Regatta Outdoor Clothing, Tents & Camping Equipment

Getting to know your tent


I Thought this leaflet may be useful, of course it is generally handed to people who have purchased from WinfieldsMegastore… but useful information even if you havent made a purchase.

Once you have read & understood this leaflet & your tent instructions – erect the tent.

The purpose of erecting the tent is essential for a variety of reasons. Firstly you will learn how to pitch the tent before going on holiday. Secondly, to check the tent before using it for the first time. All tents are hand packed after manufacture therefore shortfalls do occasionally occur. Providing you follow the instructions any shortfalls or defects will be revealed before you go on holiday & can be rectified under guarantee. Failure to check & erect your tent prior to going away may invalidate your
guarantee. Following the above procedure is in your best interests as once a tent has been used it is not eligible for either a replacement or a refund.

The information in this leaflet is to be used in conjunction with any Frame Tent, Dome Tent or Ridge Tent purchased from Winfields. It is strongly advised that you keep this leaflet with your instructions for future reference.

Happy Camper Rules!

1. Read & understand the instructions before use.

2. If you have any queries please contact Winfields who will be more than happy to advise you.

3. Please be aware that it is potentially dangerous to use naked flames in or near tents.

4. Nylon/polyester Tents need particular attention around the seams & hanging points. Although they may have taped seams they may still require sealing (depending on the design) on inner tent hanging points etc. Seal on the inside of the tent & allow to cure for 48 hours before wrapping the tent up.

5. Inner Tent floors in Dome or Ridge Tents are usually made from Nylon or Polyester. These materials can be porous, therefore it is important to put a sheet between the ground & the underside of the inner tent. This will protect from leakage, sharp objects & mud. Some manufacturers supply purpose made protection sheets as an optional extra. A groundsheet cut slightly smaller than the outline of your tent is adequate.

6. Check the weather forecast before departure. Avoid extreme or bad weather if at all possible. Your tent is temporary lightweight shelter, not a gale proof submarine. If you have the right equipment & are experienced enough it is possible to survive all but the very worst weather.

7. Always carry spares including: a selection of pegs to cope with different terrain. E.g. sand, soft or hard ground, plus any spares particular to your tent. Extra guyline, pegging rubbers, seam sealant, patch kits should all be part of your survival kit.

8. Enjoy your adventure & don’t forget to read our check list to make sure you have got everything you need for your trip.

Useful points to remember

1. Don’t leave your tent wrapped up damp or wet for most than 12 hours. You run the risk of the canvas shrinking in the case of cotton tents. If the damp tent is either cotton or nylon it will become mildewed & if left it will rot. To dry the tent out it is advisable to peg the tent out properly to prevent shrinkage & mildew.

2. Never over tension mud flaps or inner tent pegging points. They add nothing to the structural integrity of the tent & are easily ripped.

3. Don’t pull on the mud flaps when pegging out your tent as PVC has a low tear resistance when sewn onto other materials.

4. If you are a relatively inexperienced camper it is inadvisable to attempt to pitch or take down a tent in windy conditions. The risk of structural damage to an unsecured tent in windy conditions is greatly increased.

5. Dirt, stains & birdlime can be removed by either brushing or by the application of a mind specialist tent clean solution. NEVER use detergents, you will remove the waterproofing & severely effect the strength of the material. Small aerosols of waterproofing fluid are useful for reproofing any areas that have been cleaned.

6. Zips: Never attempt to close the zips without first pulling both sides of the material together. This is particularly important when the material is wet or damp & temporarily releasing a peg to remove tension is preferable to damaging the zip teeth or runner. Zips give lengthy service if treated properly & are not subjected to undue strain. When pegging out zips always get into the habit of cross pegging the peg points at the bottom of the zip. This helps to relieve the tension on the zip NB ALL ZIPS LEAK.

7. In prolonged rain it is important that the tent is pitched ensuring the chaffing bands of the canvas are correctly sited on the framework & that no objects are in contact with the inside of the material otherwise a capillary action may occur resulting in a leak.


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