If you are looking for ways to make your tent last a few years, we have some tips to help you do just that.
Even though most tents are shipped with seams that are sealed, it’s always a good idea to seal them a second time after buying the tent. Just plan to do it after getting the tent home set it up for the first time, which is a good idea anyways to make sure you have all the parts you need.
Make sure you put enough of a seal on the seams and let it dry a few hours longer than the product recommends. I have noticed that it can be dry but feel a bit sticky and leaving it a few more hours can help fully dry.
You can use a product like Texsport Waterproof Seam Sealer to seal the seams of your tent.
Having a tarp under the tent is always a good idea, it keeps the bottom away from wet grass in the morning or even sharp objects. Getting a good, quality tarp does not need to cost a lot, you can find some here for a good price.
Unless you plan on using it on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to set it up after every trip and let it dry completely before storing it away. Always store you tent in a dry place for the off season to prevent mold from growing.
Also think about buying a bigger bag to store the tent in. I don’t know about you, but constantly cramming the tent in the bag it came in is never fun and seems like you can ruin the tent that way. Get a bag slightly bigger than the one it came in and you can save some hassle as well.