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Old 11-18-2009, 06:33 PM
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Red face Maybe a dumb question...

I have recently acquired an old (about my age, 35 or so) Coleman canvas wall tent. It has only been used a handful of times, it's almost pristine, I cannot WAIT to use it.
My (stupid) question. Should I waterproof it? I contacted Coleman, they said no. My step-dad and his dad (who I got it from) say yes. I see you guys talking about waterproofing.'s camping guru said don't do it. HELP!!!
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:56 PM
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Coleman told you no, so I would go with that.

Set it up in your backyard, get a hose and make your own rain. If it leaks, then waterproof it.
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Old 11-19-2009, 08:14 AM
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i never treated mine and i used the quite a bit, when i was a scout and earlier days with the family. i still have my two and they're in good shape. the kids took them to lake george this summer.
as i remember you don't touch the inside wall or it will start to leak. something about creating a membrane on its own to keep the water out.
i think i woul do the hose thing too. just to make sure, it might have dried out.
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