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One thing we have all struggled with over the years is finding a tent peg for all occasions.  It doesn’t matter if you prefer a caravan, motorhome, tent or camper trailer, at one stage you will need to use a tent peg to pin something down.  Whether it’s for the tarp or to stabilise the awning, chances are, you will probably have struggled with the right tent peg for the job.

THE SOLUTION: GROUND DOGS SCREW IN TENT PEGS

Our simple yet very effective screw-in tent pegs can be used to anchor anything almost anywhere including all types of ground, from soft sand to ground as hard as concrete.

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Awning Tie Down Kit,
to suit Fiamma & Thule awnings

Ground Dogs,
Caravan Awning Anchor Kit

Ground Dogs,
Individual Screw in Pegs

The idea

The Ground Dogs were developed by avid Aussie camper, Paul Pont.  While helping a friend take down a caravan annex that had been in place for 3 months, Paul became frustrated by how long it took him to get the old rusted tent pegs out of the ground.  It took him so long because they were rusted into the ground and then bent coming out to the point they could not be used again.  Thinking there must be a better way, Paul searched for an alternative to hammer in pegs.

Having tried a range of other screw in pegs I realised that none of them were durable enough or suited to a wide enough range of ground types. They would either wear out, strip the thread, snap the heads off, not penetrate the ground or pulled out too easily. I started playing around with my own designs and realised the only way was to make a quality peg from quality materials

This is when he came up with Ground Dogs. A purpose built screw in peg for all occasions. It is a very simple design, and the concept is not new. Essentially it is a very large stainless steel screw that is just the right size, length, and shape that will drill in and out of almost any ground surface.

Features of the Ground Dogs

High-Grade Stainless Steel – made from a high-quality marine grade stainless steel material ensures they will not rust, and are incredibly strong so it’s easy to get in and out.

200mm Long – Ground Dogs are just the right length to suit all types of ground and means you don’t need different length pegs for different applications.

Unique Shaped Thread –  the tapered thread is cut into the shaft and the fluting is wider and longer so they drill in and hold firmly in a wide range of soils and with withstand high winds.

Adjustable Locking Nut – the locking nut can be varied to suit the depth of the ground. This means if you can only get half the peg into the ground, simply winding down the locking nut will make it just as effective, and means you don’t have to have the peg all the way in.

Ground Dogs Vs Tent Pegs

The traditional hammer-in tent pegs have been around forever and will work in quite a lot of cases, but let’s face it, it can be hard work to hammer them in, and in some cases even harder to get them back out.  You also need a different size peg for different applications, meaning you need to carry around a whole lot more pegs.  Many of us end up with a collection of bent pieces of steel.   If the ground is extremely hard, you will be hard pressed to even get them in at all.  Watch the video below to see Paul & Judd in the Tent Peg Challenge.  Filmed at a recent Caravan show, the boys show how hard it is to hammer in a traditional tent peg in comparison to the Ground Dogs.

We bought the caravan awning anchor kit at our local market in Strathalbyn SA. I must admit I wasn’t sure how the Ground Dogs were going to work. We are heading to Uluru for two weeks so thought we better take the van for a trial run; and what a perfect time to roll out the awning and test these guys out. WOW I’m amazed at how well they work! So easy to put in the ground and remove, and the strength of the ground dog is crazy. I’m totally onboard and will be showing and telling everyone. 10/10

Matt Crist – South Australia

Tie Down System

Tie Down Straps

The Ground Dogs can be used independently as an anchor point for any camping application that requires something to be tied down. However, many campers with caravans or motorhomes will use them with awnings. To assist with easy setup of using the Ground Dogs with awnings, Paul has designed a simple and effective tie-down system that compliments the Ground Dogs and is very easy to fit.

The Tie Down straps will suit most awnings on the market and can be used with the arms either pined back onto the body of the van or for those that prefer the arms pinned vertically to the ground, there is also a special anchor plate that will slot straight in to the bottom of the awning leg.

The tie down straps can be fitted to the included Safety Springs that come with the straps.   It is highly recommended that any tie down system used for awnings has some form of give in it to allow some movement to avoid damage to the awning mechanism.   The Ground Dogs system safety springs achieve this as they are made from hard wearing High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).  This means they will not perish and are very durable which will allow for adequate movement and give to your awning, eliminating the use of large springs which are bulky and can rust over time.    Each strap also uses a ratchet system built in which makes for easy adjustment and tensioning.

Awning Leg Anchor Plate

The full awning kit contains two specially designed plates that will fit most roll out awnings such as Dometic and Carefree awnings and effectively acts as a clamp that will fit into the base of the awning leg and hold it securely in place.   A Ground Dog is then used on either side to hold it firmly on the ground.  You can then attach the straps as shown above for added security.

WARNING:  While tying down of awnings in any conditions is highly recommended, this should just be as a precautionary measure.  It is highly advisable that in all cases where strong excessive winds prevail awnings should be wound in.

What We Thought

Very impressed.  Up until the Ground Dogs, we have just been using standard straight shaft tent pegs that we hammer in.  In most cases, they have been ok, but we have certainly gone through a few tent pegs.  The almost always bend and you can’t use them again.  Most become rusty only after a few uses.  We also found we had to carry lots of them in various sizes to suit all types of ground that we were on.

With the Ground Dogs, we found they were just so versatile for all conditions and lasted without going blunt or rusty.  They were easy to use and held much better than the straight shaft pegs.

Another great benefit we found was getting the pegs out of the ground.  Previously, I had to get another tent peg or claw hammer out to try and pry out stubborn pegs, but found it easy with the Ground Dogs just to put the drill in “FORWARD” and out they come.

HOT TIP:  The Ground Dogs screw in – in reverse.

WHERE CAN YOU GET THEM?

Ground Dogs available from our online shop directly.