How to Replace Tent Poles

How to Replace Tent Poles
Camping in the backcountry is a rewarding, enriching experience. However, without the proper gear and supplies for emergencies, a backcountry trip can quickly devolve into a frustrating ordeal. Some of the many moving parts that ultimately will break down are tent poles. Replacing these poles can be difficult, especially if the tent is from a large company that produces many models of tents.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

How to Replace Tent Poles

Things You’ll Need:
  • Duct tape
  • Tent sleeves
Step 1
Assess the damage to the poles. Sometimes only a minor repair is needed, not a full replacement. In such cases, poles may have a simple crack in the aluminum, graphite, plastic or fiberglass. With these poles, simply wrap duct tape around the affected area and gently pack and unpack your tent set-up each time. Make sure that no metal from the break is exposed outside the duct tape, with lightweight tents these spikes will tear through the fabric of the tent.
Step 2
Purchase several tent pole sleeves (see Resources). These products are small, usually short, hollow tubes that can be fitted over a tent pole break to stabilize it. Similarly, purchase entire poles that match the style and material of your current poles. Keep these at home so they can be available if you need a full replacement.
Step 3
Speak with your local outfitter. The experts at specialty outdoor stores are more knowledgeable and will provide service if your gear needs to be replaced or repaired. It's always a good idea to purchase extra poles when you buy your tent, especially if you plan to use the tent extensively.
Step 4
Make a makeshift set-up if you have no duct tape, extra poles or tent pole sleeves. Use your trekking poles to support your shelter. This set-up is only temporary and may not keep you entirely dry during gale-force winds or pouring rain, but it will suffice until you reach an outfitter.

Article Written By Duncan Jenkins

Based in Eugene, Ore., Duncan Jenkins has been writing finance-related articles since 2008. His specialties include personal finance advice, mortgage/equity loans and credit management. Jenkins obtained his bachelor's degree in English from Clark University.

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