When we stake down a canopy tent, we expect it to stay there, no matter the conditions. But that’s not always the case, especially when we get our canopy tent to the beach. So what are the options we have? Logic says us to bring in more weight; but who wants to bring a heavy boat anchor to a beach. Then, how do you keep a canopy from blowing away at the beach?
You can secure your canopy tent on the beach by using cement-filled PVC pipes, tough stakes, sandbags, buckets, and frisbees. Moreover, no canopy tents can be secured, without a proper setup and choosing the right spot.
Canopy weights should not be a hindrance to your beach day. There are ways to secure a canopy on the beach without carrying much weight. The ideas in this article will help you secure your canopy tent on the beach.
Proper set-up is a must for a canopy tent
It all begins with the initial set-up of your canopy tent. Go through the user manual and see how to set-up your canopy tent on the beach. I understand that in many user manuals, setting up the canopy tent on the beaches is not mentioned specifically. But some canopy manufacturers do include those instructions.
Generally, setting up most of the canopy tent is easy and features no-assembly-required-design. The pre-built frames just needed to be expanded to stand erect on their own (always better to have a supporting hand during this stage). Then attach the tent’s fabric roof properly and fasten the velcros to ensure a secure hold.
Gradually expand the canopy tent and make sure to set the right height setting in all four legs. And finally, secure the canopy tent using the weights.
In most canopy tent accidents, negligence during the set-up phase plays a prominent role. Follow every step of the set-up process properly to secure the canopy tent on the beach.
Is beach terrain suitable for a canopy tent?
No, pop-up canopy tents are designed for even grounds. A canopy tent that is set-up “accurately” on uneven terrain (in the beaches or snowy areas) can be toppled.
But on beaches finding out the “even terrain” is difficult. However, choosing even ground is a pre-requisite for placing a canopy tent. Try leveling the ground using a mini shovel if possible or you can even use your hands to flatten up the floor.
NOTE: Never erect the canopy tent near a tree or bushes as these can rip the fabric if a branch or something that falls from the tree. The rule of thumb when erecting your canopy tent on beaches is location. Finding a smart location is crucial for the stability of a canopy tent on the beach.
Use Toughstakes (Specifically designed stake for beaches and snowy areas)
Normal stakes on the beach would fail. But, the tough stakes are simple and professional to secure your canopy tent either in sand or snow. The simple science behind the tough stakes makes it possible to keep your canopy tent secure even on uneven terrain.
How do normal stakes work? Normal stakes would be driven into the ground at an angle. Once it is nailed properly onto the ground, a cord is tied to the top of the stake and the other end of the cord is tied to the top of canopy tent frames. In normal places (grass fields) it works wonderfully. Due to the excess wind on the beaches, the load to the stakes is enormous, and a lot of torque is applied against the stakes with little friction (the part that is under the sand) holding it down. Since the sand is soft, the stakes can come out of it at any time. This is why normal stakes won’t work on the beaches.
How tough stakes work? The tough stakes differ in physics. Instead of attaching the cable to the top of the stakes, a tension cable is attached to the base of the stakes. Then the stakes will be inserted into the ground with the cable forming a 90-degree angle. Now all the tough work will be handled by the sand, not by the stakes. Moreover, it prevents all the movement on the cable that means your stake isn’t going anywhere. MSR tough stake for sand and snow is a good option. Check the video about this tough stake and see it in action.
This is an option that I’ve tried personally and it works well; so, I can vouch for it. I’ve bought four five-gallon buckets. It is lightweight and easy to carry onto the beach. I fill them with sand (a bucket full) and tie them to the top of my canopy tent with a nice pair of cords.
It works well for me. Moreover, I use the buckets for multipurpose. I keep all the bags and other stuff inside the buckets and use them in many ways.
It is a nice setup for a canopy tent. I’m not worrying about wrecking my canopy these days, because when the wind picks up, I’m pretty sure the sand buckets will take care of it. It is a cheap and excellent way to secure the canopy tent on the beach. I’m putting the video here so you can see how it works. You can get the five-gallon buckets from Amazon inexpensively.
I found this method unusual, but logically it should work. This method is easy and inexpensive. All you need is four frisbees and four cords to tie it to your canopy tent. I have not tried it myself, but I will show you people who are using this method successfully.
Frisbees are inexpensive; you can get good quality frisbees on Amazon here. Get four frisbees for each corner of your canopy tent. Drill a hole through the center of the frisbees (the hole should be as small as the cord you use to tie them to the tent). Now insert the cord through the hole in the frisbees. Tie a knot on the end of the cords and makes sure it doesn’t come out of the frisbees.
Dig a hole (you can do this barely using your hands) near the legs of your canopy tent. Let the hole be a little deeper that will give more stability to the canopy tent. Keep the frisbees inside the hole and cover it using the sand.
Now the weight of the sand will hold the frisbees (which is buried inside the sand) without moving anywhere. More the sand on the frisbees more capacity it has to hold down the canopy tent. Check out the video below to see how this method works.
Sandbags are a tried and tested method that you can trust to hold down the canopy tent in any terrain. Sandbags are used everywhere, from craft shows to weekend picnics. Eurmax weight bags are an excellent choice to hold down your canopy tent on beaches. I personally use it for my craft shows and in my backyard. It works wonderfully well for me.
Since you don’t have to worry about the sand on the beaches, you can carry the weight bags without filling the sands. Empty the sand (inside the sandbags) and fill it in a bucket so you can use them later if you want. Carry the empty sandbag with you to the beach and fill the sand and secure it to the bottom of your canopy tent using the velcro. It should hold down your canopy tent even in high wind.
Use cement-filled PVC pipes
I’m not a big fan of this method. I’ve seen many people use this method on art and craft shows but not many on the beaches. But, this method works well for high winds.
You need 2 feet long 3 inch PVC pipes (four pipes), PVC caps, and hooks to get this done. Close the one end of the PVC pipes with the use of a cap. Use proper glue to stick the cap on one end.
Prepare a concrete (semi-solid) and fill the PVC pipe with it. A 2-feet PVC pipe should weigh around 25 pounds after filling it with the concrete. Drill a hold on the other cap to insert the hook through it. Remember, you should insert the hook through the cap and attach the hook to the concrete before it dries up.
Once you complete these steps give a day for the concrete to dry up. The concrete will strongly hold on to the hook. Now just use the hook and hang the PVC pipes on the top of your canopy frames. The pressure from the top should help the canopy tent survive the intense wind. Check how to make PVC weights for your canopy tent in the video below.
Keeping the canopy tent on the beach is not complicated. You just have to incorporate a few ideas (The ones I mentioned above). Incorporating any one of those ideas should work for you. I hope you will have a fabulous trip to the beach next time.
NOTE: You should also know when to retreat. In some cases, when the wind is too much, you should put down the canopy tent. No canopy tents can handle wind pressure more than 40 MPH. Some brands claim that their canopy tent can withstand winds of up to 60 MPH! But be on the safer side and put down the tent when you feel the wind is intense.