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August 01, 2022American Tent Life



American Tent’s very own Tent Guru, Pete McVey, who opened his tent company with just 2 tents, 10 tables, 100 chairs, and the goal of growing and educating others on the industry, gives you an easy-to-follow explanation of jumper lines. 

A jumper line is a piece of rope that keeps the tent from jumping off of the side pole — hence the name jumper line. When the wind blows, there’s a chance that the tent can move up and down and eventually jump right off of the pole. Not to mention, as it comes back down, instead of landing right back where it should, it can easily fall elsewhere and rip a hole in your tent. 

So how do you solve that? Make sure your jumper lines are nice and tight! Pull the jumper line

down, nice and tight, then come around the pole and go back in between the pole and the

jumper line, and then pull it down so that it gets tight. The next thing you do is wrap the excess rope around the pole, going around and around until you run out of rope. Lastly, tuck the end of the piece or rope and pull it down a little. 

Once that's done and you tighten the tent up, that pole is going nowhere! If you’re interested in learning more or are looking to purchase some tents, give American Tent a call today!

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Tony Ehrbar

Owner & CEO

Tony's entrepreneurial spirit is woven into the fabric of American Tent (an Inc 5000 company), shaped by his experience running a successful event venue & tent rental service. His recognition as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 is a testament to his impact & dedication to his community. As the Co-founder and CEO of Renegade Plastics, Tony is leading initiatives in the tent industry to integrate eco-friendly, recyclable materials. Contributing as a board member for the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) & the Green Bay Area Public Schools Foundation and being featured by Entrepreneur, Oracle, & Modern Weddings, Tony plays a pivotal role in enhancing the growth and success of the textile industry.

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