As with any investment, you want to get the most out of your tent. You want it to last and pay for itself many times over. At American Tent, we’re here to help you safely store and protect your tent so that it looks great for years to come. We encourage you to share this with your staff and make sure everyone is properly trained on how to store your tent, how to store tent poles, and storing your tent for winter. The time you take now to learn these techniques will pay dividends later.
We hope you will learn from and share this blog--so that you and your tents can enjoy many years of good health.
How to Store a Tent
The first thing you need to know about storing your tent is summed up in two words: DROP CLOTH. You need a drop cloth. You may not think you need a drop cloth (“The ground is dry!” “It’s just grass!” “This parking lot is clean!”), but trust us, you do. Drop cloths are the literal foundations of good tent husbandry.
Why do you need a drop cloth for your tent? Drop cloths reduce the likelihood of:
- Pinholes--you know as well as we do that tiny pinholes make huge problems
- Tears--the easiest way to kiss your investment goodbye
- Dirt and grass stains
- Mystery residue from a surface you thought was safe
American Tent sells two types of drop cloths:
Duck Cloth is a 10 oz heavy duty, canvas-like material that stands up to repeated use. It’s great for asphalt and other dry surfaces.
Our Royal Blue Poly is a lighter weight, water resistant option. It stores easily and is ideal dewy grass and all other surfaces, wet or dry.
Both of our drop cloth options are 22’ x 44’ and feature double-stitched hems with overlocked stitching at the panels.
The setup and take down process can make or break a tent--literally. Placing your tent tops directly on the ground is never a good idea. A tent on the ground is at extreme risk for pinholes, dirt, and other disasters. Protect your tent from damage with a drop cloth from American Tent.
It’s in the Bag
The next thing you need to know about storing your tent is the importance of its bag. We send our tents out in protective vinyl bags. These aren’t just for attractive packaging! These bags are essential for the safe storage of your tent.
Always put your tent top back in the bag supplied. This will keep it protected from hazardous situations (and keep it looking cute). Our bags are made from the same material as our tents themselves. To return your tent to the bag, be sure to fold it the long way as many times as you can, then roll it up like a sleeping bag. Easy? Yes. Important? Definitely.
While you should still use your dropcloth when setting up and taking down sidewalls, it isn’t as critical. After all, rain won’t come pouring in through a small rip or tear in your sidewalls. Even so, handle with care. Rolling your sidewalls is the best way to store them and prevent damage.
How to Store Tent Poles
We’ve seen some inspirational systems for tent pole storage--beautiful structures designed exclusively to cradle poles while they wait for their next assignment. But basically all you have to do is make sure you handle them with care. Stack them on top of each other, but be sure to not clang or scrape them together. Nor should you use your tent poles to reenact famous moments in Olympic javelin history. Use common sense and treat those poles with respect.
How to Store a Tent for Winter
Keep your tent comfortable! Beware of extreme temperatures: too hot and your tent can be damaged, too cold and your tent could crack. Extreme cold is especially dangerous for our window vinyl. Freezing cold temperatures can cause it to crack. Now, you don’t need to be tucking your tent into a nice cozy bed every night, but do take care. Store tents in a sheltered place where the temperature will stay above freezing. And don’t forget to roll your tent whenever possible. This will reduce the risk of cracking under any circumstances.
A Note on Cleaning
Always put away your tent in a clean and dry condition. Make sure the cleaners you use are safe for your tent material and that they are completely wiped down before you roll up your tent and put it back in its bag.
Save Your Tent, Save Your Money
As much as we love our repeat customers here at American Tent, we never want to see you having to replace your tent because of avoidable damage. Don’t forget to use a dropcloth, store your tent in the bag provided, keep it clean, and keep it from exposure to extreme temperatures. As for poles, remember they are part of your investment as well, and no one likes scratched up tent poles. Store them respectfully as well. Follow these tips and treat your tent like the superstar it us to keep your investment look sharp year after year.