peterakabob wrote:I fully realize the kite potential of an EZ-Up pop-up tent, however, if one were to anchor that bad boy down really well and maybe use somewhat heavy-duty canvas (the kind you lay down when you are painting) for walls, do you guys think that would be an effective structure?
I am driving in a Ford Explorer from Seattle so we are trying to be as practical and space-saving as possible given the amount of room in my vehicle.
Token wrote:Ez-up canopies have a high failure rate on the Playa.
Some use it for years, others fail in days, but most end up in the middle with progressive wear and tear, things bending a bit here and there.
The most common failure Ive seen is in the accordion trus on the top. It is made of thin metal and buckles under the wind.
Guying one down actually aids in creating a catastrophic failure since none of the poles can take the added tension the guy wires create.
The best results are obtained when you use it as part of a larger structure, like attaching it to a car port or other rigid frame solution.
A good compromise solution us to use rigid conduit taped to the legs, then guy the conduit down heavily. This way the guying forces are absorbed by the conduit.
Overall though, a car port is a much better solution for not much more weight/bulk/cost.
C.f.M. wrote:There's at least one other thread on this, started by me last year, but I can't find it through "Search."
I was very glad I didn't take the EZ Up. I don't know how I would have kept the walls down, in those winds.
I was advised to put rebar up the legs. And tie it to the side of a truck.
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