Can an old fly be saved?

5:23 a.m. on February 8, 2012 (EST)
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I gave a friend of mine a tent that I replaced with a newer one.

He has stored it in his garage for the past six years- we live in the Orlando area. Gets real hot in there during the summers.

I recently borrowed it for a newbie to use on an upcoming backpacking trip.

I set it up and rain tested it with a hose - it leaked bad.

soaked the fly in water repellent restorer, and re-sealed all the seams.

rain tested it again - it leaked bad.

It seems as if all the coating on the inside of the fly is gone - the coating on the inside of the tent body has started to cloud up.

Any suggestions on re-waterproofing the fly...EASILY?

The newbie can get a tent from campmor for $60

 

Anyone have a fly for a Camp Trails White Lake tent?

 

1:31 p.m. on February 8, 2012 (EST)
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I'm interested in this too. I just got back from what was to be a 3 day outing, testing a old Browning Wind River tent. The tent is in great shape, and looks just so super cool. But if it was once waterproof it isnt now. I had to bail aftr 10 hrs of rain. It was a good thing I had brought my air pad. Otherwise I would have had to bail in the wee hrs. I'm thinking of taking some Sylicone caulk and some thinner then paint it on the tent.

9:01 a.m. on February 11, 2012 (EST)
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Sounds like it is time to retire the poor thing,nothing lasts forever.ymmv

6:17 p.m. on February 11, 2012 (EST)
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Ed take a look at Kenyon Recoat 3:
http://www.trailspace.com/gear/kenyon/recoat-3/

I've used it and had good results in the past. 

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7:58 a.m. on February 12, 2012 (EST)
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Rick , thanks for the info.

 

Adopt an armadillo yet?

 

 

6:54 p.m. on February 15, 2012 (EST)
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get a new one

7:00 p.m. on February 15, 2012 (EST)
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Rick , thanks for the info.

 

Adopt an armadillo yet?

 

 

 

Lol... still working on it. I want a hedgehog too.

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