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4 Pack-Ground Dog Anchors-Gen 2

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AVAILABLE 27TH OCTOBER

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The auger shape and design of these bolts will anchor almost anything anywhere. From Tarps to Awnings an easy screw-in system that allows for easy insertion and removal of tent pegs.  Each Ground Dog Peg is 250mm long, (generation 1 was 200mm long) made from high-grade marine stainless steel and comes with a unique Hook Collar.

A thicker tip that allows for two self-drilling notches, the thread has been stopped 20mm below the head to allow the new Hook Collar Locking Nut to freely rotate making it even easier to attach the Safety Springs.

Pack Contents:
* 4 x Stainless Steel Ground Dog Pegs
* 4 x Hook Collars

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Ground Dogs Review

Update: November 2020

Generation 2 of the Ground Dogs Pegs is now out.  New and improved with the below upgrades:
* Increased length to 250mm (previously 200m)
* New Hook Collar (replaces wing collar)
* 20mm clearance below the head (allows new hook collar to freely rotate)
* Thicker Tip with 2 self drilling notches

The Last Pegs You Ever Need – Now Even Better

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.

Watch our Demo on how easy it is to set up your awning with the Ground Dogs Awning Kits

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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 tent 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-in bolt 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

High-Grade Stainless Steel

The Ground Dogs are made from a high-quality marine grade stainless steel material ensuring they will not rust after a few uses in the ground.  They will not bend and are easy to get in and out.

Made from Marine Grade Stainless Steel

250mm Long

Generation 1 of the pegs were 200mm long.  Generation 2 of the pegs is now 250mm long.  The Ground Dogs are just the right length to suit all types of ground and means you don’t need different length bolts for different applications.  = Less to Carry

250mm Long Shaft

19mm Head

The 19mm head on each of the Ground Dogs means you can use the same socket fitting to get them in and out.  In most cases, that is the same fitting required for adjustable stabilisers on caravan legs.

19mm Head  & 19mm Socket

Thread

Ground Dogs are tapered and have a special shape thread cut into the shaft, the fluting is wider and longer so they drill in and hold firmly in a wide range of soils.  They will hold fast and not pull out during strong and constant winds.  The thread is stopped 20mm from the head, to allow the new Hook Collar to move freely to place ropes or springs to it.

Wider & Longer Fluting on Thread

Adjustable Hook Collar Locking Nut

Generation 2 of the Ground Dogs introduces the new Hook Collar.  This new collar allows the safety spring, or your preferred rope or spring to attach to it securely.  This means if you can only get half the bolt into the ground, simply winding down the hook collar will make it just as effective, and means you don’t have to have the bolt all the way in. (Note: In the Awning Anchor Kit, 4 of Generation 1 wing collars are included, to secure the awning plates to the legs of awnings).

The adjustable Hook Collar

Self Drilling Notches & 20mm Thread Clearance

As mentioned previously, Generation 2 now has a new thicker tip with 2 self drilling notches, making it easier the the peg to grip whilst drilling into the ground.  The Generation 2 peg now has a 20mm clearance from the head to the start of the thread, to allow free movement of the hook collar to rotate around the peg.  This makes it easer to position the hook collar for the safety springs (or spring/rope of your choice)

Self Drilling Notches & 20mm Head Clearance

Comparisons

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.

Ground Dogs -vs- Tent Pegs

The traditional hammer-in tent pegs have been around forever and will work in quite a lot of cases, but let’s face it, it can be hard work to hammer them in, and in some cases even harder to get them back out.  You also need a different size peg for different applications, meaning you need to carry around a whole lot more pegs.  Many of us end up with a collection of bent pieces of steel.   If the ground is extremely hard, you will be hard pressed to even get them in at all.  Watch the video below to see Paul & Judd in the Tent Peg Challenge.  Filmed at a recent Caravan show, the boys show how hard it is to hammer in a traditional tent peg in comparison to the Ground Dogs.

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The Tent Peg Challenge

Ground Dog -vs- The Batten Screws

Batten Screws or even Coach Bolts are great, but they are designed for Wood.  The shaft is smaller in diameter and not tapered.  The threads are very narrow and although they come in varying lengths, they are just not quite long enough to get enough traction in the soil.  Yes, they will work some of the time in some types of ground.  Typical they are better in harder ground, but if the ground is too soft they will pull straight out.  Even if they held originally, after a bit of rain and the ground becoming softer they will more than likely lose their grip.  Also after a few uses, the thread was found to start wearing and they started to rust over time, meaning they have to be replaced constantly.

