Giga Tent FT 053 User Manual

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Tips and Tricks

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Ultra Violet (UV) Exposure

Your tent is made of UV resistant polyester fabric

which is resistant but NOT impervious to the
damaging effects of long term sun exposure. We DO
NOT suggest long term set up of ANY of our
products as this will severely damage the tent

Seam Sealing

Gigatent suggests that at a MINIMUM the seams

at the bottom of the windows should be sealed
using a product like McNetts Seam Sure to prevent
moisture from coming through the needle holes.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions when
applying seam sealer.


DO NOT under any circumstances store your tent

wet or damp. Mildew will quickly destroy a tents
waterproof coating.
Allow your tent to dry and then store in a cool dry

Structural Integrity

Although the tent was constructed to rigid

specifications periods of wind and soaking rain
may loosen the stakes and guylines to the point of
allowing the rainfly to flap. This can in turn cause
the poles to loosen weakening the overall
structure. Loosening of the rainfly can also create
pockets that can collect water which can lead to
pole failure. To insure that this does not occur take
care during windy or rainy conditions that all of
the stakes and guylines are secure and tight.

Washing Your Tent

NEVER machine wash a tent as this can cause

damage to the waterproof coating. Hand wash with
a mild soap and rinse with clean water and allow to
COMPLETELY dry before storing. An extremely
dirty tent can be set up and washed like a car or it
can be washed in a bathtub using your hands to
agitate the water or a soft brush.

There are many different ways to set up your Spruce Peak tent,

experiment with several different methods and stick to the one that is
easiest for you.

While the rain fly and poles can be set up without the tent body you

can also take the tent body down and fold it up while leaving rain fly
and poles set up. This will keep the tent body dry if it is raining out.

The sides and rear of the tent can be rolled up for additional

ventilation use spring clips found in most home centers to hold the
sides up. Be sure to roll the sides down at night and before any rain or

To speed set up you might consider marking the different poles with

colored tape or paint to better distinguish the different pole types.