folding a family size tent

5:39 p.m. on February 17, 2009 (EST)
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i have a 16x9.5 family dome tent i love the tent but can never fold it /roll it to fit back in the bag!Please someone help!!!!

8:55 p.m. on February 17, 2009 (EST)
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Hi cat,

Get a bigger bag! Seriously!

A bigger bag will make your troubles go away. You are competing against industrial equipment that apparently can fold and pack better than most campers. You wouldn't by chance have a Eureka tent would you?

11:38 p.m. on February 17, 2009 (EST)
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I'm in complete agreement with Trouthunter on this. I keep all my tents in large mesh duffel bags as a safeguard against off gassing of the urethane coating which happens when a tent is stored tightly rolled in a small bag for extended periods of time.

12:06 a.m. on February 18, 2009 (EST)
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You could always buy that industrial tent folder!

11:25 a.m. on February 18, 2009 (EST)
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Mesh bags would be a better option. I used over-sized duffle bags purchased from thrift stores.

12:24 p.m. on February 18, 2009 (EST)
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Hi catfish queen 1,

I am a stuffer. My tents are stored loose in large plastic totes when not in use but I stuff them in their sack for tavel. I find the fit is much better. Like others suggested if stuffing doesn't work, a bigger bag seems to be a good suggestion.

6:04 p.m. on February 18, 2009 (EST)
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For years I had trouble with my eureka tent getting back in the bag.

LOL. Then I became a skydiver. After learning to pack a 150 square foot zero porosity chute into an 8 inch bag, my problems went away.

Now I have to remember that it's not always good for my gear to see how small I can make my bag and tent.

SO I guess you could take a packing class for 25 bucks and be way better than those industrial machines!

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