How to increase your folding tent’s stability

When used outdoors, your folding pavilion will also be exposed to difficult weather conditions. The wind in particular is a real challenge - which you and your Pro-Tent folding tent can master with the right accessories and by applying a few rules. Thanks to the tent’s extraordinary stability, supplemented with fastening materials and weights, you can withstand almost any weather.

Tensioning your folding pavilion correctly

When the wind starts picking up, you should make sure that your tent is properly tensioned. The best way to do this is to use your tensioning set, which is included as a standard accessory with every Pro-Tent folding tent. It consists of 30 cm long T-pegs and tensioning ropes with carabiners. Use these to secure your Pro-Tent folding tent against the wind.

We also offer a professional tensioning set as an accessory for particularly demanding applications. This consists of 50 cm long, T-shaped pegs, a hammer and tensioning ropes with a quick-release function.

To achieve the best possible results, you should make sure that you tension your folding tent in line with the laws of physics. The tensioning ropes should lead away from all four corners of the folding tent at an angle of approx. 45 degrees. Lugs are provided at the corners of the fabric roof for this purpose.

CAUTION: The tensioning ropes must not be stretched too tightly. Tension only with moderate force so that the ropes do not sag. If it is windy, you must check from time to time whether the tensioning ropes are still holding firm - and readjust them if necessary or set the T-pegs again.

Note: Tensioning your folding tent is particularly effective and efficient because it not only keeps it securely in place in windy conditions, but also prevents too much movement from affecting your folding tent, which in the worst case could damage the construction.

Stabilise your tent with weights

If there are no options for tensioning your Pro-Tent folding tent, or if you would like to secure it additionally, you can use our various weights. The idea is as simple as it is logical: If the tent weighs more in the right places, it will stand more securely. To make them as mobile as possible, our folding tents are actually characterised by the lowest possible weight. For additional stability, we offer a wide range of foot weights and pole weights.

Be it weight plate, sand weight or water weight - these 10-50 kg accessories will ensure maximum stability for your tent even in stronger winds. And if the weather gets particularly rough? Then simply stack several weight plates (up to 75 kg per stand) and combine them additionally with water weights. These take over the function of a ground anchor if T-pegs cannot be used for tensioning due to the ground conditions.

Pro-Tent folding tents: particularly wind and weatherproof

Our tents are characterised by Swiss premium quality. They are designed to be particularly robust and to withstand wind while providing optimum weight benefits. This is ensured by the high-quality aluminium frame, which is exceptionally stable. A telescopic spring mounted in the roof ensures that the force of the wind is absorbed. This relieves the entire frame.

Every part in the frame is made of particularly resistant material. The joints are made of glass-fibre reinforced high-tech plastic. We always test all components using FEM analyses for horizontal and vertical load cases and thus prepare them ideally for difficult wind situations. They therefore easily fulfil all the characteristics required of a weatherproof folding pavilion.

What happens to the folding tent during a storm?

Level

km/h

Knots

 

0

0 - 1

0

No wind

1

1 - 3

1 - 3

Weak breeze

2

6 - 11

4 - 6

Weak wind

3

12 - 19

7 - 10

Weak wind

4

20 - 28

11 - 16

Moderate wind

5

29 - 38

17 - 21

Strong breeze

6

38 - 49

22 - 27

Strong wind

7

50 - 61

28 - 33

Strong wind

8

62 - 74

34 - 40

Storm

9

75 - 88

41 - 47

Storm

10

89 - 102

48 - 55

Severe storm

11

103 - 117

56 - 63

Hurricane-like storm

12

118 - 133

64 - 71

Hurricane

13

134 - 149

72 - 80

Hurricane

14

150 - 166

81 - 89

Hurricane

15

167 - 183

90 - 98

Hurricane

16

184 - 202

99 - 109

Hurricane

17

> 202

> 109

Hurricane

Wind force 8 and above is called a storm. In these conditions, people should no longer be outside for safety reasons. This also means that your folding tent should no longer be outside in such conditions.

To avoid getting into such a situation in the first place, it is important to find out about the current weather situation in advance and to refrain from building up the folding tent if there is a storm warning.

In most cases, events are cancelled or postponed by the organiser anyway for safety reasons in the event of storm warnings.

Should a violent storm or very strong winds take you by surprise despite all the precautions you have taken, your folding tent can usually be taken down just as quickly as it was put up. If it is already too late for this, it helps to remove all side walls in order to reduce the wind attack surface to a minimum.

If, despite all precautions, your folding tent should be damaged, we have all the necessary spare parts ready so you can repair it. It may also be worth checking with your insurance company whether storm damage is covered.

FAQ: Frequently asked questions

It’s difficult to give a general answer to this question. The folding tent’s stability also depends on the model and the accessories. Basically, however, it can be said that our Pro-Tent folding tents with the right accessories are wind and weatherproof up to wind force 8 if they are properly secured.

Ideally, you should plan well ahead. So if you have an outdoor event coming up, you should take a close look at the wind forecasts and secure your tent accordingly. If a problematic level (8 or higher) is reached, you should act early and take down your tent - or not pitch it at all. If you are caught in the storm, remove the side walls, check all safety measures and find a safe place for yourself. After all, it’s your health that comes first.

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