Hello I just picked up a Eureka BackCountry 1 tent for $114.95 from SunnySports. I have questions on Sealing and guying out the tent.
Here is a picture of how they say to guy out the tent. http://store.eurekatent.com/media/document/BACKCOUNTRY109.pdf
Here's a picture of the tent with and without the fly.
I will use this tent for kayak camping along lakes which can be very windy along the shoreline. I was going to go with the star pattern. I purchased 4 MSR Groundhog stakes and I purchased some Kelty TripTease Lightline which is pretty thin at around 2mm? I believe. I purchased some other guy line which is 3mm and quite a bit thicker that the Kelty triptease. Which do I use? This thin Kelty stuff seems adequate thickness for such a small 1 person tent. The other 3mm stuff seems like it would be better suited for maybe a 3-4 person tent.
My next question is on actual guying the tent. The tent has a Fly with 4 material loops. I will attach 2 guy lines to each of the 4 points to form the star pattern. Which knot should I use to attach the guy line to the fly?
I was thinking about using 2 taut line hitch knot on both ends of the guy line. One by the end of the stake end and one where the guy line attaches to the fly. OR SHOULD I use some other knot on the fly end of the guy line?
What is the standard knots used for each end of a guy line? I realize at least one taut line hitch knot needs to be tied....what is the other?
ALSO how long do I make these guy lines for a little 1 man tent like this? How far away from a tent like this should the guy line meet the ground and be staked in? The instructions say 3 feet to 4 feet? how far? I guess that will determine the overall length I need to cut these guy lines as the further away will increase the overall length. What distance would be best and length would be best?
These are the stakes that came with the tent. I had to purchase 4 additional stakes for the guy lines. I bought 4 MSR groundhog stakes. These stakes that came with the tent seem just as beefy and strong as the MSR's and I was going to give them a try and see how they do? Or do you recommend tossing them and getting another 6 MSR's for staking down the tent and fly?
Next issue sealing the tent.
I just picked up some Seam Grip seam sealer and finished up. The underneath of the fly has taped seams so I applied the seam grip to the outside of the fly. The lady @ Eureka said to just apply it to seams that aren't taped and not to put the stuff on the tape. But to just put it on the outside of seams that are taped on the inside. So that is what I did. The inside of the tent has taped seams so I did the outside with the seam grip. There was a few spots on the inside which forms a V underneath the window which were not taped on the inside so I did those areas both on the inside and outside, and around the door which wasn't taped, which she said to do.
Question. Is one coating enough? I pretty much slopped it on there thick and covered all the stitching. I'd hate to have to apply a second coating of this nasty glue.
AND is it enough to just cover the stitching? Or do I have to cover the edges of the seams also? I hope someone can comprehend the following.....>>>>The fly for instance has folded over seams(maybe a half inch wide) which aren't very flush with the fabric next to it. There is a slight elevated edge which would be a bear to try and cover up completely. Does that need to be covered.