How To Replace Broken Tent Poles

How to Fix a Tent Pole

Documentation Download Documentation Download Documentation Breaking a tent pole might bring your camping vacation dreams crashing down around you, literally, if you’re not careful. That is, unless you know how to do a few simple repairs on your own. A few simple, readily-available supplies will have you back in the warmth and safety of your dependable shelter in minutes, whether you’re tape up a pole that’s been split down the middle, strengthening a broken part, or replacing a worn out shock wire.

  1. 1 Place the damaged pole on a level place and allow it to air dry. This may be accomplished with the use of a portable camping table or picnic table. You may also place the pole on top of a flat piece of equipment, such as a cooler or a toolbox, if you don’t have access to either of these pieces of furniture. The worst-case situation may be solved by placing a smooth rock or a level stretch of ground on the ground.
  • There is no need to disassemble the pole or remove the elastic shock wire that binds it together
  • This is a simple procedure. Clean up any leaves, twigs, pine needles, sand or other similar material from your work surface before you continue. It is possible that if any of these materials make their way onto your tape, they will impair its ability to adhere correctly.
  • 2 Cut a piece of gaffer’s tape the same length as the split part and place it over the split segment. To decide how long a strip of tape you will require, align the loose end of the tape with the extreme end of the segment, then gently unspool the roll until you reach the far end of the segment. Cleanly tear the tape to ensure that both ends are perfectly square
  • Gaffer’s tape is a sort of heavy-duty, high-strength tape that is widely used to repair electrical and mechanical components. It is also known as gaffer’s tape duct tape. You can pick up a roll of gaffer’s tape for a few dollars at any hardware shop or home improvement center
  • If you didn’t bring any gaffer’s tape with you, an ordinary roll of duct tape will enough
  • If you forgot to bring gaffer’s tape, an ordinary roll of duct tape would suffice
  • Tip: This simple, no-frills solution is best suited for emergency scenarios, such as when a pole splits on you while you’re already out in the woods. Advertisement
  • s3 Place the lateral edge of the tape over the split and press firmly into place. Cover the full length of the split with a strip of tape measuring 1 4–1 2inch (0.64–1.27 cm). Depending on the breadth of the roll you’re working with, you’ll have between 1 2 and 11 2 inches (1.3 and 3.8 cm) of reinforcement left over.
  • It is significantly more beneficial to tape a split longitudinally than than merely covering the ends of the split. The greater the amount of surface area on which the tape can attach, the more securely it will clamp the split together.
  • 4 Continue wrapping the tape around the divide until it is completely covered. Fold the tape with care to prevent leaving wrinkles or creases in the fabric. The pads of your fingers can be used to smooth down the strip once you’ve secured the entire strip in place. You are now free to continue erecting your tent without any further concerns.
  • Wrap the tape around the split in a circular motion until it is completely covered. 4 Take care not to leave any wrinkles or folds in the tape as you fold it. The pads of your fingers can be used to smooth down the strip once you’ve secured the entire piece in place. You are now free to continue erecting your tent without any further concerns
  1. 1 If required, trim or break off the jagged edges surrounding the break to prevent it from fraying. Remove any shards or splinters that are visible extending out beyond the shaft of the segment with wire cutters, or pry them loose with a pair of pliers if they are stuck in the shaft of the segment. This will ensure that the afflicted area has a consistent thickness and that the rough edges do not cause more harm.
  • It’s possible that you’ll have to manually bend aluminum poles back into shape in order for them to fit inside the tent pole repair sleeves that you’ll be utilizing. A large number of aluminum tent poles can be bent by hand, but if you are having trouble, you may try using an arbor press in the same way that you would bend tiny aluminum sheet pieces.
  • It’s possible that you’ll have to bend aluminum poles back into shape by hand in order for them to fit inside the tent pole repair sleeves that you’re going to use. The majority of aluminum tent poles can be bent by hand
  • But, if you are having trouble, you may try using an arbor press in the same manner you would bend tiny aluminum sheet pieces.
  • Most modern tents come with at least one repair sleeve, which allows you to do quick repairs in the field. These are often constructed of an ultra-strong aluminum alloy, which results in a splint that is both durable and lightweight. Alternatively, if you don’t have a repair sleeve available, a tent pole or a stout stick might be used as a substitute.
  • Tip: Although it is not required to disassemble the pole in order to slide the sleeve into position, it may be more convenient to do so. 3 Duct or gaffer’s tape can be used to secure the ends of the sleeve. Strips of 4–6 in (10–15 cm) wide tape should be torn off the pole and wound around the spots on the pole where they emerge from the sleeve’s outer borders. After you’ve applied the tape, you’ll be free to set up and pack your tent as you usually would, safe in the knowledge that the splint will function to stabilize the fracture.
  • Feel free to wrap the tape around the sleeve as many times as necessary to be absolutely ensure that it remains in place. You may even go all the way around the sleeve if you want to
  • Despite the fact that the usual tent pole repair sleeve is durable enough to withstand numerous camping seasons, it’s a good idea to locate a new pole as soon as possible after the incident occurs.
