This past weekend we had our first outing where it really rained on us (living in the coastal desert has some advantages). After raining all night, I noticed two places where the seam for the screen/window in the front and rear oozed a bit of water into the cabin. Nothing really big but enough to get the sheet & mattress damp in a couple places.
I have some Coleman "Pro-Techt" water repellent that is made for tents. It says for canvas, nylon and most other fabrics. I'm just wondering if it would be OK to spray on the seams where I saw the leakage. Anyone ever use this stuff on their tent ends? Any better products if this isn't the one?
Chuck's right, all popups and hybrids have documentation stating to let the seams get wet and then dry them out.
this allows the thread to swell and fill the holes.
if you didn't allow this to happen, do this first before you start slapping seam sealer on it.
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Before you start "seam sealing" the tents try wetting them a time or two again and let them dry out. If you've been camping in semi-desert conditions and the trailer never got soaked before the seams are expected to leak until the seam thread gets wet and swells and the fabric shrinks in this same area.
Just open the tents and soak the seam area with a hose until it weeps inside. Let it air dry. Repeat the next day.
If this fails a sealer is appropriate but is rarely needed.
I used this a year ago for the same problem, so far so good. I found it sticks a bit to itself after it dries when you close and open the bunks, kind of like cellophane, a bit of powder took care of it. I did all the seams on both bunks with 1 tube, doesn't take much.
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