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Old 04-24-2013, 09:47 AM   #1
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I know this may sound like a petty, insignificant question, but... does anyone use a type of tent peg, or stake, that seems to last, and do the job? It seems like we are constantly replacing those things.

We use them for the guide lines on the awning and on our screen tent. They bend, they get stuck in the ground and are a pain to get out, if plastic or part plastic, the hook part breaks off.

We need more again this season and wondered what kind others use, or if they are all, just a product you have to buy plenty of, and keep replacing? Thanks. terry r.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:15 AM   #2
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I use the cheap Wal-Mart Aluminum pegs. I always carry a few extras so that when do get bent I can just replace them. A couple years ago a young couple camped next to us were off playing an their tent was blown over, pegs pulled out, I think I gave them a dozen pegs so they could keep their tent firmly attached to the ground.
They're cheap enough and available that it's not worth fussing about.
Thanks for reminding me that I need to pick up a few more packages.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:25 AM   #3
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Like you, every year I bend and mutilate my tent (awning) pegs. And every year I swear I'm going to make some out of some angle iron I have. One day I might get to it. Raz
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I like using cheap screwdrivers.
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These MSR aluminum stakes are excellent.

MSR Ground Hog Stake at REI.com
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:35 AM   #6
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If you make them out of heavy angle iron you need a large sledge hammer to bang them in. It all depends on the ground conditions. Some soft some Hard (as hell).
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we use 12" spikes, bent at home in the vise. they go into any type of soil using the axe head to bang them in, have a "head" on them to pul them out with once they are bent.
the soil in the nearby national park is VERY difficult to bang tent pegs into and it was when we started camping there that we had to come up with something that worked.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:42 AM   #8
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I use the stakes that are like big nails with the plastic hold down under the nail head. they take a beating well.
Coleman 10" Steel Tent Stake Pegs - Walmart.com

camping in our deserts out here there is more rock than not and these work well.
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I need to order 6 of these for my awning (5 +1 backup) I used these before for a large canvas pavillion tent, and yes they are rated for sand, but real good in soft ground too and pretty solid. I grind a point on the tip makes it easier to drive in.
Sand Hog 12 in. Heavy Steel Tent Stake, 21232 | Stakes & Mallets | Tents | GEAR | items from Campmor.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:08 PM   #10
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Tent pegs

By far the ones that I've been using work great.....They are pole steps that the power co / cable tv / phone co use to step a pole for their lineman........It also helps if you work for a power comapany to get these...

Most utililies would be more than happy to give you a few. They are hard enough to drive in w/ hammer / strong enough to support a person & galvanized to prevent rust

Next time you are out driving around take a close look at a power pole & you will see what I'm talking about
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These are cheap and strong. Just buy some spikes at your local lumberyard. The knot used to make the loop is basically a "hangman's noose" tied around the nail. I make the loop large enough to grip for removal.
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Barn spike nails with a large washer. Purchased at big box lumber store. Different sizes of nails available in steel and aluminum. Just buy biggest washer that won't slip past nail head. Washer gives large surface to wrap rope under. I carry a few lengths, a few extra long ones for sand, some shorter for general use.

Must have a hammer to pry them out with. I also find having a small block of wood to put under the head for long stakes helps.

Have never bent one in at least 15 years, and can drive them into just about anything but solid rock. Even the gravel fill they use in some of our state parks.

I carry mine with all the washers stored on one nail, wrap that and all the nails up in an old dish towel, stash in a small carry bag with the hammer.
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I use the stakes that are like big nails with the plastic hold down under the nail head. they take a beating well.
Coleman 10" Steel Tent Stake Pegs - Walmart.com

camping in our deserts out here there is more rock than not and these work well.
I use these as well for the awning. After a few years and/or mis-hits the plastic can break but they're cheap. I've never bent one but sometimes you have to work to pry them out of the ground. I've had one straighten out the hook at the end of a stake mallet trying to pull it out. I now use a hatchet that has a little nail pulling vee along the inside edge that helps lever them up out of the ground.

I use aluminum gutter spikes and stainless steel fender washers through corner gromets to hold down the outside rug. I'm a bit tippy as I recover from medical issues and when I put down the rug I like it "nailed down" to minimize the trip hazard.
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Must have a hammer to pry them out with. I also find having a small block of wood to put under the head for long stakes helps.
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I should have said block of wood under the head of the hammer. Hammer can only pry up a few inches, at that point the block of wood under hammer allows prying up the rest of the way.

Back not all that happy with me if I try pulling out stakes with brute force so I pry almost all the way out.
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