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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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.
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Posted by: old_user on Jul-25-07 4:02 PM (EST)
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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.
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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.
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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).