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July 11, 2022American Tent Life

In this article, American Tent’s very own Tent Guru-Pete McVey, who has always had a passion for creating beautiful, easy to use tents for events, gives you a quick and effective explanation of pole pads.

A pole pad, which is often referred to as a mud block or as a plywood square, is a piece of plywood, typically measuring approximately 6”x 6” or 8”x 8”. What is it used for? It disperses the load of the side pole across the ground that it's sitting on so that it can't sink.

Normally, when the ground gets wet, it will sink into the ground and release the tension of the tent, causing the tent to fail. However, with a simple piece of plywood, easily laid on the ground for the pole to sit atop, the weight is dispersed over the ground and the pole doesn’t sink into the ground.

If you think you can benefit from a pole pad, look no further! American Tent is one of the few tent companies that will sell you pole pads. Contact us today to hear more about our tent options for your next special event!

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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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