How to Set Up a Tent : Laying Out Ground Tarp for Tents
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How to Set Up a Tent : Laying Out Ground Tarp for Tents


Hi. This is John Stewart and this how to set
up your ground tarp or your footprint for setting up your tent. Most tents now days
come with a footprint or a ground cloth. These help for protecting the bottom of the tent
from moisture, sharp objects, stumps, roots and other things. Most footprints come fitted
to the bottom of the tent so that there’s no overhang on the outside of the tent when
you set the tent on top of it. These are real nice because you don’t have to do any folding
of the ground cloth or anything like that. Ground cloths can be tarps, tyvec, plastic
sheeting, anything like that, that you can put on the ground to be a base layer to protect
the bottom of your tent from moisture and other objects. These things need to trimmed
to the size of the bottom of your tent so that the water doesn’t catch if it rains and
flow up under your tent and pull up. If the water pulls up underneath your tent. it can
saturate through and come into your tent in the middle of the night. So, with your ground
cloths you always want to make sure you have them trimmed to the size of the bottom of
your tent to where your tent sits right over the top of it. This is how to set up a ground
cloth or footprint for setting a tent.

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