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What are the tips for setting up tents when camping outdoors?

Tent is our mobile home outdoors. The quality of tent construction determines the safety and comfort of our sleep in outdoor environmental conditions. Therefore, it is very important for you to set up tents in a standardized way! For a long time, some friends have not fully mastered the tent construction skills, so they have not set up the tent in a standard way, which makes the tent look tired and collapsed. The tents are attached to each other, which not only affects the stability and weather resistance of the tent, but also greatly affects the air circulation in the tent, resulting in excessive condensation on the inside of the tent. At the same time, it also greatly affects the waterproof performance of the tent. When I was hiking and camping in the Dabie Mountains, I encountered a sudden storm at night, and many nearby tents were almost destroyed by the storm, but my tent remained motionless. Due to the above reasons, the normal use of tents is affected, and some friends mistakenly believe that the tents purchased are not good, and “blame” the consequences of these artificially affecting the adaptability and comfort of tents to the use of tent brands. The quality control of the fabrics and tent making is not good. In order for everyone to correctly grasp the ways and means of standardizing tents, today, Brother Jun will talk to you about standard tents.

Standardizing tents is reflected in the following three aspects: 1. The structure is stable
Standardize several important steps and links in setting up a tent: 1. After the tent is set up, adjust the fastening webbing at the corner of the tent, so that the outer tent is evenly distributed on the left, right, front, and rear to avoid tilting of the overall surface of the tent. Causes the overall twist and skew of the tent. 2. After the tent is initially set up, lift one end of the tent and then put it down and fix the corner. In order to make all tent corners stretch and hold up naturally, to avoid the overall skewing and twisting of the tent. 3. The position of the ground nail should be consistent with the force direction (angle) of the pull rope. Avoid artificially pulling and tilting the tent as a whole to cause the tent to twist. 4. The ground nails are inclined to the outside of the tent by 45 degrees and drive into the ground according to the specification (at least 2/3 of the ground nails are driven into the ground). The upper end of the ground nail fixes the wind rope notch opposite to the tent, so that the wind rope can be hooked. It is necessary to develop a good habit of building ground nails that must be hit. 5. Tie the wind rope according to the specifications of different wind rope adjustment fasteners, so as to avoid the wind rope slack after the tent is set up (do not fix the wind rope with “dead knots”). This is a place that many friends do not have a good grasp of, and it needs to be grasped correctly. 6. Do not use too much force when pulling the wind rope initially, after all the tent wind ropes are pulled. Adjust and tighten the wind ropes one by one according to the integrity of the tent. The tightening method of tightening the wind rope can be adopted as the tightening of the car tires. 7. The tent and the wind rope will be stretched to a certain extent at the beginning of tent construction, so after the tent is set up, adjust the tension of the tent wind rope after a period of time or before going to bed to ensure the fullness and stability of the tent. . 8. The hanging point of the inner account should be fixed in the corresponding position to avoid displacement. Ensure that the inner account and the outer account maintain a corresponding spatial distance. The corners of the inner tent should be stretched as much as possible to ensure that the inner tent is fully supported. 9. For Jinta tents and other uncommon tents, please refer to the above methods to build and adjust as appropriate.

The principle of tent construction: standard, stable and full

There are four stages of tent setting up: Pre-trip preparation: practice setting up the tent and make sure you have everything. Camp selection: Minimize impact and maximize weather protection. Building Tips: Follow these steps and setup will be easier and your tent will be stronger. Rope Instructions: Learn how to properly use a sling to prepare for strong winds.

