FAQ's

  • Can a Fast Tent Be Used For Hot Works?

    The Fast Tent is manufactured from a flame retardant PVC and can be used for hot works such as welding / grinding if required.

  • How Expensive Are The Blowers / Fans To Run?

    For a constant air tent, where the blowers constantly maintain air pressure, a 1.5hp / 2kW fan will use about 30 pence of electricity per hour.

  • Can I Repair a Fast Tent?

    Small tears of up to 10cm long can be repaired using the repair kit included with your inflatable.

    Your kit includes:

    PVC patches

    Tube of contact adhesive

    Needles(s) – (do not use these on sealed air structures)

    The repair process (glue)

    1. Ensure the Fast Tent is clean and dry.
    2. Cut out a patch at least 20cm larger than the hole or tear and round off the corners of the patch.
    3. Place the patch over the hole and mark around the patch.
    4. Apply a thin layer of glue to the patch and the area marked on the tent. Wait a few minutes.
    5. Apply the patch and ensure air bubbles are removed.
    6. Apply weight if possible and leave for at least 24 hours before use.

    The repair process (needle & thread)

    1. Cut out a patch at least 20cm larger than the hole or tear and round off the corners of the patch.
    2. Thread the needle and using the loop sewing method stitch around the edge of the patch with stitches that are 3mm to 5mm apart.
  • Can It Handle Rough Construction Environments?

    Yes! Understandably, it might be assumed that an air beam structure building is easily damaged but this is not the case.

    Firstly, because the structure is inflatable, if it is hit with an object, it will flex and absorb the impact rather than break.

    However, let’s assume the worst and the wall of the tent is cut. Will the tent simply collapse? No. Why? Because the tents are being constantly topped up with air and although it may lose some pressure, even a large cut in the side of a tent would not cause it to collapse

  • What Wind Loading Will It Take?

    Tents are supplied with high level, mid level and ground level anchor points spaced at 1 metre / 3' intervals. Each anchor point is rated to a pull out strength of 150Kg / 300lbs.

    For soft surfaces, 1m long anchor pegs and 40cm long anchor pegs are supplied as standard. For hard surfaces, concrete blocks or water filled ISO containers are more suitable.

    Ratchet straps or ropes are used to connect the tent anchor points to the pegs / ground anchors.

    At wind speeds in excess of 40mph we recommend that the Fast Tent is deflated and left in situ. It can be reinflated in minutes when wind speeds are reduced.


  • How big can a Fast Tent Inflatable Building Be?

    Our largest tent is 18 metres wide and 4.8 metres high. Tents can be almost any length but we prefer to produce our tents in 6 metre long modular sections. These sections are easy to handle and are securely joined together so that water cannot enter.

  • What is the Fast Tent Warranty?

    Your Fast Tent carries a one year warranty. Rhino has the option to repair the Fast Tent, replace with a new model free of charge or make a refund. The owner must return the Fast Tent to Rhino for inspection. Of course, wear and tear or damage resulting from neglect, abuse or failure to comply with installation, storage and care instructions is excluded. For full details of the warranty please refer to Rhino’s Standard Conditions of sale and Warranty.

  • How Can I Clean a Rhino Fast Tent?

    The glossy finish to the surface of the PVC means that the Fast Tent is easily cleaned with a pressure washer.

    For very dirty jobs, it is possible to fix a disposable inner liner to the tent.

  • What Snow Load Can the Fast Tent Carry?

    The snow load capacity will differ slightly depending on the size of the tent. In general, Fast Tent can carry weights of up to 130 kg / 286lbs per square metre.

  • How Much Does a Fast Tent Cost?

    The cost of a Fast Tent will very according to size. Our tents start at 4m wide and can be produced right up to 18m wide.

    However, the cost of an inflatable ‘air beam’ building largely depends on whether you need a ‘constant air’ or ‘sealed’ tent? Constant air tents have a 110V fan or blower which inflates the tent isn just a few minutes and then keeps the tent pressurised. This constant air supply is required because the tent is assembled in panels of PVC that are sewn together.

    Sealed tents have welded joins between panels which means that once inflated, they just require topping up with air every day or so.

    Sewn tents are much faster and easier to manufacture than a sealed tent and so the cost will be lower.

    For more information please contact our friendly sales team who will be more than happy to help.

  • How Is a Fast Tent Inflated?

    Because the air beam structure is held together by stitched seams, air will always escape from the hundreds of perforations produced during stitching.

    Our quiet and economical 110V blowers continuously supply air under pressure to keep the structure inflated. However, although this is the most typical and cost effective solution, a sealed beam option is available which will keep the tent inflated in the event of a power failure.

    Although a Fast tent is supplied as standard with an electrically powered fan, they can be ordered with a petrol or propane gas powered fan.

  • I’m not in the UK – Can you supply me?

    Yes, we regularly ship Fast Tents worldwide via sea freight (or air freight when time is of the essence). If you are not familiar with importing a product into your country, our freight forwarding agents are always available to ensure everything goes smoothly.

  • Is a Fast Tent UV resistant?

    Yes, all Rhino Fast Tents are manufactured from UV resistant materials tested to BS1006:1990.

  • Are Custom Colours and Branding Possible?

    As well as rapid deployment and superb environmental protection, Fast Tent offers you the opportunity to promote your own brand and custom messaging to clients and prospective customers. Customisation follows a 2 step process:

    Step 1 – Choose your colour.

    Step 2 – Send us your artwork.

    Our in house printing facility will digitally print your logo and brand message on to flexible PVC panels which are tightly fixed to the Fast Tent with velcro strips.

    Typically we manufacture two smaller panels to fit on the ends of the tent above the access doors and two larger panels which are fitted on to the side walls of the Fast Tent.

    Because the branded panels are fitted with strong velcro fixings, they are easily interchangeable.

  • Is it difficult to move a Fast Tent into position?

    No, our construction tents are typically divided into sections or modules that are then joined. This means that weight and size are manageable. 

  • What Happens If The Power Fails To Blowers?

    For a constant air tent, if the power supply to the blowers fail, the tent will gradually lose pressure and will slowly sink to the ground over a few minutes. If this could be a problem then a ‘sealed tent’ is an alternative solution.

  • What is a Fast Tent Made From?

    Fast Tent is manufactured from a PVC coated reinforced flexible polyester or nylon fabric. It is non toxic, certified flame retardant to BS5438 and BS5867 and has a nominal weight of 630 grams/square metre. Material is stitched together with a minimum of two lines of rot resistant nylon thread with reinforcing strips of PVC or webbing strips where required.

    All Rhino Fast Tents are also manufactured from UV resistant materials tested to BS1006:1990.

  • What Is The Difference Between Constant Air & Sealed Tents?

    As the structure is held together by stitched seams, air will always escape from the hundreds of perforations produced during stitching. These perforations will inevitably increase in size during the working life of the infatable. Air must be continuously supplied under pressure to keep the infatable properly infated. This is the “continuous fow” principle.

    Infatables are usually supplied with one or more electrically powered fans, depending on the size of the infatable, but can be ordered with a petrol (or propane gas) powered fan as an option, if permitted on site.

    A sealed infatable is held together by welded seams and the air will not escape once infated. The infatable is ftted with an infation/defation valve; the fan used to infate can also be used to defate.

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