How does your tent preform in the wind?

Just reaching out to see if anyone else had a similar experience.

I was camping down in MOAB a week ago and we encountered a storm, half rain half snow. I made sure I did research and parked my car facing the main direction of the storm to minimize wind noise. Around midnight the wind was about 30 MPH and the camper started to open and close. The Wind Direction changed on me and was hitting the side of the Camper. It was so loud and sketch I had to close the camper up and sleep in the bed of my rig.

Has anyone had any experiences in the wind, if so how do you minimize the noise?

I’ve been in some pretty crazy wind with mine and its performed as well as I could have asked. I haven’t had the misfortune of the wind changing direction on me but I’m not sure what you can do besides redirecting the wedge to be in the wind. At the end of the day it’s still a tent so minimizing noise is more up to nature than us.

What could be a good option is if these are normal conditions for you is to make a prop for inside the tent to prevent unwanted tent closure.

I live in OK and camp in high winds all the time, other than the rocking and the wind noise, there has never been an issue. Solid construction. If you can angle into the wind, great.

I’ve also been in some wind with shifting directions. Don’t know the speeds, but one time it was enough to break a huge limb off an ancient cottonwood about 30 feet away :flushed:

That must have been scary to have the roof folding down on ya! How old are your struts? Do you have stuff mounted on the ceiling?

In terms of the noise…ear plugs?

@cmogan15 I would consider changing your struts. I have not had my tent in high winds, but that thing is not easy to close. I think your issue could be strut related.

I kind of like the idea of making a prop for the tent to be ready for heavy winds or weather, though. Heck, a foot of snow may be enough to close the tent. Roof cargo would likely make the tent more susceptible to strong winds. Any pictures of or dimensions for a prop would be appreciated.


I wear wax earplugs. A little NyQuil helps too. :sweat_smile:

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I did a week in Death Valley in March and had some of the craziest wind I’ve ever experienced. I swear we were dealing with 60+ mph winds. My buddy in a Sprinter had to turn his van because it felt like it was going to blow over. It was incredible. Anyway, other than some sand blowing in the tent windows and through the buttons around the tent, it held up incredibly well. The wind was starting to compress the gas struts a bit (maybe an inch or so), but it would spring right back. There struts are actually a pretty good design because they allow the camper to flex as little and reduce the drag forces during the big gusts. Our wind was pretty much unidirectional, but I could see how if it was coming from all directions I might have had a different experience.


Obviously this is only an option if it’s dry, but opening up all the windows helps a ton with the noise.

A couple of weeks ago I was in the wide open at 7,500’ elevation and we had gusts up to 65mph. It started to compress the roof. After about 10 min.s I decided to close it up and sleep in the bed.

Pro tip: Always bring earplugs camping. I’ve had a couple of nights of crazy wind and earplugs make a huge difference in the quality of your sleep.


Like most people who camp in mountains and deserts I have had crazy winds and can’t always find a sheltered camp spot. I always try and park nose into the wind. Sometimes the wind shifts at night. I’ve never had to sleep in the truck bed or reposition. I’ve worried about the snaps tearing out on extremely bad nights but no issues to date.

Never had an issue with the top trying to close on me. It has flexed and creaked under wind pressure but always sprung back. There is no extra weight on the roof of my gfc. After a cross wind all night the tent closes more off center but settles back to normal.

The tent makes noise in the wind like any tent and bows in with big gusts.

Overall better than a standard 3 season ground tent. Ear plugs are key.

Has anyone made a wind prop rod?


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After about 6 recent tripsof my tent trying to close in windy and cold conditions I now consider the gas struts as a consumable item that needs replacement every couple of years. After adding solar the roof would droop about an inch a year ago. Now after having the camper for two years and solar for at least a year or is drooping significantly more, about 5 inches in freezing temps.

Sounds like you did what you could but like many have said, earplugs are a necessity when camping imo. I like silicone as the foam tend to get weird/stiff when it gets cold and will never be as comfy.

I’ve had several nights in Moab, Jackson Hole, and Colorado with good wind and snow. Never had a strut problem but I don’t have anything on the roof except a 10lb solar panel.

Just wanted to add that I was in that same storm in an open area 50 or so miles from you that night - near the Needles District. I was lucky and my wedge was facing into the wind, but I ended up doing the same thing you did. I pulled it down and slept in the truck bed. I was impressed by the performance of the tent. It was stout and would have been fine. I just wanted to get some sleep, since the wind never let up (constant 30mph with 40 - 50 mph gusts), the tent was flapping, and the truck was rocking. Kind of a gnarly night all around. I agree with others that in the end, the GFC is still a tent. As I drove past some other campers who spent the night in regular tents the next morning, they looked pretty beat up. Enjoying the rig for sure!