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  Storm proof tent
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-25-07 10:07 AM (EST)


1. Is it appropriate to place weights or logs on the base of the tent, at the stake pockets, and above them, (still using the stakes) on the uphill side, to help secure the tent in high winds!?

2. Having spent weeks in leaking Air Force tents, in sub-arctic Northern Germany, during fall, winter, and Spring maneuvers, we used buckets of silver roofing compound, to seal the rotten tent roofs from melting snow and torrential rains.

Still had to place our shelter halfs above our sleeping bags, on our bunks, to sleep dry. Rotten cloth just simply leaks! Should campers carry silicon in small tubes, aka "bathtub caulk", for emergency repairs?

Thanks for all the great tips! Printed, with more lists on backs of maps, then waterproofed!

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  storm proof your tent
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-25-07 12:24 PM (EST)
i put a tarp over the tent and stake it down. with a footprint under the tent, i stay dry in the worst of storms. it also provides shelter for packs, shoes, etc. it also helps keep the tent warmer in the winter.
  Storm Proof Your Tent
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-25-07 4:02 PM (EST)
Hey Kevin,

Thanks for the great advice. My dad was also a mechanical engineer, but just the type who designed machines, not bridges. He still would have made a blueprint drawing to plan for the storm, though! ;-)

Unfortunately, the last time I encountered storms in my tent, it was in the middle of the night, and gale force winds of up to about 70-90 kms and about 8-10 cm of rain each storm (there were 2 of the same strength within 48 hours, both at night), killed my tent. That's OK, though, because I now have a terrific new Eureka! Mountain Pass.

Looking forward to our next wilderness clean-up event!

  Two comments on the article
  Posted by: bnystrom on Jul-26-07 8:10 AM (EST)
1- A properly sized "footprint" fits under the floor of the tent and doesn't protrude beyond it, so it cannot collect water.

2- Better tents use non-stretch polyester guy lines instead of Nylon. It won't go slack when it gets wet. Adding shock cords to tent lines adds to the weight, complexity and maintenance of the tent, and doesn't solve the underlying problem of guy line stretch.
  Storm Proofing Your Tent
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-26-07 10:26 AM (EST)
I agree with bynstrom on the footprint and tiedowns. Although, I also like the idea of having the extra tarp inside to give an added protection. I've been caught in many storms and down pours. Water always has a way of puddling under the tent, between the footprint and floor.

A new coating of Re-Coat on the tent floor helped on my last trip.

Oh, my dad was also an engineer. He designed many bridges and dam structure. A very smart man who could not even begin to set up a tent with out, first, an hours study of the manual.
  Tent floor design...
  Posted by: jlockard on Sep-14-11 9:26 PM (EST)
I'm curious about the design of tent floors in North America. We have the same material on the floor as we do on the walls. We put a footprint under the tent which appears to be basically the same material impregnated with something like rubber. Since the footprint is a touch smaller than the tent, water will still soak through the edges of the tent (eventually).

Traveling Europe, my wife and I borrowed a tent from friends (in Europe). The tent had what I might best describe as a "bucket floor". The floor of the tent was a waterproof material and thicker than the walls of the tent. The floor material came up the sides of the tent about 3 inches (7.5cm) to stave off those little runoff streams you always see when it rains and your campsite isn't perfectly flat. Other than a tiny bit of added weight I just don't see a downside to this tent design. Why aren't N.A. tents designed in a similar manner?



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