1. Pegging out the tent
- After pulling the tent out of its bag, unfold the legs and lock the knuckles into place.
- Before pushing the tent up, peg it out firmly. These tents do not stand up easily on their own as they are prone to twisting around putting a lot of pressure on the top pole connection.
- Once you’ve popped the tent up, you may need to peg the tent out a little tighter.
2. Using the guy ropes
As with any tent, the guy ropes will need to be pegged out tightly to hold the frame securely. In windy conditions, the tent may twist and bend putting unnatural pressure on the pole knuckles and joints. By putting the guy ropes out correctly, the tent will not be allowed to twist around, giving it the best chance to stand up to windy conditions.
3. Attaching the Fly
As mentioned above, putting the guy ropes out is very important. The Blackwolf Turbo tents only have guy ropes attached to the fly. This means that the fly almost always has to be put on in order to secure the tent. In fair conditions, you may get away with not putting the fly on, in which case you may like to tie some ropes to the frame and make your own guy ropes just in case the wind picks up during the night.
4. Using the awning
The small awning at the front of these tents does not provide much shelter in stormy conditions. It also does not have the option of being zipped down and secured. If it’s raining, you will need to drop one of the awning poles lower than the other to avoid water pooling on top of the awning.
5. Additions to improve your awning space
If possible, getting a base camp fly or super fly is a great advantage. This means that in good conditions you can quickly use the original fly for a quick set up. Alternatively, in stormy conditions you have a fly that will give you a completely enclosed front room allowing you to escape from the elements. However, if you choose to use this it will take a little bit longer to set up.
6. Get an extra Bag
Unfortunately, these tents can be a bit fiddly to get back into their bags. If possible, purchase another large good quality canvas bag that you can put the fly and the poles/pegs into. This not only makes it easier to get everything into the bag, but as you will have two smaller and lighter parcels it makes it easier to carry.
7. Use extra straps
After collapsing the poles when packing up the tent, you will need to lay the tent down on the ground and roll it up. The strap that has been provided, to stop the tent from unravelling, is not the greatest option. If possible, purchase a couple of good quality surf board straps to wrap tightly around the tent. This will hold the tent together and pull it all in smaller to make it a lot easier to put back into its bag.
8. Ground sheet
Even though these tents come with a very strong floor, it’s a great idea to put a tarp or ground sheet down to protect the floor of the tent. The last thing you want is a sharp stick or rock to puncture your new investment.
BlackWolf Turbo tents are awesome tents, using the tips in this blog will hopefully allow you to get the very best out of Turbo and if you need parts and accessories don’t forget to visit www.leisuregear.com.au