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Tips & Tricks

We develop every product detail so that you can enjoy it for as long as possible and as fully as possible. Useful information about your VAUDE tent, instructions and background information can be found here.

 

CAMPSITE SELECTION AND TENT SET UP

 

Deciding where to set up your tent is really important if you want a peaceful night’s sleep. You should always take your time and consider a few points when choosing a campsite. Here are some useful hints:

 

  • Whenever possible, set your tent up in a sheltered location, and try to avoid an area that’s lower than its surroundings, as water can accumulate if it starts to rain.
  • Keep in mind that tenting near water will mean more condensation inside your tent.
  • Don’t set your tent up in hazardous places such as in gulches or gullies, near rock walls, glacier-fed rivers, campfires or where damaged trees or limbs could be blown down by severe winds.
  • Place the tent in the shade or partial shade if it’s going to remain set up for an extended period of time.
  • Clear away debris from the tent site, especially pointy or sharp-edged objects; a tent footprint is recommended to help protect the tent floor.
  • Consider the direction the wind is blowing – usually you’ll want the entrance facing downwind, unless it’s hot and you need additional ventilation.
  • Always consider the size of your tent when choosing a pitch (especially for campsites).
  • Depending on the pitch and the weather, it may be useful to secure your tent with additional guy lines or to extend existing lines. Therefore, always take a few additional lines or thin rope cords with you.

WHILE CAMPING

 

  • When camping in the snow and in very cold weather, you can dig a trench in the vestibule where cold air can collect.
  • Brush accumulating snow off the roof of the tent regularly so the tent doesn’t start to sag.
  • Avoid cooking inside your tent – there is a risk of fire and suffocation.
  • If this can’t be avoided, make sure there is a sufficient air supply and place your stove as far away from the tent walls as possible; you can partially detach the inner tent wall and fold it back for this purpose.
  • Make sure you tension your tent well to ensure adequate ventilation – especially in dry conditions.
  • Clear away debris from the tent site, especially pointy or sharp-edged objects; a tent footprint is recommended to help protect the tent floor.
  • Sand and dust in deserts and other dry areas is particularly damaging to zips. Use silicone spray to lubricate a sticky zip and a toothbrush to clean it – this will help you easily get them working again.
  • Do not light an open fire in the tent.

 

  • Ultraviolet Radiation
    • Note that UV radiation accelerates tissue and coating aging.
    • Non-siliconised outer tents are more susceptible to damage from UV radiation.
    • Large family tents that have been standing in one place for a long time are particularly affected, as a large area is exposed to high UV radiation.
    • Therefore: choose shady areas to set up your tent or change the location regularly.
    • Use Nikwax Tent & Gear Solarproof (available from your VAUDE tent retailer) prior to any major deployment.

 

TENT PEG SELECTION

Which pegs you use to secure your tent will depend on the ground surface of your campsite. Tent pegs come in a variety of materials and diameters. The harder the ground, the harder your peg material has to be: Steel, wrought iron or titanium are suitable for hard surfaces. Aluminum pegs are more suitable for medium-hard and softer surfaces. Special V-shaped or star-shaped aluminum pegs are the ideal choice for softer surfaces. For snow or even sand, wide, shovel-shaped pegs are recommended.

SET UP AND TAKE DOWN

A fast set up and take down are the hallmarks of VAUDE tents. Always connect the sections of your tent poles carefully and completely before setting up the tent.
After taking down your tent, always shake it out well and let it dry for a while with the bottom side up. If you don’t have a chance to dry the tent right away, you should do so as soon as it’s feasible to prevent mold from developing.
You’ll find instructions on how to set up your specific tent sewn into every tent that VAUDE makes – so you always have your instructions with you and there’s no chance of losing them.
You’ll also find a video explaining how to set up each VAUDE tent model on our YouTube channel, so there’s plenty of info out there if you need it!

GUYLINES

Guylines provide the necessary support for the tent and make it truly windproof and weatherproof. With the aid of tent tensioners, the tent can also be tightened after it’s set up. A properly tensioned tent is not only more stable, it also has a better interior microclimate because humidity can pass between the inner tent and outer fly.

When you’re staking out your tent or the guylines, always take care to drive the tent pegs into the ground at a 60° angle for optimum stability. Please note that not all pegs for tensioning the guylines are included with the tent. Check your tent instructions to find out if you need additional pegs and if so, how many.

 

STORAGE

You should store your tent in its bag in a cool, dry place. The tent should be dry and clean during storage to prevent the formation of mold or mildew, unpleasant odors or damage to the materials. Do not store your tent near paints, varnishes, adhesives, fuels, plastics and lubricants; the vapors from these items can negatively affect the service life of the tent fabric’s finish.

Never store your tent for longer periods when it’s still wet. Unpack it as soon as you get home from your trip and dry it in a well ventilated place. It’s best to separate the inner tent from the outer tent or insert the poles in order to create a distance between the tent walls.

CARE & MAINTENANCE

Our products are made with a passion for design and high quality materials. Nevertheless, or precisely because of this, they also need the right care in order to function optimally in the long run. Therefore we have summarized everything you need to know about taking care of your tent here.

RE-WATERPROOFING

If the seams need to be resealed, set up the tent in a dry and well ventilated space. When applying the sealer, keep the tent seams clean and taught. Apply the seam sealer from the inside onto all seams and spread it out. A brush with stiff bristles or a small sponge are the best choices for spreading the sealer effectively. Apply the seam sealer sparingly and let it dry for about 12 hours.
For siliconized tents you should use a silicone seam sealer, for materials with polyurethane coating use PU Liquid Seam.

REPAIRS & REPLACEMENT PARTS

Of course, VAUDE products are designed to last without having to resort to repairs or buying replacement parts. These tents, however, are also designed for adventure, which includes heavy stressors on a tent’s components such as poles, the tent floor and the outer fly. Wear and tear or damage doesn’t necessarily mean the end of your product. Read on to find out about things you should take into account:

Guarantee

All VAUDE products have a statutory warranty period of two years. For all “Made in Germany” products and tents in the UL, SUL, 4 Seasons and 5th Season categories, we have even extended this warranty to five years.
If you’ve got a defective product, you can find out if it meets the warranty conditions here.

Repair Instructions

You can often make small repairs yourself. We have put together a separate page for you in our Sustainability Report. Here you can also find short iFixit repair videos on many topics. You can also order spare parts or any special tools needed directly from this site as well.

Repair Service

If you need help with repairs, you can also visit a Repair Café near you where you can also order VAUDE spare parts.
If you can’t repair your VAUDE product on your own or in the Repair Café, you can still contact the VAUDE product service via your trusted dealer.
We’re always happy to repair your favorite products at our repair service – regardless of whether they’re still under warranty or not – because this extends the life cycle of our products and helps conserve the planet’s resources. You’ll find all the information you need here.