Tent tips

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Life is too short to make all the mistakes yourself - these are some good tips from people who have made the mistakes.

1. Before use - get to know you tent.

Practice pitching the tent and check all the components are present.

2. Pitching - Select a suitable flat spot
3. Zips and pegs - Drive in the pegs at a right angle to the pull of the guy to get a good grip in the soil.

When possible peg down in line with the seam of the canvas.
Never use the rubber guy loops to pull out the pegs - rather use another peg.

4. Zips - treat them gently - never force them. Take the strain off them by cross pegging at the base.

Keep closed when not in use.
Metal zips can be waxed if they become stiff to use, nylon ones do not need attention provided the teeth are kept clean.
Close zips before folding your tent.

5. Wet weather - if it rains make sure you and your belongings don't touch the tent fabric - this may allow water to seep in. Cotton fabrics may let in a fine spray on first wetting after a hot spell until the fibres swell and close up the weave. Rain or dew will tighten the canvas and you may need to reposition the pegs near the doorway zips become difficult to close.
6. Dry weather - All fabrics including tent cloths can be weakened by prolonged exposure to strong sunlight and fading can occur. With normal holiday and weekend use a tent will have many years of life, but if it is left standing for several months in a sunny climate, degradation can take place.
8. Fire! -
9. Striking camp -
10. Mildew -
11. Storage -
12. Maintenance -
13. Optional Extras -
14. A Final Note -

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