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Anthem1

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Tent Water Proofing
« on: September 25, 2008, 12:18:24 PM »
O.K. so after missing the Alafia FTF deadline, I got in by the skin of my teeth on the bonus sign up day :) So up in the attic I go looking for that tent I last used in 1990? After deeming it uninhabitable, I ran it thru the wash which seems to have removed some waterproofing :'( Is there a spray on product available I can use to restore some of this water sheding magic?

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Re: Tent Water Proofing
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2008, 12:31:29 PM »
Scotchguard.  Works.

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Re: Tent Water Proofing
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2008, 04:06:16 PM »
They sell a spray at sporting good stores.  Its just silicone spray, but with a really fine misting nozzle. 
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Re: Tent Water Proofing
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2008, 07:22:11 PM »
Luckily I did'nt wash the removeable tarp :) I will check out the sporting goods store, looks like campmor.com has some spray waterproofing too.

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Re: Tent Water Proofing
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2008, 07:41:42 PM »
Not  good success with those waterproofing agents. Buy a new tent or put a tarp over the top of the old one.
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Re: Tent Water Proofing
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2008, 07:53:58 PM »
Yeah I think I will have to go that route but hope to get one more goody out of this one. Then we will burn it Sunday morning ;D

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Re: Tent Water Proofing
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2008, 08:10:47 PM »
I've had pretty good luck with this stuff. Sports Authority sells it in Lakeland

http://www.coleman.com/coleman/colemancom/detail.asp?product_id=806-154&categoryid=11020
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Re: Tent Water Proofing
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2008, 08:52:48 PM »
The spray water proffing does mostly work, but the problem with it is that it also seals the nylon from breatheing the way it was intended.  This means a lot of condensation on the indise of your tent when you wake up in the morning.  Hope this helps.
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Re: Tent Water Proofing
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2008, 09:49:19 PM »
Hmmm, maybe my best action may be no action :P

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Re: Tent Water Proofing
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2008, 10:09:20 PM »
Shoot if you are going to be mountain bikeing who needs a tent!!  Just put a tarp over your bike and sleep in there.  Or I could show you how to make a hooch out of a poncho and 550 cord :c)
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Re: Tent Water Proofing
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2008, 07:27:42 AM »
Seeing how this will be my first camping venture in 20 years, I am looking for a certain level of comfort :D I am currently looking at trimming my Queen size mattress down to fit in the tent ;D

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Re: Tent Water Proofing
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2008, 08:07:33 AM »
Seeing how this will be my first camping venture in 20 years, I am looking for a certain level of comfort :D I am currently looking at trimming my Queen size mattress down to fit in the tent ;D

If your tent has good ventilation the water proofing should not pose an issue. 

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Re: Tent Water Proofing
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2008, 12:17:50 PM »
Luckily I did'nt wash the removeable tarp :) I will check out the sporting goods store, looks like campmor.com has some spray waterproofing too.
If you have what I think you're describing (tent with a removable fly), the tent itself usually isn't waterproof, but the fly is. This allows the tent to ventilate and stay dry, with the added benefit of really good ventilation if there's no chance of rain and you can leave the fly off.

I had to re-seal the seams on my fly last year.

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Re: Tent Water Proofing
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2008, 12:28:04 PM »
Yep, that's the word I was looking for FLY :) Hopefully we will be blessed with Cool, Dry, Sunny weather :)

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Re: Tent Water Proofing
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2008, 11:06:49 AM »
I usually tie a tarp to trees nearby and hang it over my tent I never had a good time in the rain ................hopefully all this talk is not going to screw us over for the FTF!!  It's gonna b sunny and cool   !!!!!! :o

 

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