How Long Will a Tent Last?

The lifetime of a product is an important factor to consider when investing in camping equipment. When given the choice between two camping tents with similar features at a comparable price you would choose the one that lasts longer, right? You might even be willing to pay more for a tent with fewer features if it has a loner lifetime. So how long should a tent last?

How long should a tent last?

Unfortunately, this isn’t an easy question to answer. It would be great if tent manufacturers slapped an estimated lifetime on the packaging of a tent – saying your tent will last this many years, or this many nights – but they can’t do that for a number of reasons.

Quality matters

There’s a wide range when it comes to the quality of camping equipment and outdoor gear. There’s cheap camping equipment, barely a step away from disposable, and then premium quality gear for expeditions and mountaineering with a whopping price tag to match.

Generally speaking, you get what you pay for. Pay the minimum price, and you get poor quality product. Pay the premium, and you get top quality gear. More often than not, high quality camping equipment lasts longer than cheap camping gear

It depends on how you use it

Quality does affect how long a tent will last, but the lifetime of a tent depends largely on a number of factors outside the manufacturer’s control. How you use your tent, how much you use it, and how well you take care of it are the biggest factors.

You can give two people the exact same tent. They both use the tent 20 nights a year. One person makes the tent last 30 years while the other needs a new one in 5. It’s not that one tent was defective, it’s just that the person who can use the same tent for 3 decades took care of it while the person who needs a new one after 5 years neglected theirs.

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Ways to make your tent last longer

  1. Here are a few simple tips to help make your tent last longer.
  2. Use a foot print.
  3. Use the rain fly.
  4. Pitch your tent in protected spot far away from your campfire, void of sharp rocks, clear of sharp sticks, etc.
  5. Remove dirt and debris from the inside of your tent.
  6. Clean off mud and heavy soil with a mild detergent before storing.
  7. Completely dry your tent after each use.
  8. Store your tent in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
  9. Inspect your tent often.
  10. Make repairs when necessary.


We carry everything you need for camping tent repair and maintenance. We also carry a great selection of car camping and backpacking tents when it’s time to replace your old one! Stop by and see us at Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters in Fayetteville, Arkansas!

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