The Ground Dogs are designed for soil unlike Batten or Coach Screws

Ground Dog -vs- Plastic Screws

The plastic bolts work similar to the Ground Dogs, but after a few uses, the head will start to wear the point where they became unusable.  The thread is not as deeply cut, so this reduces their holding effect.   Depending on the hardness of the ground, on many occasions, they would just snap.

The Ground Dogs -vs- Plastic Bolts

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

Paul was also telling us about a recent show they went to,

 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 pinnied 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.

20kg Weights -vs- Ground Dogs 

Tie Down System

Tie Down Straps

The Ground Dogs can be used independently as an anchor point for any camping application that requires something to be tied down.   However, many campers with caravans or motorhomes will use them with awnings.  To assist with the easy setup of using the Ground Dogs with awnings, Paul has designed a simple and effective tie-down system that compliments the Ground Dogs and is very easy to fit.

The Ground Dogs Tie Down System

The Tie-Down straps will suit most awnings on the market and can be used with the arms either pined back onto the body of the van or for those that prefer the arms pinned vertically to the ground, there is also a special anchor plate that will slot straight into the bottom of the awning arm.

The tie-down straps can be fitted to the included Safety Springs that come with the straps.   It is highly recommended that any tie down system used for awnings has some form of giving in it to allow some movement to avoid damage to the awning mechanism.   The Ground Dogs system safety springs achieve this as they are made from hard wearing High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).  This means they will not perish and are very durable which will allow for adequate movement to your awning. It will eliminate the use of large springs which are bulky and can rust over time. Each strap also uses a ratchet system built in which makes for easy adjustment and tension.

The Tie Down Straps with Safety Springs & Ratchet

Awning Leg Anchor Plate

The full awning kit contains two specially designed plates that will fit most Dometic and Carefree awnings. It effectively acts as a clamp that will fit into the base of the awning arm. Also, it will hold it securely in place.   Generation 1 of the Ground Dog pegs with the wing collar is then used on either side to hold it firmly on the ground.  You can then attach the straps as shown above for added security.

The awning anchor plate secures awning arms vertically

WARNING:  While tying down of awnings in any conditions is highly recommended, this should just be as a precautionary measure.  It is highly advisable that in all cases where strong excessive winds prevail awnings should be wound in.

What We Thought

Very impressed.  Up until the Ground Dogs, we have just been using standard straight shaft tent pegs that we hammer in.  In most cases, they have been ok, but we have certainly gone through a few tent pegs.  The almost always bend and you can’t use them again.  Most become rusty only after a few uses.  We also found we had to carry lots of them in various sizes. This is to suit all types of ground that we were on.

With the Ground Dogs, we found they were just so versatile for all conditions. They lasted without going blunt or rusty.  They were easy to use and held much better than the straight shaft pegs.

Another great benefit we found was getting the pegs out of the ground.  Previously, I had to get another tent peg or claw hammer out to try and pry out stubborn pegs. But found it easy with the Ground Dogs just to put the drill in reverse and out they come.

HOT TIPS:
Tip 1. If in Extremely hard ground, Unlike all other pegs, Ground Dogs do not need to be force all the way in for them to work, drill it in when it stops its binding, its doing it’s job simply turn the locking nut & lock down to the ground level to anchor your Awning or gazebo!

Tip 2. Sometimes the ground can be like solid rock, don’t worry here is an easy solution.  Make sure you carry a 12mm masonry drill bit, simply pre-drill the hole! Our Ground Dogs have a tapered shaft so even if you where in solid rock they will still lock in.

Notice something? The Ground Dogs have been made with security in mind, a left-hand thread!

20 reviews for 4 Pack-Ground Dog Anchors-Gen 2

  1. Ron Bateman

    This is a great product(particularly when you remember they have a left hand thread ………). I purchased the Awning Tie Down kit at the Canberra show last year and was blown away at how easy these pegs are to use the first time I used them. Decided right then I would buy more. Hense the purchase of 2 x 4 packs to cover my normal pegging requirements.
    Highly recommended

  2. Tony Howell

    These are a strong and reliable peg for awnings and general tent peg type work except they are much stronger than tent pegs. I have found them to have excellent holding power and no more of the wife having to whack tent pegs with a hammer.

  3. Sharon Hildenhagen

    The best, highly recommend these to everyone.

  4. Jane Wright

    We loved the Generation 1 Ground Dog anchors and when we needed more pegs for an additional screen they were our only choice.. The new collar is a great improvement on something we didn’t think needed improving. I highly recommend this product for it ease of use and it’s performance.

  5. Graeme M

    Very impressed. We live in the WA’s Pilbara and the ground is so hard I carry a long 10mm masonry drill to predrill the ground before hammering in normal tent pegs.
    I tested a ground dog with a cordless impact driver and it rattled it straight in, and wound it back out again easily. For hard ground, I love them!

