Um, what did I miss? I followed the links, read the thread and no one can agree about how to make these canvas barns work safely?
I'm a bit concerned...for one, cutting slits seems not so great, maybe have a razor ready in a baggie and slash it if wind comes up?
Have a "tear baggie open in case of emergency" and instructions for when you ain't in camp and wind comes up, draw lines for where to slash for campmates to follow? Harsh. These barns are NICE inside! Ouch, slashing seems extreme.
Clamshell the thing? I'm somewhat tall...maybe someday, Arg!
Ygmir and others have had no total destruction yet, could it be they were lucky or maybe there were enough RV's etc etc wind breaks around??
Haven't been told, yet. What's the scoop?
Why not get a bunch of ratchet straps, hook em end to end, they are cheap enough, and crank the sucker down, thrown over the roof 2 or 3 times? Seems like a good idea as TDF suggested.
Can always have the "emergency razor blade and pre-drawn slashing lines" ready to go. Again, Harsh.
Seems the ones that collapsed had a "maybe they weren't staked at the legs well enough question mark" unknown factor thrown in.
Also, seems the ones that went flat/failed in the metal frame tubing were OUT IN THE OPEN when this happened. Logical guess.
Clam shell in this case? Slash? I don't wanna do either of those. What else can be done?!?! I'm lost here and want to figure this one out^^^^
Tomservo, I'm wondering, can the tops be replaced with tarps or something? What did I miss? I know for sure, replacing a torn top with an original (special order? yikes) replacement, probably might as well buy another one and send the spare parts to the carport junk yard.
I'm curious what you meant when you mentioned tarps? Can added tarps help and if so how? Does that make em last longer or replace shot tops? Camo stufff maybe? No offense Tom but I'm totally lost and would like to know.
I tell ya, the more one digs, the more confusing it gets...I like my canvas barn and I'm (happily) stuck with it. Seems if they are out in the open, they get squashed, if some sort of wind break is near, they survive. Did I miss anything here??
BTW, I found the zippers do very well if you bring a $4 can of silicone spray, for all zippers, tents, clothes, etc...man that made a big difference and the leftover works around my house too, fixes tons of household sticky issues.
The stuff is like a clean WD40, no stink, no stain, clean, safe enough.
I don't want to slash my canvas barn, no kidding, a poor mans RV, LOL, hmmm....at this point I think I'll throw almost every extra reinforcement there is under the sun at mine. T posts, many X configuration straps inside, straps over the top in several places, what else, hm...?? Not looking for disasters out there
most of us have this stuff^^^^ ready to rock!
Keep 'em coming and hopefully this thread can clarify itself and help us understand if different locations also warrant different precautions. OUT IN THE OPEN needs a GOOD solution w/o clam shelling if possible.
Mine did fine all week and through Tuesdays dust storm and no RV around by then...we sat out the storm in comfort, no joke, it was strong shelter.
Sorry for the long post but I'm starting to worry a bit; was 2010 an ultra mild weather year for winds?
I'm the MAN in a truck, burner who is stuck, you're in luck! I'll whip out my BIG tow chain and not charge you, not even one lousy buck!