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Message posted by jayne with a y01/2/2015 at 2:55pm
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Does anyone have any tells of the tent getting damaged?

What are a few things that can happen to a tent?

Message posted by heath6301/2/2015 at 4:15pm
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Damage can be done when the tent is incorrectly pitched and pegged, suffering from rips/tears and broken poles, or just due to a tent unable to withstand high gusts of wind.

Broken poles breaking due to mishandling.    Tents looked after, will last for years, like mine have,

Some times, there may be some leaking along the seams, this could be due to long usage or just where the taped seams have not quite been treated, a little bit of sealant will do the trick.

Is there anything you were particularly thinking of.

Constant usage through all weather, tents can start to suffer, maybe a little bit of reproving will suffice.
When pitching the ground should be checked for protruding objects, stones twigs ect as these can puncture the tents ground sheet or SIG.

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Message posted by jayne with a y01/2/2015 at 4:37pm
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hey no nothing in particularly.
iv been camping for only 2 years now. this year planning are biggest camp yet. far away from home. well 5-8hrs.

I was just looking at the items I had in my emergency kit and just started thinking what could happen and of things that I should buy to go into the kit and learn how to use stuff. like I have spare guy ropes but would not know how to replace it.

just really wanted to know if there are any things that happen that I may not have thought about.


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The biggest threat to a tent is wind especially when pitching and striking camp as the tent isn't fully pitched or struck so its in its most vulnerable state
If possible wait until the wind has died down or use some form of wind break
Hedge rows,trees,your car or even wind breaks
Even consider pegging a few guy lines out just in case the wind decides to make a very expensive kite out your home from home

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Message posted by MonsterBear01/2/2015 at 4:46pm
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The great thing is that if something does go wrong someone on site will know how to fix it; even if it's just enough to get you through the week.

I remember having to fix a broken pole on the Vulcan with a short length of microbore copper pipe; thankfully they were refitting the clubhouse and had some off-cuts. There's no way you'd think of packing that in your emergency kit!

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Message posted by jayne with a y01/2/2015 at 4:50pm
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Even consider pegging a few guy lines out.

Yes but not sure how to? Where do you add the rope?

Does anyone carry an spare pole with them?

Message posted by paul+kate s-o-t01/2/2015 at 5:00pm
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Re pegging a few guys out I was referring to the guys which are already on the tent but you could add extra guys with a gadget called clingons don't know how to do links but if you google them you should find them or some very nice person on here will send you the link
We used to carry a spare pole for our fibre glass poled tent and now are going to carry a spare airbeam just in case

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Message posted by oldham01/2/2015 at 5:35pm
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Don't worry,  take the spares which came with the tent,  anything else can be acquired from other campers. 

You will already have most of what you need, and should you require anything else it will go in the camping kit and live there for ever. 

The Older the camper the more we carry,  so I carry needle and thread  (  broken zip  1976 )    to zip ties ( 2012  putting up  Queen's Jubilee flags )

Take what you think could help.  

 



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Quote: Originally posted by paul+kate s-o-t on 01/2/2015
Re pegging a few guys out I was referring to the guys which are already on the tent but you could add extra guys with a gadget called clingons don't know how to do links but if you google them you should find them or some very nice person on here will send you the link
We used to carry a spare pole for our fibre glass poled tent and now are going to carry a spare airbeam just in case



I always have all guys out any way. will a tent really take off with all your stuff in it and all the people in it?

Message posted by Sleeper1701/2/2015 at 6:10pm
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I have been building a kit just in case.

I have
McNett tenacious tape
McNett tenacious patches
Mcnett seam sure

Sure Seam

Patches

Tape

I have also managed to get 3 of the different sizes of durawrap poles that my tent uses. Outwell only sell them in packs.
I also have 2 small rolls of duct tape in two different colours.
A pair of scissors.
A safety knife in bedroom just in case I need to get out of tent quickly
Spare guy ropes
Spare pegs

That list worries me....I need to get out more!

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Quote: Originally posted by jayne with a y on 01/2/2015
Does anyone have any tells of the tent getting damaged?

What are a few things that can happen to a tent?




You can rip a bloody gret 'ole in 'em....



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Message posted by dk16801/2/2015 at 9:21pm
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My Khyam Freelander was damaged beyond repair in high wind back in September 2011 when tropical storm Katia moved across the UK.

Although I pegged it well, using Deltas as well as added storm guys as recommended by Khyam, the top section of the tent collapsed when one of the Rapidex joint gave way.

Luckily, the dog and I were sleeping in the car at the time when it happened. It was very windy and he was very unsettled, so I decided to sleep in the car instead.

With the help from a gent in the next pitch, we managed to prop the top section back in place, and I added extra guys to stop it from imploding again.

The top section stayed up at the expense of one of the sleeves holding the poles in place.

That's when I decided to call it a day, packed up, and went home a day early.

My next tent is my current tent, a Dutch canvas pyramid namely the Hypercamp Escala 4. Its shape, construction, and the number of pegging points makes it very stable in stormy weather.

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I guess this is probably a rather unusual experience but when I came to pack my tent away after a weeks holiday last summer I discovered that a field mouse had eaten it's way up through the ground sheet. It had left a nice large hole which I repaired using a tarp and gorilla tape combination. These are now a part of my camping kit.

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As a Scout 4 of us were sharing a 2 man tent with cotton fabric and wooden poles, someone managed to dodge as he was kicked, the kick made contact with the tent pole snapping the wooden pole at the metal joint.

A 14 man army tent was set up parallel to the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal. The front door was left open while the back door was tied shut. On a big sudden gust of wind the tent inflated, pulled out all it's pegs and sailed gracefully over a fence, before landing and breaking the ridge pole in the centre, it was amazing to behold.

I was seriously dehydrated walking between 2 villes in SW France and nursing blisters. On arrival at the camp site I put up my 2 man nylon Coleman tent with aluminium poles and managed to break a pole. The spares kit had a thicker section of pole to put over the break.

I leant my Phoenix Phantom tent to a younger friend, I was not returned on the day promised so I went out to find it. I found it wrecked, the fabric ripped apart, and the pole bent and twisted, the pegs had been removed.
Never lend a tent you value to anyone. Although this was an old tent and had already been replaced it didn't deserve this end.

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We had a squirrel chew through the inner tent wall (no SIG to tent but SIG to inner tent). Made quite a large hole. This was in the New Forest so we anticipated interest from animals and food was all kept in the car boot as a precaution but the little devils still explored. Same holiday we left the car boot open while sitting beside it and a donkey sneaked up and stole a loaf of bread from the boot!!

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My hubby used To over tighten the guys on the back of our montana 6 eventually he seams leaked badly and we had a wash out holiday where we got soaked and dumped the tent before coming home 😓 we bought a new monty before we even reached home but he won't make this mistake again!

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