Originally Posted by bikendan
Hybrid and also popup tent ends are designed not to need seam sealers.
but it shouldn't hurt to use them.
i recommend doing the seasoning first, to see if it does the trick.
you can always do the seam sealer later, if you still have issues.
One thing I learned with boats is that leaking is always something fixed after the fact... We only know that it is leaking when your mattress / pillow, etc is wet... so I took the decision to be preventive since day one.
In 1999 I bought a brand new tent and besides the fact that the manufacturer had a long explanation on how their new system would prevent leaking, I bought bathroom silicone (the one that comes with anti-mold stuff) and sealed all the seams from inside.
It was difficult because this silicone is thick, etc...
Last year we threw this tent in the garbage (the roof canvas was so thin after these years that ripped by itself) after 15 years of camping w/o any leak. I spent 2 hours of work in 1999 and had 15 years of peace of mind...
In 2009 we bought a second tent and used the Ozark sealant and so far the tent (a cheap Ozark model) is leak proof. We took some really heavy storms in Florida and no leaking...
To make a long story short: we should pick up our 23IKSS in 2 weeks and I intent to call the canvas manufacturer and get authorization to use the sealant. If he grants it, this will be my first action when bringing the TT home.
Just sharing so maybe some can benefit or share their experience too.