How to set up a stretch tent

Step by Step

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Once you have allocated your tent site make sure the ground is clear of any debris (i.e., sharp sticks, rocks, anything that could pierce or damage the fabric), lay down your ground sheet.
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Place the tent in the middle of the ground sheet, open the bag and roll the tent out.
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Once the tent is laid out decide on your tent configuration. Stretch tents are very versatile and can be set up in various styles. For this exercise we will go with a ‘floating canopy’ option (all sides up).
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Place your triangular corner rigging plates 3m out from the corners (following diagonal lines of the tent). Make sure the anchor points (curved up lips of the base plates) are facing the tent.
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Using 8 x 1000mm/32mm dome top rebar stakes and 8 x 750mm/32mm dome top rebar stake (2 of each for every base plate) and sledge the stakes through the holes in the base plates into the ground to secure them.
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Clip 3 x 25kn Screw Gate Carabiners on each base plate.
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Attach 6m of 8mm system rope OR downline ratchet tensioning kit to the corner rings (or lug) of your tent.
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Tension each corner.
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Attach the 13mm circumference rope to the anchoring points on the base plates.
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Out rigger poles are then clipped to the sides of the tent (either to circumference rope or directly to the lugs) by using carabiners that are clipped onto the steel caps on top of each pole. These outrig poles can be 2.5m or 3m, depending on the size of your tent and desired configuration.
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Once clipped on, poles are then pushed up using pole lifter (AKA the wanger).
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Once outrigs are in place your tent should be partly off the ground.
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Centre poles and king poles can be installed
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Amount of centre poles and king pole vary from 3.5m all the way up to 7m. Once again, this depends on the size of the tent.
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Once decided where you want to place your centre poles push it up against the canvas until it’s locked in place. Then with a pole lifter and a little bit of muscle push the pole into an upright position.
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Once king and centre poles are in place, knock in 1000mm rebar hook stakes (3m away from 3m poles OR 2.5m away from 2.5m pole) and tension the outrig poles to them using 8mm system rope or downline ratchet tensioning kit.
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Once outrig poles are tensioned, make sure all your center poles are straightened using pole lifter as they tend to shift during tensioning.
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Storm straps can now be installed by throwing them over the tent and tensioning with ratchets to add extra downward tension to the tent.
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The storm straps are tensioned by using ratchet heads that are attached to 1200mm/35mm stakes.
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Once this is completed stake covers can be added as a final touch.

How to de-rig a tent

1
Remove all stake covers.
2
Loosen all ropes and storm straps.
3
Remove center poles using pole handle.
4
Lay down ground sheet.
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Remove outrigger poles.
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Loosen rope or downline ratchet tensioning kit on the corners.
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Remove the rope or downline ratchet tensioning kit from the tent.
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Fold the tent and place it in its bag. Make sure the tent is dry, never pack it damp.
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Remove all the stakes using stake puller.
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Lift the base plates using base plate jack to create sufficient space for stake puller to pull stakes out of the ground.
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Remove all carabiners from ropes and base plates.
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Roll up all rope neatly and pack away ready for the next install.