Teepee Tent (Helpful Tips) Setup Guidance

A lightweight teepee tent has many advantages. They are really quick and easy to setup, once you get the basics down. Basically all the corners need to have their own tent stake. Then the center pole goes inside, set at the height that is appropriate to the design. Depending on which setup you want you can put the center pole inside just the outer tent or also the inner tent (mosquito net) you are using. Finally, make adjustments to line tensioners near your tent stakes and you’re done!

Teepee tents (pyramid, hexagon and octagon shapes) shed wind, snow and rain very well. This is the main reason they have been used for so long in history. These tent shapes are strong, reliable and virtually storm proof. Practice putting your tent up at home, before heading into the backcountry. This will save you frustration later on.

Additionally, teepee tent systems are usually modular. This allows you to split up the outer tent, inner tent, center pole and stakes with several people for backcountry camping. This is really helpful when hiking in groups!

Backpacking Teepee Tent

Setting Up Your Teepee Tent

Step 1: Choosing a Campsite

Choosing a proper campsite can make all the difference for a peaceful night’s sleep. It is important that you select an area large enough to fit the dimensions of your tent, making sure it is free from rocks and roots sticking out of the ground. It’s also important to make sure the grounds slopes away from your sleeping area in all directions, this will prevent rain water and cold air from pooling under the tent while you sleep.


Step 2: Lay tent on ground evenly

Remove your tent from the storage sack and lay it out evenly. Some tents may require you to construct the inner tent first (see Option 1 below). All corners should be evenly spaced and the outer tent flat. This will make it more balanced once standing.


Step 3: Stake All Corners

Luxe Tents come with two removable webbing straps attached to bottom of the tent illustrated in the diagram below with black lines. This is to aid in finding which four corners to stake out first and also help new users keep a perfect box shape with the first tent stakes (#1-4). Follow that by adding the last two stakes (#5 & 6). You may want to consider adding extra storm tent stakes as well on the additional guy-out points. These are looped anchor points we have supplied on the bottom edges of our tents as well as halfway up the wall on every corner. When the weather is bad or is forecasted to worsen then you can attach line to these extra anchor points and stake them out which opens up extra space inside.

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Teepee Setup Instructions


Step 4: Insert Center Pole

A center pole is what holds up your tents at its tallest point. It is very important to note what height your tent model is manufactured to be set at. This will make sure there is no sagging in the tent fabric and the sleeping area has optimal space. For some tent heights, trekking poles can also be used. Put the top of the pole in the inside peak of the tent, and the bottom of the pole directly below that on the floor. It is important that it is center. An off-center pole, will require you to increase the length of the pole to give you the same tent height. Some people enjoy creating their own custom pole out of a stick in the wilderness.


Step 5: Final Corner Tension and Stake Adjustment

Once you have your teepee up, some fine-tune adjustments will need to be made. Tightening the tension cords or moving tent stakes will remove sagging and wrinkles in the tent fabric. Depending on weather conditions, you may need to adjust the distance of the outer tent walls to the ground accordingly. Doing this will allow or not allow airflow to get into the sleeping area.

Teepee Set-up Guide

Insert Sleeping Area

Option 1: Add Inner Tent

Some may choose to add an inner tent inside their teepee shelter. An inner tent is beneficial in stormy or foggy conditions. They also give you a protected sleeping area from the ground and keeps bugs out. Some inner tents require you to construct and then add the outer tent, and others allow you to clip the inner tent in place, after the outer tent is already in place. Be familiar with your gear before going outdoors. In very wet conditions or on an area that has sharp rocks, we suggest you use a groundsheet in addition to your inner tent floor. Want more? Learn inner tent setup tips and tricks!


Option 2: Add Groundsheet or Bathtub Floor

A groundsheet has the purpose of keeping additional moisture out of your sleeping area and to prevent heat loss while you are sleeping. Generally a groundsheet is cut slightly smaller than the tent’s floor, to prevent water from pooling under the tent in a rain storm. Using only a groundsheet with a outer tent, will allow you to shave weight out of your backpack.

A bathtub floor is just the bottom part of a tent, with several inches of fabric that wrap up and keep water out, similar to a bathtub at home. The purpose of the outer walls, is to help rain water and wind from entering the sleeping area. In very wet conditions or on an area that has sharp rocks, we suggest you doubling your bathtub floor with a groundsheet.

Now you are ready for a great night's sleep!

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