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help from canvas/bell tent peeps please

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millenniumfalcon Tue 04-Aug-09 23:16:27

drying a large canvas tent - say the size of a 5m bell tent - at all possible in a small terraced house with no garden of which to speak, or an utterly foolhardy endeavor?

we have a (small) spare room which is largely empty and one of those heated airer things. alternatively we could take it down the park if the weather was good, but this thing will be heavy, with a SIG too.


paisleyleaf Tue 04-Aug-09 23:20:28

Over the banister?

millenniumfalcon Tue 04-Aug-09 23:22:27

we've got a short banister we could drape part of it over, but not one of those nice long staircases unfortunately.

how long does a sopping wet tent take to dry indoors?

millenniumfalcon Wed 05-Aug-09 09:20:17

hopeful bump

MrsBadger Wed 05-Aug-09 09:53:47

we have only had ridges sans SIG and used to spread them over either the sofa or the dining table

coud you put it up in the spare room, or at least put the pole in a bucket of sand

otherwise I would say pitch it in the garden and wait for a dry day to strike it

millenniumfalcon Wed 05-Aug-09 14:32:52

pitching in garden not even slightly possible

could drape in spare room, and maybe put central pole up part way... that's sounding like the best option so far.

is still only outside chance we're going to get it though, keeping everything crossed.

millenniumfalcon Wed 05-Aug-09 15:41:21

forgot to say thanks paisley and mrs b

sarah293 Wed 05-Aug-09 18:35:56

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Slubberdegullion Wed 05-Aug-09 18:41:03


sorry to be the bearer of bad news but if this is a new canvas tent, and as it is a SIG, you will have to re-pitch it to dry it, or it will shrink and you'll never get the pole up (easily) inside.

We have a canvas with sig and I'm afraid we do have to repitch if it's wet when we strike camp. It's a monumental sod,. One of the BIG downsides of having a canvas tent I'm afraid.

You'll need to go to the park of a friends with a big garden.

MrsBadger Wed 05-Aug-09 18:46:48

I think the answer may be that This Is Not The Tent For You

sarah293 Wed 05-Aug-09 18:55:31

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Slubberdegullion Wed 05-Aug-09 19:12:37

yup, get the non SIG version or does it come in a ZIG? You can dry it out draped over stuff as Mrs B and Riven have said, but you have to be really meticulous with getting it dry, turning and airing it. If it goes back into the bag even slightly damp it'll go mouldy sad

It will still shrink a bit (if you dry it non-pitched) but you'll still be able to get the pole up inside, then stretch it out slowly by re-pegging the guys.

millenniumfalcon Wed 05-Aug-09 19:38:59

oh dear

it's not a new tent (so no option of choosing without SIG) i'll ask the current owner whether they re-pitch to dry it (presumably if they haven't done this in the past and can still erect it okay thenwe should be fine, yes?)

realistically the park isn't an option since we cant just leave it there until it's dry if it might rain for several days (weeks) in a row. no-one round here's got a garden big enough to pitch it in.

well, better find these things out before parting with any hard earned cash, right (leaving aside that i had rather got my hopes up ).

Slubberdegullion Wed 05-Aug-09 20:04:19

hmm if that's the case I would go with what Mrs B said (not being the tent for you).

Mintyy Wed 05-Aug-09 20:14:33

(am lurking as an interest in camping has recently been awoken in me so, sorry, can I be a monumental pita and ask what is a SIG and indeed what is a ZIG?)

millenniumfalcon Wed 05-Aug-09 20:20:25

but it's the oooonly tent for me <wails and gnashes teeth>

i spotted one on our last camping trip and couldn't take my eyes off it for days...

millenniumfalcon Wed 05-Aug-09 20:21:46

btw minty sig = sewn in groundsheet zig = (i guess) zip-in groundsheet

MrsBadger Wed 05-Aug-09 20:25:10

no it's not, millennium

it is beautiful but entirely impractical and you know it

[firm but kind]

Slubberdegullion Wed 05-Aug-09 20:26:32

<nods in firm but kind manner behind MrsB>

millenniumfalcon Wed 05-Aug-09 20:38:11

ha that just about sums up my life: the pursuit of one impractical but beautiful thing after another :D

i'm waiting to see what the current owner says, but from what i'm reading elsewhere it seems to be normal practice to spread these things out to dry hmm

millenniumfalcon Thu 06-Aug-09 00:07:53

woo! i have it from 2 separate sources (including the current owner) that i have no need to repitch to dry it

now to work out whether being able to have it in time for my birthday camping trip outweighs the fact that it's prolly somewhat overpriced...

sarah293 Thu 06-Aug-09 07:46:15

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seeker Thu 06-Aug-09 08:02:26

You know they say that it's no use throwing money at a problem? Well, it's not true. We threw money at the tent problem and bought one of these We have never regretted it for a moment. It's light, easy to put up, absolutely water tight, windproof, huge inside, comfortable and beautiful. We love it! The only downside it the price - we were quite rich when we bought it, and we guard it with our lives!

seeker Thu 06-Aug-09 08:02:56

And it dries out in no time flat!

sarah293 Thu 06-Aug-09 08:07:45

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