Repairing a fiberglass Tent pole

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  1. Wannabee

    Wannabee Survivor of Reality

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    I need to replace the shock cords on two of my tent poles.They are fiberglass , and I can't seem to remove the ends in order to secure the cord.
    I tried holding the pole with a pair of pliers and twisting the end , no luck , I will end up splitting the pole if I keep it up.
    Someone out there has the secret , I will be forever in your gratitude.:bow
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  2. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    I did that job on my ancient Hillary dome tent a couple of years ago.

    I estimated where the aluminum tips and the hollow cores of the poles intersected and drilled something like 3/16 holes at a slight angle up through the tips and into the hollow cores - Bingo!

    IIRC, I removed all the old tired shock cord and used a piece of wire to fish the new cord through each pole section in order. I tied a small loop in one end and slipped itover the aluminum tip. Then I set the tension on the cord and tied a loop at the other end and slipped it over that tip. Worked well for the last couple of years until I retired the tent this past weekend (it was over 38 years old and well used).
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  3. superdutyGS

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    why remove the ends bud? the cord runs all the way through now right?
    Use the wire and feed it all the way through the pole and aluminum sleeve, then pull the elastic cord back through. I just did this this week. Piece og cake.
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    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    Some of the older poles like mine were, and probably his too, don't have the ends designed for accessing the cords - on mine the cords were apparently crimped inside the aluminum tips as they were attached permanently to the poles. Newer pole tips appear to have tips where you can remove and replace the cords without drilling, or disturbing anything.

    I would post a pic, but I don't have the poles any more.
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  5. Wannabee

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    Bingo Mark!
    I bought this tent from an inmate last year , been good for what I need . The shock cords actually broke the first time I used it this year , and I have been dealing with it , but it is a pain in the ass.
    I am gonna give it another try today , if not i guess the next thing is to buy new poles.
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  6. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    i repaired tents and tent poles for a few years in college.

    back then, the ends either blocked access to the shock cord or, most often, the shock cord was actually TIED to the pole ends.

    many times on fibreglass poles (which we rarely saw) we heated them up a bit. sometimes it was galvanic corrision, sometimes they actually glued them in.

    a bit of heat seemed to work. we did something similar with the aluminum poles if the tips wouldn't come loose, but we could do so with wreckless abandon not having to worry about overheating the fibreglass.

    take it easy with the heat.

    should you break that pole or damage it beyond repair, you can always go to REI or EMS or another decent camping outfitter and make one of out alu which will be much lighter.
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    I bought a repair kit at Bas pro last week....(4)3/8 inch poles , wire and cord for 12.95. I wonder if you couldn't take a 16th inch drill bit through
    the aluminum sleeve centered to the core of the fiberglass pole and pull through. good luck
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  9. Wannabee

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    I have the drill out and after dinner , the surgery begins! MAAAWWWAAAAHHHAAAA! :lol3
    I just want it to get me thru this season , I will buy a new tent next year(or a used one from one of you guys !)
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