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Message posted by LauraPingu via mobile 08/8/2019 at 10:16pm
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Hi all,

(Apologies if this has been asked before)...
We’re going camping this weekend in our Berghaus Air 4XL in the Brecon Beacons.
Amazingly all the other times we’ve been away we’ve been very fortunate with the weather but this weekend is forecast 45mph wind speeds.

Is it a wise idea to go and if so what tips would you have? Or at what point would you call it a day?
Many thanks!

Message posted by Bob6108/8/2019 at 10:35pm
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I wouldn't go camping in a tent if 30mph winds or above were forecast but lots of people do and sometimes get away with it so very difficult to advise...your tent, your call - lol.

Message posted by Kathyhh via mobile 08/8/2019 at 11:42pm
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Currently in Brittany with an Outwell airbeam sat here listening to rain hitting the tent with 45mph winds. So far tent is staying put, hopefully it will still be up in the morning.

Message posted by p1egan08/8/2019 at 11:47pm
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I reminisce about the storm of 2016. Camped next to the sea. Gusts of 60-70mph. Spending the night trying to help families keep their tent from flying off.

I woke up in the morning wondering why the field was empty? What has happened? On leaving my haven after finishing my brew, I realised everyone had been wiped out and were sleeping in cars. After fixing my 2 broken guy ropes, I was happy with my choice of oversized beams and internal storm straps!


Message posted by aquamouse09/8/2019 at 10:58am
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Delta pegs are the answer....They'll hold anything down....They even use them at small airfields to hold the aircraft down.....You can obtain them on eBay.

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Message posted by Bob6110/8/2019 at 8:00pm
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Quote: Originally posted by aquamouse on 09/8/2019
Delta pegs are the answer....They'll hold anything down....They even use them at small airfields to hold the aircraft down.....You can obtain them on eBay.



They might hold the guy ropes down but they won't stop the guys ripping away from the tent

Message posted by Decto11/8/2019 at 12:03am
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Quote: Originally posted by Bob61 on 10/8/2019

They might hold the guy ropes down but they won't stop the guys ripping away from the tent



True, but I suspect far more failures due to unsuitable pegs pulling free or lines detaching from pegs that move than for tent fixings breaking, espeically on the tents with straps sewn into a load spreading joint.

A 70Mph gust will be applying ~ half a ton of force to the side of a big family tunnel tent which is well beyond what I suspect is the design load.




Message posted by Leeroy198211/8/2019 at 5:44pm
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We have just got thru the heavy winds that has hit us in Cornwall, this weekend. Friday nite and into Saturday I would say60 mph winds hitting the front end of the tent. I added a few extra guy'nes and all guys lines was double pegged alOng with the main points on the tent. Didn’t budge in the winds no t even one slack guy line, was a bit scary at times but I’m glad I had faith in the tent and faith in that it was pitched right and I knew what we was doing.
Not so lucky was a air beam tent across from Us that took a hammering and ended up in in he bin. Steel pole pollycotton outwell for me and I wont be change my mind on going to a airbeam tent from what I Have seen.

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You should be ok our airbeam has survived up to 47mph winds,just get your pegs in well and backend of tent to wind.

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Message posted by Tidburyboy14/8/2019 at 6:53am
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In truth, there are too many variables to be able to answer. Firstly, people often over estimate wind speed ie 60 MPH is likely to cause structural damage and up root trees etc. The immediate environment - trees/buildings/car/bushes can disperse winds. Sometimes this can help, sometimes it can concentrate the force. Wind direction can change, obviously wind side on to a tent will have far more effect than the same wind against the back of the same tent. If the wind is able to get under the tent, this can be very disruptive... I could go on (and on and on )

My take on this is that it's down to pitching the tent as best you can, including weighing down edges etc. Then hope

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Message posted by The Survivors14/8/2019 at 7:08pm
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We have just returned from Norfolk, camped in a Vango Illusion TC 800XL, So a very big Airbeam tent. The nearby Met Office weather station recorded gusts of 52mph and constant wind speeds in excess of 36 mph for a period over a number of hours last Saturday with the build up and fall of of strong winds (no rain thankfully)

The wind was hitting the side of the tent at approximately a 45 degree angle so not ideal. The tent looked very stable from the outside as commented by some other campers.

The tent withstood this with no problem, no guy ropes were torn off/lost which could be partly due to the floating guy rope system. The other air beams (Outwell Vango, Kampa) on site stood up to it without problems. The only tents to suffer in the main were badly guyed out or had open front extensions added.

I feel it would withstand quite a bit more but I would prefer not to try and if the wind last Saturday was at the start of our holiday rather than in the middle I would have delayed going.



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Message posted by spooley15/8/2019 at 2:13pm
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The Cropredy festival in Oxfordshire last weekend was beset by high winds (up to 40/50mph?). The airbeam tents on the camping fields stood up pretty well, certainly in comparison with the pole-based dome and tunnel tents -- several of which ended up in the skips on packing up.

(My Obelink Eldorado pyramid tent did fine, with its back to the wind.)

Message posted by baileybob via mobile 20/8/2019 at 2:53pm
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We've just got back from cornwall and was camping in the storm it started on the Thursday night with Gale force winds and rain and the wind carried on right through Friday and at its worst on friday night with winds of up to 60mph our tent hayling 6 air coped very well the tent next door to us ripped a few more got flattened and a couple more ripped. My main issue was the noise only ever been in wind in my polycotten tent.


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