Re: Wet Tents
Robert Gerhard (RAGerhard@AOL.COM)
Mon, 13 Jul 1998 23:58:16 EDT
In a message dated 98-07-13, George Fleming wrote:
<< How do I keep water from seeping up through the bottom of tents? We use
ground cloths but we still seem to get water under our tents, that slowly
seeps up and gets everything wet. Any advice would be appreciated. >>
First thing to do is be sure where the water is coming from. Is it seeping up
or dripping down?
Second thing to do is get yourself a second groundcloth and put it INSIDE the
tent, under you and your gear.
There are a few other good thoughts:
Make sure your groundcloth is completely under your tent and not catching
anything from your dripline.
Make sure you've trenched around your tent and have good drainage under your
tent. (ie: don't pitch your tent in a low spot or a run-off area; keep your
tent site a little higher than it's surroundings)
Make sure you have a "breathable" groundcloth that will let water seep
through. Gravity will take it down rather than up into your tent. Be aware
that your tent bottom is probably a porous material (like nylon) which can
wick moisture up if it gathers in your groundcloth and can't go down!
Hope all that helps!!
Cubmaster & Webelos ADL
BSA Pack 83, Ft. Worth, TX
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City