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Questions tagged [tents]

Questions about the use, selection, and care of portable shelters consisting of poles for support and some form of fabric to protect from the elements.

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Tent in the rain

I have an MSR Elixir 2 tent bought 5 years ago and used three nights since (a shame I know). In any case, it was used for 4 nights camping in Spain in dry conditions and was an amazing tent. A few ...
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Will I be warmer in my sleeping bag inside or outside of my tent, when winter camping?

I spent one night outside, at -28 degrees F, in an -40 arctic bag. I had no tent, only a small poly tarp between the snow and my bag. I stayed fully clothed but barely slept due to being so cold all ...
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Why should a good tent be UV resistant?

From my experience, any tent gets hot when in plain sunlight, so I wouldn't stay in it (and can't imagine why anyone would) + I'd rather be outside my tent when the weather's nice. I don't really ...
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What kind of material was used to make traditional stove jacks?

A stove jack allows you to safely extend a stovepipe through the roof or wall of your tent. Modern-day stove jacks appear to be made of silicone fiberglass. However, it's my guess that silicone ...
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Why are stove jacks NOT normally made of metal?

A stove jack allows you to safely extend a stovepipe through the roof or wall of your tent. Our stove jacks are constructed of fire proof 17-ounce [0.48 kg] silicone-coated glass material (18" x ...
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How to get rid the mold smell in old canvas tent?

Bought a 30 year old classic Coleman's canvas ten cheap (it's Canadian cousin actually). It is in great working condition, water proofing and zippers etc. and I thought convert it to a hot tent. But, ...
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Would a lightweight 2-person tent or medium weight 3-person tent be better for near freezing weather?

I'm heading out this weekend, and the temperature is expected to drop below freezing, with a 20% chance of rain. I have two tents, a lightweight 2-person, which I primarily use for backpacking, and a ...
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Why do people lock their tents at Everest Base Camp?

I recently read Everest climbers worried about oxygen bottle theft which says: What can you do when thieves break the locks of the tent and take away oxygen bottles, food and even cooking gas? ...
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Portable canopy leg weights, how heavy?

I was at an event this weekend and noticed that many of the portable canopies had weights on the legs. My Canopy has stakes and rope tie downs, but often the soil is not appropriate for these (to ...
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How to tie a Purcell Prusik from a single end/ non looped rope?

There is the regular Purcell Prusik, which can be used for adjustable tethers or create foot loops for ascending a rope, but it is also useful to know how to tie it with only one end of the rope ...
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How to fix camping tent properly on LowePro Photosport BP 300 AW II

I have LowePro Photosport BP 300 AW II backpack for hiking and a camera. The old model of this bag had the proper straps to fix the tent but in the new model (which I have), I don't know how do I ...
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Restoring waterproofing of tent - worth the hassle?

Background: About 8 years ago I bought a rather cheap tent (about 100 €) for up to 4 people. It's quite large, you can stand upright in it's centre and there's an awning almost as deep as the sleeping ...
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What is the defintion of a “unisex tent”?

I was searching around after a new hiking tent, when I noticed a specification called "unisex", I know that something is "unisex" if it's suited for all genders. Though it makes me wonder, how on ...
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How to check whether a tent is prone to ants eating holes in tents?

Our tent was featured as ants free thanks to protective grids. However ants just ate holes in the wall material. Some research shows this is not unusual. Which tent wall material do I need to ...
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Criteria for putting up a tent in morning or evening shade

We're going to an area in France where the expected daytime temperature will be 30°C or higher. We use a light brown (beige) coated cotton tent. We have to decide whether to put it up in the morning ...
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Would it make sense to backpack with an 8 lb tent at Philmont Scout Ranch?

I am going to Philmont Scout Ranch in the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico, USA, this August. I am planning on using the Eureka Timberline 4 tent, which weighs about 8 pounds. I am doing a 7 day trek and ...
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Under what conditions does heating a tent artificially make objective sense?

My question is motivated by the earlier question How To Quickly Warm A Tent, which generated a lot of interest, and one of the best comments ever on TGO: All I could think about after reading your ...
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How do I heat up my tent? [duplicate]

Is there any sort of mini heater that can be powered from a powerbank to be used in a tent (or anything similar)?
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Reattaching Tent Rain Fly Hooks

I have a Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 (a four-season tent) that lost the hooks on its rain fly. They simply became unglued from the inside of the fly a little while back. For those not familiar with ...
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How are canvas tents made to be fire retardant?

While reading through this question about adding a stove jack to a canvas tent originally lacking one, I wondered about the feasibility of making an existing canvas tent fire retardant. Is it simply a ...
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Install a stove jack onto a canvas tent without one

I'd like to buy a kodiac canvas tent but they don't come with stove jacks. Not being handy at all, is there any company or store type where I could take the tent to and they could put the stove jack ...
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Is it warmer to sleep in a car or in a tent?

Is it warmer to sleep in a car or in a tent? Suppose that our old internal-combustion-engine car breaks down in a remote place at -30°C, -40°C, or -50°C, and the engine won't run at all. Suppose we'...
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Magnetic connector for LED light on tent mesh

I'm looking at extending a strip of LED lighting into another of the tents rooms. Dividing the rooms is mozzie mesh. I could run a 3m extension wire down and back up again, however, I was wondering if ...
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What do I need to do to a tent that's been stored for a long time?

I have a rather nice 1-2 person hiking tent from over 20 years ago. It's still made, with very few changes, and is a double wall design that pitches in one go. I thought it was nylon but the current ...
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Are there tents with better space-to-weight ratio than tunnel tents?

