Common Types of Tent Pegs
It might not seem like much, but choosing the right tent peg can make or break your dream camping trip. Here are the pros and cons of the most common pegs on the market.
Bent Wire Pegs
These are the typical, stock pegs which come with every tent and awning. Bent wire pegs have a simple design and come in different lengths and thicknesses but they are limited in what they can do.
They are versatile enough to handle some of the challenges thrown at them, but come up short when used in sand. Heavy loads can easily bend them, especially when driven into hard ground.
Strike-Through Tent Pegs
Some strike-through pegs are designed to look like bent-wire pegs, giving them extra surface area to hammer down. But these are often no less prone to bending than a traditional bent-wire peg. All in all, not that much better than bent wire pegs. They are bulky and difficult to store.
Why Are Screw-In Pegs Better?
Probably the best innovation in camp set up equipment, screw-in pegs have excellent grip, are easy to insert, and smaller in size.
Screw-in pegs need a driver to be inserted, like a battery drill or impact gun, making them much easier to set up.
They come in plastic and metal, with different diameters, for various soil types. Screw-in pegs come with loads of attachments, so whether you’re looking to set up a ground tarp, tent, or awning, these attachments make it all possible.
Types of Screw In Pegs
Batten Screws and Coach Bolts have a small shaft that is small in diameter. The narrow thread and lack of tapering doesn’t provide sufficient traction in loose ground. The threads wear away easily and rust is a constant problem. Batten screws require constant replacing, and for all that effort, they’re not very effective.
While plastic screws might seem like a better option because of their lower weight and apparent ease of use, they just won’t last very long.
The head begins to wear away easily, the threads are not cut very deep, giving them less grip, and if you’re trying to camp in hard ground, they could simply snap.
Benefits of Ground Dog Screw-In Pegs
G2 Ground Dogs (our second generation) have been designed in Australia by Outback Tracks from the ground up. They can be used in the widest possible ground types, from soft sandy grass covered soil through to the hardest ground.
They are unlike all other so-called “screw in pegs”
They are not batten screws or coach bolts dressed up as screw in pegs!
Ground Dog screw-in pegs are purpose built to get you through any situation. The idea was to keep it simple, and improve upon a familiar screw-in design.
- Made from marine grade stainless steel.
- Tapered shaft allowing peg to “lock in” as it penetrates the ground.
- No need to drive in at an angle.
- Self-drilling tip for better penetration in hard ground.
- Large LEFT-HAND thread for better holding power in.
- Thread stops 20mm below head to allow Hook Collar to free rotate.
- 19 mm head, so same socket as stabiliser legs can be used.
- Manual winder for stabiliser legs can also be used.
- Easy in, even easier to get out.
- Each Ground Dog comes Cocomplete with a Hook Collar.
Ground Dog Screw in pegs are 250 mm long, making them the right length for all kinds of conditions. We prefer to travel light, so a length means we’ve got all possibilities covered, with less to carry.
Ground so hard you’re only able to get the peg in halfway into the ground? No problem, No need to try and force it in any further, it’s locked in, simply wind the locking nut down to ground level and you’ve got all the support you need.
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