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I've always stored my tents rolled and packed in their stuff sacks. I've never had the problem with delamination that others have described. I've kept tents for up to 10 years with no problems.

I can see why loose storage might be good, but it's problematical in terms of space if you have several tents and sleeping bags.

I don't store gear in the attic or in non-air-conditioned areas of my house, so they're out of the heat and humidity.

Another problem is mice. After finding dozens of holes in a sleeping bag stuffsack---but thank God not in the down bag---I now try to store things in covered plastic boxes. That too necessitates rolling tents to save space. I do keep down bags loose in large bags though. I would never store a down bag stuffed.

So my question is, how important is it to store tents loosely out of the stuff sack? Does everyone do that?
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I've never had the space to do that, so no. I don't.
I never pack it cinched up and tight in the sack, but otherwise I just make sure it's clean and dry when I pack it up.
I've never kept a tent for 10 years either, but as long as you take the proper precautions I really don't see any reason why packing it up would harm it. I mean, they do store the things on store shelves that way. I'm sure they wouldn't if it was too bad for them.
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I have never stored my tents loose, but crammed in their bag and hung from the rafters in my basement.  I have 2 tents over 10 yrs old and no problems in either of them.  

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I'd like to say I hang mine spread out or something, but that's only true when they come home from being used. The rest of the time they're in their included sacks in a Rubbermaid tote in the basement, which is cool but dry year-round.
I have a TNF Slickrock that I still use for car camping, since it's my biggest tent, and has been stored in its stuff sack for over a dozen years. It still looks like new if you don't count the tape on a couple of holes in the floor.
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I have never stored my tents loose, but crammed in their bag and hung from the rafters in my basement.  I have 2 tents over 10 yrs old and no problems in either of them.  

Me too.  My car camping tent, which is 17 years old and my only PU-lined tent, shows no ill effects.  I never had nor would expect any problems with any of my silnylon tents.
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Storing them dry, bone dry, is the biggest thing.

The rest, I think, matters far less.  I too have never bothered storing them loose, I always just roll them up in their sacks.  But I also rarely get home from a weekend without sprawling my gear all over the living room--loose--to make sure it's dry before stowing it away.


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I totally agree on storing tents dry. I always spread them out at home after a trip even if they were apparently dry when I packed them up at the campsite, because I don't think any tent that has been on the ground can really be bone dry.

In the thread "Sticky Tent" two people said they store their tents loose. That got me worried.
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All things being equal, storing loose probably is better. But it's not critical like with a down bag as long as you otherwise take care of it and store it dry.

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I store my tents rolled up however I do not suggest you do that with most tents.
(non PU coated silnylon is OK, occasionaly I put them away damp)
There are a few tents that I use in the bush but most of the others are loaners or test tents.
Of those in as much as I try to always store them perfectly dry at least one (PU coated polyester) now has mildew.
(all stored in a very dry place)
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After a hike, I pull them out and set them to dry, usually in the garage hanging upside down (except for my golite Shangri-La) to ensure the floor is dried out good and then I roll them back up and pack them back in the pack for the next trip.

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I always store my loosely packed  in a cardboard box after it's been thoroughly dried.  Don't know why.  Because I can, I guess.

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I have 5 tents that I store in their stuff sacks. I do not compress them or anything, just pack them in there loosely and have yet to have any issues. I also asked the same question in a post maybe 2 years ago..and overall got the same replies.  I think your tents will be just fine the way you store them.

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Once they are dry, into a sealed plastic tub they go. Ditto for the sleeping bags.

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My tents are stored in their stuff sacks and I've had no problems with them. They then go into a storage cabinet. My bags are in the storage bags and then into rubber maid tubs.
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Beat me to it.  Hehehehehe.

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"loosely packed"

Beat me to it.  Hehehehehe.

My wife tells me I store my tents the same way my brain is contained. :p

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Hikerjer, we haven't seen you for a long time. Did you do your cross-country trip? How did it go? Highlights? Trip report posted anywhere? Photos? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Hikerjer, we haven't seen you for a long time. Did you do your cross-country trip? How did it go? Highlights? Trip report posted anywhere? Photos? Inquiring minds want to know.

It wasn't the cross country trip I'd planned, but I did manage to bike 2000 (1976 actually) miles through MT, WY, ID and WA and had an absolutely wonderful experience. One of the best of my life, in fact.  I'm working on putting together a TR with pics in the next week or so and will post it ASAP.

Thanks for the interest.


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Hikerjer, that sounds like a much better trip than cross-country, which would have required you to pass through undesirable places and climates at some point. That must have been some challenging terrain, though. Very glad you had a good time! Looking forward to your TR and photos!

So did you wish you had smaller gears at any point? :-)
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Trail Tramper, there were some pretty challenging passes but I didn't find any of them overwhelming.  When I bought the bike, a Kona Sutra, I had the shop swap the gearing out to 50-39-28 chainrings and a 11-34 (9 speed) rear cassett.  I found that was more than adequate for all the passes even fully loaded with food, water and camping gear. I did, however, often resort to the lowest gear and I'm not ashamed of it and neither are my knees.

But we digress from this thread.  Apolgies to all involved.  I promise I'll post a more detailed TR relatively soon.


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Excellent choice on the cassette and most people would be happy with those chainrings---not me but I'm a hill wuss. A couple of days ago I was biking up a steep dirt road in 26/34 and was passed by a runner. I didn't even catch up to him on the downhill. It reminded me of the time I was passed going up the side of Jay Peak (VT) by a roller skier---and I was driving!
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Never forget, there's more to life than going fast. :D

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