aluminium tent poles
Aluminium tent poles are a lot lighter & easier
to slip into the pole bag because they do not have the locking screw
on the outside which always seem to catch on each other.
Aluminium tent poles can easily be locked into the correct height
with an internal cam by twisting the two halves in opposite
However at times the cam lock can seize & the pole cannot be
collapsed when packing up. Using lubricants will attract dirt making
the cam lock up more. Vices & pipe wrenches can crush the aluminium
tubing so the two sections will not slide inside each other.
Small strap clamps are a useful addition in your camper trailer
toolbox. The clamps grip the tubing around its circumference & not
in one or two places like a vice or pipe wrench would.
The small strap spanners shown have many uses around
the camp site and home. They are of special benefit to those
suffering arthritis in removing stubborn screw caps and lids.
Caution should be exercised when using designs with a raised
knob as shown on the red spanner as excess pressure by that point
can crush a tube or crack glass behind a screw thread.
Before using on frozen tent pole tubes ensure as much grit,
dust or sand that had caused the jam is first shaken out. Not doing
so can result in the scoring of the friction locking surfaces and
increased incidents of binding.
Keep the straps clean and dry of residue from spray
lubricants, cooking oils or other contaminants to prolong life and
Ewan McLeod for sharing this idea