You want your camping trip to be fun, go as planned, and every piece of gear to function perfectly. However, sometimes the extremes presented by Mother Nature don’t mix well with the outdoors equipment.
Tears, leaks, holes, cracks, and breaks do happen especially if the gear is regularly exposed to the wild weather. One common equipment failure that spells disaster for a camping adventure is a broken tent pole.
Of course, this is a painful mishap, as it could mean nights out in the cold for the entire trip. Good thing is that it can be conquered. With a little tent pole repair know- how, you can bring your pole back to shape and proceed with your tent setup as planned. Keep reading to find out how!
Use A Repair Sleeve
Almost every tent comes with a repair sleeve and making use of it will be the fastest and easiest way to fix your pole. A tent repair sleeve is designed in a way that it can easily be taped or wedged over the broken part of the pole. Though it provides a temporary fix, this handy little tool should never be left out on your camping checklist.
How to fix a tent pole using a repair sleeve? Follow these simple steps.
- Take the broken pole parts and line them up. If your pole is just bent not completely broken, straighten the bend gently.
- Slip the repair splint over the end of the pole and move it to the middle of the bend or break. If there are any splayed edges, bend them with a rock or a pair of pliers to make it easier for the sleeve to slide over.
- Tape the ends of the sleeve with a strong binding. A duct tape will get the job done. If the crack is right at the point where one pole joins the next, you will need to wrap both pole parts together. However, this will give you a little trouble when folding the poles for storage when you unhitch the tent.
Use Tent Stakes
Pole repair sleeves are easy tools to forget when packing for a camping trip and especially if it is your first time camping. But this doesn’t mean you can’t have a tent pole repair if you ever needed some.
Stakes are great and could save your pole as long as you have a strong rope or tape to bind things up nicely. To get started:
- Get the broken sections of your pole and line them up just like in step 1 above. Straighten the pole if it is just bent but not completely broken.
- Take the stake and align it at the center of the break or bend.
- Bind the ends with a tape or any other strong binding material you might have.
But wait. If you don’t have any extra stakes and you really need some quick tent pole repair, don’t worry, even a tree branch can save the day.
What If The Shock Cord Is Broken?
True, the cord can snap too when you are out there in the wild! Good thing is that you can solve the problem, though temporarily, by assembling the broken pole sections and still have a great night with Mother Nature. However, you will need to have it replaced once you get back home. To install a new shock cord:
- Lay the pole straight on a flat surface and mark its different sections to avoid mixing them up.
- Using a pair of scissors, cut the original cord and pull it out from one pole end. Keep an eye on any piece of metal that may be attached to it, as you will need these for the new cord.
- Lay the old cord next to the new one to make sure the length of the latter matches that of the former.
- Make a knot on one end of the cord and slip the other end inside the pole sections. Make a knot at the end of the last pole section so that the shock cord doesn’t slide back inside.
- Check to see that the pole sections are lined properly and the cord sits snuggly in the completely assembled pole. If the cord is loose, cut a few inches of it checking how firm it gets with each snip. Make sure it doesn’t get too short though.
- If everything looks good, fold up the tent pole from the center toward the end and pack it up for storage.
Make Do Without
Well, this may sound a little scary but seriously, if you only got one pole broken and none of the quick pole fixes we have mentioned above seem to work, you may need to compromise your comfort. If you can pitch the tent without the snapped pole, do it. Yes, it may slum a little bit and the inside may get less roomy but this is way better than no shelter at all.
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So there you got it – the fastest, easiest and cheapest tent pole repair tricks. Next time you burst your pole in the wild, hopefully you can utilize some of the advice laid out here to get it back in shape.
We want you to sleep inside your portable shelter, not on top of it while cursing the night for being too long. So keep these tips handy and you will have an amazing night in the woods.
- How To Repair Tent Pole Elastic Cord, instructables.com