  1. First, look for an identically sized replacement section to use in place of the damaged pole. Some tent manufacturers include replacement parts with their products, such as poles and pole segments, in the initial packaging. It’s possible that your tent didn’t come with any replacement parts, in which case you’ll have to buy a new section from the original manufacturer. If you’re buying an old segment, make sure you measure it across the opening to ensure you’re obtaining one with the correct measurements.
  • You may also be able to locate a specific pole segment that meets your requirements on a website or via a merchant that specializes in old outdoor equipment. Replacement tent pole segments are often constructed considerably longer than conventional tent pole segments, allowing them to be readily trimmed to fit
  • However, replacement tent pole segments are not always made this way.
  • 2 Measure and mark the length of the new section to ensure that it is the same length as the previous one. Place the two segments side-by-side on a level surface with their bottom edges lined and their bottom edges aligned. Use a felt-tipped marker to draw a thin line on the shaft of the new section where the previous segment stops, and then cut along that line. This line will identify the location of the new section segment where you will be performing the necessary alterations
  • Alternatively, you can place a strip of contrasting masking or painter’s tape around the segment to indicate where you want to make your cut. If your poles are constructed of fiberglass, cutting through the tape rather than the exposed shaft may also assist to prevent cracking or splitting. Don’t worry about being too accurate here
  • The goal is to prevent cracking or splitting. Whatever the length of the new segment is relative to the length of the original section, it will perform perfectly.
  • 3 Using a hacksaw, cut the section to the desired length. Orient the pole piece such that the portion bearing the mark you just produced extends beyond the edge of your work surface when you place it at the edge of your work surface. Then, using smooth strokes and steady, moderate pressure, glide the teeth of your hacksaw back and forth over the line. Continue to saw until you reach the end of the segment
  • This will take some time.
  • The opposing end of the section should be held securely in place with your free hand to prevent it from sliding around unexpectedly while you’re attempting to concentrate on sawing. When using your hacksaw, proceed with caution. Despite the fact that they are not very hazardous instruments, an accident might still occur if you are not paying attention to what you are doing.
  • Advice: If you don’t already have one, a small portable hacksaw might be a very helpful addition to your camping kit. 4 Smooth down the rough edges on the cut end of the new section with a file or sandpaper. Following the trimming of the piece to the proper length, all that is needed is to smooth out the new opening with a metal file or a sheet of medium-grit sandpaper to make it seem smooth. A gentle polishing will prevent the elastic shock cord that holds the pole together from fraying once a fresh cut has been made.
  • It is advisable to use sandpaper with a grit that is anywhere between 80 and 120 while doing this activity.
  1. 1 Remove the old cord from the pole by cutting the anchor knots at either end of the pole. Remove the knot from the pole by inserting a pair of needle-nose pliers into the open end of the pole. Cut the rope slightly below the knot with a sharp knife or a pair of scissors, and then wriggle it out of the jointed pole segments with your fingers.
  • When you pull the cable out, be cautious not to lose any of the loose pole pieces that may have come away. Because they’re cylindrical, they’ll be more prone to rolling than other shapes. Due to the fact that you will be dismantling the pole in order to install the new shock cord, now is a good time to replace any pole segments that are showing signs of wear.
  • Tip: Use a felt-tipped marker to number the pole parts, starting with the end that was cut first. Putting them all back together in the proper arrangement will be a piece of cake later on. 2 A knot on one end of the replacement cord will serve as an anchor for the replacement cord. Simply choose a point 4–6 inches (10–15 cm) away from the end of the string and loop it into a basic double overhand knot to complete the look. After that, give the knot a couple of strong tugs to make sure it’s secure
  • A steel washer can be placed on the segment of the rope where you intend to tie your knot if you so choose to do so. The spherical washer will provide something for the rope to bite into and will enhance the longevity of the completed knot, as well as its appearance. Putting a knot on one end of the rope before you start working it through the various segments that make up the pole will prevent it from accidently coming out.
  • The portion where you intend to tie your knot can be protected by sliding a steel washer onto it. The spherical washer will provide something for the rope to bite into and will strengthen the longevity of the completed knot, as shown in the illustration. Putting a knot on one end of the rope before working it through the multiple segments that make up the pole will prevent it from accidently coming out.
  • When pulling the cord through, it may be helpful to have an aide hold each piece for you while you concentrate on pushing the cord through.
  • 4 Remove one end of the cord and tie it off with the pole stretched out to its full length. Once you’ve completed the process of running the new cord through each section, lay the entire assembly down on the floor. Extend the cord to generate some tension, then twist up a second double overhand knot 4–6 inches (10–15 cm) from one end of the cord opposite the one you began with. That is all there is to it.
  • Remember to slip a second washer onto the cord before tying your final knot if you used one on the first side
  • Otherwise, the knot will not hold. It is important to remember that if your shock cords are fastened with metal pull tips rather than anchor knots, you must reinstall them according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

