R-Pod Side Tent Set Up Instructions

This product will provide you with years of service, and is backed by a Lifetime Warranty against any and all defects in materials and workmanship. When used and cared for properly, this product will provide many years of reliable service.


  • SET-UP Your Side Tent can be easily set-up in 5 minutes or less by one or two people, if you follow the basic sequence detailed below. If time allows, we would recommend that you read through these instructions in their entirety and do a practice set-up at home before heading into the wilderness. Then you can be sure all components are present & functional, and proceed through the set-up sequence at a leisurely pace to learn the most efficient techniques.

  • TAKE DOWN Simply reverse the set-up sequence.

  • LONG TERM STORAGE  Your R-Pod Side Tent is more likely to be damaged by mold or mildew during storage than by elements while set up and in use. Make sure that all food or other organic material is removed, and that your tent is thoroughly dry before packing into the stuff bag. If you have to pack up and leave the campsite while your tent is damp, set it up later at home & allow it to dry thoroughly for long-term storage.

  • *Note: Hardware and other features are subject to change

Locate the parts included with your R-Pod Side Tent:

    • One fiberglass front arch pole

    • 2 straight aluminum main corner poles

    • 3 overhead adjustable roof support poles

    • Trailer skirt  

    • Tire cover and 1 Floor Patch 

    • 8 keder rails and Velcro keder cord connectors

      How to install your R-Pod Side Tent:

    1. Unfold Side Tent and locate keder (rope) edge of Side Tent. Make sure Side Tent is right- side-up by checking that the coated (shiny) side of the Side Tent fabric is facing downward.

    2. Starting at the rear of the trailer, slide the Side Tent keder cord into the keder rail on the passenger side of your trailer. Make sure that the Side Tent keder cord is able to feed freely into the rail as you pull the Side Tent towards the front of the trailer.

    3. Locate the pole sleeve on the outer top edge of the Side Tent. Carefully insert the fiberglass arch pole into the pole sleeve and into the 2 elbow connectors on either side of the Side Tent.

    4. Locate the 3 extendable roof poles. At the top-rear of the Side Tent near the keder cord is a roof pole pocket. Insert the blank end of a roof pole into this pocket. Pass the opposite end of the center roof pole through the slit in the front of the Side Tent and clip it onto the fiberglass arch pole. Repeat with the remaining roof poles.

    5. Locate the 2 vertical aluminum corner poles and assemble. Insert the non-peg end into the elbow connectors and the pegs on the bottom of the corner poles into the grommets at the lower front corners of the Side Tent

    6. Locate the keder rails and Velcro connectors. Affix keder rails (adhesive backing) vertically to trailer lined up with the vertical Velcro edge of Side Tent wall, 4 per side.

    7. Pull the Side Tent out and away from the trailer. Using two ground stakes (one on either side) and the two adjustable webbing straps located at the front of the Side Tent on either side, secure the Side Tent in place, and adjust the webbing straps as needed to get a tight pitch of the Side Tent.

    8. Stake Side Tent down using all ground loops.

    Final adjustments: 

    •  While taking care not to over-tighten the adjustable webbing straps, it is important to not allow the Side Tent to sag where water could collect during a rain storm 

    • Do not store your Side Tent while wet for any extended period – always dry completely prior to long-term storage.

    • Note that the pockets for the aluminum roof pole may need to be sealed around the seams. Use the enclosed Seam Grip® Seam Sealer.