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Looking for replacement tent poles, long
Posted by: mikebw
Date: September 10, 2021 12:08PM
Old fiberglass poles (15+ yr) on big tent have begun to fail, totally snapping off in one part rendering an otherwise decent tent unusable.

I see replacement poles around but they are too short, I need (2) ~ 262" poles, and maybe another (2) ~ 191" pair while I am it seems like good preventative maintenance.

The longer poles are a big thicker too, I don't have a measurement but probably a few mm larger in diameter than the standard kind.

Any leads on where to get such things? This tent was originally from Costco.
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Re: Looking for replacement tent poles, long
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: September 10, 2021 12:59PM
Search for aluminum tent pole tubing. They can be bought in various diameters and lengths. The tubing can be cut to length and connectors used. You may wind up paying more for decent poles than the cost of a new tent.
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Re: Looking for replacement tent poles, long
Posted by: lost in space
Date: September 10, 2021 01:55PM
This kitemaking supply might have something.

intothewind



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Re: Looking for replacement tent poles, long
Posted by: hal
Date: September 10, 2021 02:09PM
262"??? More like a circus tent than a camping tent I guess...
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Re: Looking for replacement tent poles, long
Posted by: MikeF
Date: September 10, 2021 04:34PM
What brand? 262 inches (almost 22-feet) does seem extraordinarily long.

I'd be surprised if it would ship at that length...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/10/2021 04:44PM by MikeF.
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Re: Looking for replacement tent poles, long
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: September 10, 2021 04:56PM
Need to retrieve a valise you hid in some motel ductwork?

(No Country for Old Men reference)
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Re: Looking for replacement tent poles, long
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: September 10, 2021 06:27PM
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MikeF
What brand? 262 inches (almost 22-feet) does seem extraordinarily long.

I'd be surprised if it would ship at that length...

Doubtful that it’s one piece. Probably 3 ft sections.
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Re: Looking for replacement tent poles, long
Posted by: mikebw
Date: September 11, 2021 07:57AM
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macphanatic
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MikeF
What brand? 262 inches (almost 22-feet) does seem extraordinarily long.

I'd be surprised if it would ship at that length...

Doubtful that it’s one piece. Probably 3 ft sections.

Correct. It's a dome type tent so the 262" is the length of the arc from one corner to the opposite corner. Two of these cross in the center which is where one section has snapped, there was also some cracking along the length of another section of the same pole.

The whole thing collapsed in a huge rain storm on the last trip and I suspect the poles suffered from too much strain. The fact that it was no longer effectively shedding water surely contributed to that. We've since spent some money on waterproofing the fly, and not to throw good money after bad, but we would hate to just toss it all in the dump at this point. I am aware that we are approaching the cost of a new tent, disposable consumerism at the worst.
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Re: Looking for replacement tent poles, long
Posted by: flareslow
Date: September 11, 2021 08:04AM
This site sells blank fiberglass tubes for antennas, boat push poles, etc.

MaxGain
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Re: Looking for replacement tent poles, long
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: September 11, 2021 09:26AM
There’s a reason that better tents don’t use fiberglass poles.
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Re: Looking for replacement tent poles, long
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 11, 2021 03:38PM
You can buy “fish rods” for fishing cable. Oddly some years ago I picked up some long fiberglass sectional replacement poles that I ended up using on a similar dome tent.

These

[www.campmor.com]

I assume your old poles were a similar design ?
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Re: Looking for replacement tent poles, long
Posted by: mikebw
Date: September 12, 2021 07:51PM
Yep same collapsable pole design. Just need a lot of 'em I guess.
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