WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FIRST:
The main things you need to determine are the diameter of the poles, the
length of the poles and whether the poles are aluminum, fiberglass, carbon
fiber or steel.
Do you have poles and don’t know what size they are? Click on the picture
below to download a chart of actual size pole dimensions.
ALUMINUM & CARBON FIBER POLES 101:
Easton Aluminum 7075-79 tent tubing. They are available in 9 different
diameters (.312, .340", .344", .355", .380, .433", .490, .625" and .742"-
outside diameter). Black anodized, 18" lengths and selective 13" and 26"
lengths. Custom make your own tent poles. Poles can be shortened if
necessary to custom lengths, and shockcorded together.
Easton's Custom Carbon 6.3 poles are extremely light, high performance
carbon graphite tent pole system. Carbon 6.3's have similar performance in
stiffness, strength and deflection to Easton's .340" poles but with a 25-30%
weight savings. These poles can use all of the components (endtips, inserts
and angles) as the .340" aluminum poles.
Note that Carbon tubing reacts differently than aluminum to situations
involving abuse and extreme use, such as crushing, prolonged abrasion or
incomplete ferrule insertion (which could cause splitting at the tubes'
ends), the weight savings attributable to carbon are accompanied with a need
for more vigilant care and proper treatment. With proper care, Easton carbon
tubes will last as long as Easton's aluminum tubes.
If you need to shorten carbon fiber poles wrap the pole with tape over
the area that needs to be cut to keep it from fraying. Using a
hacksaw or a pipe cutter (we sell it separately) trim the pole to the proper length.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU MAKE
There are 2 types of poles:
(1) Poles with inserts -the insert is a tube (or sleeve) that is typically
glued inside one hollow end of a tent pole section and protrudes
approximately 3". This insert allows you to stack one section on top of
(2) Poles without inserts-these are hollow poles (sections) with no
To make a set of poles it is usually best to map out on paper to determine
how many sections and parts you many need of each. You will usually need
more sections with an insert than those without. For example if you want
to make a pole with 4 sections (this would make a 6 foot long pole), you
would need to have 3 sections with an insert and 1 without an insert. The
reason you need the last section to be without an insert: picture stacking
one section with an insert on top of another. If the last section has an
insert, that would not allow you to put an endtip into both ends of the
pole. Therefore if you use a section without an insert for the last one you
will have a hollow end on both ends of the pole, this allows you to put an
endtip on each end of your pole.
HOW TO MAKE ALUMINUM & CARBON FIBER POLES:
Step #1 Lay out your poles in the order you want them. (cut them to the
right length, if it is necessary, using a hacksaw or even better a pipe
cutter (we stock these for your convenience). Note: If you need to shorten
carbon fiber poles wrap the pole with tape over the area that needs to be
cut to keep it from fraying.
Step #2 Knot one of the endtips onto to one free end of the shock cord and
push it into one of the hollow ends of the pole sections. Thread your shock
cord through each pole section.
Step #3 On the other end, tie the other endtip onto the shock cord. Push
the second endtip up into the other hollow end of the pole. Test the
tension; you do not want it too tight that when they are folded up they want
to spring open. If the tension needs to be re-adjusted, re-tie the knot.
If the shock cord is not tight enough remove the end tip and re-tie it a
Pictured above are both types of tent pole sections: the two sections on the
right are sections with an insert. The last section on the left is a
section without an insert. Using the pole without an insert at the end
gives you a hollow end on both the rightside and leftside of the long pole
to insert the tied-off endtips.
How to shockcord poles together without using endtips-(ie. ring and pin
For your ring and pin system the best way to shockcord the poles together is
to tie the shockcord onto a small washer that is just slightly smaller than
the inside diameter of the tent pole. When the washer is pushed up into the
pole the insert on the first pole will stop it from going past. You can
then feed the shockcord through the rest of the poles making sure to put one
pole without an insert in the center or your chain of poles. On the opposite
end of the pole sections you again tie another washer onto the shockcord
and let it go up inside the pole (note you will not be able to adjust the
cord tension after this is done as the knot and washer will be way up inside
the pole). This method allows you to shockcord all of the poles together
and have a hollow end on each end the pole sections to fit into your ring
and pin at the bottom. We have separate insert pieces that will fit up into
the poles. This will allow you to glue these extra inserts onto the hollow
ends of the poles to give you more structural support in the pin.
DIAGRAM FOR RING AND PIN ASSEMBLY
HOW TO MAKE FIBERGLASS POLES:
Making or repairing your own poles is easy just follow the step by step
Step #1 Lay out your poles in the order you want them, remember to put a
ferules (connector) between poles when needed, cut them to the right length,
if it is necessary, using a hacksaw or even better a pipe cutter (we stock
these for your convenience). ). Note: If you need to shorten the poles
wrap the pole with tape over the area that needs to be cut to keep it from
Step #2 Glue ferrules on
Step #3 Put a knot in one end of the shockcord. Thread the unknotted end
of your shock cord through each pole section. When all of the poles are
threaded tie a knot in the other end. Test the tension; you do not want it
too tight that when they are folded up they want to spring open. If the
tension needs to be re-adjusted, re-tie the knot.
