Tips and Tricks for Skandika Tents
Before pitching your tent
Check that all the components are correct and undamaged.
Familiarize yourself with your tent before you go on your first camping trip.
Pitch your tent at home or in a local park first to become familiar with the components and the pitching procedures.
Make a camping check list with all the important things you will need. Have a look at some online camping forums or camping magazines to get useful tips from other campers.
Check the weather forecast to avoid extreme weather conditions, especially if you are not an experienced camper.
Pitching your tent
Select a suitable area with good drainage and avoid areas which could flood easily in heavy rain.
Remove any objects likely to puncture the groundsheet, such as sticks and stones.
Avoid pitching the tent under trees, especially in bad weather. Broken branches could fall and damage the tent and wet branches continue to drip long after it has stopped raining. Sap dripping from trees could also damage the waterproofing of your tent.
Make use of any natural windbreaks around such as hedges, walls and boulders, and pitch your tent so that the door is not facing into the wind.
A footprint (extra groundsheet) keeps your main groundsheet clean and gives additional protection.
It is advisable to pitch your tent, whether for the first time or not, in daylight. It is not only easier for you, but also prevents other campers from being disturbed after dark.
Bear in mind the following when choosing where to pitch your tent:
Is the area large enough to fulfil your requirements? Are you too near to other campers? Some camp sites require a minimum distance between tents.
If there are toilets/showers etc. on the site you will want to be conveniently near them but not too close.
If you have a vehicle with you, can you park it nearby?
Check your surroundings: where can you cook, eat, wash, light a fire?
Is there a water supply nearby?
Zips, tent pegs and guy ropes
To avoid subjecting zips to extreme tension make sure the zips are all closed when pitching your tent.
Tent pegs should always be inserted at an angle to the ground, ideally 45°, to obtain maximum grip in the ground.
Guy ropes should be pegged in line with the tent seams.
Take a hammer to use with your tent pegs, ensuring good grip even in harder ground.
Elasticated tension loops should be tightened enough to keep the tent material taught without being over tightened.
Keep the zips clean and avoid treading on them.
Some tent materials are flame retardant but all materials burn eventually. Make sure you keep a safety distance of 6 metres to other tents and awnings.
Do not place cooking, heating or lighting units near the tent walls or roof and please observe the safety instructions for these appliances.
It is not advisable to light naked flames inside your tent. Avoid the use of oil lamps and stoves to reduce the risk of fire.
Never let children play with or near lamps.
Keep all entrances clear at all times.
Check the fire precaution regulations on your campsite.
All tents are prone to condensation and this should not be confused with leaks. The moisture in the air, from cooking and from people’s breath, can form water droplets when it comes in contact with a cold surface and is most likely to occur on the inside of the outer flysheet. Avoid inner and outer tents coming in contact with each other to prevent the condensation from wetting the inner tents. Make sure your tent is well ventilated in order to reduce condensation: use vents, windows and door.
Synthetic tent materials slacken when wet. Guy ropes should be tightened slightly in this case in order to keep the tent suitably taught. Bear in mind, however, that the tent will tighten again automatically when it dries out and that over-tightening should be avoided in order to prevent damage to the tent material.
The opposite is the case with cotton tent materials: these shrink when wet. Again, a close watch should be kept on guy ropes in alternating wet and dry weather conditions to prevent over-tightening and damage to the tent material.
You tent is fitted with guy ropes, which should be tightened suitably in rough weather conditions. It is, however, recommended that guy ropes should be kept pegged out even in calm weather conditions.
Packing up your tent
To strike your tent, reverse the order of the instructions for pitching it. Open the doors to allow air to escape when folding the material. Remove any dirt or grass and roll the tent up towards the open door, pushing the trapped air out of the tent material as you go. Pack the poles and tent pegs in a separate bag to avoid damage to the tent material.
If possible, make sure the tent is dry when you pack it. It may be necessary to unpack your tent again to let it dry out completely before storing it long-term. Packing and storing a damp tent causes mildew.
Removing tent pegs
Use a tent peg puller or another peg to pull the tent pegs out of the ground. Never use the elastic loops or guy ropes, as this would cause damage. Remove as much dirt and soil as possible before packing the tent pegs.
Removing tent poles
The tent poles should be pushed through the pole tunnels to remove them. Pulling them out may mean the elasticated joints come apart in the tunnels.
Make sure your tent is completely dry and all dirt has been removed before storing it long-term.
Bear in mind that zips and webbed tabs and bands hold water much longer than tent material - these could still be damp even when the rest of the tent is completely dry.
Both synthetic and natural materials can become mildewed if they are stored when wet or damp. At the first signs of mildew you should dry your tent thoroughly, brush it off and clean it. A weak solution of disinfectant will prevent mildew from spreading but will not completely remove the stains. In serious cases it may be necessary to patch or replace the areas affected if possible.
Dirt and stains can be removed by brushing the material or washing it carefully with a weak soap solution. Never use cleaning liquids and do not rub the material. Rinse the material thoroughly and let it dry completely. It may be necessary to renew the waterproofing.
Tent poles may break and if so, should be replaced by a section of the same material and diameter etc. Your dealer will be able to supply you with replacements as long as the tent model is available.