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  • To obtain a new pole for your tent while it is still under warranty, get in touch with the manufacturer. Depending on the circumstances, they may even replace the entire tent for a minimal fee. It will be necessary to reshape steel tent poles by a qualified metal craftsman, albeit it may be more cost-effective in the long run to simply purchase a new set of poles. When looking for spare parts for popular tent types, online purchasing platforms such as eBay may be quite beneficial.

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  • Toolkit includes: replacement pole segment
  • Felt-tipped marker
  • Hacksaw
  • Metal file or medium-grit sandpaper
  • Contrast tape (optional)
  • And instructions.
  • Sharp knife or scissors, steel washer (optional), replacement shock cable (optional), hacksaw (optional), and other miscellaneous supplies. Alternatives include: a file or sandpaper. Optional: a felt-tipped marker

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Q. Hey, there, Gear Guy! My two-man tent was being set up for air drying when one of the fiberglass poles snapped as I was putting it up. Are there any sites where I may go to acquire a replacement for my watch? — Half-a-pole Adam from Spokane, Washington. Greetings, Mr. Half. First and foremost, congratulations for thoroughly drying out your tent (cue applause). Taking good care of your equipment is essential if you want it to endure for a long period. After that, I’d like to share a few of recommendations that are special to tent poles: The middle of the foldable tent poles should always be the starting point for assembling or disassembling them.

  • This will place an excessive amount of strain on the elastic within the pole, which may cause it to break.
  • In addition, such debris might get trapped inside the pole joints and cause issues.
  • Your best bet is to get in touch with the company who made your tent in the first place.
  • If it doesn’t work, try returning to the store where you purchased the tent.
  • In the event that you do get in contact, please careful to specify which specific tent type you have and which pole is damaged.
  • It appears that replacement poles may be purchased for as little as $5 to $35 for fiberglass poles, depending on the diameter and length of the pole you want, of course.
  • While I can’t personally speak for the firm, it appears as though they would be able to assist you.
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Here’s How to Repair a Busted Tent Pole the Easy Way

Hey, hey, summer has officially here. Yes, the pandemic implies that some people may be unable to go or camp due to the disease, and many campgrounds will remain closed. However, scattered camping is still an option almost everywhere, and new campsites are being built all the time to accommodate the growing demand. To put it another way, it’s time to break out the tent. Alternatively, if one of the tent poles becomes damaged while being removed from the tent, it is necessary to utilize the little metal sleeve that came with the tent.

I’ve been camping for several decades and had never needed to use one before then.

It took me a while to figure out how the repair sleeve worked because I’d never used one before.

In this little video from MSR, the manufacturer of the Hubba Hubba NX, which is one of my all-time favorite hiking tents, you can see how simple it is to do that repair in the field. It would have spared me at least 20 minutes of yelling and cursing.

Help! My tent is broken! – How to fix your tent and repair poles

As a result, your really costly tent is shattered or ruined. What options do you have? We demonstrate a few approaches to assist you in resolving the issue. Any family tent represents a significant financial investment, and when catastrophes occur, such as a bent tent pole, you may be faced with the risk of having that investment completely wiped out from under your feet. Here’s a brief list of objects that have broken, along with the many alternatives you have for repairing or replacing them.

Fixing a bent tent peg

In all seriousness, you are going to have bent tent pegs, especially if you are using the standard pegs that came with your tent. Seriously?!? These tent pegs are very inexpensive and will quickly bend if not handled properly. While it is possible to construct a jig to straighten them, doing so is not recommended. Replacement tent pegs are inexpensive and readily available. However, you should be updating your tent pegs regardless of whether you are camping or not. Read this post to find out what kind of tent pegs you should buy.

Replacing a snapped guy line

Guy lines are generally rather robust, and I haven’t come across one that has snapped yet. However, if this does happen to you, don’t be concerned, because replacement guy lines are readily available online.

Fixing Leaking Tent Seams

What was once a completely dry tent may begin to bleed water via a seam due to a leak. This can occur for a variety of causes, including:

  • The waterproof coating or seam sealant has become ineffective
  • The seam has been stretched beyond its breaking point, and the seal has been compromised. A previously undiscovered fault has just recently become a problem as a result of a change in wind/rain strength and direction.

You should also double-check that the seam is indeed leaking, as moisture in a tent may often give the appearance of a leak. You could even find yourself with a pool of water in your tent if your tent hasn’t been properly ventilated before you set up camp. An additional consideration is that certain poly-cotton or canvas tents may have somewhat leaky seams the first time they are used, since the materialstitching has not yet settled (well, this is what one manufacturer reported anyway). It is simple to repair a little leaky seam.

If you want a more permanent solution, you may acquire some tent seam sealer instead.

Click here to read an article on how to avoid a leaky tent and how to stop the tent seams from leaking.

Waterproofing Your Tent

It is also possible to seek treatment for leaky seams if you believe that water is no longer running off the tent material as it used to, which is something you should investigate further. Even the soapy combination used in your child’s bubbles might be a source of concern for them. Was it ever brought to your attention that laundry detergent might destroy the waterproof covering from your tent? A problem might arise even from the soapy combination used in your child’s bubbles. You may purchase a spray-on waterproofer, which is a convenient item to have on hand when camping.

Although it is considerably more difficult and time-consuming to apply to the entire tent (with the added danger of making it appear ‘patchy’), there are some firms that will do this for you, as well as thoroughly cleaning the tent to make it look as near as possible to its original condition.

Fixing a Bent or Broken Tent Pole

Now, the answer to a broken or bent tent pole is highly dependent on the type of tent pole in question, as well as the location and severity of the damage.

Replacing ‘bendy’ Fibreglass Tent Poles

If your tent is equipped with flexible tent poles (which are normally constructed of fiberglass or a composite material and are typically black or grey in color), they are the easiest to repair and replace.