Setting up the tent: preparations before the trip

Set up the tent at home before you hit the road: Home provides a low-stress environment for you to master the process of setting up a new tent. The worst time to study is after you’ve finished a long day of hiking and the sun has set and it starts to rain again. Read the instructions carefully and count the parts: Reading the instructions first, rather than grabbing something and doing it, is a good way to prevent confusion and damage to tent parts, and if a part is missing, you can find it before your trip. Don’t forget to bring an instruction booklet before you set off. Choose the right mat: While the underside of a tent can resist water and abrasion, the camping ground is uncertain. You can solve this problem by purchasing a suitable base pad — a custom-sized floor covering that provides an extra layer of protection. Floor mats are smaller in size than your tent floor so that no water can collect under your tent. Setting up of tents: camp selection

Outdoor Natural Campgrounds In off the beaten track areas, look for existing campgrounds. Always camp at least 300 meters away from lakes and streams. Keep the camp small and concentrate activities in areas without vegetation. Wind related issues: Look for a natural wind barrier: a tree or a mountain. Avoid camping near damaged trees or branches that could be knocked down by strong winds. Although many campers will have the small side of the tent facing the wind to reduce drag, it is more important to have the side with the strongest pole construction facing the wind. If you are camping in a hot climate, it will be cooler by orienting the door in the direction of the wind. Waterproofing related issues: Look for higher, drier ground, as the moisture in the air can form condensation inside the tent when the temperature drops. Look for under-tree locations as they create a warmer, more protected microclimate that will produce lower levels of condensation. Avoid camping in low-lying areas between high places, as cool, moist air settles here; rainwater also flows and pools here when storms approach. To prevent rain from blowing into the tent, the door should be oriented away from the wind.

Tent Construction: Building Tips

Clear the tent pitch: Your goal is to protect the tent floor and remove anything that might poke your butt. If the wind is strong, stake the corners of the tent: Strong winds can make you feel more like flying a kite when laying out your tent. Quickly stake the four corners at the start; it’s a simple matter of re-fixing the tent in its final position later. Install tent poles slowly: The poles can get sprained or crumbled during the build process, so take the extra time to carefully unfold and secure each pole. Laying Tactics The greatest support can be obtained in most types of soil if you drive the stakes completely vertically into the ground. Leave enough stakes for you to tie a tether to them. If you can’t insert the stake with your hands or feet, you can use a large rock to do the job; you can also prepare a specialized stake hammer. Have extra stakes ready in case a hidden rock crushes your stakes. Rain Cover: On the underside of the rain cover on most tents, you’ll find a few Velcro strips near the tent poles; attaching these around a nearby pole will help stabilize and strengthen your tent. The Art of Tightening the Tent: A good tent has a tight awning. Most awnings have straps that you can tighten in the corners of the tent. Tighten these straps evenly and check the tension of the awning regularly, especially before climbing into the tent each night, as changes in the weather can affect the tension of the awning. During the initial installation, do not over-tighten the first tent corner, but wait until the tent is fully set up and then tighten all corners evenly. Check the tension by seeing if the seams on the awning line up with the seams and poles on the tent body; if not, readjust the tension to align it. Be sure to recheck the awning tension after the awning gets wet, as most awning materials tend to stretch when wet. Tent Setup: Wire Guidance Most tents come with ropes for extra stability in strong winds. You can attach these ropes to sturdy loops around the canopy. You’ll find an output point in the middle of the tent wall, directly on the pole. Using a rope is optional. However, if the weather is unpredictable, it can be easier to install before nightfall, when the weather is still mild. Note that the loops on the bottom edge of the awning are there to secure the awning to the tent, not to add a stabilizing cord. Have extra cords handy so you can install longer cords or add more cords if needed; also have extra stakes and cord tensioners (small plastic parts that make it easy to tension cords). You’ll need to tie one end of the cable to the loop – bow ties work well for this. Where to tie the cables: Typically, tents will have more output points than lanyards. To maximize stability, use these strategies. At a minimum, you should connect the guy wires at the guy points on the windward side of the tent (the side where the wind is coming from). For greater stability, add tether points evenly around the tent; the goal is for all sides of the tent to be equally stable. How to attach the tether: Tie the securing knot at the tether point, pull the tether straight out from the pole below the tether point, and loop the other end of the tether around the stake away from the tent corner; tighten the tether tension tightener. If possible, also run the cable perpendicular to the output point. If branches are not readily available, trekking poles can be used. Attach cables to the top of the poles and down to the stakes, which can greatly increase the strength of the tent.

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Michelle, Marketing manager of West Hiking, ten more years working experiences on the camp tents for domestic and abroad markets.

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