How to Repair a Coleman Tent

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How to Repair a Coleman Tent
Add a tent-repair kit to your list of needed camping supplies. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Coleman is a manufacturer of outdoor gear, which includes various styles of camping tents. Their tents range from small backpacking varieties to ones large enough to house the family. Tents are constantly exposed to the elements. Whether due to this wear and tear or just age, eventually the tent will likely require repairing. Coleman and other manufacturers sell tent-repair kits, which should be a part of any camper's gear bag. The kits contain basic items to fix leaks, rips or broken poles. Most outdoor stores carry repair kits, or items needed to assemble your own.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Seam sealer
  • Scissors
  • Nylon screening
  • Measuring tape
  • Needle
  • Nylon thread
  • Cloth
  • Alcohol
  • Nylon tent patch
  • Cutting board
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle for nylon
  • Waterproof sealant spray

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  1. 1

    Repair leaking Coleman tent seams by first allowing the tent to thoroughly dry. Apply a tent seam sealer over all the interior and exterior seams of the tent, including the floor. Cover the seams with enough sealer to saturate it, as well as any crevices.

  2. 2

    Cut a section of nylon screening to make a patch for rips in screened areas such as the roof, windows, or doorway. Measure the length and width of the rip. Cut the screening to create a patch that is 1-inch wider on all sides than the rip.

  3. 3

    Thread a needle with nylon thread. Place the screening patch over the rip and sew it in place.

  4. 4

    Clean off oils, dirt and dust before repairing a rip in the Coleman tent's fabric or floor. Dampen a cloth with alcohol and wipe the interior and exterior area around the rip. This helps the patch adhere to the fabric better.

  5. 5

    Cover the rip with nylon adhesive backed tent patches that are 1-inch wider on all sides than the rip. Place a patch on both the interior and exterior sides of the tent, rubbing your finger firmly across it to release air pockets for a firm grip. Hold a cutting board or other flat object on the opposite side of the tent to press against as you apply the patch.

  6. 6

    Sew the nylon tent patch to the tent for a stronger permanent repair, if you wish. Use a sewing machine, nylon thread, a needle for nylon and make one seam as close to the patch edge as possible and another seam approximately 1/8-inch from the first seam. Seal the patch and seams with seam sealer and a waterproof sealant spray.

Tips and warnings

  • Always allow the Coleman tent to fully dry before storing it away, or packing it into its gear bag. Packed wet tents are more likely to develop mould and mildew on them.
  • Applying seam sealer regularly to the tent's seams will cut down on the possibility of the seams leaking.
  • Spray the exterior surface of the tent and rainfly with a waterproof sealant before using it and after two to three uses. The spray helps repel water and will wear off with regular use, or over time.

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