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How to repair a canvas pop-up trailer tent

Updated March 23, 2017

Camping is a great way for a family to spend some quality time together and get out and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer. Pop-up canvas tent trailers are widely used by families because they offer a good amount of sleeping space, are relatively easy to tow behind the family car and are less expensive than full-size trailers. Over time, you may need to repair the canvas portion of the trailer. Taking the time to do it right will keep the trailer in good condition for years.

Measure the length or dimensions of the rip, tear or hole that exists in the canvas portion of the trailer. Add 2.5 to 5 cm (1 to 2 inches) to the measurement to allow for good coverage with the patch.

Cut two pieces of canvas or fabric from a patching kit to match the measurements you took.

Apply canvas adhesive to one side of one of the patches and place this patch on the inside of the trailer tent. If the damage is the result of mould, rot or fire, clean the area first and allow it dry before you apply the patches.

Apply canvas adhesive to the second patch and place it in the same position as the first patch, but on the outside of the trailer. Leave the trailer in its upright position and allow the patches to dry for 24 hours.

Apply a waterproofing silicone spray, or waterproof wax, to the canvas patches, working it into the edges of the patch. Allow it to dry per the product's instructions, then close the pop-up portion of your tent trailer.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Canvas roll or patching kit
  • Canvas adhesive
  • Waterproof wax or canvas silicone sealant
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Since 2002 Mark Spowart has been working as a freelance writer and photographer in London, Canada. He has publication credits for writing and/or photography in Canada, The United States, Europe and Norway, with such titles as "The Globe & Mail," "The National Post," Canada News Wire, Sun Media and "Business Edge" magazine.