Veterans taught me this method for EZ Shelter;
Bend 2 foot long, 1/2 thick rebar into a candy cane but NOT a rounded top candy cane shape...more like a V shape (round is too hard to pound into the playa) Bend 6" over, this leaves you an 18" length of stake.
You will need 8, I brought 12 just in case.
These pre-cut lengths are cheap and sold at Home Despot.
Buy 'em. bend 'em, bring 'em.
Set up your carport (hopefully it's not a windy day, it wasn't the day mine was set up, generally it's a two person task)
I pounded the rebar stakes in at an angle against the tug of the RATCHETING nylon web straps INSIDE my carport, lined up with the inside edge of the carport canvas and in the spots where it would create an X of ratcheting nylon straps every other section inside the carport. I also pounded the rebar in V and all! and left just enough to get a ratchet nylon strap hook through the top of the V of the rebar.
The 10x20 foot Carport has 8 sections total...two ends and six side sections (three sections per lengthy sides of carport)...I used four V rebar stakes and four ratchet nylon web straps per side... none on the end sections and none in the middle side sections.
Sorry, no picture, basically do four X sections...two on each side and do not do the middle of the sides or either of the ends (I'm not a technical manual writer, sorry)
I attached RATCHETING nylon straps in the X pattern and cranked them down...not too tight and watch the rebar doesn't pull up and don't bend the metal carport frame.
This X inside the car port method takes up less walking area...outside or inside of the carport. Schweet! Space is good, no tripping lol, and the sharp rebar end is frickin' buried! No stuffed animals, plastic bottles or tennis balls needed to protect the feet from injury due to sharp rebar ends, because both ends are now buried.
The X strapping method leaves the ends of the carport useful, you can open or close them as needed...and the same goes for the middle side entrance, that is the section with the kewl adjustable doorway and/or flap, free and clear for entering and exiting and can be left open or closed..I left mine open often.
The opposite side middle section had no X of straps either but there was no entrance/exit...so what, no biggie...there may have been a window, I don't recall...(but I think it does)
A 2 to 4 man tent (4 man tent means 2 man tent, trust me! & you can stand upright in the carport but not in the average 4 man tent) fit perfectly into one end, also a decent size 4 foot camp table & a few folding chairs in the middle, rubber made containers of gear, my water and food in the opposite end...still lots of room to mull around.
Some carports had two tents and a third tent for rubbermades and gear water etc outside of the carport...they accomodated two sleeping tents in other words and a third tent for storage outside of the carport..table n chairs in the middle...still room to mull around.
The carport has many variations of windows and entrances, a very good design for ventilation and blocking sunlight...These carports Kinda look like a G.I. Joe house but maybe some graffiti will fix that....or not...play army if that floats your boat!
Our village/camp had, two potties, a $40 shower tent, minimal kitchen and some main shade...this I could've done myself also but a village/camp worked out great.
(btw, the cost-co carpot was only $189.00 + tax and has been useful since BM, you can keep it or give it away after the event)
Vetrans EZ method to REMOVE rebar;
We wrapped the rathcet nylon web straps once (or twice, up to you) around the top/loophole of the exposed tip of the V in the rebar stake, then two people are needed, each person grabs one end of the strap and simply pull upwards at the same time and the frickin' rebars came out with ease! Check for MOOP and stomp each playa hole back down like a good little burner, hahaha...please do NOT allow MOOP in the first place but you never know and no one wants to stomp MOOP into some rebar hole, of course not.
This method worked great, the carport stood strong in the Tuesday nasty wind storm, it provided a mini shelter for surprise guests who needed to get out of the storm and we were fat and happy and sat and chatted while the enitre time the storm roared outside. All of the surrounding RV's and other structures were gone..we were completely on our own, no other wind breaks that had been there all week remained.
Oh, some dust blew in under the bottom of the carport during the week and on Tuesday, it was minor...laughable in fact. All week a bedsheet thrown over anything seemed to help manage dust if I felt like doing that. (I spaced that one out a bunch, haha, who cares it didn't bug me much)
Also I always zipped the tent (this was habit and it did make a difference, I spaced that once, so I know) I covered the ground inside the car port with several area rugs (tarps also work well, I saw other carports with tarped floors)
One last thing, I brought a can of aresol SILICONE SPRAY for the zippers, all zippers!, tents, carport, clothes... you name it...man did that help and the stuff is cheap at the big box stores. I still have plenty for lubing household mini blinds, vertical blinds, door locks etc. another Schweet BM left over!
I hope I explained this in PLAIN english...PM me if you need further explanation...I'll be glad to answer anything I may have missed.
PS I also like the big box truck or cargo trailer EZ shelter but haven't tried it, yet...please see Junglesmacks and Lovelights threads for that method.
If there's something I may have missed or anyone can improve this thread in anyway, please have at it. Also, I am sure Rmax Hexi Yurts insulate better for hot & cold temperatures and block noise much better and probably other structures do better also.
The carport worked out well for my shelter in 2010, I can handle heat or cold to some degree, especially with proper sleeping bags.
I hope this helps, see you next year! moonrise
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