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Replacing tent poles

Discussion in 'Kit Chatter' started by Andy, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. Andy

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    A section of my aluminium tent pole snapped on the last trip. It's not an especially expensive tent but seems worth fixing.
    If I get a whole new pole they seem to have fewer sections for the length and I'll still need to trim. Would you just cut down the end section or take some off each? (The longer sections will still fit in the bag so not a deal breaker)
     
  2. Stew

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    Being metal, I'm assuming that they're in the tent straight. In that case I would just shorten the one as I would see no issue.

    If they're curved, I would be more wary as unsure how it would affect the stress on the shorter piece.
     
  3. Andy

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    No they get bent (it's a small tunnel tent). Maybe I can find a replacement section and cut it to length.
     
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    If the existing pole squashed flat when it broke, I'd cut the squashed bits off and fit a piece of a smaller diameter tubing inside the old pole. If you can find a piece of scrap tubing with a close fit inside, or at a pinch, outside the original pole material, so much the better. Then glue in place with some tough adhesive. If its only a short length being repaired, the rest of the old poles will bend a little more to accommodate the short non-bending section.
     
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    I would shorten every tube because that's more compact. May be you will lighten your load in the next years and buy a smaller rucksack?
     
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    I would cut each section. Shorter pole sections are stronger too.
     
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    I was trying to think of tents I've had or seen with bending metal poles before I answered before but I could only picture Force 10 style straight poles or for bending ones fibreglass. I had forgotten about my old Vaude tent that had metal curved poles - much nicer than the fibreglass ones so I shouldn't have forgotten!

    Presumably the ends aren't too extreme in the bend so I would just trim the one and have it as an end section. If you cut each one, you'll need to ensure you cut each piece parallel so it sits flush, de-burr each cut so it doesn't damage the tent and more cuts is more chance for a muck-up.

    Equally, I would be tempted to drop the manufacturer an e-mail if you're not in a rush.
     
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    I'm going to double check the size (I have misplaced my callipers). If I can I will replace a single section (though will probably get a replacement pole and use the rest for an idea I have).

    The tent is a Stormshield Xenon (I think it was Blacks own brand) but must be 15 years old. It's not the lightest but I don't tend to carry it but often don't have space to pitch a bigger tent.
     
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    Will a walking pole do as a replacement?
     
  11. Andy

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    No it has to be a flexible one.
     
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    Did you try an Amazon or eBay search ... looks like there is mountain of options ... none fit?
     
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    I think I've found some the right diameter, most had longer sections.
     
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    Another option would be to ask in the forum for old poles. I for example have some fibrepoles I could gift.

    (But I have them in Berlin...)

    Or you ask at the local camping ground. They find that stuff regularly in the dust bins.
     
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    I have some very nice alloy poles in my old Vango Hydra. Unfortunately I do need them so couldn’t offer them to the OP, but if someone has a broken Hydra, they might be a good match. They are as tough as heck though, and even I - a total klutz - have been unable to break them.
     

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