CARING FOR YOUR BLACKWOLF TENT
Your tent is your home away from home when you are camping, follow these few simple tips and it will last for many years and many enjoyable camping trips.
Read and follow the pitching and packing instructions
Every BlackWolf tent comes with pitching and packing instructions read and follow these directions for a simple and stress free start to your camping holiday. Always pitch your tent at home before taking it camping for the first time or if you haven’t used it for a while to familiarise yourself with the process it is much easier to do this for the first time in your backyard on a fine day just in case you have to do it in the dark or in the rain when you arrived at your campsite. If your tent has flexible poles that are connected with stretchy elastic always assemble the sections one by one and make sure each pole end is fitted into the next one. When packing flexible poles start from the middle so the tension on the elastic is distributed evenly.
NEVER store your tent wet
If possible allow your tent to dry thoroughly before packing it up at the end of your camping trip. There will often be some condensation on the inside of the fly and dampness from the ground underneath the floor even if you have only had fine weather during your trip.
There are times when you have no choice but to pack up your tent while it is still wet, this is OK but you should get the tent back out and dry it as soon as you can. If a tent is stored wet mould and mildew can quickly start to form and the waterproof PU coating can be damaged if waterlogged for an extended time.
When you get home it is a good idea to get your tent out and air it to be completely sure it is dry before storing it in a dry cool place.
Protect your tent from strong sunlight
Extended time in the sun will eventually damage all tent fabrics, if you are camping for a week or two in one place it is preferable for your tent to be in the shade for at least part of the day. The more you can keep your tent out of the sun the longer it will last but for most of us we can only dream of spending so much time camping that our tent wears out so don’t worry to much about it. Your BlackWolf tent is not designed or intended to be used for permanent accommodation.
Keep you tent clean
While you are camping keep the floor inside your tent clear of sand, dirt and debris as much as possible, a small dust pan and broom are great for sweeping out the floor area or if you really can’t leave the comforts of home a small rechargeable vacuum cleaner works well too. It is also a good idea to have everyone take their shoes off when inside the tent to help keep the inside clean. Keep an eye out for bird droppings or tree sap on your tent fly and clean these off with water and a sponge as soon as possible.
If you camp in coastal areas where your tent is exposed to salty sea breezes you should pitch your tent when you get home and give it a good rinse off with the hose. Taking extra care to rinse and dry all metal components like pegs, pole ferrules and the knuckles and frame of Turbo Tents.
If your tent gets dirty or muddy a fresh water rinse and wiping with a sponge (non-abrasive) or use a soft scrubbing brush being careful not to scrub the PU coated side of the fabric (the inside). Avoid using soap or detergent if possible, for stubborn dirt or stains use a small amount of soap (not detergent) or a specially formulated outdoor gear cleaner (available at outdoor shops). Rinse thoroughly after washing especially if you have used soap or other cleaners and of course make sure your tent is completely dry before packing away for storage.
Is my tent still waterproof? Do I need to treat it?
Your tent has a DWR (Durable Water Repellant) treatment on the outside, this helps rain bead up and run off (like a freshly waxed car) after a while this will become less effective and can be refreshed with a silicone spray (you tent will still be waterproof even after the DWR becomes less effective). The main waterproofing of your tent fly fabric and most floors is a PU (polyurethane) coating on the inside of the fabric which forms a barrier stopping water from passing through so even if the fabric ‘wets out’ water cannot get through. This coating can break down if your tent is stored wet for an extended period of time so it is vital that your tent is completely dry when stored away. After years of use the PU coating may start to fail a reproofing spray available from camping stores can be used to re-waterproof the fabric and extend the life of your tent. It is easy to confuse condensation on the inside of your tent with leaking, condensation occurs in still, humid conditions, you can read more about it in our ‘Condensation it tents’ article. An easy way to test whether your tent fabric is still waterproof is to place a bucket underneath a section of fabric, create a bowl shape by pushing some fabric into the bucket and pour some water on top, give it a few minutes then check to see if any of the water has gotten through into the bucket. If the bucket is dry your tent is waterproof and the ‘leaking’ you experienced was most likely condensation, if water has gotten through the fabric then it is time for re-proofing or if your tent hasn’t been used much contact BlackWolf customer service to arrange a warranty assessment.