Want to get years of enjoyment from your tent? Here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Seal Your Seems - Make sure you seal all of your seems. Once you apply the seem sealer, let it dry for 24 hours, and then set up your tent under a water sprinkler. Even if the manufacturer says that you don’t need to seal the seems, test your tent just to make sure.
- Dry Your Tent - As soon as you get home, hang your tent or set it up inside until it is 100% dry. This prevents mildew which will cause your tent to stink and also remove the water-repellant coating.
- Don’t Stuff a Wet Tent - If you can avoid it, hang your wet tent and allow it to dry before stuffing it in it’s sack. If you can’t avoid stuffing it wet, make sure you remove it and dry it as soon as possible.
- Use a Ground Cloth - This will prevent wear and tear on the floor of the tent. Make sure the ground cloth is just slightly smaller than the tent foot print to avoid water channeling underneath the tent if it rains.