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Subject Topic: Shock cord snapped. Can I still use poles Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by lisao16/8/2008 at 11:14pm
Outfit:  idaho xl     Location:  Liverpool
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Recently bought an Idaho XL and when putting it down, found that 3 of the shock cords on the aluminium poles had broken.   Can we still use the poles as we're going away Monday and World of Camping haven't got back to me yet re the fault.  Mu husband seems to think that it doesn't matter but don't want to find out that it does when the tent caves in !

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Message posted by crystal jo16/8/2008 at 11:18pm
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You can buy shock cord and threader for a few quid at most camping shops and easily rethread it yourself

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Message posted by lisao16/8/2008 at 11:21pm
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thanks Crystal Jo - if I don't do this, what will happen?

 


Message posted by winhill16/8/2008 at 11:34pm
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Lisa

You can use tent no problem as the cord doesn't do anything when it is up.

The problem may be putting it up and striking when the poles may separate and be a bit awkward to get in/out.



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Message posted by Bernie4716/8/2008 at 11:37pm
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The shock cord is just to keep the pole sections together for ease of assembly, it has no structural value.

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Message posted by force ten17/8/2008 at 12:50am
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if you cant fix the shock cord before you go then it may be worth putting a wrap of one inch tape over each join and that should stop the pole falling apart when you pitch the tent

as said the shockcord plays no part in the structure of the pole


Message posted by Valk_scot17/8/2008 at 1:06am
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You can get shock cord at B&Q. It's handy to have a spare length as cord can and does break, especially if it snags in the ferrules while assembling the poles. You can use the poles without it though...it's really just there to keep them together while pitching and striking the tent.


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Message posted by sonja.p17/8/2008 at 12:40pm
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we pulled the poles apart that are not supposed to come apart on our event shelter. A bit of a design fault really, especially for a piece of kit used and erected by a group of people.

If the shock cord doesn't do anything, maybe it doesn't matter

i will investigate further and see if a shock cord fixer can fix it :)



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