Field and Stream manufactures tents featuring a dome or tunnel design. The dome and tunnel tents are simple to erect, and use a minimum number of poles to create a sturdy shelter. Both tent styles might be erected by one person, but the help of an assistant hastens the process. The tents are designed for three-season use, and are not capable of holding large amounts of snow. The tents do withstand moderate amounts of moisture and wind.
Remove the tent from the packaging; spread out the materials on the ground. Separate the tent body, and lay it flat on the tent site. Place several rocks on the corners to prevent it from blowing away.
Assemble the tent poles by connecting the ferrules on each section. Dome tents have two main poles and one smaller pole. Tunnel tents use several poles, with the largest fitting the door and the smallest fitting the back of the tent.
Slide the two main poles through the sleeves to create an "X" on the dome tent. Slide the poles through the sleeves in a parallel fashion on the tunnel tents. Flex the poles, and place the ends in the corresponding pole pockets on the bottom of the tent. The door-pole ends share the front-corner position with another pole on tunnel-model tents.
Pull on the tent fabric to remove wrinkles and tighten the floor area. Locate the ground loops on the tent; use a rock to pound stakes through the loops.
Drape the fly over the dome tent, and attach the corner hooks to the small corner-loops. Slide the short pole through the sleeve on the front of the fly. Place the pole corners in the front-corner grommets to flex the pole and create a door awning.
- Do not use excessive force when bending the poles. The force might fracture the poles, and weaken the structure of the tent.
- Practice pitching the tent at home to prepare for the field. A short setup-time ensures you remain comfortable and dry in bad weather.
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