May 5, 2009 2:09pm CST
My husband and I have a trip planned for this summer. We both are huge fans of camping. So to save a few bucks and add some extra enjoyment, we decided to go camping instead of staying in a hotel. One of the reasons we hadnt been camping before was we didnt own our own tent. We finally found a good deal on a 4-person tent. (It is only the 2 of us right now, but we would eventually like to have children and plan on taking them camping as well.) I remember always having to waterproof tents when I was younger. I have looked through all of the information we got with the new tent but cant find any information on this! Do you always waterproof a new tent? Do they now come waterproofed initially and you just have to reapply as needed? I dont want to go camping and end up wet in the tent!
• United States
11 Aug 09
All new tents come treated with a water proof coating. However, prior to your first camping trip you should set the tent up in your yard and spray it down with a water hose and let it sit in the sun to completely dry. This is important because though all tents come water proof the seams will tighten up and become completely water proof once they are wet. This is also good to ensure that you guys know how to set the tent up to avoid any unnecessary arguments. Also i suggest setting the tent up once a year from now on and giving it a good washing let it dry and retreating with a water repellent such as Camp Dry. You should also consider putting a ground tarp under the tent to keep the tent floor from being damaged or torn- it also helps to prevent stubbed toes!