How to Use PVC Pipe to Reinforce Tent Poles

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How to Use PVC Pipe to Reinforce Tent Poles
Tent constructed with fibreglass tent poles (tent on the forest image by Galyna Andrushko from

Fibreglass tent poles make tent assembly much easier than the older aluminium tube poles. However, at times the fibreglass poles can break or may need to be reinforced to properly function in your camping environment. PVC piping is a simple and cost-effective way to reinforce or replace fibreglass tent poles.

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Things you need

  • Hacksaw
  • Tape measure

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  1. 1

    Measure the tent pole length and diameter.

  2. 2

    Choose a PVC pipe with an inside diameter that is greater than the diameter of the existing fibreglass tent pole. Typically 1/2-inch-diameter piping will be sufficient.

  3. 3

    Mark the length of the existing tent pole on the PVC pipe. Cut the PVC pipe at this mark using a hacksaw so the section of PVC pipe is the same length as the existing tent pole.

  4. 4

    Insert the tent poles into the PVC piping. The tent poles should not extend beyond the PVC piping.

  5. 5

    Assemble the tent using the PVC reinforced tent poles as you normally would with the standard tent poles.

Tips and warnings

  • PVC piping is available at any major home improvement store in the plumbing section. If you have your measurements with you, the staff can cut the pipe to the desired length. PVC piping on its own can also be used as an effective replacement for a broken tent pole.

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