How to Set-Up and Pack-Up the Outdoor Connection Aria Elite 2 Air Tent
Sandy, the General Manager of Outdoor Connection, shows us how to set-up and pack-up the Outdoor Connection Aria Elite 2 Air Tent!
G'day I'm Sandy from Outdoor Connection. Today I'm going to show you how to erect our Aira Elite 2. Now, this is the same as the Aria Elite 1 and Aria Elite 3 instructions so it's basically all the same way.
Right, so from out of the box you'll have the inner tent, the fly, bag of awning poles and a bag of pegs. Right once you've selected your spot, check the area for any sharp stones, rocks, broken glass or anything like that, that may damage the floor. You could always use an Outdoor Connection Duramesh Tarp and that will give you extra protection to your floor. Okay, now we're just going to unfold the tent and peg out all 4 corners.
So these corner straps are adjustable. Move them out so they're about halfway to normal that they would normally go. Now we'll peg out the 4 corners just make sure it's taut but not super tight. Right there's three separate main poles and there's a Boston valve at the bottom of each one. Screw the main body of the Boston valve into the pole, like that and make sure the caps off.
Put your pump in and we pump it up to about 7 psi. Just a little tip, make sure you have the front door at the right end before you start pumping it up. There's 2 ridge poles. The longer one is for the rear room shorter ones for the front room. When you set it up, make sure the Boston valve is facing the side.
Open this panel in the roof, put it up attach one end onto the velcro on the main poles, pull down a little bit like that and drop it onto the velcro at the other end, and zip up your panel. From the factory the fly is separate, so after the first time you put the fly over you won't have to do it again you leave the fly on the tent.
We're going to show you how to put the fly over. Make sure you've got the right end of the fly, the front end has two doors on it, the rear end has windows. The end with the logo is a front end of the tent. The next step now is to attach the fly to the tent, we do that by these velcro tabs there's one for the back of the pole one for the front and we started tabs there's one for the back of the pole one for the front and we started ridge pole here because it makes it a bit easier.
So take it around put it on the back and then on the front. There's two other velcro points one at the top of the wall and another one halfway down the pole. You need to do the same on all three poles but don't forget first time you do it is the only time you will have to ever do it. Okay now we're going to peg out all 4 corners, sometimes you can use the existing peg but it's usually better to take it out another 10 centimeters just on the same 45-degree angle out from the corner.
This gets a better tension along the side of your tent. Once you've done the corners I like to peg out the front and rear doors of the fly and then go along the sides. For the front doors just make sure you put it through the double loop like that. When pegging out the sides you can use a tie on the inner tent and a loop from the fly on the same peg if your position it in the right position, and do it like that.
Sometimes it doesn't matter how strong your pegs are, rocks under the ground, tree roots, all sorts of things and the pegs do get bent. So what's the best way to fix them. I've seen a lot of people try and do it on a tree stump or a bit of concrete best way I found is to do it on the ground if you just tap it in and get the head of it in place first, give it a good whack like that on the ground, the ground absorbs a lot of the shock and the peg gets quite quickly.
This tent, the Aria Elite 2, is equipped with Ventraflow panels. We're going to show you how it's pegged out. Pull it out and peg it out about 45 degrees to the corner. The corner guy ropes are stored in these little pockets here, should always be used whenever your tents up. If it's really windy you can put out these extra ones down the side that just helps protect them for blowing in a bit on the edge. Figure it out about 50 centimeters from the corner of your tent.
So when you put the guy ropes set, just make sure you put a twist in and that'll stop them humming in the breeze if there's rain. Right, now we're going to set up the 3 pole awning for this tent. The Aria Elite 2 comes with 4 awning poles and that's so you can put the side doors out as an awning if you want. But for this exercise we only need 3 so, don't need these.
Okay, to take out the sag at the back of the awning we have this clip up here so just clip that the strap in to buckle there and draw it up like that and that takes a sag out of it. Once you've got the awning up you can take out this little side flap and roll it up. That gives you a bit more space out here under your awning. Right that's it all set up ready to go.
Next, we'll show you how to pack it down. Before you do that we've taken all the pegs out in the awning down already except for the four corner pegs. I've taken out the ridge poles already and it's just a matter of opening the valves on the main poles. Now we're actually going to fold the tent up. We'll leave the corner pegs in because that just makes it easier.
So we're going to take the top of the tent in the fly lift it up take it towards the back and then fold it back on itself. So now we'll do the sides it's the same thing we lift it up from the top corners take it over and bring it back. Next, we remove the 4 corner pegs and then we can fold the tent up.
Now I usually lay the ridge poles just over the top like that and they can be rolled up with the tent. So now we're going to fold the tent in half and then in thirds. Okay so now I'm going to roll it up I like to use the poles just over the end there to give it something solid to roll over to start with. The other thing to remember is roll towards the end where the valves are open that way any air in the polls gets pushed out.
So when you roll it up use your knees a bit as well just to give helps push it down and keep it wrong with nice and tight. I always have the ties ready to go to use straight away and just tuck them under and tie it off. Now we're ready to put it in the carry bag, best way to do it is leave the tent on the ground, pull the carry bag over the top and then roll it over.
And there you go all packed up and ready to head off home, unfortunately. And we'll just drop it into our Off-Road Hauler here to make life a bit easier.