How to care for your PahaQue Tent

PahaQue gear is made to last. We take pride in the fact that many of our customers are still using their tents over a decade after they bought them. Of course proper care of your tent  is an important factor in getting a long life out of your tent, so here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of yours.

Protect the floor of your tent from rips and tears:  Even the strongest material can be damaged  by debris.  So find a nice spot that is free of sticks, rocks, and other debris that could damage the floor of your tent. Most campsites have a tent pad that is specifically designed for tent setup. The pad will likely be free of rocks, but pointed sticks, discarded bottle tops, and other sharp items can damage the floor of the tent, as well as keep you up at night. So take a minute to clear the pad of this type of debris. Once you’ve checked for anything that could poke a hole in the floor of your tent, you should put down a footprint to protect the floor of your tent.

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PahaQue  makes footprints designed to perfectly fit our tents. 

 

 Ensure Proper Setup: The next step is equally important.  Our tents are made to withstand everything mother nature throws at them. But proper tent setup is essential. If you want to make sure your tent lasts through potential wind and rain, be sure follow all directions, and properly set up all guy lines. Do that and you’ll be a happy camper.

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Proper setup is key!

Protect your PahaQue tent from the sun: UV rays are bad for your tent. PahaQue tents are UV resistant, but those rays of sunshine will degrade any fabric over time. That’s why we recommend you treat your tent with Gear Aid Revivex UV Protectant at the start of each season. A bottle of the stuff is under 10 bucks, and provides that extra protection to keep your tent from becoming brittle, tearing, and fading. It’s easy to apply, just spray it on and let it dry.  

Get more life out of your tent with additional rain proofing: Even with UV protectant, those rays shining straight down and going to work on your rainfly. So if your tent is over 5 years old, it’s a good idea to add a little extra waterproofing with Gear Aid Revivex Durable Water Repellent. After 5 years, you should give your tent another treatment every 2 seasons.

Keep your tent from getting funky: Never put your tent away dirty, or wet. Always try to clean out your tent before you pack it up, and always make sure the tent is dry. We say always, but we know this isn’t always feasible. Sometimes it’s a rain storm, or it could be simply the morning dew, but you’ll occasionally have to break camp before your gear can dry. When this happens, be sure to unpack and set up your tent as soon as possible. Give it 24 hours or more to dry out. This is also a great opportunity to get in there with a vacuum and get any extra dust and dirt out of your tent. It may also be a good time to give your tent a good washing.

All you really need to wash your tent is a laundry detergent made for delicate clothing or mild hand soap, along with a sponge and a bucket. Never use harsh chemical cleaners or machine wash your tent, that’s a recipe for disaster. Just dilute the soap or mild detergent in some water, and then hand wipe the tent clean with the sponge. Then of course make sure the tent is completely dry before packing it away.

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Tide Free and Gentle is a possible choice for a mild laundry detergent.  It doesn’t take much!

 

Some additional quick tips:

Use a TentRug, to keep the inside if your tent clean.

Take off your shoes before you enter the tent to keep it even cleaner.

Be gentle with your zippers, and consider using Gear Aid Zipper Clear and Lubricant.

Use your rain fly on the tent even when it’s not raining. It protects the rest of your tent from UV rays, and costs less than an entire tent if you have to replace it. Setting up in the shade also protects your tent from the UV rays.

Wipe off the poles and wash the entire tent after any camping trip near sand or salt water.

These tips will help you get the most life out of your PahaQue tent. Where are you camping? Let us know, and send us some photos via email: happytrails@pahaque.com, on Facebook, or tag us @PahaQue on Instagram.

 

New Website Launch and Fall Sale

Websites age quickly, and not long ago, we decided that PahaQue.com needed a reboot. We’ve streamlined the ordering system, and made the site easier to navigate.  We put quite a bit of time and effort into the site, and we hope you like it. If you haven’t seen the new PahaQue site, you should check it out.

We are really proud of the new site, and want to give you a little extra motivation to visit it. So along with the new site, we are having a massive storewide sale on everything on the entire PahaQue site. You can buy one item, or you can fill your garage with all  the latest PahaQue gear. Just use the coupon code FALL18 to get 25% off all in stock items at PahaQue.com.  We realize you may be busy working, camping, and spending quality time with your family and friends, so this sale will run well into October.

Not only will you get some cool gear, you’ll save some hard earned cash.   In fact the onlt thing better than getting new gear, saving money when you do. Think of all the things you could do with the money you save.

