Oct 13, 2009 at 8:48 am #1240203
I have a big dome tent that I had to pack up wet this past weekend. Normally not a big deal – pitching in the yard dries it out for storage. H-town is suffering rain all this week, and I'm not going to be able to just backyard pitch dry.
Anyone think it's a dumb idea to toss my tent in the dryer on it's lowest setting? Anyone have any experience with this?
acronym 10/13/2009 10:45 AMOct 13, 2009 at 8:55 am #1535871
@figsterLocale: Central Arkansas
I'm in your situation as well.
I use a towel and whatever broad surface I can drape my tent over. In my case, its a dining room table. You could use a bed or chairs or however. Perhaps you could turn a fan on it too.
Tumbling that sucker at low or no heat seems like a bad idea.
JackOct 13, 2009 at 9:02 am #1535873
@owareLocale: Steptoe Butte
It is real important to store it dry, as coatings will
dissolve over time.
I finish drying tarps and sleeping bags all the time, but
do so only for a few minutes on low heat after they have
been otherwise air dried.
If your tent has metal parts that could damage the netting etc.
I would forgo the dryer tho.Oct 13, 2009 at 2:46 pm #1535974
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Hang it up inside for a day.
The Dryer is a BAD idea!
Fold up loosely.
CheersOct 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm #1535989
Why not just drape it over your shower rod or door? Give it a day or so to dry, then store it in a big laundry sack.Oct 13, 2009 at 4:33 pm #1536011
Tom KirchnerBPL Member
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
"Hang it up inside for a day."
If you have an unfinished basement, dive 4 nails in joists
spaced to conform to the tent's foot print. Then hang the tent by its corner loops from the nails for a day or two before storing. I turn my Rainbow inside out to dry and clean, then reverse it to dry the outside.Oct 14, 2009 at 11:01 am #1536269
@chadnscLocale: Duluth, Minnesota
Yup I too hang my tents and tarps up in the basement for a few days to dry them out.Oct 19, 2009 at 7:08 am #1537658
@jasonklassLocale: Parker, CO
I too have been tempted to put it in the dryer, but as others have already pointed out, it's a bad idea. Air-drying is best. What I do is hang it on my deck for a few hours, then turn it inside out and repeat. You want to make sure no moisture is lurking in the corners.Oct 19, 2009 at 8:08 am #1537672
@jmathesLocale: Southeast US
"I have a big dome tent"
I used to have a big tent, when it got wet and the weather was too wet to set it up outside for drying I would hang it up in my garage and place a fan a few feet away to speed up the drying process. You will need to turn the tent over and inside out to be sure it's dry.
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