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How to Improve Water Resistance In Your Large Family Tent

Updated: Nov 10




How to Improve the water resistance of your tent.


Today we will be talking about ways to help improve the water resistance of your Family Tent and make sure your gear and family stay dry.


We are Familytentspro.com. We do the research on your options for Large Family Tents. We compile the technical data, read the customer reviews and compile this information into a format that you can use to make an educated decision on your next Family Tent purchase.


Let's get started by saying all tents state that they are all water resistant. This is of course what you expect from all the components of your tent, from the rain fly, to the side walls, to the windows, to the doors.





However, even new tents are susceptible to water penetration. There are several means and methods that you can perform to help ensure that you will stay dry on your family vacation. These small measures could mean the difference between a beautiful camping trip or a wash out.


First, pick your campsite carefully. Avoid gullies in low spots to ensure that water doesn't pool near or around your tent or even inside. Once you pick the higher spot on your site you should first lay down a tarp under your tent. This will help prevent items and water from penetrating the base of the tent. Next, you should trench around the tent. This will ensure that running water goes around but not into your tent.


Another measure that can be applied, and we do recommend, is the application of a water repellent. Companies such as kiwi, Coleman and Scotchgard all provide quality products that you can spray on to the sidewalls and rainfly of your tent. This will improve the overall performance and help ensure the interior of your tent is dry. Keep in mind that all manufacturers state that their tent is waterproof and weatherproof, however these additional methods should be taken. These products, along with many others, are simply applied by spraying the product onto the tent surfaces in an even application. Once dried this will help Ensure improved water resistance in all areas.


Another item to consider, is to carefully inspect your tent. Look for tears and punctures in the tub style base sidewalls and especially the rain fly. Holes and punctures can and do happen in these areas so special attention should be taken. For a safety measure, always carry a roll of waterproof tape. This quick safeguard may be just what you need in the case of an emergency. Punctures do happen, so be prepared.


Also, inspect windows and doors carefully. Pay close attention to zippers and ties. Look for tears or stress points in the zippers. You don't want the zipper tearing apart in the middle of your camping experience. Zippers do tend to bind, so there are several things you can do. The first is apply beeswax to the zippers. This will help them operate properly. Next look for stress points in the zippers. Sometimes this can be alleviated by simply altering the way you have staked the tent and the way the guidelines are located around the tent. Remember, a properly operating zipper will last the lifetime of your tent. A failed zipper will end the lifetime of your tent.


The final item here is the rain fly. This is of course the most essential item. Most tents come with mesh ceilings where vents on the top to help move the hot air out of the tent during the sunlight hours. The rainfly sitting above this is your best defense against rain and water penetration. Again, inspect this carefully. As with most tents, the rainfly needs to be properly installed. Look to your instructions for helpful hints. Guidelines should be tight. No sagging. In addition, sometimes the rainfly needs to be adjusted so that it properly covers the entire tent. This is not always an easy item to perform. Instructions are sometimes vague in this area, but constant attention to this detail could make her break your family tent experience. To help in this area, you should take and practice installing the rainfly. This in turn will allow you to see exactly where the rainfly needs to be located to operate a peak efficiency.


The final item here is to choose your tent carefully. Tents come in many different styles and sizes and are designed for different types up tenting experiences. Cabin tents are large and offer high ceilings. This makes them great for your large family, however they're poor for wind resistance. Dome tents have a lower profile so they are better in Wind. However, they tend to be hotter with less ventilation. In addition you lose the headroom and the ability to move around the tent freely. Rain resistant is usually good with both of these styles so take into account the reviews from people who have purchased your tent, the manufacturer’s reputation, and the overall construction of the tent.





One last quick item to consider. After enjoying your tenting experience in your family tent, you need to store the tent properly. If you have been camping in damp weather and your tent is still on the wet side, once at home you will need to dry it properly. Then roll it carefully and fit it all in your carry bag. This will help ensure the rain resistance with no mold or mildew. In addition, this will help your tent to not sustain damage while it is in storage. This means that your tent will be ready to go when you are for your next family tenting excursion.


Carefully looking at these items will help ensure an awesome large tent experience. You and your family will stay cozy and dry. The last thing you want to be doing on your family vacation is mopping up water and drying out your gear. So pack it up, put it in the car, and Away you go. Enjoy. There's nothing better than a family vacation and camping somewhere that provides relaxation and entertainment. These items will take the worry out of the Trip.

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