I'm considering purchasing the Guide Gear 18' x 18' Teepee Tent as home to our camp's secondary interactive experience/chill space. One of the draws is the particular shape (ideally would have loved to snare one of those elusive North Star 30' Party Tents had they not gone extinct!)
Still shots/description - the 18'x18', not the 10'x10':
http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/g ... x?a=619972
http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/site ... e_Tent.mov
My mod plans would include sleeving the current main support pole in EMT conduit, as well as putting the pole over rebar driven well into the ground. Obviously included stakes would be replaced with rebar, guidelines would be upgraded.
So my concerns are strength and airflow. The tent claims to have airflow at the top that is "rain protected", so I may remove the top flap to expose what I imagine is some mesh (or raise the flap to expose the mesh more. There are also apparently numerous air vents around the bottom of the tent.
I am not concerned about keeping dust out. This is no-one's sleeping area and we've been fine with dusty group areas in the past.
Anyone think it is possible that this won't be a total oven? If I rip out the mesh at the bottom vents (for more free flowing air) will that compromise the structure too much?
Would you recommend a tarp over the whole thing as additional sun protection?
Any chance this will be strong enough if it is staked and reinforced properly?
I've put a lot of thought into this so far but I'm looking for holes in my logic or votes of confidence, or both. Feel free to tell me I am a big dummy. Also, has anyone found anything similar to the North Pole 30' Party Shade?
There was 1 other thread from 2 years ago I found that mentioned this product but it did not address these issues. Thanks for reading!