that it can be camouflaged by exposing the appropriate
color. Components of the tent include 2 adapters. 6
pins. and 12 poles, single sections.
Only lumber that has been thoroughly cured
should be used for dunnage, since the moisture
contained in green lumber will promote the
4-8. Maintenance Instructions
growth of mildew.
a. Replace footsteps and guy lines that are missing.
worn. rotted, or damaged beyond usefulness.
j. When dampness in the atmosphere is prevalent.
b. Straighten bent metal tent pins and remove
dunnage should be used between each course to permit
circulation of air between the blocks. The blocks
c. Replace miming or damaged tent pins, pole
should be separated end reduced to a minimum
and adapters with serviceable or new
number of courses to permit passage of air on all four
d. Use a cement patch to repair weakened areas,
k. When tent is to be stacked near ventilators or
holes. tears, or open seams in the canvas that are less
openings that may admit moisture, protect tent by
than 4.4 inches in diameter or length.
packing it in bag or waterproof covering.
l. Do not place tentage received from the field in
bags until tent is thoroughly dried and all dirt removed
Damage in excess of 4 inches in diameter or
by stiff brushes. If any visible signs of mildew are
length requires a sewn patch.
present, hang tent in open air, preferably in the sun.
m. Give priority of issue to tentage that has been in
e. In cases requiring sewn patches, mark the
storage the longest. To prevent issue of newly stored
damaged area according to TM 10-269 and refer the
tentage before older stocks are exhausted, blocks
repair to direct support maintenance.
should be marked in accordance with length of time
j. When storing or transporting keep pins and poles
tentage has been in storage.
separate from tent except when tent instructions require
n. When tentage is stored in open sheds or in tents.
them to be packed with the tent. In the (.ate of the
it should be stacked well away from the sides and ends
latter. make sure the pins and poles are cleaned and
of shelter (preferably about 2 feet, and items not
dried before being placed with the tent.
affected by moisture should be stacked between tentage
g. Before storing, dry tent by hanging it up off the
and outer edges of shelter.
ground in bright sunlight. A tent dried on the ground or
o. Withdraw from storage tentage found to be
left hanging outdoors after sundown night absorb
infected with mildew. Brush with a stiff brush. allow to
enough dampness for mildew to start. When necessary,
dry thoroughly. and issue immediately to installation
a tent can be dried indoors. When drying indoors, hang
where driest atmospheric conditions prevail. If there is
the tent in a well-ventilated place, high enough to permit
no opportunity for immediate issue, segregate infected
the tent to be suspended off the floor.
h. Do not drag tentage along the ground or permit it
Tent which has become unserviceable should be turned
to come in contact with the ground while in storage.
in to a salvage installation for classification, repair, and
When storing tent, stack it on dunnages
return to stock, or for destruction.
supported by 2 by 4-inch lumber. If the floor is hard
surfaced or wooden. the tentage should be at least 4
4-9. Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services
inches from the floor. If the floor is earthen. the tentage
Because all required inspections must be made daily,
should be at least 8 inches from the ground.
or more frequently organizational maintenance
personnel will refer to table 3-1 for procedures to be
followed during periodic inspection.