How to keep your tent dry in the rain

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Blog provided by 3f UL Gear apologies for any Chinglish and poor translation. We will aim to redo this in our own words in the future. 

Many people asked me whether seam-seal the Lanshan tent with silicone glue is a must. My answer is that it depends on the situation. If you buy a non-PRO version, you don’t need to apply glue, because it has been taped in the factory and has the high-performance waterproof ability. If you buy the PRO version which is made by 2 side silicone coated Nylon, Congratulations, you will get a new skill!

This method works for any silicone ultralight tent. Not limited to Lanshan tent.

You can find something like a syringe in the package go from the Lanshan Pro, which is the best gluing tool for ordinary people we can find. Although it does not necessarily have the simplest operation, but the result must be the nicest looking.

 

This is a reliable glue. Although it doesn’t dry fast, it’s easy to buy. If you have a better choice, please tell us and we will recommend it to other hikers.

 

In this official instruction of glue, the way they apply glue is to use a small brush to smear the seam, which is also done by most people, but we do not recommend this method because it is very difficult to operate, in the end your beautiful tent will become like this:

believe it will ruin your good mood all day and curse our tent.

 

Our suggestion is to use the syringe we sent with the tent. The specific operation method is shown in the video below:

 

Sorry its chinese! but you will get the drift. English Version just below.

 

 

In English

First of all, you should set up the tent in your backyard. It must be full pitched and tighten.

After that, squeeze the glue into the syringe. According to experience, if your handicraft is good, half a tube of glue is enough. We don’t recommend applying a lot of glue, because it will increase the tent weight.

Before sealing, firstly is to make sure where need sealing. The positions that must be sealing marked with red, the optional sealing area marked with yellow, and the area that no need seam sealing showing as black. We do not recommend seal all seams, because that will increase the weight.

The operation can be carried out from top to bottom. Hold the syringe in one hand, the other hand hold waist for stability. Apply the glue evenly along the seam. In the black UHMWPE patch area, apply it with your fingers after coating to form a thin layer of glue. Remember wipe your finger with papers after that.

If you are a DIYer, it not a big thing! If not, this DIY experience will open up a new world for you.

 

After all seams are sealed, don’t hurry to package the tent. According to the performance of different glue, you need to let it dry for 1-12 hours.

 

In conclusion, If you feel that you are not good at DIY or a perfectionist, you can choose to seal only the red area, so that Lanshan Pro can also withstand in the storm.

 

Finally, if you have a better seam sealing method, please tell us to benefit more people.

Camping in the rain isn’t always a pleasant experience. There’s nothing worse than waking up in a pool of water and then having to spend the day in soggy clothes. Luckily, with a little preparation, you should be able to keep your tent dry in even the harshest of weather. Here are a few tips for keeping the rain at bay.

1. Don’t forget your groundsheet

When it comes to camping in the rain, a groundsheet is your most important piece of equipment. A groundsheet sits under your tent, forming a waterproof barrier between the inside of your tent and the ground. A properly installed groundsheet will allow rainwater to flow under or around the tent instead of seeping into the interior. If you don’t have a groundsheet, try using a waterproof tarp as an alternative. The tarp should be bigger than the tent, but you should fold the edges under your tent to prevent the pooling of water at the corners.

2. Think about the angle of your tent

When setting up your tent, you can use angles to your advantage. Putting your tent on a slight slant will cause rainwater to run around it rather than collecting underneath. If there is a strong wind, you should point the entrance of your tent away from it to prevent rainwater from blowing in.

3. Leave your fire burning

If possible, you should leave your campfire burning on rainy nights. Set up a nearby tarp to prevent the rain from putting out the fire. The fire will not only provide heat and warmth throughout the night, but will help to evaporate excess water that has collected nearby.

4. Consider a hammock

This is an extreme solution, but it’s worth remembering that a tent is not your only camping option. If you find yourself camping in a spot where the ground is completely saturated, a hammock might be your best option for keeping dry. If you’re planning to spend the night in a hammock, remember to wrap up warm, wear waterproof clothing, and keep your gear above the ground as well.

For more information and advice on camping and the outdoors, contact us at Wood to Water today.

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