Easy Fix: Tent Pole Segment Needs Replacing

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Easy Fix: Tent Pole Segment Needs Replacing

All NEMO products are covered by our Lifetime Warranty and we’re happy to help repair your gear, but when the fresh air’s calling, sometimes you just can’t wait — that’s where this easy DIY fix comes in.


Wild elements — or unfortunate packing mishaps — can bend your tent pole out of shape. By replacing the wonky segment(s), you’ll get plenty of future use with your tent.

Materials Needed for Replacing Tent Pole Segment

Tools & Materials Needed: 

The Fix: 

Removing the Pole Tip

1. Lay poles out on a flat surface and unscrew the tip of the pole that has a segment in need of replacing.

2. Remove the pole tip closest to the bad segment, undo the shock cord knot, and pull the cord out of the screwed end. 

Removing Broken Pole Segment

3. Slide off pole segments until you reach the one in need of replacing; swap in a new segment. (This is a good time to inspect the shock cord; it may become frayed if the break was sharp.) 


Threading a New Tent Pole Segment Onto the Cord

4. Insert the shock cord back through the removed segments, the shock cord won’t come out of the other end of the pole. Pull off segments until you see shock cord.


Clamping Cord to Feed the Rest Through Pole Segments

5. Extend shock cord as far as possible and clamp the cord so it doesn’t recede back into the pole. Feed the excess shock cord through the removed pole segments.


Tie Shock Cord Onto Pole Tip

6. Pull at least three inches of the end of the shock cord through the screwed end of the other pole tip and tie the shock cord back onto itself. (Pull the knot super tight to minimize slipping.) 

Fixed Pole Set, Folded Up
7. Screw the tip back in, unclamp the shock cord, and test to make sure the pole folds down and assembles smoothly.

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