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July 18, 2022American Tent Life

In this video, American Tent’s very own Tent Guru-Pete McVey, who started his tent rental company with just 2 tents, 10 tables, 100 chairs, and the dream of expanding and teaching others about the business, gives you a quick and effective explanation of web guys.

What are web guys? What are they used for? A web guy is a two inch webbing with a hand ratchet to tighten. This is the device that holds the tension, introduces the tension, and keeps the tent up when mother nature decides to play her games.

How does it work? And where does it get installed? A real quick tip on how to install a web guy: if you have a loop on one end do not just loop it over the stake, this will not work - what you need to do is create a loop, or call the choke, by pushing it through and creating a second loop and then pull it tight around the stake and actually choke it right to the stake. That's how you install a web guy.

The second half of the web guy gets attached to the top of the tent and is brought right through the ring that's on the tent. You need to bring it down, take the ratchet handle, go right through that loop — again we're choking it to the tent.

Part three of how to use a web guy: After you’ve attached it to the ground and the tent, the two pieces together need to be connected. Take the tail of the ratchet strap, slide it through the slot, go under the handle, and then just crank it until the ratchet comes around. At that point, we're locked in, but you can adjust the tent by pulling on the tail.

They're attached at the ground, over the stake, and the web guy runs up and attaches to the tent. Using a hand ratchet, you can introduce tension into the tent to make it tighter and hold it in place — just by cranking on the hand ratchet.

American Tent has added new enhancements to our pole tents. We've added a length of the strap in the ring so that we can attach the web guy there. The reason for this is that people that have web guys with hooks on them can now hook into the ring, whereas otherwise, you could not hook into the ring. This also gives you a much easier installation. In summary, a web guy attaches from the ground to the tent, holds the tent in place, is very easy to use, very clean, very simple, and once again - available from American Tent.

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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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