Important Tent Questions

INFORMATION FOR THE PROPER INSTALLATION OF TENTS

  • Make sure that tent stakes are driven all the way into the ground with only a few inches on the top showing.
  • Make sure the stakes are at least one inch (1") in diameter and forty inches (40") long, for larger tents (above 15' x 15') and thirty inches (30") for smaller tents (below 15' x 15').
  • Tent ropes or web straps should be at a 40° to 45° angle to the tent. For example, if the left side is 8' high, the stake should be 7-8 feet from the side of the tent.
  • All legs or side poles should be basically straight up and down unless the tent is specifically designed for angled side legs or poles (and/or modular as an example).
  • Ropes or web straps should be tied close to the ground in the event a stake is not installed completely in the ground.

WHEN SHOULD YOU EVACUATE A TENT?

When the wind exceeds the amount you have been advised by the rental company. At Bravo, we recommend that you evacuate a tent if the wind is over 25 MPH (steady or gusting) unless the tent is a rated tent and has been installed per the required method to achieve the rating, then we recommend 45 MPH (steady or gusting) even if the rating is higher.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF A TENT FAILURE HAS OCCURRED?

Do not enter the tent, it still might be dangerous, other parts might fall that are still erect. Stay clear, the wind especially can whip loose parts around and cause additional injuries.