Step #4 On the other end tie the other endtip onto the shock cord. The
tension will vary but as a rule of thumb do not pull too much tension on the
cord-if you do when you break down the poles they will want to instantly
spring back into shape and they will be hard to pack away. Push the second
endtip up into the other hollow end of the pole. If the shock cord is not
tight enough remove the end tip and re-tie it a little tighter.
shockcord How much & what size do you need:
To determine the amount of shock cord you need as a general rule you use as
much shockcord as the total length of the poles you are stringing (ie: an 8
foot pole would use 8 feet of shockcord). Usually by the time you tie your
knot there is enough tension but if you need them tighter just re-tie it
As a general rule to determine the amount of shock cord you need:
For 18" poles add the number of all the pole sections you want to shock cord
together and divide this by 2. ie: if you want to shock cord 8 sections together you would
need 4 yards of shock cord. For the 26" poles multiply the number
of poles by 26 to get the total of inches. Divide this number by
36 and this will give you the amount of yards. ie if you have 9 sections
together you multiply 9 x 26" = 234" divided by 36 = 6 1/2
The standard size shockcord for most aluminum and carbon fiber poles is 1/8"
(our item #2400) but when weight is more critical you can use 3/32"
shockcord (our item #2402). The standard size for fiberglass is the
How to attach inserts in ALUMINUM poles:
If you purchase the pole inserts separately you can use epoxy glue (like Loctite
326, JB Weld, a super glue or any glue suitable for metal) to
insert them into a tube section.
HOW TO BEND POLES:
The best poles to bend into an arc are the .340" and the .433". If you have
at least 6 of these poles together they will arc very easily. The easiest
way is to put one end of the pole section in the tent grommet or pocket and
ease the other end of the pole section over to the opposite tent grommet or
pocket. The center pole will usually be the only pole that will have a
small permanent arc in it but the arc is usually so minimal that it will not
stick out when all of the poles are broken down to pack away. NOTE: it is
usually best to try to arrange your poles so that at the peak of the arc
you have the center of a full pole (not an area where two pulls meet
together. It is weaker where the sections meet with each other and could
If you are only using a few poles and you need to make a very strong
arc several customers have told us that if you pack it with play sand before
you bend it this will keep it from kinking. You also may want to
consider using pre-bent arches (see more info below).
Pre-bent arches are available for the .340", .433" and .490" poles.
They are available in 90 degree, 125 degree and 145 degree. All of the
arches come with inserts already attached in each end, there are more
detailed measurements on the order page for each available size. Note,
when using arches you may want to draw out your configuration first as you
will most likely need more poles without an insert than with an
insert. If you are only using a few poles and you need to make a very strong
arc, to avoid kinking, you may want to consider using pre-bent arches.
Below is an example of using a short connector piece between two arches to
create tight angles without bending poles
ARCHES FOR LARGER DIAMETER POLES
Aluminum arches are not available in the larger diameter poles but we
discovered that 1/2" size PVC parts, actually referred to as CPVC (45 and 90 degree arches, T's and
connectors) fit with the .625" diameter poles. These parts can be
found at local big box hardware stores (note they are typically found
separate from the standard PVC parts). NOTE: these connectors only
work the the .625" poles
HOW TIGHT WILL FIBERGLASS POLES FLEX
4 POLES = 32" diameter (this is the tightest these
poles will go)
5 POLES = 41" diameter
6 POLES = 50" diameter
7 POLES = 58" diameter
8 POLES = 65" diameter
8 POLES = 65" diameter (this is the tightest these
poles will go)
(all diameters are approximate)
Endtips (those designed for grommets), regardless of the pole sizes: .340"
through .742" in aluminum, .342” for carbon fiber, or any size of fiberglass
poles, all fit into 9/32" grommets (also all fit into our 5/16"
grommets-which are known as a #1 grommet, our item #3231). Tie-off
endtips are used when poles are to be shockcorded together. Compression
fitting endtips are used when poles are not shockcorded together.
HOW TO DETERMINE HOW MANY
POLES YOU NEED:
If you have the original poles for the tent you can just measure those for
length. If you don't have the original poles you can try the following.
You can try an internet search for the specs for your particular tent.
Many times by "googleing" the tent manufacturer their site may list the specs
for your tent that will often include the pole specs. If you can't find
this information you may have to try to measure the tent from the point
where one end of the pole is inserted to the location where the other end is
located. We have found the following websites useful in determining the
length of poles.
Some Helpful calculator Links
http://www.worldwidemetric.com/metcal.htm (calculator for
(calculator to measure length of an arc)
ALUMINUM TUBE SPECS
|ALUMINUM TUBE SPECS
outside diameter of MAIN
wall thickness of MAIN
( .64 mm)
( .66 mm)
( .76 mm)
( .66 mm)
inside diameter of MAIN
( 8.33 mm)
( 9.47 mm)
outside diameter of INSERT tube
| .370" .
wall thickness of INSERT tube
.045" (1.11 mm)
inside diameter of INSERT tube
.454" (11.53 mm)
FOR VOLUME ORDERS: IF YOU NEED 200 PIECES OR MORE OF ANY OF THE ALUMINUM
TENT POLE PRODUCTS AND CAN WAIT APPROXIMATELY 7 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY CONTACT US
FOR OTHER OPTIONS SUCH AS DIFFERENT POLE LENGTHS, COLORS, ETC. (NOTE: IF YOU NEED POLES WITH INSERTS AND POLES
WITHOUT INSERTS YOU WILL NEED TO GET 200 PIECES OF EACH).
QUEST TENT, NORTHPOLE and OZARK TRAIL CUSTOMERS:
We are NOT the makers of Quest Tents and have never been associated
with them or any other tent brand- it is our understanding that they are no
longer in business.
If you are in need of an aluminum or fiberglass pole we may have a
replacement part or something that may work as a substitute but bear in mind
that we DO NOT have specs or know part numbers on specific Quest Tent models
or any other tent so we do not know the exact size or pole lengths needed
for each tent, you may need to look in your owners manual or google your
model to determine what parts you will need. I am sorry to say if you don't
see it listed on our website we do not have it Also, note that aluminum
pole parts do not work with fiberglass poles.
If you need a steel pole with a chain we do not carry them.