How To Set Up A Self Erecting Tent Event If You Are A Novice


The goal of this article is to teach you how to set up a self-erecting tent. I has study set up a self erecting tent on my camping trip in Michigan. Before we proceed, you might be asking: what is a self-erecting tent? A self-erecting tent is a kind of camping tent that does exactly what you want it to do. The basic ideas is that the poles are designed in such a way that they naturally erect the tent the moment you bring the tent out of its case or bag. Then, all that is left to do is peg it to the ground. As much as a self-erecting tent has some good things that made me like it and go for it when I’m going for camping, there are also some shortcomings of using a self-erecting tent. You can see what users call the advantages and disadvantages of a self-erect tent here on StackExchange.

However, won’t you like a tent that sets itself up and relieves you the stress of erecting it yourself? One of the essential camping tools is a tent, of course, and it comes handy after the day adventure when it is dark and windy, there’s nothing better than sleeping in a cozy tent. So it is very necessary for you to not only bring a tent to the camp but also know how to pitch it and to the right spot. There are many types of tent available, but a self-erecting a tent is like an automatic tent that makes pegging the tent easier. You may want to read more about the advantages of dome tents at the campsite on CampingExpert.

Although I have mentioned some of the good features of a self-erecting tent, It requires quite an amount of effort to use, there are techniques you will need to develop so that you can twist the tent and fold it back into its bag. Another thing is that they are not usually big, otherwise, the poles that employ the mechanism of strings may get entangled. So basically a self-erecting tent is mostly used for kids, or during a day camping. We can conclude that for a proper and exquisite camping, a self-erecting tent may not be so desirable. However, because it serves some purposes that may meet exactly what you’ve always wanted, I have made it my goal in this article to explain in details how to set up a self-erecting tent.  Here is a video you may also find helpful. It explains how you can set up and fold up a pop-up tent. Click here to watch


As the name implies, it is a self-erecting tent and it does all it needs to do by itself. The only help a self-erecting tent need is the pegs or stakes you will use to fasten it to the ground. If you don’t have an idea of what these pegs are, tent pegs are fully explained here


The self-erecting a tent or pop up tents, as it is also called, use poles that are loaded with spring so that as soon as it comes out of the bag, the poles fly off and stand. It actually takes nothing to set up a self-erecting tent; the big work is when it is now time to pack up the tent. While the normal tents can be folded into a compact size and keep in your packing bag, the pop-up tents aren’t easy to pack this way. Like I have said earlier, you need to acquire some techniques to pack up the tent.  They are bulky and hard to pack.

Before we go into details on how to pack up a pop-up tent, I’ll like to recommend my favorite self-erecting tents for you:

Coleman 4-person Pop-up Tent

Below is a video that also shows the ratings and reviews of some self erecting tents: Watch it here


Dry the tent

The first thing you have to observe is that the tent remains dry. Even if it had rained on it the night before, by morning you should clean off the wetness with a dry cloth. It is not only the outside that you dry, you also dry the inside too. You can check your tent whether or not rainwater penetrates here. In addition, it is not only water that must be rid of the tent, any dirt or mud must be removed carefully and totally. Having cleaned the tent, you should allow it to get dried by air or sunlight.

Remove the stake & tarp

The next step is to remove the stakes which you use to tether the tent to the ground. These stakes too must also be cleaned thoroughly before keeping them. Apart from the tent stakes, you will also need to remove the tarps. These tarps are usually attached to the tent so as to protect the tent from rainfall or create additional shade. The tarp should also be packed neatly and kept in a proper way.

Fastened the two points of the tent together

Having removed the tent stakes and the tarps, the next thing is to fasten the two points of the tent together. This is how you do that: you stand at one end of your self-erecting tent pole in a position that it is perpendicular to the door of the tent. You then find the two high arches that form the topmost edge of the tent. It is these two points that you bring together in close contact, perhaps in one hand.

The end of the tent and the middle

While you grab the two high arches of the tent together in one hand, you will go for the smaller arch which is at the top of the back of your tent. Then, you drag this smaller arch close to the two points already in the other hand, and then grab all the three points together.

Front arch and other points on the tent

Before you carry out this next step, you must ensure that the door of your tent is left open, so that air can pass through it when you enclose the tent. There is usually another arch point just above the tent door; you fold the front of your tent in the direction where the rest of the tent lies. At this point, your self-erecting tent will have been taking a shape of enveloping.

Keep the tent upright and fold

The steps above are the rigorous parts of folding a self-erecting tent; this next step only requires you to turn the tent upwards while you maintain a tight grip on the arches that you have brought together. After you have made it stand upright, you should then push the highest point of the tent downwards. At this stage, the tent will have been closing in itself. It is only the arches that will be left outside.

Twist the tent to make circular shapes

The first thing you need to do is to fold the sides on each other in downward position. After the folding over each other, you make the arches produce two circular shapes on each side by twisting it little. Then you make one of the circular sharp arches to overlap the other by pulling it, and you arrange the aches edges so that you can have a well arrange and clean folded tent.

Tent protection

This particular step must be done to avoid the tent from popping out after all the folding processes have been carried out. A lot of tent models have an attachment to secure the tent from popping open after folding steps have been carried out. The tent can be protected from popping out by the following: Velcro-ing, tying it shut or snapping. Few models that do not have any of this attachment must be held hard to avoid popping until you are through putting it away.

Tent and bag

You need to be careful in placing of your well-folded tent into it circular hollow bag. The bag will be exactly the folded tent size if it is folded well as explained above. And then you dip in your tent into the bag.

If you feel the need to see with your eyes how to fold a self-erecting tent, click here to watch a video showing how to fold a pop-up tent.


I want to believe that the overall aim of this article has been thoroughly explored. By now you now understand what a self-erecting tent is, what you need to use it and the merits and demerits of this tent, as it will help you determine if it actually suits your need. I have recommended some good products that will help you. The hardest part of using this tent, which is the folding, has also been taught properly. I hope you find this article very useful. You can share your comments with us here.

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