My ‘new’ tent looks to be a nice one

I love Freecycle. I picked up a tent a couple of years back, and finally pitched it this weekend. I was told it was broken when I picked it up, so that’s why I’ve waited so long to pitch it. I needed an excuse to want to mess with it.

The excuse is that I am dog-sitting my parents dog right now, and this tent is a ‘dog friendly’ style.

The elastic shock cords that hold the tent poles together are completely shot. I’d guess that this means the tent is quite old or was stored in a hot place maybe?

The tent is otherwise like new. I bent the light weight stakes putting them into my recently rain-softened ground than they were already. There isn’t any dirt on or in the tent. A lot of the sewn loops look like they have never been used. I think the tent was pitched once, packed up, and never used!

Julie in the new tent
Julie in the new tent
Bella checking out Julie in the new tent
Bella checking out Julie in the new tent
The girls liking their new digs
The girls liking their new digs
Bella playing hide and seek
Bella playing hide and seek
There she is!
There she is!
The best I can figure, is this here is the broken part on the tent.
The best I can figure, is this here is the broken part on the tent.
The tie-out is supposed to look like this, so the tent pole has a pin to clip to.
The tie-out is supposed to look like this, so the tent pole has a pin to clip to.
This is the 'doggy den' feature of the tent and a small dog-door
This is the ‘doggy den’ feature of the tent and a small dog-door
She sure loves hide and seek!
She sure loves hide and seek!
The tent looks pretty sharp
The tent looks pretty sharp
Hanging out in the tent, enjoying a snack
Hanging out in the tent, enjoying a snack
The doggy den is an awesome play tunnel
The doggy den is an awesome play tunnel

 

Lucy checking things out
Lucy checking things out
The girls love the tent
The girls love the tent
Lucy likes the tent too
Lucy likes the tent too
The little ones
The little ones
So ready to go camping!
So ready to go camping!

I am going to make a ring with the tent pole pin and install it to the loop that lacks that device. The poles are going to get spray painted a different color for each pole so I can sort the pieces of poles easily.

I’m going to hose the tent down and see how water proof it is.

Once fixed up, this may become my main tent while the kids are little because that built in play tunnel is just so darn fun!

2 Replies to “My ‘new’ tent looks to be a nice one”

    1. Yep, I still got the big guy. It’s getting tired, I’ve had to re-waterproof it and find a new bag for it. I carried it a mile into the woods last summer. It is 47 lbs. Horrendous to carry out after it rained.
      This one packs down to 2/3rds the size bag and weighs less. The kids like the ‘igloo’ door meant for dogs, so I will likely use the Coleman for a few years until I need the extra room that the bigger tent provides.

      Maybe I can use the tunnel to connect the two? Interesting idea….

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