Canvas tent becoming noisy?

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Canvas tent becoming noisy?

Postby Rezl » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:37 am

I purchased a Springbar Vagabond 7 almost exactly a year ago. I bought it mainly for my annual work season for DPW, where I live about four weeks on the playa each year. I managed to use it two other times under normal (forested) conditions last year as well, but only a few days each time. I'm currently inside my tent in Black Rock, just seven days into the current work season.

This week my tent began doing something I'm unaccustomed to, it generally started making a lot of noise. I noticed it slightly at first, as the fabric holding the tension in the edges of the ceiling must be dry, but now it sounds as if an ancient, creaky, wooden door is being continuously swung open and closed during even moderate gusts of wind, and especially durring dust storms.

I suspect the material has become dry and the repeated friction is rubbing it down, specifically where the metal rods hold much of the tension.

What can I do to reduce this wear, or at least the noise? I realize I am putting the tent under generally uncommon stress due to my environment, but I'm quite sure it wasn't producing any sound last year and am unsure if there's anything regarding maintenance or a material application to keep the crazy squeaking down. Should I attempt to raise the side bars higher, reducing all potential slack? There isn't much, and it's been quite stormy this year. I thought making the tent over-taught would cause more unnecessary stress on it. I still haven't set it up differently from the previous year

Could I sleeve the metal rods with a different material before raising the tent somehow? I've been considering just about anything, it's been quite windy this year already and it making a great deal of noise. I also want to address it if it means the tent is actually wearing down faster than it should.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Canvas tent becoming noisy?

Postby CapSmashy » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:45 am

My Kodiaks, basically the same design as the Springbar, have always made noise in the wind.

I would say yes to getting everything as tight as possible since the whole design relies on tension.

Are you staked out good and tight? It would probably be a pain at this point since you have already moved in, but it could also be worthwhile to restake it. Check your bottom edges and see if you have any slack in there, if you do, restake and pull it all good and tight working from the corners.

Is it as crazy out there as we have been hearing weatherwise?
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Re: Canvas tent becoming noisy?

Postby Bob » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:15 am

On my aluminum pole tents, I'd use steel wool and then paste wax (carnauba or whatnot) on the poles, mainly to get them to mate well and slide through the sleeves easier.
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Re: Canvas tent becoming noisy?

Postby Bob » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:29 am

CapSmashy wrote:My Kodiaks, basically the same design as the Springbar, have always made noise in the wind.

I would say yes to getting everything as tight as possible since the whole design relies on tension.

Are you staked out good and tight? It would probably be a pain at this point since you have already moved in, but it could also be worthwhile to restake it. Check your bottom edges and see if you have any slack in there, if you do, restake and pull it all good and tight working from the corners.


Tried vinegar on that?
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Re: Canvas tent becoming noisy?

Postby CapSmashy » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:53 am

Bob wrote:Tried vinegar on that?


AH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!

Yer so fucking funny dude!
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Re: Canvas tent becoming noisy?

Postby DangerDanger » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:35 am

^^what just happened...
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Re: Canvas tent becoming noisy?

Postby nolaflamingo » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:49 am

looks like a thread just jumped ship and landed in the eplaya?
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Re: Canvas tent becoming noisy?

Postby gyre » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:33 am

Contact springbar and ask them.
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