It is very important that you inspect and inventory
the parts both before erecting and after disassembling
Tent disassembly is discussed later. The
component and maintenance checks consist of the
Tent body. Inspect for abrasions, mildew, holes,
poor condition of previous repairs, broken
stitching, evidence of leaks, and low fabric
Tent lines. Check the tent lines for frayed or
raveled ends and for broken strands.
Tent poles. Check poles for cracks, splinters, and
damaged metal parts.
Tent pins. Check pins for breaks and cracks.
There are twenty-eight 24-inch pins and
forty-eight 16-inch pins.
Check hardware for rust,
looseness, damage, and missing hardware.
Tent cover. Examine cover for rips, mildew,
broken stitching, frayed tie lines, and loose or
Slide fasteners. Inspect for damage and freedom
of movement. Lubricate when slide fastener is
hard to move up or down.
SETTING UP THE TENT
At this point, you have selected an appropriate site
for the tent.
You are also familiar with the tent
components and have made certain all items are present
and in serviceable condition. Now you can begin to set
up the tent.
When you are setting up the tent, use only tent parts
and accessories for their intended purpose.
You should begin to construct the tent by first
assembling the poles.
The tent has 1 ridge pole, 2
upright-center poles, 4 corner wall poles, 4 upright door
poles, and 10 cave poles.
The ridge pole comes in three sections. Two metal
bands allow you to join these sections. lighten the four
bolts that go through the bands to further secure these
The two upright-center poles (10 feet 3 inches)
come in two sections. To assemble the upright-center
poles, insert the end of the section without the band into
the section having the metal band.
Raising and Securing the Tent
Due to the extreme technical nature of this process,
the instructions that come with the equipment should be
followed. Remember, these instructions should be on
the window flap at one end of the tent under the Care
and Maintenance heading. General instructions also
may be found in the Marine Corps Combat Feeding
P-MCBLC 1179 (Rev. 12-91). If
instructions are lacking, find a service member with
enough experience to direct the raising and securing
The following are some safety points to observe
when erecting the tent:
l When lifting the tent, start in the correct squatting
position and use your legs to avoid back injury.
l When working near frame hinges, be careful to
avoid pinching your hands or fingers. Do not hold the
hinge at the ridge or cave location.
. Do not use the Yukon stove (M1950) in the
expendable modular tents.
. Raise and lower the entire side of the tent
smoothly and evenly to avoid damaging the frame.
. Make sure to leave enough air space between the
tent wall and foodservice equipment. When the M2
burner units are lit, they get hot. Frequently check the
tent wall for heating while using the M2 burner units.
Move the M2 burner units further away from the tent
wall if necessary. If they are too close to the tent wall,
they could ignite the tent.
. Do not step on tent components.
. To avoid damaging the tent frame, do not twist
or turn it when handling.
l Clear and level the ground before installing the
floor. Sharp objects or ground depressions can damage
the tent floor.
. Be careful when moving or storing tent
components to avoid damaging the fabric.
. If using an M1941 stove, make sure to tie the
stovepipe flap securely with the two tie tapes provided.
. Remember that under high wind conditions extra
personnel are needed to safely erector strike the tent.