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drying a huge tent
« on: August 03, 2014, 05:00:47 PM »
Hi guys,

A question for all those experienced campers out there - I know there are lots of you lol

I now have a huge 8 man tent which just spent 2 wks in scotland with us. Ended up putting it down yesterday after overnight rain. Was raining on and off during the morning so we took it down during a break in the rain. It wasnt soaked when it was packed - I managed to shake off most of the moisture and gave it a wipe down the best I could (Its a tall tent and i'm not lol). Having said that it probably wasnt totally bone dry either. I know the best thing is to get it out of the bag now we're home to dry it off but I just dont have anywhere big enough - my garden is small and though I have lots of rooms in my house none of them are big enough to spread it out fully.

My question is am I likely to be ok to leave it until our next adventure in 2 wks or is there a chance of it getting mould before then - how long can a slightly damp tent be left before getting fusty?

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Re: drying a huge tent
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2014, 10:33:28 PM »
My garden is too small for my tent too!  I cant pitch it, however, I spread half of it out, and once that is dry, spread the other half.  Generally, keep moving it around and unfolding bits as it dries.  If that makes sense? 

Its a bit of a pain and not an exact science but gotta be better than risking mouldy tent IMHO.
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Re: drying a huge tent
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2014, 07:00:18 AM »
Yeah - I decided not to risk it and spread it out in my garage overnight the best I could last night. Good thing I did - it was wetter than I had thought  :(. Hopefully it will get dry but I will have to keep moving it around. I didnt think about drying it out when I bought it - though it is nice to have the space and all the bedrooms now the kids are getting older.

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Re: drying a huge tent
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2014, 08:10:30 AM »
Too big to go over the bannisters?
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Re: drying a huge tent
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2014, 08:35:05 AM »
Hi WT4  :D

lol yeah the darned thing is huge - the living space alone is as big as my previous 5 man tent was in total and the 4 bedrooms are very roomy too. I just used it for the first time this last fortnight and hadnt even thought about the practicalities of drying it until it rained on the last day.

I'm glad I didnt risk leaving it in its bag though - turns out I hadnt done as good a job as I thought of drying it as I packed it lol it was soaked still.

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Re: drying a huge tent
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2014, 09:32:56 AM »
Hiya, my tent is too big for the garden too and there's no bannister to hang it from so yes, the trick is to get it unfurled and keep moving it around until it dries.  Then the next challenge is getting it all back in its bag ready for the next outing.  Good luck, you'll find a way!  ;)
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Re: drying a huge tent
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2014, 08:54:02 PM »
mines to big for my house /garden too.

luckily my friend has a huge garden and she awaits my phone call each time ive had a wet weekend camping lol

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Re: drying a huge tent
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2014, 08:22:37 AM »
lol why didnt i think of the practicalities before buying it  ;)

I did manage to dry the tent by laying part of it out the best I could and pinning it to the washing line, then moving it along as each part dried. It must of looked very funny when my daughter and I was trying to fold it up on our tiny patio to put it in the bag. After about 6 attempts we did manage it though  ;D luckily the bag is even bigger than the tent and it didnt need to be perfect lol.

Hoping next week its dry when we put the tent down so we dont have to do it all again  ;)

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