what to do with a wet tent after a heavy rain.

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  1. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    I really like the hammock idea; never done it....always tent. How difficult is it to find a spot to attached the hammock?
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  2. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    pack it away in a larger bag if you have one available. then put tent up ASAP to dry unless you are headed home. then put your wet tent inside any clothes dryer on low .. works great and you don't have to set tent up at home.
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  3. jredford

    jredford Ninja Racer

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    Throw it away and go to WallyWorld to get a new one.:rofl
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  4. ibgary

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    Very rarely a problem. Trees don't need to be big, and there is a method for hanging a hammock from a pole or stick. You tube. I've watched but not tried.
    I have packed under the tarp, while is was raining. Worked pretty well. Cooking under the tarp is easy.
    I like the Kelty Noahs Tarp 12 x12, 60$. Should be called the origami tarp.[​IMG]

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  5. WAH III

    WAH III Been here awhile

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    I always carry a small plastic trash bag to put the wet fly in when necessary. This keeps it from getting anything else wet once packed away.
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  6. ta-rider

    ta-rider Returned from Africa

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    I allways pack a wet tent like a dry one and pitch it the other day like normal. One day the rain will stop and the tent will be dry again. Just dont forget to take the tent out of its package every day otherwise it will start to live inside ;)
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  7. lhendrik

    lhendrik Putins Puppet

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  8. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I use a hammock and tarp solo and recently picked up a tent for the daughter and I.

    The tent I have is an MSR Elixir which is referred to as a "dry pitch tent". Many manufactures make this sort of layout.

    I can take down the tent, and keep the fly and vestibules still standing. This way I'm packing everything up relatively dry, with only the fly being wet. A few shakes of the fly and most of the water is off. The fly is stuffed to the size of a softball and stored seperate from the tent.

    Same thing for the hammock. pack up everything and leave the tarp for last. I even move the rear of the bike under the tarp so even packing the bike I'll stay dry.

    I've since incoorperated the hammock fly for extra protection for tent camping.
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  9. bill_in_pittsburgh

    bill_in_pittsburgh ADVer in training...

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    What I do:

    Normally, I pack the tent either into a hard top case (waterproof) or an Ortlieb dry bag (also waterproof).

    If I need to pack the tent wet, then I'll usually separate the tent and fly, and pack each in a nylon mesh stuff sack (available at REI). I'll tuck these into a bungie web on the back of the bike, so that both are exposed to air/wind - they'll get pretty dry if it isn't raining the next day. Whenever I stop for gas, I'll pull each out of the stuff sack, and rearrange so that a wet surface is facing out and it can dry.

    I'll also try to stop a little earlier the next day so that I can set up the tent (freestanding), and move it onto different sides in the sun so it can dry. I'll lay out the fly on the bike or the ground to dry as well.
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  10. live2ridetahoe

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    I'll be packing a dry bag for my sleeping bag. When I put it all together, if wet, at least the bag will stay dry. See page 1 and 5 of my Mongolia thread for packing method.

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  11. FinlandThumper

    FinlandThumper Has Cake/Eats it Too Super Moderator

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    I'll echo the advice of bill in pittsburg. I personally put the inner part (if not too wet) into the bag and stow it, then I strap the soaked fly to the outside of the bike and, at stops, air it out and re-fold it. That way the wind dries it out and it doesn't get everything else in the dry bag or pannier wet. I always have a small bungee net along for strapping random things on top so that's how I secure it.

    This, of course, only works on a day when it's dry. If it is raining hard when I get up, I usually stow it all together and follow the advice given above.
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  12. levain

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    Stick it in the beavertail of course:clap
    Well, someday:deal

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  13. swoody126

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    +1

    for my ground sheet, i use a piece of old vinyl sign material, cheap & cuts easily

    all of my gear is separated in their own water proof/dry bags so items that do get wet don't share space w/ those that are still dry and/or don't like getting wet

    extra pieces of vinyl sign material are used to protect other items in my kit and i tie it on w/ sheathed solid core copper wire(individual strands from 12/3 romex electrical wire)

    the wire takes up way less space and weighs less than bungees

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  14. Okie Preacher

    Okie Preacher Long timer

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    I pack all my "inside" stuff in a Sea to Summit compression dry bag (Sleeping bag, pillow, pad, etc.). The tent goes in a separate compression dry bag--then I carry both in a Wolfman Roll-Top Bag. The tent goes in wet or dry in the morning. If the sun comes out that day, thirty minutes stretched out over lunch has it ready to store. If it stays wet and rainy, it really doesn't matter because it is wet again as soon as it comes out of the bag.

    The best part is keeping all the "inside" stuff dry until the tent is up. Toss it in when the tent is set, unpack and a guy is good to go.
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  15. The_Precious_Juice

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    If you want to take a couple hours break while while riding and if it is warm and sunny and windy, set up tent and get a jump on things. Later it may be too late or colder or raininy to do this.

    Take your time and enjoy yourself.
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  16. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    I use the same bags, I pack the tent, sleeping bag and pillow in each...work great! :thumb

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  17. Mastery

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    I carry one of those cargo stretch nets. If something is too wet to put away in the panniers, then it goes under the net which is over the pillion area, the top case, or the side cases and the item gets fluffed out and pushed back under the net at stops to continue drying while riding.
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  18. engineered2win

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    There isn't always a solution to a problem. I was at the WEC race at COTA in Austin, Texas a few weeks ago and between the rain it was mid 80s°F with >80% humidity and even after laying out our rain gear for about 4 hours after the rainstorms it was still damp. In fact everything was damp: backpacks, shoes, clothes, etc. Had we not been staying in a hotel, nothing would have dried for 5-6 days. It would have been miserable camping in a tent with everything damp.
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  19. live2ridetahoe

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    One thing I have been using while camping has been 3 mil plastic sheeting. I bought it at Home Depot. I don't use a footprint for my tent. Rather, I cut the plastic sheeting about 12-18 inches larger than the footprint of the tent. I set up the tent and then put in the plastic. It's large enough that the plastic goes up the sides of the interior of the tent and creates a sort of plastic tub. This prevents water from the outside from getting to your gear, no matter how wet the ground gets.

    Tahoe
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  20. Cromoth

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    Consider a floorless tent such as Kifaru or Seek Outside. Dig a little trench to direct water flow, inside stays dry. Bring a cot if you need to be off the ground.

    yes you'll still pack a wet tent so mesh bag, etc as others have said.
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