Author Topic: when to buy a tent ?  (Read 743 times)

fernman

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Re: when to buy a tent ?
« Reply #15 on: 19:46:32, 27/11/17 »
When the new tent arrives should I wet it and seal the seems ? How do you seal the seems ? I have plenty of Tent proofer that I bought to treat the soft top on my MGF..

You use a purpose-made seam sealer, not tent proofer, which you apply to the insides of the seams, it's like a sort of clear glue. Don't wet the tent, you apply it with the tent dry. Take a look on Amazon for a selection of brands and user reviews.

I used McNett Seamgrip on my old tent 4 years ago, this is the review I left on Amazon at the time:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-reviews/R2QQATBET9MZV7/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B009VXVBMI

Having said the above, I would suggest that you shouldn't need to do it on a brand new tent, unless it specifically instructs you to seal the seams before use. If it doesn't, then don't worry about it. Do you have a garden you can pitch it in before rain? Any wet spots on the groundsheet would be plain to see.

tenmilesplus

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Re: when to buy a tent ?
« Reply #16 on: 02:20:33, 30/11/17 »
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  I'm still waiting for my new tent to arrive... I can't wait !!
 I have also ordered a fleece tent liner to use on it's own when camping during the Summer and a 50mm self inflating sleeping mat.. I'm wondering if I should also get some decent pegs ? Are lighter pegs worth getting ? Just to save a few ounces ?

  Do you think it's a good idea to start a general camping thread somewhere ?
Gone for a walk, back in a bit..

fernman

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Re: when to buy a tent ?
« Reply #17 on: 16:39:09, 30/11/17 »
Presume you meant a fleece sleeping bag liner? You've got tents on the brain  :D .
Unless you're a hot sleeper I rather think you wouldn't find that warm enough in place of a sleeping bag, except in a heatwave, and we don't get many of them. It can get quite chilly in the small hours out in the countryside, even in summer!

Are lighter pegs worth getting to save ounces? I'm biased, I'll do anything to save ounces! But unless your new tent comes with particularly heavy pegs you probably won't find much difference. I replaced the alluminium ones with my Zephyros because they were nasty cheap, sharp things, but I was surprised to find they were lighter than  titanium ones.

I'm happy to leave camping mixed in with General and Gear boards as it is now. This is a walking forum and we are walkers who camp, carrying it with us. A general camping thread could pull things too far away from walking and towards static camping (is that the right word?) and 'family camping' for which I expect there are already specialised forums. Just my opinion.