Screw-in tent pegs make camping so much easier. If there’s one thing you need in your camping equipment, it’s a screw-in tent peg that you know will keep your tent, caravan awning or annexe in place.
A screw-in tent peg is a tent stake that acts like a screw by driving it into the ground with a cordless drill or by hand using a socket wrench. They’re the best tent pegs around because they’re quick and easy to screw into the ground, have serious holding capability, are quick to remove and the GroundGrabba Pro, GroundGrabba Pro I and Pro II come with a lifetime warranty. There’s really no comparison to standard tent pegs that require hammering-in, can be a trip hazard, can pull out of the ground quite easily in high winds and can bend if you hit an obstacle in the ground.
In fact, as far as comparisons go, it is unfair to really put all but one GroundGrabba into the tent peg category because ours hold up to 7x more than other types and brands of screw-in tent pegs out there. We are the market leaders when it comes to holding power.
We’ve designed a screw-in tent peg aka ground anchor for most every ground type from soft dune sand and loose earth through to regular campground grass and hard rocky earth and clay. If you’re a beach camper, then the GroundGrabba Lite’s , Pro I's and Pro II’s are for you. If you’re a leisure camper who prefers their creature comforts at a well-kept campground featuring clean amenities, hot shower, laundry and maybe a pool or games room, the our all-rounder tent stake GroundGrabba Pro is for you.
We now have a GroundGrabba Junior for lower loads and harder grounds available with great holding power but not to the same degree as our Pro, Pro I and Pro II.
Don’t take our word for it, see what RV Daily says
Read the independent review RV daily conducted on our GroundGrabba ground anchors and see how they compare to other ground stakes on the market. They test them against traditional tent pegs and measure the load that they can withstand before pulling out of hard ground and beach sand. A little hint – our steel stakes can withstand the most tension out of all the tent pegs, at over 700kg (over 1500lb)!
Check out our own in-house testing for hold down power.
Still want to hear what people are saying about GroundGrabba heavy-duty tent pegs that really hold their ground? Check some reviews here
Compare GroundGrabba screw-in tent pegs to hammer-in tent pegs
We’ve all been there – hammering in a dozen or more traditional tent pegs and being utterly exhausted afterwards. Not to mention how it feels when one or two slip out in high winds and you’re off trying to catch your tarp and secure it again. See our demonstration on how our ground anchor stakes compare to hammer-in tent pegs by watching the video below. Sometimes the ‘new way’ is simply better!
Stakes for use in common and firm sand or loose soft ground
If your preferred place to camp is caravan park that’s close to the beach, where the soil is quite soft and sandy, then our Australian made white and orange GroundGrabba Lite’s would suit your camping requirements down to a peg!. They are a great go-to stake for securing tents, small to medium sized tarps, canopies, pop-up gazebo’s or marquee’s and other temporary outdoor shelter’s in common sand, firm sand and loose soft grounds (like your grassy backyard). They’re also a handy peg to secure your canoe when you’re out exploring – simply hand-screw into the ground close to the water’s edge where the ground is soft (be sure to keep your eye on the tide!)
The wide spiral flights tear into the ground and hold onto the loose soft ground. So you can feel assured that your structure will stay standing. If you need to anchor your structure in loose ground or really soft sand (like you’d find on Fraser Island or Moreton Island),or if you have large shade structures and tarps then you’ll need a set of your choice of (in order of holding ability) GroundGrabba LIte, GroundGrabba Pro I or GroundGrabba Pro II’s
A general all-round ground anchor (tent peg)
If you love camping, but you don’t beach camp or go off-road, and mainly stick to caravan parks with grassy grounds (like BIG 4 Sandstone Point), then a great peg for you is the GroundGrabba Pro. This heavy-duty ground screw is suitable for most ground types and will keep your tent, tarp, annexe, gazebo or other outdoor structure secure. It also reduces set-up and pack-up times so you can spend more time relaxing. And, let’s be honest – that’s the whole reason we go camping, to relax! The GroundGrabba Pro are 300mm (12”) in length and feature externally welded flights to make them extra sturdy. They’re made from heat-treated carbon steel and are galvanised to help prevent corrosion. They come with a lifetime replacement warranty because, well, they’re that good!
Our GroundGrabba range can be used for a variety of reasons – they’re great at holding down swing sets, patio furniture, pop-up carports, jumping castles, inflatables, marquees for outdoor events or even permanent structures like shade sails tool sheds and garden green houses.
Beach camping equipment
If you’re a beach camping junkie then you know how hard it can be to find the right spot at the back of the dunes to set up camp. If you love North Stradbroke Island or another famous beach-camping spot then you need a set of GroundGrabba Pro II’s to keep your campsite secure.
