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Subject Topic: Can i cut a pop up tent pole to fit? Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by BenDraynor28/5/2021 at 6:00pm
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Hi all,

I have a Gelert 2 person pop up tent for which the pole has broken. Decathlon sell a replacement pop up tent pole of the right size (6mm) but it's 9.4m long. My Gelert pop up tent pole was about 8m long. I think the difference is too large, so I am wondering if I can cut down the pop up tent pole the same way I would with a regular fibre glass pole. Because it's under greater tension, would I need to take extra steps like sanding & gluing the pole? Or is it just a bad idea generally? THanks!!! :)

Message posted by Bramston28/5/2021 at 7:20pm
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It's easy to cut poles you just saw through them with a fine toothed saw.
A pop up tent uses a circular pole so somewhere there is a joint.
Find out what form the joint takes and find out if you can modify and reuse it.
A circular pole will always be under stress so the joint must be as strong or stronger than the rest of the pole or it will fail under stress.
Glass fibre poles are often hollow, if the pole looks glued at the joint there may well be a rigid or even flexible stud inserted and glued into place. A magnet will find a ferrous stud at the joint location.

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Message posted by Campy C01/6/2021 at 10:52am
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fibre glass poles are usually hollow with a elasticated cord through them. I have fixed a few and they all have turned out ok. However use a fine toothed saw to cut it or the outer fibres will just shatter and fray causing more problems, let us know how you got on...

Message posted by dk16801/6/2021 at 11:29am
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I do not who else may do this, however, an independent camping equipment retailer near me by the name of BCM Camping used to have a box of fibre glass pole sections in different lengths and diameters, for sale at a nominal fee or give away for free to anyone who may need one.

It may be worth checking if your local camping equipment retailers would do the same.

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Message posted by BenDraynor06/6/2021 at 11:51pm
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Thanks for the very helpful replies! My tent will live again :)


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