Question: Should I use a ground cloth?
Answer: A ground cloth will help protect the tent floor from the abrasion of sticks and stones, and it adds an extra layer of waterproofing below your tent. Before setting up your tent clear the area of any sticks and stones. Next lay your tarp or ground cloth out flat and erect your tent on top of it. After the tent is set up, be sure to tuck the ground cloth a little bit under your tent so that it doesn't stick out and collect rain that will run between the ground cloth and your tent floor. You want rain and dew to run below the ground cloth so that it can soak into the ground and not collect under your tent. If the ground cloth extends out beyond the tent, you may wake up after a rain and find your tent floating in a puddle of water.
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