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Old 03-07-09, 11:24 AM
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Tent floor seepage and misting

Misting is when the impact of heavy rain drives water thru the fly fabric, creating a fine mist inside.

I'd like to know if any of you have problems with either during heavy downpours. Any solutions?

I use a Eureka Spitfire 1, an inexpensive, durable tent that works fine except during heavy rainstorms. I also use a lightweight tarp for the ground cloth. It's edges are covered by the fly.

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Hi, I have had seepage when the seams of my tent were not properly sealed. On a warm day set up your tent and apply seam sealer to ALL seams, and put the tent to dry in the shade (not in direct sun which will eat up the nylon). As for ground seepage, sounds like you have made proper allowances with tarp and ensuring tarp does not protrude past fly. Might be you need a thicker tarp, and perhaps make sure the tarp doesn't protrude even beyond the tent walls. That's how I have my tarp, about 6 inches inside the tent walls. Good luck!
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Old 03-07-09, 06:29 PM
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No problems here. Kego is most likely correct, it's time to (re)seal the seams.

The Spitfire has a "bathtub" which, if intact / sealed properly, ought to mitigate the need for a tarp for ground water or rain protection. Ground cloth will basically keep the tent floor more intact, but that's about it.
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Old 03-07-09, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Cyclebum View Post
Misting is when the impact of heavy rain drives water thru the fly fabric, creating a fine mist inside.

I'd like to know if any of you have problems with either during heavy downpours. Any solutions?

I use a Eureka Spitfire 1, an inexpensive, durable tent that works fine except during heavy rainstorms. I also use a lightweight tarp for the ground cloth. It's edges are covered by the fly.

The last time I camped in Texas, it rained and stormed pretty hard on me but I had no problem with misting. I did, however, have a problem with the wind from the storm tearing my tent to shreds. I would've preferred the misting.
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Old 03-07-09, 06:52 PM
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I would spray your fly with Nikwax Tent Waterproofing.
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This happens sometimes on tents as yours. Been there.
I'm not saying your tent is low end, but as you move up in price you get better weatherproofing.
I have found that a spray on repellent can work wonders. Use it generously on the fly.
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No doubt the Eureka Spitfire is "low end." I was hoping that maybe misting in a drenching was common with most tents. Apparently not as nobody's admitted to having experiencied this phenomenon. Even my knowlegeable riding buddy said he'd never heard of it. Hmm....Guess I'd better get the silicon out.
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