Of Course you can do whatever you want with the money you save by using the coupon code FALL2018 at PahaQue.com  You can buy a tank of gas to get to your favorite camp site, you can buy a pack of adult beverages to share with your friends, you can buy an inflatable raft and float in the lake, or you can buy some premium steaks to make yourself a delicious campsite meal. The possibilities are literally endless.    What will you do with the 25% that you save at PahaQue.com?     You can tell us by emailing us at happytrails@pahaque.com,   letting us know on our Facebook Page, or messaging us on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

3 Fun Campsite Games you probably haven’t tried.

We enjoy lounging around the campsite, sometimes doing nothing, relaxing in our camping hammock, and often enjoying an adult beverage. But we like to be active and have fun with the family as well. Here are a few of our favorite games to play at the campsite.

Glow in the dark bocce ball: This is definitely a modern twist on an old classic. This game is traditionally played during the day,and on dirt or asphalt courts. The game starts by tossing a small ball or “jack” out onto the court. Then each opponent “bowls” their ball in attempt to be the closest one to the jack. Bocce traditionalists would probably cringe at our campsite style of play, but the mixed surface and terrain of a campsite, the orbs glowing at night, and potential obstacles such as tree trunks and fire pits add a to the excitement.    LED Bocce sets are available online for around 50 bucks, and can provide hours of entertainment for both kids and adults.

 

Giant Jenga: Jenga is usually an indoor game played on a small table out countertop.   The game is often exciting and filled with tension as the tower grows, and become increasingly unstable.   But you know what really adds to the tension and the fun? Making it giant! Giant Jenga is a hit at almost any campsite.   You an buy Giant Jenga online for around $30 or if you are the handy type, you can get some extra satisfaction from building your own.

 

 

Potato Sack Races: Remember these from when you were a kid? You basically hop to the finish line with your entire body in sack. The obvious question is? Where do i find a potato sack? Well it might not be a bag that actually carried potatoes, but the internet can deliver a set of “racing” bags to your door for under $20, and it will be money well spent. You’ll get some good laughs, and you’ll get your blood pumping. Be careful, or the kids will definitely out hop you on this one.

 

What are your favorite camping games?   Cornhole?  Horeshoes?  Let us know what you like to play at the campsite.

 

We love you guys: A Customer Testimonial

We love our customers, and we love the products we sell them.   We take special care designing and building each and every one of our products, be it a 6 person family camping tent from the PahaQue  line, or a trailer tent for  an R-pod or T@B trailer from  the PahaQue custom line.   We love camping and the outdoors in general, and we like to think that our products help you enjoy the outdoors as well.    We especially love it when you  show us some love back, and tell us how much you appreciate the stuff we make.

About a year ago Kevin and Amy where preparing  for the road trip of a lifetime with their new Aliner Scout.  They found the PahaQue Custom A Frame Visor on our website, and knew that the shade would make their trip more enjoyable.   Since each one of our PahaQue Custom tents is made to order, delivery often takes 4-6 weeks.  But Kevin and Amy would already be on their trip  by then.  So after a phone call we were able to deliver their   Pahaque Custom Visor before the start of the trip. They took their Aliner Scout and their  Visor on an epic trip, covering over 25,000 miles and  then checked back in to let us know how much they enjoyed the product.

” PahaQue customer service was excellent.   They rushed us our new visor for our A-Liner Scout  so we could enjoy the shade on our upcoming trip.  1 year,  25, 000 miles and countless set up and tear downs later,  the Visor is still going strong and PahaQue Custom has gained a loyal customer”- Kevin D

We are glad we  played a small part in helping Kevin and Amy enjoy their road trip.  We knew the Visor would withstand the rigors of the heavy use, but it’s always nice when our customers let is know they appreciate it.    Do you have a story or a testimonial you would like to share with us?   We can’t wait to hear from you.   Just email us: Happytrails@PahaQue.com

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Kevin and  Amy’s Visor in orange to match their Subaru

 

 

Tips to stay cool at the campsite this summer

Summer was officially here a few weeks ago, and many campsites are seeing record high temperatures.  The heat can certainly  make a camping trip less fun than it could be.  But we have a few tips to keep you cool.

  1. This first one seems obvious,  but campers sometimes forget to look for a good shady spot.   It’s especially easy to forget this if you  take off work on Friday night, and arrive at your favorite campsite as the sun sets.   But setting up  your tent in a nice shady spot, will help keep you cool throughout the day.   Pay special attention to where the sun and shade will be in the middle  of the day in the afternoon.  If you have to be in direct sun for part of the day.  Make it the morning, when it is typically cooler.

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    The Pahaque Rendezvous 4 person tent is  getting some great shade under the pine trees.
  2. Camp near water if you can.   You can not only hop into the water to cool off, but the evaporation of  that lake or river actually cools the area around, and it can be a few degrees cooler  near the water.

