Ground Cloths, Tents, and Waterproofing
Brenda Hunter (bhunter@BBS.SD68.NANAIMO.BC.CA)
Sat, 30 Sep 1995 07:28:04 PST
We (as a family) own two "4-man" tents. Neither of them has a waterproof
floor. A ground cloth underneath the floor makes perfect sense. In our Guide
Company, the preferred method of packing a bedroll includes wrapping it
completely in a tarp, so that it is waterproof. Therefore, each girl has a
tarp with her as a matter of course. Given that the tents they use are
floor-less, it is a necessity.
Considering that we live on the "wet coast", chances are we'll be setting up
camp in the rain. Therefore, the bedrolls must be waterproof, or we'll have
very cold girls.
I was considering buying another tent. When I went to the (department) store
and asked if a particular name-brand model had a tub-floor, the clerk looked at
me as though I were from outer-space! She did contact head office to find out
for me (it didn't), but she confessed she had never heard of it, nor had she
ever seen a tent with one...
Meanwhile, I am trying to find a method of preventing leaks in one of my tents.
The floor is attached to the wall with nylon web-type binding. No matter how
tightly we pull out the corners, the webbing curls along the sides and makes a
wonderful trough to collect the rain. Could I attach peg loops along the
webbing to pull the sides down? Is there something I can use to waterproof the
webbing? Any other ideas?
Mother of Scout David, Group Committee Treasurer; 1st Wellington Group
Mother of Guide Jennifer, Unit Guider; 3rd Wellington Guides
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City