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I have an REI Half Dome 2 tent that I pitched last night in the rain for the first time. I love the tent overall but during heavy rain the rain fly vents on both sides sagged a little, water pooled on the underside part of the vent and dripped in on both sides. Any tips on what I might have done wrong? I don't see other complaints along these lines with this tent so I imagine I must have set up the rainfly incorrectly somehow, although it seemed fine until I woke up wet. Thanks in advance.
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PostIcon Posted on: Oct. 23 2012, 12:11 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Did you try closing the vents?

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lol. Yes, they have a velcro strap to hold them closed in the middle but the vent is maybe 4 inches and it dripped from the corners.
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I don't own the tent but I can see how you might have issues.

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Seam sealer and maybe tighten up the guylines once they get wet.

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I have the Half Dome 4 for car camping and have not had any problems with all guy lines attached during several coastal tropical storms. I always leave the vents open and Velcro attached squarely. The only time the inside got damp was from condensation that froze and I hit the side by mistake...brrr.

Take it to REI if the problem is not fixed with tightened guy lines and properly set vent Velcro. Mine has been good for 200+ nights, many of which were spent in storms that would have caused power outages at home.
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Yep ask REI (actually take it there, and they will probably let you set it up there and give some pointers - maybe call them first they might prefer setting up a new etc. ), and if they can't make you happy they will let u return it.
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When setting up the tent make sure you use the velcro straps on the rainfly at all four corners.

Stake out the tent not only at the four corners and two vestibules but pick up a couple more stakes and stake out the two ends.

The rain fly should be extremely taught when installed properly, like a drum skin. A lazy sloppy looking rainfly will not work as well as a super taught pitch.


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My buddy bought one not long ago and called me about those vents and asked me how they wouldnt leak. I told him surely REI knew what they were doing. I don't think it's rained on him yet. You are talking about the funny vent kinda high up on the rain-fly, right?
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