3. Get up off the ground.   Ventilation underneath you can help keep you cool for an afternoon nap, or even through the full night.   The Pahaque Hammock  is easy to setup, comes with a unique spreader bar to keep you comfy, and you can get a rainfly to keep the morning dew off your face.  it even comes in one person models, as well as 2 person models for all the snugglers out there. DSC_2316

4. Ventilate your tent.  Remove that rain fly, open the windows and let the breeze come through.  You want as much airflow through there as possible.  This  is where a roomy  tent with nice big windows comes in handy.   The goal is to let as much heat escape as possible, and to let  as much breeze come through as possible. If there is a prevailing wind, set up your tent so that the wind comes right through.

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The BaseCamp Quick Pitch  tent is easy to set up, has plenty of room, and will let the cool breeze come on through.

5)   Dress properly.   Light colored clothes will  reflect rather than absorb the sun’s rays, as well as protect you from getting burned.   Your morning may start off with  long pants, but be prepared to change into shorts as the day goes on, and a hat the keeps the sun  off your face is also key.   It can keep you cool and  keep you looking young!

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These are just a few of the tips we have for keeping cool  during your summer camping trip.  We hope you find a few of them useful.  And we would love to hear about your favorite way to keep cool.  Just email us: happytrails@pahaque.com and tell us  how you beat the heat!

 

We love seeing your photos

We love seeing your photos of PahaQue gear being used in the real world.    We really can’t get enough  So keep on  tagging us on Instagram  or on Facebook.     In the meantime, we’ll share some of our recent favorites.

Jeanine Pettit shared this photo of her fun setup with her Little Guy Max with a PahaQue Custom  awning.

 

Trina shared this excellent photo of the BaseCamp Quick Pitch tent nestled among the pine trees in Mount Laguna Califormia.    If you want a sturdy, fast setup tent for the family, this one is it!

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I know we are featuring two pics from  Janine here but  Janine is having so much fun that we couldn’t resist.   This is a great view from under neat her PahaQue Custom  awning that she attaches to her little guy trailer.

And here, Finella Loch  gives us a night time pic of her Safari Alto and PahaQue Awning.

And finally Erik Amborn  shows of his PahaQue Custom  R-Pod Awning  in the colors of his favorite basketball team.   Erik,  is all about adventure with his R-Pod, his jeep, and his PahaQue Custom Awning.

We are honored to be part of your adventures.   Just keep the photos coming!  Just remember to tag us on Instagram  or on Facebook.

We are finally old enough to buy a beer

IBM’s Deep Blue beat Gary Kasparov at chess, the Dow closed above 7000 for the first time, Steve Jobs returned to Apple, and Tiger woods became the youngest golfer to win the Masters golf tournament. The year? 1997. It was also the year the PahaQue launched the Pamo Valley Tent as our first product. The Pamo Valley featured bathtub-style floors, all-mesh roofs, built-in awnings and 100% waterproof performance. Those features were innovative for the time, it was tough to find a family tent that had all those features. But eventually those all came to be standard on any  family camping tent worth its salt.

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As  early version ( 1998) of the Pamo Valley tent, tested in a real world conditions.  Including 40+ MPH wind gusts in the Bradshaw Mountains of AZ

In 1999 we released the PahaQue Teepee, a one of a kind privacy and shower tent. Nobody was making a similar product at the time, and we and practically invented the category of privacy and shower tents. We have been busy since then, and constantly moving, designing, and implementing new techniques and features. We’ve created innovative screen rooms, multi room tents, and an innovative hammock design. In that 21 years we’ve seen so many of our designs become industry standards, that it would be easy to get frustrated at copycats, but we believe imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and the industry has recognized our designs with countless awards. So we just keep pushing forward with new innovations in family camping tents.

 

While PahaQue Wilderness is old enough to vote, go to college, and buy a beer, PahaQue Custom is still is still a school kid.. It’s been less than a decade since we first used our design and manufacturing experience to create high quality tent awnings and covers for T@B and T@G teardrop trailers. We quickly became innovators in that space as well, and PahaQue Custom now makes covers, awnings, shades and tent rooms for all types of camping trailers, including Alto, R-Pod, and A frame campers. We’ve recently added fun patterns, and designs,, improved as well as improved attachment systems. We’ve even collaborated with the iconic Airstream brand, and helped them develop side and rear tents for their Basecamp trailers.

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Our Collaboration with Airstream on the Basecamp Rear tent
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Our Alto Canopy, new for 2018.

 

Our 21st year is turning out to be an exciting one. We’ll be introducing some new items, and improving our existing products. 21 also seems like a good year to introduce a new PahaQue website, so we’ll soon be pushing out a new site with a new look and streamlined ease of use. 21 years seems like a long time, but we feel like we are just getting started, and we look forward hitting 30 and beyond.

You don’t have to wear a raccoon on your head.

