GROUND DOGS – SCREW IN TENT PEGS
& AWNING ANCHOR KITS
One thing we have 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. One that will cover all types of ground, from soft sand to ground as hard as concrete.
Many of ours have ended up bent from hammering, or slip out of the ground when you need them most, or end up rusting. And, that is just trying to get them in, often times, getting a tent peg out of the ground is just as much of a challenge.
That is why we were so happy to have come across the Ground Dogs. They are a simple and very effective screw-in tent peg that can be used to anchor anything almost anywhere. And they are just as easy to get out of the ground as it is to put them in. They also come with a complete tie down kit that will fit almost any caravan, motorhome or RV awning on the market.
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
Yep, there is always someone with a better idea or way of doing things, and during development of the Ground Dog, many of the alternatives were tried and tested.
Tried & Tested
An awning blowing in the wind can place extreme forces on the hold down point, so you want something you know will hold to avoid awning damage. The Ground Dogs have been tried and tested by Paul and also some extreme campers over the last 12 months. There are also many other happy users who have purchased the Ground Dogs, here is what some of them had to say.
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
These are the bee’s knees. As a newbie, the awning anchor kit saved my bacon by holding down the awning of a rented camper during a huge storm at Dungog – could have been and expensive lesson for me. Thanks, fantastic product.
Rob Kerr – Sydney
We were at the Toowoomba caravan show and got hit by a massive storm, the winds were up to 170km per hour and our gazebo stayed pinned down. In fact, the gazebo actually bent and the pegs still didn’t let go. There were tents either side of us with 20kg weights on their legs and they just went flying.
Toowoomba Caravan Show