Ep12 – Caring for your Camping Gear

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Could your gear use a little TLC? Then this episode of the Snowys Camping Show Podcast is the one for you! Listen in as our gear experts Ben and Lauren talk you through the importance of maintaining your gear and what should be done before a trip. They also dive into transporting it securely and storing it properly, plus correct use, DIY repairs, warranties, and more!

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Timestamps:

  • 00:00 – Intro
  • 02:20 – Test your tent before your trip
  • 04:33 – Cleaning gear after your trip
  • 05:37 – Transporting gear
  • 06:18 – Zip maintenance
  • 07:37 – Storage at home
  • 08:36 – Waterproofing your gear
  • 09:21 – Setting up your gear correctly
  • 10:09 – Manufacturing faults
  • 11:08 – Using your camping gear properly
  • 11:57 – Environmental factors
  • 13:59 – Airbeds & punctures
  • 16:21 – Spare parts & warranties
  • 21:52 – Repairs & modifications
  • 23:06 – Wear and tear & lifetime of products

Links to things mentioned in this episode:

Before your trip

Even if it’s not a brand new tent, set it up at home before your trip so you can suss out if there is anything missing. Or if it is a new purchase, take it out of the box and give it a test run so you can get to know your new gear and troubleshoot anything that you’re uncertain with before heading off on your trip. 

Cleaning & transport

Before you leave the campsite, wipe off any dirt or moisture from your gear before you pack it up. This will prevent it from getting mouldy, keep it cleaner, and will ensure it lasts. Plus it makes it much nicer for next time.

It’s also important to pack your gear up properly into a sturdy carry bag so that nothing gets broken while you’re in transit.

Where you store your gear

Choose somewhere cool, dry, and out of direct sunlight to store your gear. Inside a cupboard or in tubs in your shed will ensure it’s unaffected by moisture.

Living in a humid environment can potentially have a negative impact on your gear. For example, the fly on lightweight tents can become sticky if the waterproof coating is exposed to moisture. A way to mitigate this is to keep it in a dry cool area out of sunlight and in a breathable bag.

A mum and child hold a bundled tent, ready to set it up on green grass beside a river in the background.

Ensure your gear lasts by taking care of it properly. Image: Oztent

Correct use

It’s important to set up your gear properly using all the included pegs, poles, and guy ropes, and don’t take any shortcuts. If you are using the standard pegs that come included with your tent, then consider upgrading to heavier duty ones.

It’s a good idea to use your gear for its intended purpose and keep within the laws of ‘fair use’.

Environmental factors

Tents are not a permanent structure, so they’re just not designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. That’s why it’s super important to get to know your gear, understand the limitations and use your common sense when out in the field.

Repair

Repairing your gear is something that is generally a great skill to have so that you can do an impromptu fix if it breaks mid-trip. Spare parts across brands are not always readily available, but we may be able to source one directly from the supplier should you need it.

We have some resources such as videos on how to fix a hole in an airbed, and how to repair a broken tent pole which are worth checking out too.

Warranty

Care, storage, and correct use are all factors that are important when it comes to warranty. This is because manufacturers won’t cover the wear and tear on your products, just the materials and workmanship of the product.

Some examples of wear and tear can include abrasions, scuffs, stains, rips or tears, loss of DWR, fabric wearing thin, or degradation from UV exposure.

We are passionate about after-care service and we have an in-house warranty department to streamline the process for our customers. Unfortunately, we can’t control the outcome of a warranty claim as we are a 3rd party, but we aim to make it easier to achieve a resolution from a supplier should your product fail.

Also keep in mind that warranty claims take time to be processed by the supplier and in some instances, the product may require testing. This highlights the importance of checking your gear before you leave so that you’re not caught out in the middle of a camping trip.

Thanks for listening, tune in again for next week’s episode!

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Catch you out there!

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