Instructions for pitching a dome tent (Murray 6G)

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Family camping, but where are the instructions for the new tent??? Armed with only a few photos of our first raising in the front yard, wife, no. 1 son and girlfriend bravely set off.

Luckily the instructions were found in the peg bag, because there was nothing on the interwebs to help us out. Not even a generic set of instructions (if that would be any use). So I'm going to put these up to help anyone else. They include my corrections, since the printed directions are wrong. Hope this helps!

INSTRUCTIONS for DMH Murray 6G Geodesic Dome Tent

(The Murray 6G is easily the best family tent I've seen. Economical, reflective silver, easy to pitch, straightforward, good use of space... I could go on and on.)

1. Select a cleared level site; keep in mind where heavy rain may flow and avoid hollows. Check for large branches overhead. Consider where the door will open to. Remove as many sticks and rocks as you can.

2. Lay out the inner tent, identifying the front and back. Do not peg it out.

3. Make sure all zips are done up; this avoids distorting and tearing the finished tent and lets the zips work properly.

4. Assemble the fibreglass poles, ensuring that the metal sleeves are firmly in place for each piece. the four longer poles are the two Main Poles and the two Geodesics, the shorter two, with shoulder joints, are Annex Poles.

5. Pins are attached to rings located down each side of the inner tent. Take one of the main poles and insert one of the corner pins of the inner tent into the metal sleeve at the end of the pole. Now bring the pole diagonally across the inner tent (not the annex), find and insert one of the double pins into the end. Repeat this process for the other main pole; see diagram (link below).

6. Attach the clips on the inner tent to the main poles. You will need to "walk in" to reach the top clips, so do NOT peg the tent out beforehand. Make sure the clips are not stuck on the metal pole sleeves. Use only the clips, don't bother with the strings.

7. Take one geodesic pole and insert the pin underneath the window. Now put the other end of the pole into the pin on the opposite side of the tent. Clip the tent to the pole. Repeat this process for the other geodesic pole. Poles should cross below the windows.

8. Insert one of the other double pins into an annex pole. Train the pole over the collapsed annex, find and insert the corresponding pin on the other side. Clip the inner annex to the pole. Repeat this for the other annex pole, using the pins nearest the front of the tent. The tent should almost be free-standing.

9. Peg out the 4 main peg points on the inner tent, located at the far ends of the groundsheet.

10. Place the fly over the inner tent, making sure that the front of the fly corresponds with the front of the inner tent. A short run by two people will put enough air under the fly to lift it over the inner tent. Check the fly is not lopsided, is not catching on any poles and matches the inner stitching.

11. Peg out the rest of the groundsheet. You can secure poles too, but this is rarely necessary.

12. Attach the Velcro tabs, which are located on the underside of the fly, to the poles. Make them loose, to give the tent some flexibility.

13. Peg out the remaining floor and fly peg points, checking the main door zips work easily.

14. The tent is designed to stand without guys, hence only 6 of them. Use the guy ropes only if it is a very windy site.

15. Your tent is now "pitched". Make yourself a nice hot cuppa, sit down and relax.

Click here to see the diagram & photos of the process.
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