1. Simple DIY Tent Pole ‘gaffa’ Repair

Most of the time, these sorts of poles are capable of splitting, exposing the inner elastic that binds the various pieces together. The best in-field fix for this is a simple piece of gaffa or duct tape. We’ve done this previously, and the tape really lasted for a few more seasons after that. When you go camping, always remember to bring some gaffer tape with you.

2. DIY Replacement Section

You may also purchase replacements, which can be either full poles or simply a portion of a pole. If you only wish to replace a segment of the pipe, take measurements of the width and diameter. After that, you may find a replacement in the proper size. To re-thread the elastic through, you will need to dismantle the pieces of the pole that were before the damaged pole. Some replacement kits have a convenient pull through that is handy for threading the elastic line through the tent pole.

Replacing Steel Tent Poles

It is possible to straighten a bent steel tent pole if it is a straight portion and it has not been bent too far out of shape; however, this is not recommended. But if that isn’t possible or if the tent pole is formed, it is preferable to take it to a metal craftsman with a non-bent pole that is identical to the bent pole. The metal worker will be equipped with equipment that will allow him to quickly return the pole to its original shape, as well as the ability to heat the pole if necessary to avoid straining the metal.

2. Replacing the bent pole section

When it comes to poles that can’t be replaced, your options are quite restricted. There are occasionally some replacement poles available for straight portions, however most steel tent poles are made to a specified form for the tent type that you have purchased.

3. Contact the retailer

The first thing I would suggest is that you contact the store where you purchased it, and if that is unsuccessful, you should contact another retailer who carries your brand of tent. Some merchants may have a few extras on hand, or they may have some old stock that they are willing to sell you. Of course, depending on the part, this may entail a modest premium over the standard rate.

4. Contact a spares supplier

Tent spares are only available from a few providers that offer a repair service. One such service, a specialised outdoor repair service such asScottish Mountain Gear, which is one example of this type of service. My own experience with their service is limited (thank goodness! ), but I am aware of a few other people who have had positive experiences with it.

5. Contact the Manufacturer

It is uncommon that contacting the tent maker is effective. They send a lot of goods out to shops and don’t keep spares on hand, and they don’t keep stock on hand to assist consumers directly. unless they sell tents directly to the public, in which case there’s a chance they’ll have some on hand. You may also anticipate that the manufacturer will not be able to repair a single tent pole but will only be able to deliver (sell) you a whole set of tent poles because this is what is left over from their manufacturing run.

This might end up costing you almost as much as purchasing a brand new tent.

6. E-Bay

For popular tent models, there is a considerable second-hand market to choose from. While the expense of purchasing a second-hand version of your tent for the purpose of replacing a pole may seem extravagant, it may still be less expensive than other alternatives. Keep an eye out on the second-hand market for any more tents that may be available as spares. Somebody else’s tent may have been damaged, but it may have been in a different place, and you will be able to pick it up for a far lower price.

Repairing a Ripped Tent

A ripped tent does not necessarily imply the end of the least not if the rip is not too severe. When you are camping, gaffa tape will come in handy if you have a little rip. In case of an emergency, you may also purchase tent repair tape to use in the meanwhile. Cover the area with a tarp if you need to make an emergency repair to a larger rip — you do have a tarp, don’t you? (read this). Some tents include some repair cloth as well as some glue for minor repairs (and a few with a self-adhesive patch).

If your tent does not come with a patch, you can purchase one from a store; however, the color of the patch may not match the color of your tent.

If you require anything further, you may need to call a local tent repairer (whom your local camping shop may be able to recommend) or look into purchasing a used tent.

Useful items for DIY Tent Repairs

Here are some tools and supplies you may use to repair your damaged tent on your own. GorillaTapeIdeal for making quick repairs in an emergency. Outwell The Luminous Guy Line is a line of clothing that is brightly colored and stands out from the crowd. VangoGuy Line is a transportation company that specializes on vangos. There are a variety of colors to choose from. OutwellDurawrap These are available in a variety of sizes. Outwell Steel Pole with a Straight Base These are available in a variety of sizes.

  1. VangoFibreglass Pole is made of fiberglass.
  2. McNettSeamSure For the purpose of repairing leaky seams McNettSeamgrip It is used for mending seams that have fallen apart.
  3. Patches of McNett’s tenaciousness For bigger holes in your tent, use a tent sealant.
  4. NikwaxTent It is possible to purchase them in either spray-on or bigger sizes.
  5. Photos courtesy of Thomas Guest.

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How To Fix Broken Fibreglass Tent Poles

Obviously, this isn’t the best news, but it doesn’t mean you have to cancel your camping trip just yet.

Furthermore, you will not be required to purchase a new tent. Replacement tent poles and a little know-how are all you’ll need to restore your tent poles to like-new condition. Continue reading for a fast and simple advice on how to repair broken fiberglass tent poles.

  • A set of replacement fiberglass tent poles for use with a canopy. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, go with universal tent poles. A little hacksaw, sandpaper, and duct tape are all needed.

In order to construct your pole, you will need to use numerous loose “pieces” and an elasticated cord (sometimes referred to as a shock cord). The shock cord is simply knotted at each end once it has been threaded through each component from one end to the other. Measure the length of the portion that will be replaced (the new section is generally extra-long, so you may need to cure the new pole down to suit). Making use of a tiny hacksaw, cut the new section (if necessary) to the length of the pole that will be replacing the old one.

