Frequently Asked Questions on Tent

1. How long will my tent last?

This depends on how long and how much you use it. A tent that's well taken care of can last for many years. What you should watch out for is UV radiation. Tents used in extreme conditions at high altitudes may last for a few months.

2. What do the tent season ratings mean?

  • 3 Season: It covers Spring, Summer and Fall
  • 4 Season: Can be used in all seasons, including bearing the heavy Winter snow. However, they are not usually recommended for summer conditions due to venting and weight considerations.

3. How do I clean my tent in the proper way?

Pressure form a regular garden hose can remove most of the dirt. For thorough cleaning, set up the tent and hand wash it sing mild soap and warm water. Do not use dishwashing liquid, detergent or bleach. Don't dry clean it and never put it in a washing machine. The washing machines strain the stitching and can rip your tent. Rinse and air dry to finish.

4. How can I get pine pitch or sap off the tent?

This can be removed using a cloth dipped in mineral oil.

5. How should I store my tent?

Don't store it when it's wet, damp or dirty. Prolonged exposure to moisture will cause the waterproof layer to break down due to hydrolysis. Keep the tent in a cool, dry area, away from direct sunlight.

6. How do I prevent mildew?

Dry it as quickly as possible after it gets wet. Mildew starts forming when you store a wet tent in as little as 24 hours in warm weather.

7. What causes condensation in the tent?

It's caused by 3 main things:

  • The weather: When there's high humidity with low temperature- like when it rains.
  • Occupants: People naturally release about 1-2 pints of moisture during the night through our skin and when we breathe.
  • The environment: When it’s moist-such as a wet ground, or storing wet camping gear in the tent.

8. How do I reduce condensation in the tent?

The key is ventilation. Moist air escapes when cooler, drier air flows into the tent. The tent itself has breathable mesh fabric. Open the tent door in good weather. You can use the double sliders on the door in order to vent from the top. Keep at least 2 vents open.

9. How do I repair tents?

There are different items out can use while on the campsite- like waterproof, self-adhesive patches waterproof, self-adhesive patches and seam sealants. You can also use duct tape. However, the duct tape should be removed immediately after the camping trip and permanently fix the hole with a patch.

10. How much space do I need to pitch my tent on the campsite?

You need at least 8 ft. clearance around the perimeter of the tent. Also set it up away from hanging tree branches and overhead power lines.

11. Why should I get a footprint?

You can get a footprint separately. It keeps your tent floor clean and dry, and protects it from abrasion.

12. Do I need to seam seal my tent?

Only when problems develop over time, like when there's leakage. Stick to the instructions that come with the seam sealant tube. Seam seal the specific area of concern. Let the seam sealant to dry.

13. What do I do if one of my poles beaks?

Accidents happen. You can make a temporary splint using the pole repair sleeve. Slide the sleeve over the broken section and then tape or wedge it in place. Use a stick to hold it secure.

14. What is a vestibule?

It's a small area that's usually outside the tent door, where you can keep extra or wet camping gear.

15. What is a rain fly?

It's the outer waterproof covering or the top of the tent. It protects the breathable inner roof.

16. What is a single wall tent?

A tent without the breathable nylon and separate rainfly. Its walls act as the rainfly. It's usually a backpacking tent, and this is done to reduce weight.

17. Do I need to stake down my tent?

Yes, if you want it not to be blown away. In case you're in an area where you can use stakes (like on the beach or a rocky surface) you can use sand anchors, or tie the tent to larger rocks.

18. Can I cook in a tent?

Generally, no. Tents are not suitable for grilling or any other forms of cooking. This must be done outside the tent.

19. How do I roll up my tent to pack it in its bag?

Lay the tent flat and lengthwise fold a third of it into the center. Try leaving the windows and vents partially opened. This is to prevent air from getting trapped and ballooning as you roll up the tent. Ensure that the fold is shorter than the bag. Fold the fly in thirds, then lay it on top of the tent. Next, fold the last third of the tent over the fly. Now place the folded ground sheet on top of everything. Put the poles and stakes at one end of the tent and tightly roll it up.

20. What do the packaged and minimum weights mean?

Packaged weight refers the total weight of the packaged contents off the shelf. On the other hand, minimum weight includes the combined weight of the tent body, poles and rain fly (if applicable), but leaves out the other items that may appear in the package, like the guy cords, tent stakes and stuff sack.

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