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Old 09-12-17, 02:50 PM   #76
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What are your strategies for groundwater - some kind of "footprint" that waterproofs the lower edges, or positioning the tent where you don't expect water to pool or flow?
Both. Having a tent with a waterproof floor also works quite well.
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Both. Having a tent with a waterproof floor also works quite well.
Do you use the hidden kind of footprint that fits under the tent with no exposure, so it blocks moisture rising as condensation, or the wrap around kind that fits the bottom of your tent like a low shoe - ie. with sidewalls? Thanks
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I use an emergency blanket that is red on one side and reflective material on the other. Dual purpose. It's big enough to take the floor of the tent(s) and have a "welcoming mat" at the front so muddy shoes can be removed -- the fly of the tent covers the sheet. Having a reasonable quality tent, with sealed seams across the floor, and a floor that rises about six inches upward before attaching to the mesh sidewalls, plus a fly that extends well beyond the inner all help to keep water at bay.

The worst we have experienced with our three-person tent was at Paris-Brest-Paris in 2007 which had torrential downpours while we were out riding. We left the tent erected in the campground during the ride. When we finally got back, everything was dry inside, including the floor.

Out of the two tents that I have had most use from, I haven't had any leakages through the floor. However, I do take care with where I erect them -- removing rocks, sticks and thorns as much as possible, and any holes evident from holding the floor up to the light are remedied ASAP, usually with a round patch of gaffer tape. Having a footprint of any sort also helps.

Oddly, I do have a specific footprint for the tents in storage downstairs, but because it doesn't really serve potential dual purposes, I've never used it, and it is heavier than the emergency blanks (which I think was a Coughlans, and, note, not the mylar variety). In winter, the reflective side is upward when the blanket/footprint is set out on ground to reflect back heat, and in summer it faces downward.
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I use an emergency blanket that is red on one side and reflective material on the other. Dual purpose. It's big enough to take the floor of the tent(s) and have a "welcoming mat" at the front so muddy shoes can be removed -- the fly of the tent covers the sheet. Having a reasonable quality tent, with sealed seams across the floor, and a floor that rises about six inches upward before attaching to the mesh sidewalls, plus a fly that extends well beyond the inner all help to keep water at bay.

The worst we have experienced with our three-person tent was at Paris-Brest-Paris in 2007 which had torrential downpours while we were out riding. We left the tent erected in the campground during the ride. When we finally got back, everything was dry inside, including the floor.

Out of the two tents that I have had most use from, I haven't had any leakages through the floor. However, I do take care with where I erect them -- removing rocks, sticks and thorns as much as possible, and any holes evident from holding the floor up to the light are remedied ASAP, usually with a round patch of gaffer tape. Having a footprint of any sort also helps.

Oddly, I do have a specific footprint for the tents in storage downstairs, but because it doesn't really serve potential dual purposes, I've never used it, and it is heavier than the emergency blanks (which I think was a Coughlans, and, note, not the mylar variety). In winter, the reflective side is upward when the blanket/footprint is set out on ground to reflect back heat, and in summer it faces downward.
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It's been raining quite a bit up here in northern Tasmania ... we got caught in two showers on our ride on Saturday, but Sunday was even worse.
Northern Tasmania? Amazing! I was lucky enough to get there after I lived in New Zealand for awhile. What a beautiful place! I had no idea the beaches would be that nice...white sand, deep blue water. Sadly, I wasn't a cyclist when I was there. Enjoy!
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I love the rain, especially when you hear it falling against a tin roof or hitting the windows. It sounds so soothing and the darkness makes you want to cuddle closer to your loved one and snuggle under the covers. It smells clean and fresh, like things are being renewed.
I can still remember a nap I took during a semester abroad in Australia during my junior year of college. I was so busy at my regular school that napping was not something I did. A lot less on my plate during my abroad semester. Spent an afternoon in bed under an open window with a cool breeze blowing in and a nice rain storm going on outside.

A few years later I lived in New Zealand (I'm an American) and was heading out on a fishing trip. Driving down a dirt road in a beat up on Mitsubishi Lancer. Family coming the other way and they stop me. "Roads out, turn around. Where are you spending tonight?" I don't know. They invited me to their farm house. It was an incredible experience. Not a hostel, not a motel, but a family farm. I slept that night with rain falling on their tin roof.

I'll never forget either!
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Do you use the hidden kind of footprint that fits under the tent with no exposure, so it blocks moisture rising as condensation, or the wrap around kind that fits the bottom of your tent like a low shoe - ie. with sidewalls? Thanks
I've very frequently camped in the rain and I use a matching footprint and a tent that has a waterproof "bathtub" floor, i.e. one that is waterproof and rises up the sidewalls some distance. The footprint isn't necessary for keeping water out, but it does help protect the floor and keep it from getting damaged.

Generally, I've not had a problem with the tent interior getting wet, though sometimes significant condensation can build up if the tent isn't vented well enough.
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