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« on: March 20, 2007, 05:24:51 PM »

Was looking at tents today & found some that use stakes some that don't.

What are the advantages of a stakeless type?

The type with stakes?

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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2007, 05:43:50 PM »

Didn't really know they made stakeless tents. But every tent I've ever purchased, I've always ditched the dinky metal ones that come with it, and replaced them with the cool little fiberglass stakes with the glow in the dark caps. They are lighter and easier to hammer/push into different soils.
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2007, 06:13:14 PM »

stakeless tents are self-supporting and don't require stakes for setup.  If it gets windy I would suggest putting in some stakes or watching your tent do some traveling.   That's funny !

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2007, 06:22:14 PM »

it never fails every time i have skipped the stakes, i regret it. use the stakes so you will have time for the steaks on the grill and not re doing your tent.

 seems murphy is  always waiting for you.
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2007, 07:27:45 PM »

I've never heard of stakeless tents.   puzzled  I've skipped using the stakes quite a few times, but only if I was pretty sure the wind wasn't going to pick up overnight.  We let it go on a a fishing trip one time and by morning, the only thing holding the tent down was us!  Nothing like the flapping nylon wake up call!
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2007, 07:29:36 PM »

You will be much happier with a stakeless (free standing) tent. Most tents nowadays are but there are some very light weights tents that aren't.

On a freestanding tent the stakes are there mostly to keep it from blowing away. When you are inside it ain't gonna blow away. If you lose a stake during the night it ain't no big deal. On a non-freestanding tent, if you lose a stake or two the tent will collapse. There are places where placing a stake is damned near impossible.

I use simple metal stakes that look like a big question mark. No need to get fancy on a freestanding tent. In the snow I use a deadman.
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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2007, 07:33:33 PM »

Ok, maybe I was confused about a free standing vs non.

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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2007, 08:20:34 PM »

I thought the stakes were just for the rain fly?  puzzled
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2007, 09:16:39 PM »

Depends on the tent.
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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2007, 01:54:08 PM »

Last year during TdP, Saturday night was VERY windy - I checked a couple times to make sure it WAS only the wind, and not one of the fabled mountain black bears batting my tent around my ears!  I had just upgraded my tent from skinny wire stakes to the more secure yellow plastic stakes - mighty glad I did!   smoking
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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2007, 04:00:33 PM »

I picked up some glow-in-the dark stakes from WalMart. As long as the ones that came with the tent I bought, but much beefier.
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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2007, 06:14:55 PM »

Don't steaks go on the grill? Until you get into hard core mountaineering and are worried about pack weight and go stakeless to save lbs.... go with the tent with steaks.
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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2007, 11:13:00 AM »

Yeah if you read the posting literally, it's hard to tell who's talking about Steaks and Stakes!  ROTFL
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« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2007, 03:13:20 PM »

... In the snow I use a deadman.

How do you keep him from falling off the bike between camp sites? Is he required to wear a helmet is most states? Doesn't that attract a lot of unwanted attention... like the cops?
I asked my local Park Ranger if it was okay to use a dead man to hold down my tent... he just looked at me funny and walked away... I did notice he took down my licence plate number as I rode away.   
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« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2007, 05:17:30 PM »

I use one that looks like one of them rubber blow up party dolls. They just think I'm a Shriner on the way to a convention.
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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2007, 01:47:24 PM »

Did a 3,000 mile bicycle camping trip (Rockies up to Canada and back, then over the Cascades and down the Pacific Coast).  My tent required stakes to get up and there were many places where I could not drive the stakes in.  Next tent I buy will be free-standing.
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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2007, 08:14:53 PM »

"Captain Curmudgeon" and that avatar just make me laugh! 
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« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2007, 10:02:17 AM »

"Captain Curmudgeon" and that avatar just make me laugh!

What can I say?  That's really me and I've been Captain Curmudgeon on the Internet since the 80s ("Mild-mannered kernel hacker by day, Captain Curmudgeon stalks the Internet by night wielding his trenchant scorn, protected by his invincible sense of irony").
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« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2007, 11:05:19 AM »

Oh man!  That's funny !
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« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2007, 11:19:37 AM »

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« Reply #20 on: September 21, 2007, 06:46:26 PM »

I used a nylon pup tent with stakes,the problem was waiting for it to dry each morning. My buddy had one without stakes and just moved it to the sun each morning to dry. His gear was packed while I was still waiting for the tent to dry.
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« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2007, 08:37:15 PM »

No! The true "Internet pioneer" is Al Gore. He invented the thing ya' know.
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« Reply #22 on: October 02, 2007, 11:34:46 PM »

... In the snow I use a deadman.

How do you keep him from falling off the bike between camp sites? Is he required to wear a helmet is most states? Doesn't that attract a lot of unwanted attention... like the cops?
I asked my local Park Ranger if it was okay to use a dead man to hold down my tent... he just looked at me funny and walked away... I did notice he took down my licence plate number as I rode away.   
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« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2008, 06:12:36 PM »

I use one that looks like one of them rubber blow up party dolls. They just think I'm a Shriner on the way to a convention.
Now I can tell my wife "baby I only have it to hold down my tent". ROTFL
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