Then carefully peel away the duct tape and sand the edges until they are smooth.

Retain hold of the shock cord and carefully remove the pieces one at a time (while maintaining them in the proper sequence) until you reach the section that needs to be repaired or replaced.

You may always shorten or lengthen the shock cord by fishing out the knot in one of the end poles as it becomes necessary.


After searching around the attic or the garage for something, did you happen to come across your tent? Hopefully, you did. What brought up memories of packing it up with a few of damaged pole parts that were poorly repaired with duct tape, promising yourself that you’d have them replaced in the following couple of weeks.? It’s something we’ve all done. Avoid waiting until your next camping trip to do the necessary repairs; do them now and you’ll have the piece of mind that you won’t have any additional hassles when you pitch your tent on your next camping trip.

  • However, under some adverse weather conditions (which we tend to have a fair share of in the UK!) fibre glass tent poles may shatter completely.
  • Generally speaking, tent manufacturers will not cover you under warranty if your poles break owing to the numerous factors at play.
  • Identifying the breadth of your broken pole or poles should be your first order of business.
  • If all else fails, get out the tape measure!
  • Some tents employ more than one size of tent pole to support the structure.
  • Mosttent pole repair kits will contain additional shock cord and ferrules in addition to the standard items (the little metal bits that go on the end).
  • Here’s a helpful video instruction that will walk you through the process of replacing your damaged tent poles step by step.
  • Because they are generally tailored to certain lengths and sizes for a variety of different tents, it might be more difficult to find replacements.
  • It may be necessary to obtain certain new poles directly from the manufacturer; thus, if you get any damaged poles, please contact us and we will advise you on the most cost-effective and expedient approach to get your tent back up and running.

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Replace and Repair Tent Poles

The majority of modern tents are constructed of glass fiber poles with elastic flowing through the center. If you don’t tighten your guide ropes enough to prevent your tent from shifting about, you may find that these poles split through the middle. Most tent retailers, such as go outside, retain used ones in store from previous show tents; if you ask respectfully, they may be willing to offer you a few of them for free if your tents are less than a year old and you purchased them from them.

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Step 1: You Will Need.

Hacksaw and sandpaper for replacing the poles In the shape of a large needle Fishing line with a lot of strength Pen with a marking pen Mask for the face

Step 2: Getting Started

Remove the poles from the elastic by cutting the knot at one end of the elastic and removing the poles from the elastic.

Step 3: Cutting to Length.

Mark the length of the old pole adjacent to the new pole to use as a reference. Hold the new pole firmly in your hands and carefully cut the pole to the desired length, being careful not to damage the fibers. WHEN WORKING WITH FIBERGLASS, ALWAYS WEAR A MASK.

Step 4: Sanding

Next to the new pole, measure the length of the previous pole. With one hand, hold the new pole firmly while cutting it very carefully to ensure that the fibers are not torn. If you are working with glass, you should wear a mask.

Step 5: Threading the Elastic

Using fishing line to thread the elastic knot, thread one end of the elastic through a knot-free fishing line end, and then tie a needle on one end of the fishing line to the knot-free end, you will need approximately twice as much fishing line as the pole length. Make sure the knot is small enough to fit inside the pole freely. Embroider the pole by inserting the needle and thread inside it and gently tapping it on the floor until the needle is at its lowest point, then gently pulling the elastic through.

Step 6: Last Pole

Holding the elastic around your finger and tying a double knot at the end of the fishing line will help you draw the last two poles tight. Once you have finished, cut the fishing line and you are finished!

1 Person Made This Project!

Ever returned to camp after a long day on the trail to discover your tent overturned and your pole set a complete mess of shock cord and poles? If so, you’re not alone. Hopefully, the response is negative. However, occasionally a storm or a stray wind gust might have a negative impact on your tiny home away from home. Fortunately, our staff here at NEMO has prepared for the worst, and your tent comes with a pole splint that can be found within the pole bag. Here’s what you’ll need to accomplish in order to go through the rest of your journey: 1.

  1. Locate the pole splint and the broken pole segment in your pole set by following the arrows. The pole splint should be pushed up the poles until it is covering the fractured pole piece. Make use of duct tape or repair tape to keep the pole splint firmly attached to the pole set. You can use a pole set until you’re able to return home and do a more thorough repair. Watch this video for a brief instruction on how to use it.

At-Home Repair

Once you have returned home, please contact our customer service department. Because pole segments are removable, you won’t have to replace the entire pole set if one segment breaks. If you have any questions, please contact us at 800-997-9301, or fill out our Spare Parts Obtain Form to request a pole section. In either case, they’ll be pleased to assist you in restoring your pole set to full functionality in preparation for your next expedition. Although disassembling a pole set might seem scary if you’ve never done it before, it should be a simple and quick operation as long as you follow the steps in the instructions carefully and thoroughly.

First, our staff will send you an email with a pole chart so that you may confirm which pole section you require. This chart may also be used to keep track of your progress once you have received the replacement pole section and are ready to begin the repair.

