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Bubbles and tents: yes or no?

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Blu Sun 01-May-16 10:24:50

I have always banned bubbles in and around the tent, as I am sure I was told that the detergent will affect the waterproofing.

A camping AIBU !

CutYourHairAndGetAJob Sun 01-May-16 10:27:32

I don't allow them in the tent because they would get spilled everywhere but don't have a problem with them outside.

I've never heard that about waterproofing though

Berthatydfil Sun 01-May-16 10:29:39

Yes I have heard that the detergent breaks down the waterproofing although this may depend on the type of tent material you have. However others in the campsite may not appreciate it either.

Blu Sun 01-May-16 12:03:50

I would think bubbles would be very bad for canvas tents because of the
Surfactant / surface tension effect. Maybe. And all tent instructions warn against using anything other than water or specialist cleaning stuff, so I am cautious about a load of bubble mixture all over the outside,

JarethTheGoblinKing Sun 01-May-16 12:15:57

Always a big no no as far as I'm concerned.

Blu Sun 01-May-16 13:45:54

The Camping and Caravanning Club give a specific warning against it, just googled.

I had always just assumed, but not given it much thought. Then saw someone ( quite reasonably) advocating bubbles for distraction during pitching. It doesn't seem to be a well known piece of camping lore.

thesandwich Sun 01-May-16 14:24:53

In my youth I ended up spending a couple of nights sleeping in the minibus after the waterproofing on the tent was ruined by a very enthusiastic game of bubble blowing.

MiddleClassProblem Sun 01-May-16 14:26:54

I thought this was going to be about cava

Blu Sun 01-May-16 15:43:42

Right: thesandwich has settled it! Hard evidence. I was worried I was being controlling and miserable.

NOW we can talk about how to keep prosecco cold, does champagne taste right out of a tin mug, etc etc grin

JarethTheGoblinKing Sun 01-May-16 16:03:46

Definitely. If you brought bubbles to a campsite you'd be very unpopular indeed.

thesandwich Sun 01-May-16 18:30:18

Many years ago but etched on my memory! Graingers seamseal anyone? Stick to pro secco !!

Thumbcat Mon 02-May-16 19:20:21

I've never allowed bubbles when camping for that reason. Never had champers in a tin mug either - I have some thick glass tumblers for my wine.

Maryann1975 Mon 02-May-16 21:41:35

I camp a lot with the guides and scouts. I remember a rainbow guider giving her rainbows some pots of bubbles in the middle of a camping field. She got quite a telling off from one of the guide leaders for it. No bubbles near the tents!

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