Snapped tent poles, broken guy lines, leaking seams; tent repairs are easy to do, and we’ll show you how, so a simple problem doesn’t bring a quick end to your camping trip.
If you’re at the campsite and find a snapped pole or small fabric tear, then you can easily make a quick fix using tape. This temporary solution is cheap, effective and will see you though your holiday.
If a tent pole is broken, then you should replace the damaged section when you get home. Follow these simple steps:
- Identify the measurements of the pole and purchase a replacement that matches
- Most replacement poles will need to be cut to size. Take care when doing so.
- Unthread the elastic until you reach the broken section. Keep the pole sections you remove in order.
- Replace the broken section and rethread the elastic, making a knot at the end to hold the tension.
- Spare pole sections are available online or in your local Millets store.
If the elastic inside the pole needs replacing, remove all the sections and re-thread using new elastic. Tie temporary knots as you thread each section to ensure the elastic will stretch.
Is my tent leaking? A common question among campers who find moisture within their tent. This often will be condensation so investigate before you make any repairs. If you find a leak, then use a Nikwax proofing spray and seam sealer.
We hope this guide has given you the confidence to complete simple tent repairs. Need more advice or got tips of your own? Comment below or on our Facebook page.