Once you’ve received the new pole segment, follow the step-by-step process below for replacing it in your pole set:

1. Remove the ball cap from the end of the pole that is closest to the damaged segment. After that, detach the ball cap from the shock cable with a screwdriver. Remove the ball cap from the pole by unscrewing it and pulling it away from the shock cord. 2: Untie the shock cord loop so that the shock cord may be readily threaded through the poles. One of the most common NEMO tent components, this three-pronged hub links the shock cable to the hub through a little black clip that can be taken out of the middle of the hub.

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Special Instructions: Hubs

For damaged pole segments that need the removal of the shock cord from a central hub, this is the most effective procedure for restoring the hub to working condition. One of the most common NEMO tent components, this three-pronged hub links the shock cable to the hub through a little black clip that can be taken out of the middle of the hub. Three-pronged hub: The Dagger, Aurora, Hornet, Hornet Elite, Firefly, and Dragonfly are all equipped with this hub, as are the Hornet and Aurora. One portion, the ridge pole of the tent, is joined to the other half by a little black clip, which is used to tie the shock cord to the hub of the tent.

The easiest way to remove this black clip is to:

1. To reach the shock cord of your pole set, use a sharp blade to go under the lip of the black hub covering and through the opening. It should easily pop out of the hub; we recommend removing both sides at the same time. With care, insert a blade between a lip on the hub covering and raise to release the cover. 2. Carefully pull the shock cable away from the black clip, allowing it to completely detach from the hub. This will assist in loosening the clip just enough to allow it to be removed.

  1. In order to remove this clip, we recommend pushing it out via one side of the center hub aperture with a pen; do not hesitate to apply pressure because the clip is quite tough.
  2. After that, you should be able to work it out far enough to be able to grip the other end with your fingers.
  3. After you’ve finished repairing your pole set, thread a loop of shock wire through the hub leg until it pokes out of the centre of the hub.
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7. Tie off the shock cord at a location that will not be too near to the end of the pole’s length. To make a loop, feed the shock cable through the hub, then attach the black clip to the shock cord and pull the clip back into position in the hub to complete the loop.

Loose Shock cord? No problem!

Over time, shock cord’s elasticity might deteriorate as a result of its use. In the event that you observe fraying, loss of elasticity, or that the poles do not fit together correctly, it is critical that you replace the shock cord in your pole set. Shock cord may be found at most sporting goods stores and on the internet. You can also get in touch with us personally if you require shock cords. Following the installation of your new shock cable, you’ll want to disassemble your pole set according to the instructions provided above.

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How to Replace Shock Cord in Tent Pole

There are various little components in a tent that might fail, but these do not need the purchase of a completely new unit. Tent pole shock cords are susceptible to failure, deterioration, and brittleness with time, and finally loss of their elastic qualities. Your tent pole may no longer operate properly if the shock cord is no longer functioning properly. You may believe that new tent poles are required. Purchasing new tent poles, on the other hand, may be quite expensive, and there is a lot more affordable option.

It is simple to replace the shock cord in your tent pole; all you need are a few simple components and a positive mindset.

We’ll also talk about why shock cords are vital, as well as some preventative actions you may do to avoid more harm.

If you know how to mend a broken tent pole in the field, a broken tent pole in the field does not have to be a reason for panic.

What is a tent shock cord and why is it important?

Modern tent poles are equipped with shock cords, which serve primarily to keep your tent poles connected to one another. Tents of the past had poles that easily split apart into tiny portions, however the newer design preserves all of your poles in one piece and makes pitching your tent much simpler. You may still utilize the fragments of a broken shock cord from one of your poles if the cord is from another pole. Nonetheless, because your tent poles are intended to be linked, pitching your tent may prove to be a significant issue.

Upon assembly of the poles, the shock cords are formed of an elastic material, which allows for the individual segments to be kept together with elastic once the poles have been joined.

Although you may use a non-elastic shock rope to hold your tent poles together in one piece, the elasticity is undoubtedly advantageous when putting together your wilderness shelter.

What you need to replace the shock cord in a tent pole

Make sure you have all of the materials you’ll need before starting to work on your tent repair. A replacement shock cord may be purchased at your local camping store, and there are several companies who sell shock cords online as well. You will require the following materials:

  • The use of a shock cable (size 18″ or smaller) with adequate length to cover all of the poles that need to be fixed
  • Scissors or a sharp edge
  • Measuring tape
  • Sharpie or marker pen
  • A lighter or matches to melt the ends of the wires Tape for masking

How to replace a faulty shock cord in a tent pole

The moment has come to get started on mending your shelter now that you have all of the equipment you need, as well as some new shock cable to replace the old, faulty ones you had to start from scratch. If you follow our instructions, your tent will look and function like new! The first thing you should do if your shock cord is still intact is to cut it with scissors by pulling apart two portions of your tent pole and severing the shock cable within them. You will see that your tent pole will come apart into its many components after the cable has been severed.

  • Because it’s probable that the pole portions in the middle are similar, the end pieces where the rope is knotted are the most critical parts to avoid getting mixed up in the process.
  • Perhaps you’ll need to remove your grommet pegs and then untie the remaining cable before you can continue.
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  • Remember to collect the proper dimensions for each tent pole if you’re replacing the shock cord in a number of different models.
  • Make a mark on the cord using a marker pen to indicate the length that will be needed, but do not cut it yet!
  • If you are unable to use your previous cord as a reference, measure and mark the new cord to be approximately 8 inches shorter than the pole, or around 75% of its overall length.
  • You’ll need to cut the cord to a length that’s slightly longer than the length of your tent poles in order to leave enough room to thread it through.

