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I have a newb question. I only owned 1 tent in the past so this is my 2nd purchase, ever, of a tent. In this case, I bought 3 of the same brand (one 2-3 person size and two 1-person size).

Does anyone know what the proper way to fasten a top-panel (rain fly) to the Reactive Outdoor brand?

The instructions don't mention this separate panel. It's got 4 hooks (one on each corner) with a bungee.

On my 2-3 person tent, I can get it fastened onto the special black D-loops so I'm not so concerned with that one. It's how I'd expect the connection point to look (photos included below). But on my 1-person tent, I can get the hooks connected onto the top but I'm afraid the hooks will pull too hard on the seams and cause the fabric to rip. The design itself doesn't seem to have any other way to fasten the hooks other than a way which pulls on the sewn tunnels that are permanently affixed to the flexible tent poles. I think I have it fastened correctly but I'm not sure. It doesn't quite look right but if I try to look onto the black elastic loops, the rainfly is too lose and doesn't pull taut.

Am I doing something wrong?


First photo - 1-person tent (the one that may not be fastened correctly).

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This is a close-up of the same 1-person tent. You can see where the stress might pull on the area where the pole loop is sewn onto the main body of the tent - looks like it might rip the seam after a few uses.

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This is the 2-3 person tent. I think this is correct. The top panel (rain fly) loooks to be perfectly stretched across the top.


Back to the one-person tent. Somehow, my photos are showing up in an odd order. The black elastic loop is too high for it to be the location where the hook is supposed to fasten and it's also very stretchy so the hooks would easiliy come off. I don't think that's where the hooks are supposed to connect but maybe they are?



Back to the 2-3 person tent. This is another photo of the D-shaped loops that look to be exactly where the top panel (rain fly) are supposed to be attached. Nothing unusual in this case.
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No clue here...
I have had similar hooks on some dome tents. I normally just stretch them out a bit and hook them to something handy.

Enjoy!
 
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Thanks for your response! I consider myself mechanically inclined and able to fix most basic things around a house but this one I think is a poor design issue on the smaller of the two tent sizes I recently bought. I think I'll just have to take care only to use these if the situation calls for it, to minimize the tug on the threads. Quite a bummer. I'd hate for these smaller tents to only make it for a season, if that. If I don't use the rain cover at all, I won't have that problem but I'm not sure I can trust the weather seals yet. We'll see. Maybe I should do a test run in my back yard first!
 

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I used to do a lot of backyard trials.
I still do them when the answer is not apparent, i.e. which brand of lag bolts (MacGyver idea) make the best tent pegs in the local dirt?
You might want to consider making or getting a larger rain fly; some friends with (leaky) tents use tarps for that (dry) hobo/homeless city look.
I regularly use a piece of transparent plastic (wallymart fabric dept.) to restrict the vents on my dome tent; making it warmer without limiting the light transfer through the top of the tent. The less than good part is that the plastic is only about a meter wide.

... made a rain skirt for the dome one, wet, year out of the same plastic; my rain fly is slightly too small to give good protection over the lower parts of the tent.

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The videos show how to assemble the tent itself but not where to attach the rain fly. Thanks though!
 
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