A lot of campers assume that once they buy a tent, they’re protected from all the weather elements. But this isn’t always true. Even camping tents that allege to be waterproof can develop a leak. That’s why it’s advisable to ensure your tent is waterproof when preparing to go camping.
Often, people go to great lengths to prepare for that perfect camping trip, including making sure their hiking boots are waterproof, but they forget to waterproof their tent.
The last thing you’d want is to be caught in a rainstorm, miles from civilization, with a leaking tent. This will not only be uncomfortable but you can also catch a serious cold from sleeping under a leaking roof.
Isn’t Factory Waterproofing Enough?
Just because your tent comes waterproofed from the factory doesn’t necessarily imply that every inch of it is. Factories apply a sealant in specific areas, mainly the rain fly and floor. Other areas may include the bottom foot of the wall. Therefore, you can’t solely depend on that waterproofing.
Factory waterproofing works well initially, but with time, the coating wears out and your tent starts to leak.
How Can You Waterproof Your Tent Floor?
The first step is to purchase a good sealant that’s specially meant for tents. Then, confirm that the waterproofing sealant is meant for camping equipment. Read the instructions carefully before you apply the product on your tent. You might need to add water before beginning.
After preparing the sealant, apply one or two coats on the tent flooring. Timing is critical. Don’t wait for the first coat to dry out completely before applying the second one. Instead, to add extra protection, apply the second coat as the first one is drying. If you have a larger tent, it’s best to apply the first coat to half the tent then apply the second one before moving to the other half of your tent.
Where Should You Waterproof Your Tent?
Most times, the factory waterproof’s the tent flooring on the inside. It’s; therefore, advisable to waterproof your outside flooring.
In addition to waterproofing your tent, the following tips will keep your tent dry:
- Always vent the tent to allow any condensation to escape.
- Place a camp flooring under the tent. This helps to prevent abrasives such as twigs and rocks from causing wear and tear to your tent.
- If possible, set up the tent on higher ground. This will direct the groundwater away from your tent.
- Ensure your tent’s rain fly has good coverage.
- To prevent mildew, pack the tent dry.
- Carry your rain gear in case everything else fails.
- If your tent floor is leaking, place a tarp inside to keep your tent flooring dry.
- Before applying the waterproofing sealant, your tent needs to be completely dry. The sealant will stick better on a dry surface.
- Don’t put your tent in a dryer. This may weaken it.
- Proper maintenance will keep your tent floor dry.
- If you often use your tent, you will need to waterproof it regularly.