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Replacement tent poles

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 Cirlia 30 Jul 2020

I just bought a second hand tent (Vango Tempest 300) and unfortunately one of the pole segments was fractured. I tried repairing it, but it didn't work and now it's snapped!

Current poles are aluminium, 9.5mm diameter. I only need one 42cm segment. I'd rather not buy an entire new pole set just for one segment (it's £27 from the official Vango supplier! + £4 shipping - that's more than I paid for the tent!).

A few questions:

* Can the replacement pole be Fibreglass? They seem to be about 5 times cheaper than the alloys, and easier to find. Will they have the same bending characteristics?

* Any suggestions on where to find a replacement segment? (I've tried a local shop, and Go Outdoors/Millets have three identical ones at different prices scattered around the country... :-/ ).
(Am in Edinburgh)

Also of course, replacement poles are generic length and then need "cutting to size", but I don't have any tooling... :-/

Suggestions welcome.
Thanks

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In reply to Cirlia:

With ally poles, if one has fractured it's very likely there is cracking in others too so others might fail too.  As the tent would be £100-150 new the price of a new set seems reasonable and they'll last well.

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 Dale Berry 30 Jul 2020
In reply to Cirlia:

Vango probably do a specific replacement pole for your tent. Try the Vango web page for your tent and look in the specification section for the code of the one you need.

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 johnlc 30 Jul 2020
In reply to Cirlia:

Lancashire Sport Repairs do tent poles.  Can't say if they are any good at that specific service but they were very helpful with a nice pair of boots which needed a new sole / mid-sole / rand.

https://lancashiresportsrepairs.co.uk/tent-repairs-and-tent-pole-repairs/

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 db99 30 Jul 2020
In reply to Cirlia:

I have had an alloy pole repaired and spare section supplied by Scottish Mountain Gear, they were brilliant.

https://www.scottishmountaingear.com/repair-service/pole-repairs

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 Cirlia 30 Jul 2020

Thanks for the suggestions, am looking into them.

Does anyone know if a fibreglass segment can be mixed with alloy segments? This is a dome tent, so they're getting bent (about 170degrees of bending on this 3.3m pole).

Post edited at 15:24
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 Toccata 30 Jul 2020
In reply to Cirlia:

I emailed Vango and they sorted out a new set of poles that I picked up from a unit in G33 4TT as I passed through on my way north. Very helpful people.

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