Sadly after many years my trusted Helsport tunnel tent1 took some damage in a storm that I'm not sure will be repairable. I'm therefore looking into the possibility of getting a new tent. When I ...
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What can I do if I have 24-hour warning of very strong wind gusts (45–50 m/s), but I cannot reach a fixed shelter within this period?

Suppose I get one of those text messages, like the Icelandic authorities send to travellers: ...Wind gusts could reach speeds that are known for blowing cars off the road and even pulling up the ...
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How to repair top section of tent pole

I own the REI Half Dome 2 Plus. The top section of the aluminum tent pole tore at the end (see blue area of picture), and in order to get it to fit in the plastic piece it was supposed to (the inside ...
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What is a tent skirt and what is its purpose?

Several posts on this side make mention of tent "skirts". For example: A "skirt" at the bottom of the tent, which makes outer tent reach the ground, so wind is not beating into the inner tent; it ...
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What's the best or easiest way to attach a loop tag onto canvas?

What's the best or easiest way to attach a loop tag onto a canvas tent? A loop tag is a loop of canvas so that I can tie a guy string to the loop tag and then down to a stake so that I can implement ...
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How can I prevent this canvas swag from sagging in the middle?

I have this double canvas swag that tends to sag in the middle. What options do I have to fix this problem and keep the canvas from sagging too much?
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How to compactify the long straps on a tent or tarp when not in use?

Tents and tarps have these long straps (sketch here), which may be used to tie them to distant trees. When unused, they can look untidy and become tangled. This can happen both when the tent is in use ...
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Should I be scared if a black bear is outside of my tent at night? [duplicate]

I know that they say to make as much noise as possible to try and show your dominance, but what happens if I am sleeping? If I wake up with a bear right outside my tent while i'm sleeping, and I have ...
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Can I waterproof a tent just before it rains?

I am camping this weekend and my new tent just arrived today. I want to put it up and waterproof it now with a spray-on silicone waterproofer and a seam sealer. It's evening right now and very bright/...
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How to cool a tent?

We are camping in the summer at the Mediterranean Sea. We camped there already sometimes and in the summers its quite hot. Now we are thinking about how to improve the cooling of a tent. Maybe making ...
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Open-sided tarp in rain

I saw people using a square tarp sort of like this: Will you not get flooded during rain? Specifically, I'm wondering about water flowing in on the ground from the front. Tyically, tents have a ...
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What could be the cause of condensation on the tent floor?

My girlfriend and I have been staying in a tent for several months now in a friend's garden. Neither of us has camping experience and with the weather getting cold, we are starting to have problems ...
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What is this tent piece called?

I have a broken tent piece that I am trying to replace. Does anyone know what this piece is called? This piece forms the canopy of the tent and the poles go into the prongs displayed above. As you ...
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Should one store a tent loose for prolonged periods between uses to maximize its lifetime?

Explanation of why my question is not a duplicate of What is the best way to store my tent?. I am specifically asking about an aspect not addressed in the earlier question or any of its answers: ...
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Confusion in selecting a tent, too many variables

I am planning to do the Laugavegur Trek in Iceland this summer (rain and snow can be expected) and need to buy a tent. I read a few articles on what to consider while buying a tent and got confused ...
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How do I choose the right tent?

I am looking for a good 1 person tent, and like some of these. I need a tent that will keep out the rain if needed, but also be open so I can see the sky at night on clear nights. I want enough room ...
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How to safely heat a enclosed tent with electricity

How should I heat that tent? Is heating It with a heater okay? Are there any safe devices designed for electric heating? Is it safe to heat a tent 24 hours? Do you recommend heating while sleep, or ...
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How to DIY a tent footprint for the 'Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2' tent? [duplicate]

Numerous customers who bought the manufacturer-made tent footprint for the 'Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2' tent reported on Amazon that the tent footprint is poorly made and NOT AT ALL a good purchase. ...
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Where to camp for almost free on the surroundings of Los Angeles?

Here's what I want to do, I want to camp (pitch a tent and go hiking) but I don't want to stay too far away from Los Angeles, and I want to camp in a place with a toilet and maybe a shower, I might ...
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Why do most tents have black floors?

From all the tents I saw, including the two I have, most of them had black floors. Sometimes, the older tents have differently colored floors, but all the new ones are all one color (usually bright ...
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When making camp in the mountains, which direction should I face my tent?

Sometimes I hear that, when making camp in the mountains, a tent should be pitched so the door is facing a certain direction, usually downhill. I've repeatedly asked why I should do this, and the ...
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Machine Washable Sleeping Cot

I am looking for a machine washable sleeping cot (metal/aluminum frame off the ground). I have seen that most cots are made out of a water resistant material (nylon/polyester/canvas) 600D. I have seen ...
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How to determine the length of poles for a tent

This tent appears to need just 2 diagonal poles. How do I figure out what length diagonal poles I need for an 8 foot x 10 foot (footprint) tent, taking into account the radius of curvature?
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Any tips to prevent theft while tent camping alone in a caravan park?

This summer. I will be camping on my own at a coastal caravan park located between 2 towns. In terms of safety (theft) and other things, what do you advise?
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What to wear to walk to showers: clothes or towel?

This will be my first tent camping trip in my life. And I don't know what to wear to the showers. I usually sleep naked in the summer so my preference is for just wrapping a towel around my waist and ...
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Tent repair on Antarctic expedition [closed]

I am currently endeavoring on an Antarctic expedition and wanted to know more about different repair options for our tents in down to -80 temperatures and in extreme high winds.