Frequently Asked Questions

When should I re-proof my tent?

We tend to suggest that if it isn't broken, don't fix it.  New tents have a fantastic waterproofing agent that should last many years. However, if you do want re-proof you just in case then as a general guideline, if you use your tent for 2 or 3 weeks per year, it is recommended that you re-proof it every other year.

If you've purchased a second-hand tent, it is suggested to proof it before use, but if you prefer, you can use it first and observe how it performs. To test your tent's waterproofing, a useful tip is to pitch it in your garden and spray it continuously with a hosepipe on low pressure. After a thorough hosing, inspect the interior of the tent for any signs of leaks. This simple practice will prevent you from discovering any leaks when you're already at the campsite.

What does HH mean on a tent?

The acronym HH denotes Hydrostatic Head, which simply indicates the level of waterproofness of your tent's fabric. The higher the HH value, the more waterproof the tent is.

Is it safe to cook inside my tent?

No, it is never safe to cook inside your tent due to several reasons, including the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. Cooking inside the tent can also cause unpleasant smells to linger, making it difficult to eliminate them. If your tent has an open porch or canopy, it is recommended to cook there instead.

Our family tent made of polyester is quite spacious, but during hot days, the interior can become uncomfortably warm. What can we do to cool it down?

There are several things you can do. Start by opening all doors and securing them with just the mesh doors to keep insects out. Keep all air vents fully open too. This will improve air circulation and help cool down the tent's interior.

Can I pitch my tent under a tree?

Pitching your tent under an overhanging tree, especially during hot weather, is not recommended. This is because the tree may release greenfly larvae or sap that could cling to your tent's fabric and make it sticky. If packed away, this could lead to mold spots. It is advisable to pitch your tent away from overhanging trees whenever possible.

How can I prevent my tent carpet from sliding around on the tent floor?

One effective solution is to use heavy-duty Velcro at each corner.

What should I do if my tent gets ripped in the middle of a camping Holiday?

It's always a good idea to carry a roll of high-quality tear-aid tape in your camping gear. If your tent gets ripped, simply apply enough strips of the tear-aid tape to the affected area, and it should hold up. If you don't have any tear-aid tape, you can use duct tape instead, which will serve as a temporary fix until you can get home.

What are some tips for camping in the rain?

Even if you're faced with rainy weather, you can still have a great time camping with some preparation. Here are some tips to help:

  • Use large tarps to create covered areas where you can sit outside.
  • Bring plenty of large polythene sacks for covering and wrapping items.
  • If your tent has an open porch or sun canopy, park your car underneath it for unloading.
  • Make sure to use all the guy lines to keep the tent canvas taut, so that water runs off and doesn't pool on top.
  • Ensure that your tent footprint is fully covered by your tent, so that exposed footprints don't lead to water pooling underneath.
  • Check the forecast ahead of time using websites like the MET Office, and consider making alternative plans if heavy rain or strong winds are predicted.