Tent pegs revisited

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 18:03
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I'm about to add to my tent peg collection as a result of a recent camping trip and would like to hear your experiences, both good and bad. I've read earlier threads but there's nothing like an occasional rerun as the forum has shown recently.

There are some doozies out there that look like mini star pickets, guaranteed to rip your unprotected feet to shreds (they do come in many pretty colours though, including red to hide the blood), and others with little lights which stand guard over your tent and possibly ward off snakes and evil spirits but I think I'll pass on those. Already have the usual array of light and medium duty standard steel pegs (short) and am going to get some Supapeg sand pegs - but they are 30cm minimum length so not particularly suitable for other conditions.

Soooo to get to the point, has anyone found anything better than the old standard angled steel pegs for hard ground ?
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 18:36

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 18:36
Hi Bazooka
I made my own from 25X25 angle (not the light duty stuff).
After a while the light angle deforms and the edges become razor sharp.
Mine are 300mm long. They have 50mm of 20mm thick solid round reo bar welded into the 'V' of the angle flush with the top. Then a square pad 40mm X 40mm X 6mm thick welded on the top where you whack it with a hammer.
They are great, do not deform, good in sand, easy to pull out and not dangerous. Painted pink flouro.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 19:42

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 19:42
"Painted pink flouro"..........Nice!
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Follow Up By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 19:55

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 19:55
Hey ... matches my jarmies
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 22:50

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 22:50
I think there might be a story to your name Pinko.

Sounds great but a lot of effort. Maybe a long term project.
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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 13:43

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 13:43
It's a wonder that there isn't a law saying they have to be Hi-Viz.
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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 18:43

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 18:43
G`day,
Not a different peg but just a couple of helpful tips.

For sand I use the wooden garden stake(25 x 25 mm) cut to about 400 - 500 mm long and sharpened.
For hard ground I use reasonably heavy ( 12 mm dia x 250 mm long ) steel pegs and pour a small amount of water around the peg as you drive it in, sounds too simple to work but you try it and see.
It works on the local showgrounds car-park for market stalls and it is damn hard .

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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 22:26

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 22:26
Sounds like a trick worth trying Scrubby. Thanks
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 19:09

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 19:09
Hi folks,
A few years back I bought some spring steel 6mm rod and cut it up into 200mm lengths. Then welded half a as chain link to one end so the curve of the link was just below the end of the rod, thus allowing the end of the rod to take the force of the blow from a hammer.
I then ground a point on the ether end so they would penetrate the ground easier.
These pegs took some making but they have been fantastic and just about go through anything.


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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 19:29

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 19:29
There are a couple of threads on the Caravaners forum.
Pegging Down the Annex on Rocky Ground and Tips for Tent Pegs

I like the suggestions of using a carbide tipped masonry to drill a pilot hole in hard ground and also the use of long coach screws/bolts driven in with a cordless drill.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 23:16

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 23:16
Thanks Rod. Have sent a message to the makers of the "rock breaker" pegs mentioned in one of those discussions.
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Reply By: TTTSA - Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 19:43

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 19:43
Hi Bazooka

Reo Rod is by far the best I have come across for any ground. Forget about those Supapeg sand pegs, these will out perform them. Can't get to mine right now but they are about 8-10mm dia and about 400mm long. You don't need to put a sharp point on them, just a blunt point is fine, don't need a "hook" on the end. Just a half hitch around the peg, or just slip the spring over the top, they wont slip because of the spiral running down the reo rod.
I use a 3lb club hammer to drive them in and they go thru rock and all and have never bent one, they also come out easy enough, never been not able to get them out. You can paint the above ground end in yellow or white if you like to make them a bit more visible. You will never look back.

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Follow Up By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 20:19

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 20:19
mate, sounds like a good 'un

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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 22:52

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 22:52
Good idea Peter but what I like about Supapegs and angled steel is that you can [usually] hammer them in to the hilt - I don't like any hard/sharp obstacles protruding for the "less experienced" (or more inebriated, depending on the circumstances) to come a cropper on - as rare as that is. I know you can always get plastic caps but then it's just more bits and pieces to manage. But, you've given me food for thought.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 09:09

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 09:09
Believe that stuff is called deformed bar/rod, in the industry?

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Reply By: Member - Jack - Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 20:13

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 20:13
I got rid of all my steel pegs and got some "Bluescrew" pegs/tiedowns. Amazing things, and they don't give up easily. They float, bend and don't tear your feet and legs apart.

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Reply By: Garry E1 - Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 23:33

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 23:33
TTTSA is right. Reo rod is the best you canget. All you do is go to a building site and ask if you can have some & they will probably give it to you as if they have any off cuts over they throw it away in a bin to dump.
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Reply By: SDG - Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 10:40

Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 at 10:40
Does not matter what you get, some clown is always going to find a way of stubbing their big toe on them.
I just use the basic old fashioned bent wire type pegs. Thicker ones of course as those that come original packaging are to thin and useless.
Over the last couple of years, I also put near the pegs some very cheap solar powered garden lights. Less chance of stubbing the toe, or tripping on the rope at night.
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