Coleman family tents are among the most popular, and one of the reasons why is the manufacturer’s attention to detail.

Follow their advice on basic tent maintenance to enjoy trouble free outdoor experience.

Don’t be tempted to take shortcuts when packing your Coleman Instant Tent 8, for example, after a camping trip. Turn the following tips into a routine so there wont be any nasty surprises when setting up next time.


All these tent maintenance procedures are easy to do!

Give Air an Escape Route

Open doors and windows to allow air to escape as the tent is collapsed.

Letting the air escape will make rolling and storing easier. Rolling the tent toward the open doors and windows will help too.

Fold Your Tent

You’ll find it easier to fold the tent along original fold lines.

However, after a few years, this becomes more difficult as the lines fade.

To counter this, try folding the tent about the same length as the tent poles before you roll it up.

Store Your Tent

Roll your tent lightly and neatly with poles and stakes (in their bags) rolled into the tent body.

This technique uses the tent poles as a structure to help roll the tent.

A slow, tight roll of the tent is one of the easiest ways to compact the tent for an easy fit into the storage bag.


Use These Tips For The Care and Cleaning of Coleman Family Camping Tents


  • Using care greatly extends the life of your poles, helping protect against splintering, and maintaining a sturdy tent structure.
  • When collapsing your sock-corded poles, collapse them near the center first to ease the stress on the cord.
  • Try to resist pulling the poles as this can tear the shock-cord or the tent body. Often it is easier to push the pole through the pole sleeve.
  • Do not snap poles together. Expend poles section by section. If your tent will be set up for a week or longer, it is recommended you place it where it may get an ideal amount of shade from the surrounding area.
  • Avoid extended UV exposure. UV rays can damage all fabrics over time. If there is no shade available, your rainfly will help protect the body of your tent from damage by the elements.
  • Sweep out your tent. Make sure that rocks, leaves, dirt and branches are all removed before packing it.
  • If possible, only take down your tent when it is completely dry after a rainstorm or morning dew. Wait until it dries, so you will not have to worry about drying the tent at a later time.
  • You can use a sponge and mild soap to wipe off a dirty tent. Do not use a washing machine to clean your tent, and always let it air dry before re-packing.
  • Your tent must be stored dry. If you need to close camp in the rain, open your tent and set it up as soon as possible to avoid mildew and odors.
  • A cool, dry place is the ideal environment in which¬† to store your tent between camping trips.
  • Depending upon the temperature and climate, your tent may gather some moisture on the inside. This can usually be avoided by opening the tent to allow ventilation.
  • The easiest way to ventilate is to open all nylon windows and allow the screen to protect you when possible. Please note that if you are in inclement weather, condensation is not leakage.
  • Ripped stake loops can be sewn into the tent again, but be sure to seam seal the stitching. Coleman zippers are self-repairing. Fit the coils into the zipper slider and slide it to fit.


All the above information on how to clean a tent and maintain it in peak condition, can be verified at, along with details for warranty claims for your tent or camping accesories.


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