Your thoughts PLEASE....;-)
Hi Guys n Girls; I wonder if I could ask you thoughts;
Would you pay circa £150 to have your (Robens, Hilleberg, Terra Nova, North Face, ME etc), groundhseet professioanlly reproofed?
I ask because;
no one offers professional groundhseet reproofing. You can pay for new groundsheets to be fitted (pricey), or do your own short term fix.
It is always the groundhseet that fails first no matter what make. So eventually I spent ages finding my own solution. I have now done it for a few friends. It works, is hardwearing, weighs less than a footprint and is a total new PE layer for the existing groundsheet (PE or PU).
It could only be justified by people with expensive tents (I reckon over £300/$350).
Labour and materials will make it about this price if I am to make it a business, but would you guys who have invested a lot of your hard earned cash to buy a great tent, spend this to extedn its life? It's cheaper than buying nrw again. Any thoughts greatfully recieved.
I'd use a footprint, like Tyvek.
Or even cheaper, a Tarp from £1 shop!
If the tent meant that much to me or i was so skint i couldn't replace it i'd probably just give the groundsheet a once over with a weak White spirit/silicone mix, ala seam sealing.
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SMG in Edinburgh will put a replacement Neoprene groundsheet on a TN Quasar for £50 or so...
i'm unconvinced about large repairs on tents - i've got a 15yo Quasar, its groundsheet is utterly useless, to the degree that water pools around my knees when i'm inside it, and i could do with putting new zips on the flysheet at a total cost of about £140 or so. but even if i get a new groundsheet, new zips etc... i've still got a 15 yo tent thats been merrily abused for most of its life, so why bother?
i would, really, be far better off buying a new tent, and putting a £1 groundsheet under it - and, tbh, i wouldn't consider spending £200 fixing an old, knackered tent when i could buy a new Alpkit Kangri for £300...
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