| Topic: Hypercamp Eldorado problem
Message posted by lidds004/8/2018 at 7:13pm
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If you're pitching correctly and on level ground and it's still around 5 inches off the ground at the front then I'd hazard a guess that the cotton canvas has shrunk a bit.
With it not having a SIG, it's the same principle as a frame tent in that the canvas should sit about an inch above the ground then the mud flaps lap inside and are overlaid by the groundsheet. The canvas shouldn't touch the ground, but neither should it be 5 inches above it.
It's easy enough to remedy but it does take time and a little patience: pitch the tent and use some additional elastics or pegging rubbers (or, better still, ladders) to extend the reach of those on the front (don't overstretch the originals) and peg out as squarely and as tightly as you can (no baggy bits!). Now get the hose out and give it a really, really good soaking. The water should bead and run off but persevere and get as much on there as you can. Then try to peg it out a bit tighter, just a bit at a time (this is why pegging ladders are good, fitted to the D rings or the original pegging elasticity. Then hose again, extensively. Then tighten the pegging.
You're essentially stretching the canvas back into shape. When it's satisfactory and soaked as much as possible, tightly peg it out using the original pegging rubbers (which should now be at the correct level) and let it dry out. Make sure you double peg if necessary, so it can't pull the pegs up and out when it dries. Use good pegs.
If it is a shrinkage issue - and it does happen with cotton canvas tents which have been allowed to dry whilst unpitched - then you'll be able to sort it out.