If we have to dry any part of the tent body, fly, or footprint/tarp, we charge $10 per tent. But we hate extra fees, we don't to penalize folks going to wet places, and our whole goal is to make renting less hassle than owning. So for your convenience, we created WaterGuard, $10 per tent for peace of mind! We've gone ahead and added WaterGuard for your order already ( tent items = $ total). You may keep WaterGuard and proceed to checkout, or decide to spend the hours waiting for the tent to dry yourself below.
To be transparent, most customers don't do a good job drying their tents, so WaterGuard is really not a way for us to make more money. Realistically ask yourself if you will want to spend the time and energy drying and making sure a tent is dry, or if WaterGuard is easier.
The WaterGuard Prepay Purchase Option covers the drying fee for tents returned wet; it is NOT damage insurance or a prepaid waiver of costs that may be incurred for tents returned with water damage. For example, if you're renting a tent for 2 months to do a week of camping in the middle, that means you'll be storing the tent for several weeks before returning. If you stored it wet and it gets returned with water damage, we may have to charge you for a replacement regardless of WaterGuard. WaterGuard does not cover damages to the tent (e.g., broken poles, rips or holes in tent body, rainfly, or tarp/ footprint), or excessive dirtiness (e.g., the tent was dropped in mud). WaterGuard is purchased individually for each tent item in your order. WaterGuard does not cover non-tent items such as sleeping bags.
Pay what is fair & will encourage you to rent!
The seasoned Burner clearly separates stuff for the Playa vs. everyday life, because the one thing you can count on is Playa dust never coming out! For that reason, most rental shops will not rent gear for Burning Man. We will be renting a limited number of a few items.
Any item rented during the period when Burning Man will be taking place will require a deposit, regardless of total days of rental and whether or not you are actually going to Burning Man (there's no way for us to verify). As stated in our Terms of Service), items must be returned in good condition in order for you to receive your deposit back. The 3 items we are selectively renting (+ some cleaning tips) are:
If you rent other gear not on the above list, we believe there is a high likelihood you will end up losing the entirety of the deposit.
Tents are the only gear item where there's actually a functional difference between the type of tent you'd want to bring to Burning Man vs. the type of tent that you'd use for normal camping or backpacking (i.e., what we rent). In other words, even if you make the investment to buy a Burning Man tent, you'd still need something else when going regular camping or backpacking. For that reason, we recommend trying to buy with friends or borrow Burning Man tents whenever possible.
There are 2 options for Burning Man tents:
Don't forget, we have a rent vs. buy calculator on our homepage that may be helpful.
At this point, many people think to themselves, "well, I don't want to spend that much money on a Burning Man tent, and if a regular tent will get destroyed with dust anyway, might as well get a cheap, low-quality one." However, please remember that cheap, low-quality tents may not only get pommeled by dust, but collapse on you once the Playa winds roll in.
Hopefully this info was helpful. Please feel free to reach out with questions!