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Tent Care Guide

Tent & Campsite Best Practices

  • Clear the area where the tent is to be pitched of sticks and sharp objects as these may cut or damage the tent floor and footprint.
  • Avoid any possibility of falling tree branches or rocks, lightning strikes, flooding, avalanches, strong winds or other hazards that may result in injury to the occupants or damage to the tent.
  • Do not use excessive force when pitching or tensioning the tent as this may result in damage to the tent.
  • Ensure your tent is securely anchored with tent pegs at all times.
  • It is important to maintain adequate ventilation inside your tent at all times. Death by suffocation is possible.
  • Never make your campfire or place any other flame sources in or near your tent.
  • Do not store flammable liquids or gas inside the tent. Do not use or refill any stove, lantern or heater or any other source of heat in or near your tent.
  • Remove boots and shoes before entering the tent and try to keep the inside tent floor clear of dirt and grit as this can damage the floor fabric.
  • Synthetic fabrics will be damaged by over-exposure to sunlight, try to pitch the tent in the shade and avoid extended periods pitched in direct sunlight. UV damage is not covered under warranty.
  • Oil, fuel, sunscreen etc. can damage tent fabrics.
  • The DAC poles should be handled with care. Avoid pulling the poles apart and letting them snap together as this can damage the pole end.
  • Never store food in your tent. Animals may tear your tent to get to the food inside.
  • Using a genuine Mont Tent Footprint will protect and prolong the life of the tent floor.
  • Should you have a pole break whilst on a trip the Emergency Pole Repair Sleeve (EPRS) can be slipped over the point of breakage. It is wise to tape or wedge the repair sleeve in place. The EPRS is located in a special zip pocket on the tent inner.
  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Camp away from rivers and streams when possible.
  • Minimise the use of soaps and detergents when camping.

General Tent Care

  • Never store your tent damp as mould will develop. Any such damage is not covered by the warranty.
  • Prolong the life of your Moondance tent by storing it loose in a breathable Tent Storage Sack in a cool dry place.
  • Never machine wash or tumble dry the tent. Use warm water and a sponge to clean dirty areas. Mild detergent may be used if necessary. Rinse well. Do not iron. Do not wring. Pitch the tent in the shade or line dry only. Damage caused by incorrect cleaning is not covered under warranty.
  • If the tent is used near saltwater, rinse the poles in fresh water after use.
  • Zippers are easily damaged by sand and grit. Use a soft bristled brush to clean zippers as required.
  • Take care if you roll the tent up with the tent pegs and/or poles. Burred ends of tent poles and tent pegs can easily cut or damage tent fabrics.

Cleaning Your Tent

  • If the tent is used near saltwater, rinse the poles in fresh water after use.
  • Zippers are easily damaged by sand and grit. Ensure zippers are cleaned properly after camping in sandy or dirty conditions. Use a soft brush and water to brush out grit from zips.
  • A dirty tent can be washed down with a low pressure garden hose. Before storing your tent ensure it is completely dry.
  • Spot cleaning can be done with a sponge and lukewarm water.
  • Pitch the tent in the shade or line dry only
  • DO NOT machine wash
  • DO NOT dry clean
  • DO NOT use bleach
  • DO NOT tumble dry
  • DO NOT iron
  • DO NOT wring

Storing Your Tent

  • Store your tent dry!
  • Store in a cool, dry place out of direct sun
  • Store loose in an air permeable sack