Savannah wrote:Welcome to eplaya, melodiousdirge.
Thanks! With any luck it will be welcome to the playa in a few short months.
Savannah wrote:Stake your dome frequently & extremely well with rebar & rope, because even a metal dome is not heavy enough to stay down in a really good storm, and if it flies it could kill someone or destroy a vehicle. You'd think this wouldn't need saying, but I ran across a harrowing story on Tribe.net about people clinging to an unstaked dome to hold it down and yelling for back-up--but not being heard right away because the wind was really loud.
Probably apt advice for anyone. I was planning on a 4/9 3V dome with 2 rebar stakes at each vertex that touches the ground (half of the ground level vertices do not touch the ground). Also, plenty of spare stakes.
Savannah wrote:Incidentally, are you saying you want to put your vehicle inside the dome? There might be a good reason (who knows) but the vehicle might be better used as a slight windblock for the dome if you place it between your structures and Center Camp (the storms tend to come from that direction).
I suppose I could really use some input on this from experienced burners. Having my vehicle (currently planning on driving a Chev Tahoe) inside the dome would allow me to:
1) Use it as a covered, secure storage for my stuff
2) Keep it out of the sun and dust so it's almost usable during exodus
3) Use a 12V inverter to power some little things inside my dome
4) Stand on the roof to help assemble my dome (going to try this at home before I come to the playa without a ladder!)
5) Sit inside with vehicle running in the shade to enjoy some A/C. (with appropriate Carbon Monoxide precautions)
6) In case of serious weather or noise catastrophe, sleep in the back of the truck instead of my tent.
Of course it exposes the vehicle to some risk of incidental damage during dome assembly and dis-assembly, as well as having it squarely in the middle of my playa living space, AND requiring that I make a minimum 24' dome instead of 16' or 20'.
Thoughts on cohabiting with my truck during BM2011?
At a glance, 'desert structures' looks like a very good resource; even if I don't find what I need, it should be interesting. Thanks!
More ideas than time.