Need to waterproof a new tent ?

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hemdale

Nomad
Jan 30, 2012
294
0
London
Hi guys,

Just wondered if the waterproofing treatment on a tent was definitely ok or if it was a bit too superficial ?
I don't doubt that Hilleberg tents are incredibly waterproof but I know that (sometimes) factory waterproofing treatments can be a bit "weak".

I just wanted to have your input on that and to know if anyone would rather have their tent (re ?)waterproofed..even if they are new ?

Many thanks
 

bilmo-p5

Maker Plus
Jul 5, 2010
8,168
3
west yorkshire
I wouldn't proof a new tent. If it was properly pitched and leaked I'd be sending it back.

If it's a Hilleberg you're buying I wouldn't worry; they didn't get the reputation they have for flogging sieves.
 

PDA1

Settler
Feb 3, 2011
646
3
Framingham, MA USA
The main problem used to be the seams, which needed sealing. Nowadays, most reputable brands tape all seams so the seam sealiong is not needed. Be careful though. I have a Coleman tent that I use for car/base camping and guy out tabs were added after the seams tape had been applied, and there were potential leakage holes in that stitching which had to be sealed. I very much doubt that you need worry with a Hilleberg:)
 

hemdale

Nomad
Jan 30, 2012
294
0
London
That's pretty much what I thought.:umbrella:

Hopefully it will pour this weekend....or maybe not ;) I have all the time to find out if the tent is leaking !