since taking up camping we have found one big bonus. We can dry our tent in the church during the week. Rests nicely over the pews!
Our tent got soaked on Sunday too, i'm lucky enough to work for a large well known dry cleaning company (I work in the factory). So I took our tent into work and dried it in one of the industrial driers we have at work on a cool setting, took about 35 minutes.
We hang ours over the bannister at the top of the stairs and let it drop down. Leave it for a couple of days, moving it about a little.
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Easter - cancelled 8-(
April - Hawkshead
May - Riverside Cononley
May - Keswick Mountain Festival
May - High Yedmandale Farm
June - York Cycle show
August - Hartlepool
August - Riverside, Cononley
September - Pillaton "The Return"
Fortunately I have access now to a large car park at my work .We just erect the tent when we get a hot day (ha ha )the Sahara 8 is free standing once erected which is a bg help,but been there with regards to several of the methods mentioned here
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