The Pro II’s aren’t just for camping! You can use them to secure your light aircraft, outdoor play equipment, securing outdoor and patio furniture, rigging lighting or staging structures for outdoor events or for permanently anchoring something in your yard. There’s so many uses for the GroundGrabba range. Got a question? Get in touch
Seriously hard ground
Driving GroundGrabba’s into really hard ground like dry clay or compacted, dry earth might mean you’ll need to drill a pilot hole first. . . similar to drilling a screw into brick or concrete. A pilot hole of at least 12mm (1/2”) in diameter (and up to 14mm or 5/8”) will help make GroundGrabba insertion easier and allow you to camp exactly where you want. You can pick up a 12mm x 300mm masonry drill bit and Hex driver to accompany your GroundGrabba tent stakes on our website. Sometimes though you will find ground so hard and compact it will be just like concrete and at those times you will need to try widening your pilot hole until you can drive-in your GroundGrabba Pro or Pro II’s. It's best to use a chunky, high torque impact wrench tool, something maybe like this, Makita impact drill would do the job well.
Or, you could use our new GroundGrabba Junior which has threads that do not protrude out from the shaft making them easier to screw into harder grounds. But be awaare they do not hold the same loads as the Pro series.
Camping gear for 4 wheel driving
If you’re someone who loves exploring Australia in your 4 wheel drive, where you never know just what type of ground you might be setting up camp on, then having a set of ground anchors for different ground types is essential for your travel equipment. From time to time we have a number of packs of screw-in tent pegs that may suit your camping
Don’t know which GroundGrabba you need? Check out the video GroundGrabba Founder, David Levine, created to explain the features and uses for each of our ground anchors. Our steel series are made from heavy-duty galvanised steel which means it’s super tough and sturdy and comes with a lifetime replacement warranty.
Attaching ropes to tent pegs
GroundGrabba designed from the ground up
We designed the GroundGrabba range because we wanted to spend less time setting and packing up and more time relaxing. We also like to camp off-road and so we never knew what type of ground we’d encounter and we wanted to be prepared for any type of weather. Our ground anchors are designed by campers for campers. It took us 3 ½ years to perfect the design and we’re so happy with the product we offer a Lifetime Replacement Warranty on the steel variety – because we know how good they are! You can read our full story here. If you’re still wondering whether GroundGrabba is for you, why not just purchase a small set of GroundGrabba Pro’s to get you started and test them out on your next camping trip. We know that you’ll love its easy-to-use design and be amazed by its holding power. If you’re happy with the ease and functionality of the GroundGrabba we’d be so grateful if you wrote a review on our Facebook page.
Using a drill to screw-in your tent pegs
We know what you’re saying to yourself “I have to take a drill camping?” Well, no you don’t – our entire GroundGrabba range is designed to be manually screwed-in using a socket wrench or our HexHook Pro, however the very reason David designed them was to make life easier by letting another device, like your cordless drill, do the hard work! The type of drill we recommend to use with our tent pegs is a tradie-quality one, like the 18v Makita we use. It’s ideal to begin with it set at a low speed with mid-range torque. It’s always a good idea to test screwing-in your GroundGrabba’s and adjust the speed and torque to a suitable range for the ground type. Even better to play with them at home or out and about BEFORE you head off on your adventure.
Depending on the density of the ground and the speed you use to drive the stake into the ground, you will feel the GroundGrabba bite/grip or just spin. If you drill too fast, you may end up boring a hole and the GroundGrabba won’t actually bite into the ground. Go slower and use more downward pressure until you feel the tent stake ‘hold’ the ground.
You’re safety is important to us, so remember to not ‘force’ the peg into the ground – let the drill do most of the work. If you hit an obstruction in the ground, be aware that the stake could stop abruptly and transfer the twisting force into the handle of your drill. That’s why it’s important to use the medium/low torque setting to start with and adjust it accordingly.
The video below shows how to stand with your legs slightly apart with the drill handle braced on the inside of your right leg as you penetrate the stake into the ground. This brace method could help reduce injury to your wrist if the stake hits an obstruction and sends the force upwards into the handle, causing the drill and your hand to violently twist – your leg will stop the drill from spinning and twisting your wrist.
Like with anything new, it takes a few goes to learn how to use it. Test it out at home a few times before setting up your camp.
Check out what setting to use your drill to insert GroundGrabba’s in this video:
GroundGrabba – from screw-in tent pegs to ground anchors
We originally designed and developed the GroundGrabba range for camping, but after selling them over the past few years it became apparent that they’re not just for camping. People are using them to secure their light aircraft, 4 wheel driving, fishing and boating, outdoor events, renovations and landscaping and ground anchoring for sporting requirements. So many uses for so many ground types – whatever project your looking to anchor, GroundGrabba has you covered.