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Old 06-16-2013, 04:09 PM   #31
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Oh boy........Third try for installing AFrame Dometic tent.

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On the Olympic peninsula we often get light breezes. Breezes that make it very difficult to put the tent up. One of the D ring straps at the bottom of the corner down tubes pulled out. Not sure how I will reattach. Looks like it was secured (?) with a pop rivet. I might drill a hole thru the tube and use an machine eye bolt and nut. Get rid of the D ring thingy!

But more seriously, does the tent get any more stable when fully installed? We do have some winds out here. Before I endure another installation I'd like to know it will withstand the winds of a storm.

Also, someone recommended using 6 1/2' 2x4 under stabilizer jacks to attach tent side bottoms, but really 8' is needed, maybe even a foot longer than 8'. Question was: how to carry 2x4 that is longer than will fit inside the front storage box. Idea.... Cut 2x4 into two pieces, lay two wide sides on ground. screw steel strap hinge onto 1 1/2" side of 2x4 and an eye screw - latch hook onto the other side. This might work...!!!! and keep the 2x4 straight, preventing the 2x4 from flipping up.

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Old 06-16-2013, 04:22 PM   #32
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I haven't put mine up yet because it won't fit in the tight parking spot. My thoughts for the board was to use a deck board instead of a 2X4 because of the slightly lower stub toe factor. Cut the board in two and put a hinge on one of the broad sides. Place the hinge face down when using so it won't bend upward. I just hate having things underfoot so I need to see just what trouble this all is.

For regular pop up canopies, some people use flower pots filled with concrete anchors. Either turn the pot upside down or use it rightside up filled with plastic flowers, if that is your style.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:24 PM   #33
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Oh boy........Third try for installing AFrame Dometic tent. *(&(%&^#$#@&%*&()_*(^&$$%#$%$&^^ Thoughts?
Don't give up...I have setup the screen room 6 times and it now only takes me 20 minutes to set it up down from over an hour the first time. I got the pop up type shelter too and I use it to extend the shelter with the screen room. Taking home the screen room wet is my worst nightmare so I listen to the weather forecast if there is rain on the last day of my trip, if rain, I use a 20x15 tarp to replace the screen room...
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This is the first time I setup like this and I see setting up the screen room under the tarp may keep it dry, something to try on my next trip.

Just review what I have posted in page 1 of this thread to help with the setup. My setup replaces 10 pegs and the 6.5 ft logs fits perfectly in the front storage, this is enough to secure the bottom of the SR.

I have experience over 20 mph wind but I had trees to secure the 2 front top corners strap of the SR. On a wind storm, I would not set up any tarp or any shelter if I could not secure them on trees. In one of my trip I used my TV to secure the tarp.

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Old 06-16-2013, 07:40 PM   #34
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ROFL Neil!

I am sorry....but your post sounds like something I might say should I ever try to set mine up! I understand the wind factor - we get some pretty strong gusts that shake the house. Our firsy trip out this year, we had wind gusts up to 50 mph...I couldnt imagine how much stress that would put on my trailer walls if I had the room attached. I just dropped the EZ Up canopy height & crossed my fingers the stakes would hold. I did bungee the center of the canopy to the aquatainer as well as a couple bungees to the large wire dog crates.
We get crazy winds & weather in the NW dont we? Come on, hang in there! You are further along in putting it p than I have ever been! I only read the instructions and looked at the parts and.put it back in the bag. haha
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:32 PM   #35
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Last trip out it started misting, as it often does on our side of the Olympic National park. So I put my reclining chair inside my shower tent and continued reading my book!

But I would like something larger than a shower tent for heavier rain and also to allow nice neighbors to sit with me and talk about good places to camp. Everything I would want in a tent room is designed into the AFrame Dometic tent but it is such a pain to put it up.

If it is not windy I'll try again while camping with my brother and nephew this week at Lake Kachess, WA.
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:49 PM   #36
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Success.....................Finally, but worth it.....

It was really nice having the screen room up during the two days of very light rain.

1) I replaced the D-ring strap located at the bottom of both down tubes. Drilled the old rivets out with 3/16" bit. And continued drilling all the way thru the aluminun tube. Inserted 3/16" eye bolt, with washers on both sides of tube, followed with a lock washer and nut. I will be cutting excess length off the eye bolt with a hack saw and then will use a file to dress up the sharp edges.

2) I used an 8" concrete block at the bottom of each down tube, inserting a 24" bungie hook into the eye bolt, wrapping the bungie under and over the concrete block and then back to eye bolt (but hooking the bungie ends together). This made for a secure down tube. Another posting suggested using what looked like a 10 gallon water bottle.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:44 AM   #37
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WAY TO GO!! CONGRATS ON YOUR SUCCESS!!

Wheres the pictures?
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:16 PM   #38
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I don't have pictures.........Don't have digital camera and no camera on my cell phone. Life is so difficult without modern conveniences.......
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