We’ve shared a few of our favorite Spring time camping spots, but so far we haven’t ventured east of the Mississippi.  Our last two campgrounds have been great spots, with scenic vistas.  Places where you can pull up your trailer and set up your side tent,  and  and have fun for a solid week.    But want to make sure our East Coasters know about some of our favorite spots, without having to drive 2 days to get there.  This next spot is a HUGE national forest, and this one is named for an American  frontier Icon  famous for wearing a coon skip cap( although some say he never wore such a hat).

 

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Cave Run Lake   Picture by Ryne, Salyer

The Daniel Boone National Forest  in Kentucky  is comprised of over 7000,000 acres of rugged terrain.   The park is so big that it is split up into 4 separate ranger districts,    There are  over a dozen tent camping campgrounds where you can set up  family tent and enjoy the great outdoors.   There are  7 or 8 campgrounds that allow campers, including some fun group campgrounds that are great for big get-together.   You’ll have so many options in the Daniel Boone National Forest, that you won’t know what to do with yourself.   Our last two featured campsites where great, one was on the ocean, and one in the arid landscape of West Texas.      So Daniel Boone National Forest is the first spot to feature fresh water recreation.    With 4 lakes and 3 rivers, you’ll have plenty to choose from.   Of course there is also mountain biking, fishing, OHV riding, horse riding and rock climbing.    There is literally something for everyone at this park.

 

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Hiker on suspension bridge over the Red River, on the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail By US Forest Service – Southern Region – 

There are so many great camping spots, and so many fun activities, you should plan out your trip before you leave home.  The US National Forest Service site is a great place to start.    Once you’ve planned it all out,  pack up your family  camping tent,  or your camper, head out and enjoy some of the best camping  in the US.

 

 

 

It’s called Big Bend for a reason.

Spring is here, and so is Spring break. In our last post, we shared our favorite West coast camping spot: Point Mugu Point Mugu is a great place to  do some family camping, or to do some long hikes and escape the hustle and bustle. The 14,000 acre Point Mugu state Park is only 30 minutes from Malibu, and 2 hours from LAX, but you feel like you are a world away. But our next park is over 50 X as big as Point Mugu, and almost 300 miles from the nearest sizable town. Big Bend is named for the “big bend” in the Rio Grande river that forms a 1,000 mile border between Texas and Mexico.

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The Rio Grande River along the US/Mexico Border

 

Big Bend National Park is not only a giant park,  it contains a wide diversity of plants and animal.  In fact 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals call the park home.  With a little luck, you’ll spot a golden eagle or a gray fox. If you are exceptionally lucky, you’ll see a cougar, or even a black bear, and you’ll almost definitely spot a javelina.

This large park contains an entire mountain range,  and borders 118 miles of the Rio Grande river. The variety of terrain offers many options, and you can choose to river raft, fish, canoe, hike, off road, and more. This is a great park to escape crowds, as the distance from any sort of populations center ( 300 miles to El Paso, almost 400 to San Antonio) makes this one of the least  visited national parks in the country. For much of the year, there are  plenty of tent camping spots where you can set up your PahaQue Promontory for the family, and RV/Camper spots where you can roll up with your R-Pod or T@B trailer, set up your side tent, and settle in for a week of adventure. But In March and April, It’s best to plan ahead.You are probably too late to reserve a spot for this spring break, but you’ll also find camping at the nearby Big Bend State Park, as well as several private campgrounds near the park.

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Within a couple of hours of the park, you can also check out the Marfa lights, the town of Lajitas, and you can even make your trip international by crossing the Rio Grande and having  lunch in the Mexican town of Boquillas. Big Bend is a long way from anywhere, but it’s definitely worth the trip.

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Resources:

Visit Big Bend  https://visitbigbend.com

Big Bend National Park   https://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm

Big Bend State Park  https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/big-bend-ranch

Our Favorite West Coast Camping Spot: Point Mugu

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For us, march means Spring Break, and Spring Break means camping.  So we wanted to share one of our favorite California  camping spots: Point Mugu.   Point Mugu is only 90 minutes from Donwtown Los Angeles, but it might as well be a world away.    This secluded 14,000 acre state park is just off of Highway 1, and features over 60 miles of hiking trails, as well as mountains, beaches, and amazing sunsets.     In the Winter and early Spring ( NOW!) you  can sometimes catch views of migrating whales from your beach side campsite.    Point Mugu  is a great spot where you can pull a camper like  your R-Pod or T@b trailer  right out on to the beach,  you can also tent camp on the beach sites or on more traditional parking  pads.    If  the Point Mugu State Park is full, and you can’t find any camping spots there,  an excellent backup is  Leo Carrillo State Park, only 8 miles away.   And  you’ll find plenty of supplies, along with some of the best surf in SoCal only 14 miles away in Malibu.

 For more info, check out the Ca State Parks website, and let us know your favorite beach camping spot in the comments below.