Then, taking the longer end, begin threading it through all of the segments of the tent pole until you reach the other end.

Make certain that the cables are threaded in the proper direction, male to female, or else they will not fit together after you’re through.

Step 4: Finish the job 4.Assemble the tent pole so that all of the sections are attached to one another, just as you would while pitching a tent.

When all of the tent pole sections are securely fastened together, begin tugging on the cord to stretch it out at the other end.

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When you’ve reached the desired length with the string, tie a knot here to ensure that the peg is secure.

Then, using your lighter or matches, singe the end of the cord to prevent it from fraying or unraveling.

All of the components should be tucked away and reassembled, and there should be no evidence of a shock cord visible outside the pole.

We’ve come to the end of our lessons on how to replace the shock cable inside a tent pole.

All camping equipment is subject to wear and tear, but for the most part, it is not required to replace it.

The fact that you can use this approach at home when doing repairs is excellent, but what happens if your shock cord breaks while you’re on a camping trip isn’t so nice.

If you don’t happen to have an extra length of tent pole shock cord on hand, continue reading to learn about potential alternatives to this procedure.

How to Repair a Shock Cord if it Breaks in the Field

A snapped or overstretched shock cable might make erecting your shelter more difficult if you’re already out on the trail during your camping vacation. If you want to repair the wire without having to replace the entire length, fortunately, there is a simple solution. However, while this is not a permanent solution, it will allow you to use your tent for a short period of time until you can replace the cord completely. If the cable hasn’t snapped, but rather has become too stretched out to go around your tent pole, there’s a simple solution.

  1. Then, draw the shock cable through the grommet peg until it is taught once again, and reattach it to the grommet peg.
  2. If the shock cord on your old tent pole has snapped, you’ll need to remove the pole using the steps outlined above to fix the problem.
  3. Remove a few inches of the cord’s elastic core on each side of the break, leaving only the braided sheath on the other side.
  4. The reason you need a thinner segment of cord to tie the knot is so that the knot will not become trapped in the poles and will be able to flow through freely.

Using string as a temporary replacement for a broken shock cord

If the shock cord in your tent pole is damaged beyond repair and you don’t have a new replacement cord on hand, you can use a string to tie the poles together until you can purchase a new replacement cable. Although this will not have the same elastic characteristics as real shock cable, it can be used as a temporary replacement until you can make more serious repairs. Keep this in mind when using this. All you need to execute this DIY patch is a length of strong string and a hair bobby pin, making it a simple repair that can be completed with a small number of supplies.

  • Remember to be careful not to mix up the pole pieces once again, so that you can quickly put them back together thereafter when you’re through.
  • Calculate the length of your string based on the length of your tent pole plus a few additional inches for tying the knots, and then cut it.
  • This will make it much easier to thread the string back through the tent.
  • Dropping the bobby pin down through the pole and then gently pulling it out from the other side is a good way to do this.
  • Because you’re using string rather than an elastic cord, you won’t be able to tighten it before tying it off properly.
  • Tie off your string on the grommet peg, allowing for the additional length, and then singe the ends to avoid fraying.

When you’re finished, we recommend that you unfurl your poles to make sure there’s enough slack to pack away your tent properly. Any mistakes can be corrected by untying the end at a peg and making any required modifications.

How to repair a broken tent pole

The shock cord isn’t the only part of your tent pole that might break; the outer poles themselves can be susceptible to breaking at times. If you experience a tent pole breakdown while on a camping vacation, it might render your shelter entirely inoperable! You should be familiar with these simple methods for repairing a damaged tent pole as well as changing the bungee cord so that you are prepared for any situation that may arise. A pole repair sleeve, also known as a splint, is the most straightforward method of repairing a broken pole.

  • Purchasing a repair sleeve is a cheap option if your tent does not come equipped with one; you never know when you might require one.
  • If the tent pole has simply been twisted, and not completely cut, gently bend the metal back into place to prevent further damage.
  • If there are any shards of broken tent pole metal in your path, try bending them back inwards with some pliers or, if necessary, a rock to clear the route.
  • Alternatively, if you do not have a tent pole repair sleeve, you can splint the pole with an extra stake.
  • Using duct tape, secure a stake to either side of the broken tent pole and then line up the broken tent pole the same way you did previously.

Preventing damage to your tent poles in the future

If you’ve had to make a repair to your tent pole shock cord and want to prevent having to do it again in the future, we have some suggestions for maintaining and extending the life of your tent poles to help you out. Keep your poles off the ground at all times, especially if you’re working in a sloppy environment with loose soil, gravel, or mud. Openings into the hollow inside of the poles may be seen when your poles are folded up. It’s ideal to prevent having any debris get trapped inside your tent poles because this might cause the shock cord to become abrasive and eventually break.

When building your tent and connecting the tent poles, start with the central segment and work your way out from there.

This will lower the amount of strain placed on the elastic shock cable within, hence reducing the likelihood of breakages and the need for replacement.

You’ll be considerably more likely to prevent repairs and replacements in the future if you follow these few simple suggestions. If you’re willing to put in the effort to make a few minor repairs, then resting on your camping vacation will be much more enjoyable.

