How To Set Up A Hoop Tent
Setting Up A Hoop Tent
The first step in knowing how to setup a hoop tent would be to make sure all the necessary components are there. This is best done before leaving for that big outing. Once satisfied that everything is there, it is time for that well planned outing.
To begin the set up process, fully spread the tent evenly out over the ground. Then, stake the four corners so they pull directly out of the center of the hoop tent. Next pull the two end part out and stake them as well. Completely assemble the hoop tent poles. Position the hoop tent poles length wise down the center of the hoop tent. Then, insert the end points into the end points slots. Next position the top cross poles into position to brace the hoop tent over structure by clipping the tent to the supporting poles. The hoop tent has exterior clips for this purpose. This process begins by simply starting at one end and working back completely to the other end. Make sure the cross poles are securely in place given the tent its completed shape. For extra support, the tent assembler can add more cross support poles by inserting them into the receiver of the tent and insert them in the anchor grummets already in use.
If the conditions are dry and the climate is warm, the hoop tent can be used without the rain flap. This allows maximum ventilation as well as protection from insects. Once the rain liner is clipped to the frame, lay the liner flat over the tent and loosen the webbing straps. Connect the tips of the hubed cross member into the rain attachment grummets. Then, secure the rain liner using the side release buckles. When all the straps are connected, tension them all to ensure that they are all snug. Then, pull tightly on all the vestibules and stake them down. This adds further stability to the tent. To increase airflow through the tent, prop open the air vents.
To protect the tent floor while camping on rough ground, an optional tent flooring footprint can be used. To save on weight when hiking, only the rain liner and the optional foot print need to be taking along. To setup the optional footprint, lay down the footprint with the logo facing upward. This is because the material on the opposite side is design to be place on the ground, even over rough terrain when there is nothing else. Then stake out the four corners and the two end points. Next lay out the main hub poles and insert the pole tips into the eyelets at the ends of the footprints. Layout the rain liner upside down and connect the side release buckles to one end of the footprint. Next pull the rain liner over the poles connecting the tips of the poles to the grummets on the rain liner. Secure the rain liner at the other end of the footprint by connecting the side release buckles. To complete this lightweight setup, it is a good idea to stakeout the guide ropes and vestibules to add support to the tents structure.
There is a number of ways in which to pack up a tent such as rolling it, folding it or stuffing it. Any of these techniques are acceptable. Here is on suggested technique that works rather well: when breaking down the poles, it is best to start in the middle and break them down in half. This evenly stretches the internal stretch cord insuring a long life to the equipment. This also makes it easier to separate the poles. Stretch the tent out flat and fold inward trying also to keep it evenly matching the back. At this point it is good to brush off any dirt. Fold the rain liner to match the tent inner and lay it on top. Place the pegs and the poles in the center of the tent. Fold the tent and the rain liner over the pole and pegs and roll it up tightly. Finally, do not store the tent wet. If there is no other choice, then as soon as possible unpack your tent and separate all the components so they can dry completely before storing. This will prevent mildew which leads to mold and staining not to mention the unearthly smell. Also, mold and mildew can cause irreversible damage to the tent material. Once thoroughly satisfied that drying is complete, repack everything for proper storage.
This is a thorough and complete outline on how to setup a hoop tent. The steps outlined are simply and basic. Although the steps may be altered some the setup is basically self-explanatory and will easily get the camper or campers where they need to be. Now that you are armed with everything you need to know to setup a hoop tent it's time to enjoy the great outdoors.