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How do I fix my broken tent poles?

Posted in Camping Tips & Ideas / FAQs / How To on 4th October 2021

Author - James Coplin

So, you’ve been rummagng around in the attic or the garage for something, did you spot your tent there? Did you get a flashback of packing it away with a couple of broken pole sections badly fixed with duct tape, thinking to yourself you’ll get that fixed in the next couple of weeks….? We’ve all done it. Don’t leave it until your next camping trip to fix your tent though, get it done now and you’ll have peace of mind that you don’t have extra hassle when you pitch your tent on your next camping holiday.

Fibre glass tent poles are pretty resistant to a certain amount of stress and strain and will bend and twist a lot before they break, but in certain bad weather conditions (that we seem to get our fair share of in the UK!) or in the highly unlikely scenario you don’t read the instructions and put the tent up wrong ;-), sometimes sections of poles will break.( Tent manufacturers won’t usually cover you under warranty for broken poles due to the multiple factors at work )  If a few sections go it might be easier to replace the whole length of pole, or if it’s just one or two you can replace these individually with just a little time and little bit more patience.

What you need to do first is identify the width of your broken pole/poles. This info can normally be found in your instructions/spec which came with your tent, if not check on the World of Camping website, or give us a call on 01209 203220 and we’ll find out for you. Failing that, get a tape measure out!

Fibregass poles will come in several different sizes, but bar a few exceptions they come in 7.9 mm, 8.5 mm, 9.5 mm, 11 mm, and 12.7 mm widths. Some tents use more than one size of tent pole. It’s always worth taking an extra set of poles of each width in case you need to make some emergency repairs on site. Most tent pole replacement kits will include extra shock cord and ferrules (the little metal bits that go on the end). Spare shock cord can also be bought separately.

Here’s a handy video guide which takes you through exactly how to replace your broken tent poles.

Metal tent poles are usually more difficult to bend or break, but in bad enough conditions, or if put under too much stress at the wrong angle or position they will!  Because these are often specific lengths and sizes for many different tents they can sometimes be more difficult to source replacements for.

We do have some adjustable metal poles which can be found in the Tent pole section of the World of Camping Website which can be adapted for use with some tents and awnings. In some cases specific replacement poles will need to be ordered in directly from the supplier, so if you get any broken ones, run it past us, and we’ll advise you of the most cost effective and quickest way to get your tent fixed and sturdy again.

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