Final Verdict:

It is occasionally required to replace the shock cord in your tent pole, but it does not have to be a difficult process. It is possible to save a large amount of money by making minor repairs and replacements to your camping equipment over time, and it is also considerably healthier for the environment. Learning how to execute these little repairs is simple, and more importantly, it will make you a more experienced camper. As an added bonus, watch this video for some further tent pole repair advice!

How To Repair Broken Fiberglass Tent Pole

Do you have a tent at home with a damaged fiberglass pole? If so, let us know. Did your tent pole break while you were camping? What is the best way to repair split fiberglass tent poles? The likelihood of your camping equipment becoming damaged increases dramatically when you camp on a frequent basis. Accidents happen all the time, and your poles may become damaged as a result. This might be really unpleasant since you will be unable to utilize your tent and enjoy the outdoors as a result. In this regard, I will provide you with some practical tips on how to repair a fiberglass tent pole so that you can get back to camping in no time.

Fix a broken fiberglass tent pole like an expert

When the fiberglass poles of a tent are damaged, the majority of people believe that their camping days are over and that they will have to purchase a new structure. They are unsure of how to deal with the repairs to the damaged poles. Because of a broken tent pole, they decide to discard their existing tents and consider purchasing new ones. Are you having the same thoughts? You are under no obligation to take such drastic measures. You will be able to repair your tent if you have a little bit of training and the appropriate equipment.

Fiberglass tent pole kit

Among the items you will require for this project are: replacement tent poles, a tiny hacksaw, and a screwdriver. SandpaperØ A face mask made of duct tape

The process

The fiberglass poles that are used to support tents are often constructed from a number of loose pole parts that are kept together by a flexible cable or rope. The elastic cable, also known as a shock cord, is threaded through the length of the poles and knotted at both ends to keep it in place. In the event that your pole breaks, it is most probable that just one of the portions has been broken off. You will need to replace it if you want to restore the tent to its original state of operation.

Measure the precise portion of the tent pole that has to be replaced and mark it on the tent pole.

Cutting the fiberglass pole with a hacksaw will require you to put on a face mask, which you should do before starting.

Use duct tape to hold the new pole in place while you cut it to the proper length. This will ensure that the pole is the correct length. The creation of splinters will be prevented as a result of your ability to cut in an ordered manner.

  • Eliminate any remaining pieces of Duct Tape from the pole and sand the pole’s edges to create an even surface. Place the entire tent pole on the floor and begin untying the knot at the end of the pole that is closest to the portion that will be replaced. It is doubtful that you will be able to reach the end of the knot with your fingers, thus a needle nose plier should be used to free it from the pole. It’s possible that the knot was knotted too tightly and you’ll have to cut it
  • Holding the shock cord in place, gently remove the pole parts until you reach the broken part that has to be repaired or replaced. Removing the damaged portion and replacing it with the section that you have prepared is a good idea. While maintaining your grip on the shock cord, re-stretch it through the pole portions that you had previously removed for the time being. Due to the fact that the parts are of varied lengths and diameters, it is important to return the poles in the same condition as you found them. It is possible that your tent will not stand up properly if you mix them together. Finish the string by tying a knot at the end and making sure that it is taught in the same way that you discovered it. The cable secures the tent’s poles in place and provides a defined framework for the tent. This is why you should make certain that it is taught in sufficient quantities.

If you realize that this is not the case later on when you are setting up the tent, take the end of the shock cord and modify the knot accordingly. From either end of the poles, you may do this action.

Use a tent pole repair sleeve

If you realize that this is not the case later on when you are setting up the tent, take the end of the shock cord and modify the knot accordingly. From either end of the poles, you may complete this task.

Use a tent stake

There is another option if you don’t happen to have an emergency repair kit or a pole repair sleeve with you. If your pole breaks, you can use a stake to connect the two broken sections of the pole back together again. To begin, arrange the broken pole components in a straight line. If each is bent straight, it can be manipulated with pliers. Assemble the stake and place it next to the broken part; the stake must be centered between the two broken parts. The final step is to use duct tape or another type of heavy-duty tape to secure all of the pieces in place before proceeding.

How do you replace a shock cord?

Is your shock cable in the poles damaged or no longer stretches when you pull on it? In these instances, it is past time to replace it.


First and foremost, you must understand how the shock cord is linked. To see the cable, open the end of the pole and pull it out. In most situations, a metal or plastic tab will be located on the pole, which you may pull out and repair the cable with.


Mark the pole parts with numbers so that you will know how to link them together at the conclusion of the project. Remove the old shock cord by untying it, pulling it out, and placing it somewhere where you can cut a new cord of the same length.


Take the new cord and connect a tab to the end of it using a piece of tape. You’re almost through with threading the cable through the pole. Using the clamp or vise grip, forcefully pull the cable to cut it off when you reach the end of the final pole segment you are threading.


Finalize the procedure by connecting the core to the pole’s tip and knot the remaining end of the pole.

Save the money

Tent poles break all of the time, but this does not imply that you must discard your tent and purchase a new one in order to fix the problem. A damaged pole can be repaired by the homeowner. You will be able to fix a damaged fiberglass tent pole without much difficulty if you follow my recommendations.

About The Author

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