So you have a new tent and you are ready to do this first camping trip. You get everything packed and ready? STOP Always set it up at home first. The first time with a new tent, it will take longer in preparation and it may be awkward to get to the park and I'm still trying to read directions in the dark or perhaps missing parts.
Well, you are now familiar with the collection of your tent and you have all the pieces, you are ready to go to the park. You can stop at the camp desk and check in. If you have pre-registered, but have sites available you may want to check them first and see if there is a better location, then the location that is assigned to you. Most camps will let you do this.
Something you might think is;
• Level sites with good drainage
• Water and electricity (this is a must for my wife)
• Do you want to be near the RV or a quieter location
• High positions
• Open area or more shaded area (I'm in Louisiana so I tend to look for shade)
• Do not place too close to the bathrooms or showers where people can walk down your site. Of course you may want to be close if you have young children.
• Near water activities (again because I'm in Louisiana water = mosquitos so I keep away from preparing water)
• Any site may be more family oriented
No matter what is important to you, there are still three basic things to look for which are the same in business. The hotel is …
Once you find the site you like takes into account the above items that interest you, you need to set up the site. I take a paper rake with me and I fire things loose and sharp away from where we will have a tent. Make sure you do not just look at the ground but also the outdoors to make sure there are no branches or limbs that may be lost by the wind.
Use a fingerprint for your map. You can purchase specific footprints to plan your floor in your tent. They serve a number of purposes, such as protecting your tent floor from sharp objects that may cause tears or holes, but also provide a clean surface to create the tent to reveal. It should not be larger than the tent floor, but if it is better than checking the gap in any surplus. You do not want any of them to extend beyond the tent floor where you can catch water. It is best to use a fingerprint, but if it is not available, the mask will do so. You can get tarpaulins at Lowes or Home Depot.
If you do not expect any bad weather, you do not need to use the rain fly, but if there is a chance of rain, at least lock it to one side so you can pull it out quickly when you feel the first drop of rain. In cold weather will provide insulation for the tent. If you place a tent in the direct sun during hot weather, they provide UV protection to the body of your tent. The fly will also give you a vestibule to store like dirty shoes. Some flies provide plenty of space on the door. Pull the fly back securely and away from the tent body for ventilation.
Tents with full flies are best in rainy weather. The full fly keeps the body of the tent dry and keeps moisture less when the rain stops and the sun returns to the outside. Usually you only see the full yachts on the tents of the best quality.