How Do I Set Up a Dome Tent?

How Do I Set Up a Dome Tent?
The dome tent is a popular style of tent that is great for all types of camping. Named for its shape, the dome tent uses two or more poles to provide a freestanding tent structure. The dome tent offers protection from wind, rain and possibly snow. Though specific instructions will vary from tent to tent, some basic skills will help you put together your dome tent quickly and efficiently.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Find a good location. Ideally find a spot on flat, soft ground where you can easily stake the tent out. Avoid locations that are at the foot of a hill, as water can leak down into your tent. Also consider the direction of the wind and any natural shading to get the most comfortable location.
Step 2
Clean any rocks, sticks and debris out from under the spot where you intend to pitch your tent. Ensure that there's nothing sticking up to pierce the tent or poke you while sleeping.
Step 3
Lay the tent body flat facing the direction that you intend to pitch it.
Step 4
Assemble your poles. Most poles are bound together with elastic and require some simple assembly. Assemble the pole segments together into the greater pole system.
Step 5
Begin at the front right corner and insert the pole into the tent body. If you're not sure which end of the pole to use, check a picture of your tent and determine how the pole needs to be situated. The tent likely uses a series of sleeves or outside clips. For sleeves, slide the pole directly inside. For clips, insert the end of the pole into the corner grommet and then clip the tent to the pole.
Step 6
Run the first pole through all sleeves or clips, then insert both ends into the appropriate grommets on the corners.
Step 7
Install other poles just as you did the first.
Step 8
Stake the tent out. Begin at a corner, and pull the stake-out loop tight. Hammer your stake into the ground through the loop with a mallet or rock.
Step 9
Stake out all points. Continue in succession to each corner, pulling the stake out loop taught each time. Once the corners are in place, stake out any additional loops on the sides.
Step 10
Add the rain fly. If your tent uses a separate rain fly, you can choose to add it for protection from rain and wind or leave it off for added ventilation in clear weather. The fly should attach to your existing pole structure and will require separate staking out.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
There are as many specific ways to pitch a tent as there are individual models of dome tent. For more specific instructions, contact your tent manufacturer or refer to their website. A ground sheet or "footprint" can be placed underneath the tent to protect the bottom and prevent wear.
 
There are as many specific ways to pitch a tent as there are individual models of dome tent. For more specific instructions, contact your tent manufacturer or refer to their website.
 
A ground sheet or "footprint" can be placed underneath the tent to protect the bottom and prevent wear.
 
The campsite is not the place to learn how to pitch your dome tent. Always practice pitching it before going camping.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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