  6. Brad Taylor

    The new ‘hooks’ are great. I had to rig up a bit of system before I got some of them as I use the spring type attachment on my ropes but I got done of the hooks recently and used them lady weekend and they worked great. The new design with the extra length on the pegs looks like a really good idea also and that’s why I’ve ordered some more.

    They also attract some attention from other campers and I was showing some guys who were next door to us at the caravan park last weekend and have them your details as they said they were going to order some. Really good alternative to tent pegs.

  7. Bryan Martin

    Now living in our new motorhome, we purchased a selection of products, including these Gen 2, Ground Dog Pegs. Wow… they are great! We had camped in this area before where gravel was under the parking area and couldn’t get a regular peg into the ground, without be bending it in the attempt. Once the delivery arrived, I drilled these Ground Dog pegs straight in, without a problem. I might have to buy more.

  8. Peter Trembath

    I had a good look around online before purchasing and these anchors seem to be the best available option. They are strong but also light which is critical when you are trying to be careful about GTM – every bit helps! The gen 2 design elements are also a bonus – the new hook collar works just as well even when the bolt is not fully drilled into the ground and, the new head clearance allows you to easily face the collar in the direction required. Plus they were despatched same day ordered. Can’t ask for more really! Thank you.

  9. Peter

    I purchased a range of 250mm ground dog screws, tie downs and wing plates for the awning on our new caravan.
    I am delighted with my purchases as they save the jarring on my hands and wrists trying to hammer in pegs. Being able to use an cordless impact wrench makes the job so easy. The fact that they also have a reverse thread is an added security bonus.
    Absolutely fantastic and can recommend the service and advice received as well. From Glenn.
    We are very happy new caravan owners after having an Ultimate camper trailer for 10 years and managing the banging in of pegs and pulling them out again , or having the pegs lift up in high winds.

  10. eppo

    Great product great service ,Good company to deal with , very happy

  11. Craig Fitzpatrick

    Quick to post very easy to communicate would highly recommend them

  12. Neil Lowery

    SIMPLY THE BEST….BETTER THAN ALL THE REST.

    Do you want to come back to your site during a windy day to find your awning a twisted mess…then get the simple solution..GROUNDDOGS GEN2 SCREW IN PEGS. SCREW THEM IN AND SCREW THEM OUT…

  13. Ray Schoof

    Love the ground dog screws. Quick and easy to use. Bight into the ground well. No need for hammer and pegs now.

  14. Stephen Green

    These additional Ground Dog Anchors are an excellent addition to my new Awning Kit and will give us greater versatility in how the awning may be secured in various conditions.
    Like the Awning Kit, they are of excellent quality.
    Very pleased we acquired the Ground Dog equipment. 🙂

  15. John Fookes

    The V2 groundogs I ordered turned up and I am extremely pleased with the product. We’ve been using the V1 groundogs for a few years now and they have taken an absolute beating in wet mud / concrete-like soil / tree root riddled ground and they never failed us, even in very windy conditions. I find the 19mm head so much easier to drive with my cordless, unlike some of the 1/4” and star socket heads on other pegs we seen in our travels. When I saw the V2’s were released, I thought another 1/2 dozen with an additional 50mm in length would be handy.
    As usual, ordering from FRC was simple and delivery fast even though I live in rural NSW.
    Keep up the good work and thanks for the continued great service.

  16. Gary Lancaster

    Looked at other similar items, even went to Bunnings to look at bolts and screws. Decided to purchase four for the corners of the awning as they were by far the best product on the market for design and manufacture, IE easy to use, ‘gripability’, corrosion resistance and ‘ bugger all grunt’ needed.
    When they arrived within a couple of days (AusPost tracking also) I was hooked. Top product.

  17. stuart

    This is the last peg you will ever need to buy ! What an excellent product . If you have any doubt , buy just one and give it a go. Then thanks me later .

  18. Jeff Roz

    After looking at other screw down ground pegs and FRC’s Ground Dog there was no comparison. FRC’s Ground Dog pegs are solid well constructed and ready to bite into the hardest ground. FRC’s Ground Dogs are the bees knees of screw down ground pegs. FRC’s communication and postage time was lightning.

  19. Robert Leigh

    After recent trip to NT I was at one camp area where the ground was very hard, after bending my thin pegs on the floor matt I used my thicker pegs and used brut force to get then in using a mallet, that night my hand swelled & after a month using a hand/thumb support I decided to purchased the ground dogs to make my life just a little easier, one of the best caravanning decisions I’ve every made.
    Regards Rob

  20. Glenn J

    Fast delivery. Quality product that works perfectly. Every caravaner should have some.

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