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    Had to DIM on Friday due to various reasons when I arrived at the KZN GTG venue. Never tried it but the only worrying thing was lifting the dome once a pole is in it's hole. I hooked two on one side in and carefully lifted while inserting the third and fourth one. So it can be done and took me about 15 minutes.
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    Practice makes perfect

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0000ms View Post
    Practice makes perfect
    Indeed, even the two teenage daughters can pitch it by themselves and pack it away once done, they get enough practice
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    The most important things are to put pegs in the corners before attaching the tent to the frame and to fold the tent up like an envelope. It should easily lift up when attaching it to the frame.

    The process I always use with my 3m:

    1) Lay out the tent as required
    2) Pegs in the 4 corners
    3) Insert the frame over the tent
    4) Open the door
    5) Stand in the door, lift up the tent and attach the top 4 hooks
    6) Starting from the top, attach all the hooks spiraling downwards

    Packing away exactly the reversal, but fold it up neatly like an envelope.
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    I do similar with my Tentco 3m, but I saw on the Canvas and Tent (and I think the Campmor) domes that there is a strap attached to the top of the centre of the tent which you tie to the cross at the centre of the spring steel poles before you put them into the corner eyelets. I attached a small Flexi Tie on two of the eyelets of the tent right at the top hooks. I attach these to the two spring steel poles opposite one another (the one arc of the bow) and then also attach the two closest s hooks onto all four poles before putting the spring steel poles into the base of the tent. I find this easier when I'm pitching the tent on my own. It prevents the spring steel poles from having a mind of their own like an octopus on roller skates when pitching on your own

    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    The most important things are to put pegs in the corners before attaching the tent to the frame and to fold the tent up like an envelope. It should easily lift up when attaching it to the frame.

    The process I always use with my 3m:

    1) Lay out the tent as required
    2) Pegs in the 4 corners
    3) Insert the frame over the tent
    4) Open the door
    5) Stand in the door, lift up the tent and attach the top 4 hooks
    6) Starting from the top, attach all the hooks spiraling downwards

    Packing away exactly the reversal, but fold it up neatly like an envelope.

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    George, you have obviously done it a few times!

    I watched in amazement last weekend as 3 people tried the following procedure:

    Roll out tent
    Lay out frame on top, flat
    securely tie the apex to the frame junction
    attempt to lift (!)

    I had to intervene with your system ....

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    Bought myself the Bundutec Nomad 3x3 Canvas last week and test-pitched it this weekend.

    Roll it out and secure the 4 corners, lay out the X-frame and start putting poles in. Open door and tie off the the top, clip hooks and all done.

    Removing was just and easy, fold like envelop, uses poles to check bags size, roll and put in bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Had to DIM on Friday due to various reasons when I arrived at the KZN GTG venue. Never tried it but the only worrying thing was lifting the dome once a pole is in it's hole. I hooked two on one side in and carefully lifted while inserting the third and fourth one. So it can be done and took me about 15 minutes.
    Hi Riaan

    Can you vouch for the quality of the Tentco tent and is it totally rain proof etc.

    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plonker View Post
    Hi Riaan

    Can you vouch for the quality of the Tentco tent and is it totally rain proof etc.

    Regards

    Peter
    Yes and yes, once the canvas has "sealed" which one does by wetting it and letting dry before use.

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    I have a 3x3 Tentco and have been in a bad thunder storm that lasted a entire night and we were bone dry just had a bit of condensation on tent when you touch it. Great tent.

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    I use this product every other year as a preventative measure.

    https://www.outdoorwarehouse.co.za/p...proof-1lt/6473

    http://www.campmoroutdoor.co.za/tent-accessories/
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    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    How is this applied DC?
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    Default Re: Tentco 3x3 pitching by yourself

    Good advice. Another trick a guy showed me. After

    1. Laying out and pegging the corners
    2. Install the cross supports
    3. Walking on the groundsheet in the door space, take hold of the middle of the cross and twist it so that the whole thing goes down toward the ground.
    4. Attach one of each top hooks and let it go. It goes up lifting the tent upright.
    5. Then connect the rest of the hooks.

    This makes it easier for older folk or people with back issues. You do not have to lift the hold the tent while you put the hooks on the frame.

    We have a Tentco Senior (3x3) and a Tentco 1.4m RTT with side skirt. Both are 100% waterproof and have been rain tested. Great products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    How is this applied DC?
    One is an aerosol can that you just spray on when needed. (I take one with when camping for just in case)

    The others you paint on with a normal paint brush.

    The 1liter is sufficient for a 3x3.

    This stuff really seals a canvas tent well.

    The same product is available for nylon tents.
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    Thanks DC, I'll look at getting some. When I still did weekly camps with nylon tents a can of silicone aerosol was always in the bakkie. My 3 man dome ended up being very waterproof as whenever I saw a leaking area I sprayed that on. On the seams where the stitching unravels a dab of shoe glue works a treat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plonker View Post
    Hi Riaan

    Can you vouch for the quality of the Tentco tent and is it totally rain proof etc.

    Regards

    Peter
    I have the Bushtec one and these things are solid in terms of being weatherproof once sealed. Mine stood dead-still in a storm where the other tents wanted to fly away. After a very heavy night of rain (my tent's first time in the rain) I had little more than a tablespoon of water in my tent.
    For what it's worth, Tentco, Campmor and Bushtec are very much the same quality and build.

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    Many thanks George for sharing-we have been using one for a number of years-can make it through mayor storms. When new, it leaks-also suggests that you pitch your tent, hose it and let it dry-will then be water proof.
    NB Remember to watch out for thorn branches near the tent that may result in a hole and possible leaks. These tents are heavy but very solid [ looking forward to Bakgatla camp this coming week-end]

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    Default Re: Tentco 3x3 pitching by yourself

    Find that by just tipping tent over once the conners have been fixed in and popping on the top three spring clips then pick up tent to normal position and pop on clips, and boy do theses spring clips give you a painful exercise, so use a multi tool (Stanley) to help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old ballie View Post
    Find that by just tipping tent over once the conners have been fixed in and popping on the top three spring clips then pick up tent to normal position and pop on clips, and boy do theses spring clips give you a painful exercise, so use a multi tool (Stanley) to help
    Apparently there are "newer" clips that is a lot easier to hook? I have no problem with ours!
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