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Old 06-30-08, 02:30 PM
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another tent question

hi folks i was just wondering do you fine tune your tent when you have it pitched you know what i mean,nice tension on lines ,no creases in tent ,everything perfectly square ,ground sheet in place the works. or is it a matter of getting it up as fast as you can thinking it should survive the worst.
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Old 06-30-08, 04:39 PM
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come 'on folk's i need to know please.
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Old 06-30-08, 04:54 PM
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Hmmm, ground isn't (usually) as flat as the living room floor, so 'perfect' may be a bit situation oriented.

But, I laly out the groundsheet so head is slightly higher, then tautly stake out the floor and as level as possible left to right, clip the poles in. then lift and gently shake the poles to help them settle tension. Done

Unless the fly is going on. Then it is a repeat; stake it out tautly and make sure fly bottom overlaps the floor tub all around.

There are little tensioners (http://www.mountainsports.com/msmain...&Detail=097862) to help with that, but a simple taut-line eliminates needing to carry (and misplace) those little doogies (http://www.iland.net/~jbritton/tautlinehitch.htm)

Takes a couple of minutes. And is worth practicing so in foul weather it can be done quickly.
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Old 06-30-08, 05:16 PM
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thank you riffert ill shall practice.
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Old 07-01-08, 03:56 AM
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Good luck Anto. Have you tested it at your mate's place yet?
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hi lolly pop yesterday i popped out to his house we sat and drank tea and coffee for an hour planned a route for next year 3 weeks touring in france camping all the way ,he was impressed with the tent but i was surprized when he said i had it pitched all wrong ,and by the time he finished i could see i had pitched it like a total fred but a good lesson and i just was curious does everyone fine tune there tents,ah well you live and learn.
ps i ordered my sleeping bag yesterday and got a map of the kingfisher trail do you know anything of this....
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Old 07-01-08, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by antokelly View Post
hi folks i was just wondering do you fine tune your tent when you have it pitched you know what i mean,nice tension on lines ,no creases in tent ,everything perfectly square ,ground sheet in place the works. or is it a matter of getting it up as fast as you can thinking it should survive the worst.
Hi

I usually set my tent up with some care, re-staking points that may seem off a bit as the set-up continues (keeping corners taut but not stretched or overly tensioned), and using the ground sheet always. After I erect the tent, I consider the weather, primarily the wind and likelihood of rain, and other factors and then either stake out the side pull-outs or not, replace some regular size stakes with a few extra long ones that I carry for keeping main stake-out points extra sturdy or not and either start the evening with the fly completely covering the tent or not - if star-gazing looks like a good possibility.

Good luck. It is an art not a science.

-jb
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Old 07-01-08, 01:44 PM
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I think the main reason to "fine-tune" your tent is for rain. In my opinion, it's always better if the rain drips off your rainfly onto the ground rather than your tent, even if the bottom section of your tent is supposed to be waterproof. So if the rainfly sags a bit or needs a bit of repositioning so that the water will drip where I want it, I fine-tune. Also, if you pull the fly away from the tent you can get a bit more ventilation.
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Old 07-01-08, 03:00 PM
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yes i could see when my buddy corrected all my mistakes it made sense to spend a bit more time makeing sure it looked perfectely pitched for that exact same reason.
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Old 07-01-08, 04:29 PM
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Ditto what riffert said. If you get it up sloppy, that's surely when it will storm. And that's when it will leak.
Practice to do it right and quickly for when you need to get it up in the teeth of bad weather.

It also pays to know how to find a good tent site as well. Flat as possible with no roots or rocks, spread some vegetation if it's stony ground, head uphill, door away from the wind.
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Old 07-01-08, 09:09 PM
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Carry some pieces of foamy sponge... place them between the fly and the wall in places where the fly pitch is sagging.
Don't use the velcro fly to pole attachments (this can unevenly redistribute the tension in the fly pitch.
Put p-cord extensions on the stake loops to redirect the tension from down to out if needed.
Erect freestanding tents before staking them.
When packing your tent stuff it don't fold and roll.... folding will create creases that compromise the integrity of the fabric.
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Old 07-02-08, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by collingsd1 View Post
Erect freestanding tents before staking them.
Anto, your tent's freestanding, isn't it?

As for the Kingfisher Trail, yes I have heard of it, but not cycled it. There is a nice B&B along there, and my girlfriends and I were talking about taking our bikes, staying at the B&B and giving the trail a go.

You could go to Clones for the final and then go for a spin in any direction!
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Old 07-02-08, 12:19 PM
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good advice as usual folks thanks,no its not freestanding lolly pop you do have to stake it out its the hilleberg akto tent ,as i said before (somewhere)there an art to this camping easy when you know how as in everything else.
im a pretty experenced cyclist but the touring is completly new to me ,so after spending all this money im hopeing no praying im going to take to it like a duck to water ,if i dont well ?////
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Old 07-02-08, 03:30 PM
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you'll get on just fine I am sure Anto. And if you don't like it, you can sell your gear for nearly what you paid for it.

What sleeping bag did you decide on, btw?
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Old 07-02-08, 03:55 PM
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thanks lolly pop yeah im sure i will i bought the pipedream 400 i heard good things about it on another forum ,its much lighter than the one i was going to get( rolling clouds ) packs smaller as well should do the trick in our beautyful irish weather.
any of you buddies interested in buying my bianchi road bike 51cm great nic dura ace through out.
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Old 07-03-08, 01:52 PM
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Pipedream sounds perfect anto. Did it arrive yet? Their shipping is really quick, to up here, anyway. I was thinking of getting one of their Hunka bivvy sacs. A snip at 30.
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Old 07-04-08, 08:05 AM
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hi lolly pop sorry i diden;t get back to you but this computer seen it's day i think,well i got it wed and tryed it last night ,i really need to loose some weight it was a little on the tight side but it was my first time in one of these bags strange feeling,but having said that it's a super bag very warm and light packs into a little bag if you know how.i will text the lads and see if there interested in that sportive, my self i have to get some serious training in and that's what im going to do now im off out for a couple hours bye bye now.
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