We decided to retire our dome after four years on the Playa and find a new shade structure that would be quick and easy for two people to set up and break down, pack, and is easy to transport........ oh yes, and the cost couldn't break the bank.
Well I think we found it! We bought a large shade structure with a footprint of 30' x 30' and a height of 12 1/2 feet. It has a single center pole and is configured like a "tipi". It arrived the other day and, let me tell you, this baby is HEAVY DUTY! It weighs in a 40 pounds total and comes in an expandable duffle bag. The center pole is extremely heavy with some of the heaviest spring latches I've ever seen....... no need to make a new pole for the Playa! The fabric is heavy duty and sewed with sail seams. And the best part is the price! $120.00 off Ebay or $184.00 off of the company website.
The company lists one tent on Ebay and when it sells, immediately lists another......... so take turns and don't start bidding against each other
I called the company a couple of weeks ago and they said that they had 50 in stock.
If you go the Ebay route, do a search in the tent section for North Pole Shade Event Tent
If you decide to check out the company web site (Just Camp, in Nebraska) go to : http://www.justcamp.com
I have a full description of the tent with pictures, some Playa musings and gear new aquisitions on my blog: Four Bees http://sharky-fourbees.blogspot.com/2008/02/burnin-hot-shade.html
Can't wait to set this thing up and give it a shakedown before the Playa!