Maintenance

General Care:
If possible, store your Adventure Sole Rooftop Tent under cover or indoors. Prolonged periods of UV light and/or damp conditions can cause damage to your tent.

Initial Setup:
Spray the tent with water and allow it to dry completely. This will “season” the canvas. The water causes the canvas to swell slightly, closing the needle holes where the canvas was stitched. The most effective way to do this is to have the tent out in its first good rain. This process is only required once, but can be repeated as many times as you would like.

After Use:
After using your tent, you should always consider cleaning and drying your tent out.

  1. Open the tent fully and brush/vacuum all dirt out from the inside.
  2. Use a mild detergent with warm water and a soft-to-medium brush to clean the fabric as needed.
  3. Rinse the fabric of all detergent prior to drying.
  4. Let it dry under the sun with all windows open. Please note that it’s important to completely dry out the tent before storage or mildew and mold may occur. (This is especially necessary after camping in wet conditions.)
  5. Using a small brush, remove dirt from the zippers. You can use a silicon spray to keep them lubricated as well.
  6. The tent comes with a mattress and cover, which can be washed once in a while as well (only air dry).

Restoring Water Repellency:
After washing or a few years of intensive use, the tent fabric may begin to lose water repellency. To test for water repellency, mist on some water from a spray bottle. If the water beads on the surface, the fabric is still properly repelling water. If, however, the water is taken up by the fabric, partial or total restoration of water repellency is called for. To restore, use 303 Products High-tech Fabric Guard according to directions. Let dry thoroughly, then rinse the tent again and let dry in open air.

Repairs:

  • Smaller tears are easy to repair and should be attended to before they become larger. Simply clean the area around the tear, make sure that it is dry, and generously apply cloth or fabric repair tape on both sides of the tear. Then smooth out the edges of the tape, coat them with seam sealer, and wait until the sealer has dried.
  • Large tears and holes require sewing, i.e necessitate an awl and waxed thread. Clean the area around the tear and let it throughly dry. Cut two similar size patches of fabric, at least 5cm larger than the repair area. Tent fabric is usually under moderate stress, so it pays off to take a deliberate approach and not just measure close enough. Before sewing patches onto the tent fabric, make sure you account for water run off. You don’t want to form channels that can hold water, which will eventually lead to a leaking tent. Apply seam sealer to one side of each patch and wait for it to become tacky. Position one patch on each side of the repair area and smooth out wrinkles. Completely sew around the edges of the patches in a dense zigzag pattern and apply seam sealer to the perimeter of the patch, both inside and outside. Apply seam sealer to all other stitching and overlaps and wait until dry.
  • Most of the time, the above problems occur when too much force is applied. None of our products require force to be set up or dismantled. If in doubt, please contact us and ask. As a precautionary measure, it is recommended to take a small repair kit with you when you go camping. At a minimum, the kit should contain seam sealer, repair cloth, patches, an awl, and waxed thread.
  • If you are not comfortable undertaking a repair yourself, please consult a specialist.
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