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LBRC
2008.03.01, 11:05 PM
First Tent
10’ x 20’ garage tent, no good photo’s and quite frankly not worth one anyway, bottom line too small. Ok for Epochs but that was about it.

Second Tent

http://lbspd.com/v-web/gallery/albums/album109/Jungle_Nights_3.jpg

Great for summer barbeques but again a little small would only fit a compact 2xWide-L, and without true walls sort of lost it’s appeal in bad weather.

Newest Tent
Inside dimensions from pole to pole: 16 feet 4 inches x 32 feet 6 inches.
Total cost for tent and deck: With a little recycling less than 1k US.

http://lbspd.com/v-web/gallery/albums/album174/Jungle_2_inside.sized.jpg

Need to finish the outside deck for the barbeque and before opening the walls up in warmer weather it will need mesh sidewalls to keep the bugs out, but looks like the all night Jungle Speedway barbeques will be back on.

http://lbspd.com/v-web/gallery/albums/album174/Jungle_2_outside.jpg

arch2b
2008.03.02, 09:41 AM
nice tent! do you have consistent temperatures to run there all year round?

TheRinger
2008.03.02, 09:47 AM
On top of that, how much does it cost to build it?

mini-z
2008.03.02, 10:10 AM
Great thread LBRC, we've been thinking about some kind of giant tent system that would allow us to use the parking lot during the warmer part of the year - any manufacturer/online store links for this kind of stuff? :)

LBRC
2008.03.02, 03:19 PM
nice tent! do you have consistent temperatures to run there all year round?

Yes, the only real problem is the wind which is why we put this one up against the trees. The weather here is pretty mild I'm sitting right in the middle of a rain shadow it never really gets too cold, wet, or even too hot, sort of a steady mid 40's all winter, 50 to 60 for the spring/fall and 70's to 80's in the summer. With a radiant heater and sweater it was quite comfortable last night, not perfect but better than nothing.

On top of that, how much does it cost to build it?
I won the tent on eBay for $199.99 plus $254.50 shipping, it's not perfect being not quite as "heavy duty" as the listing implied and probably a factory second with one window upside down but overall for the price I couldn't have asked for a better deal.

The deck ended up costing around $450 too, but as mentioned above we did use some salvaged/recycled lumber and pier blocks. $30 for grommets and bungee cord to secure the bottom of the tent panels to the deck, plus approx. $60 for lights and other miscellaneous bits and pieces brings the total to slightly less than $1000 US out of pocket.

...we've been thinking about some kind of giant tent system that would allow us to use the parking lot during the warmer part of the year - any manufacturer/online store links for this kind of stuff?

Got the tent from eBay seller wpic-bestdeal they have an eBay store full of canopy tents this was their largest. Not the heaviest gauge poly but then again that does make it lighter.

Link to website with some interesting canopies/tents. (http://www.canopymart.com/_e/dept/20-004/Enclosed_Canopies.htm) I ran across a better sight where you could buy all the bits and pieces separately, like windowed sidewalls, bug screens, etc. but lost the link and am having trouble finding it.

Edit: Another site, (https://www.websalesusa.com/merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=2Canopies)still not the one I was looking for but close.

Link to the ultimate canopy tents. (http://www.tentnology.com/) If you feel like forking out a little extra cash these people make the ultimate party/event tents. For around $5000 you can get a 20" x 40" double peeked pavilion with windowed walls, that is not only portable coming with aluminum framework but can actually be set up by one person in a fairly short time frame.

LBRC
2008.03.27, 12:28 AM
No reason a tent can’t be comfortable walled up one 16' end of the tent, room for a door, dart board backing, and nice little 8’x 8’ warming room/clubhouse/office.

http://lbspd.com/v-web/gallery/albums/album174/MVC_031F.jpg

http://lbspd.com/v-web/gallery/albums/album174/MVC_034F.jpg

One thing I forgot to mention before about a tent is the RF interference problems caused by the metal frame. To fix the problem with my first tent I used grounding straps and a grounding stake driven several feet into the earth. With this larger tent the problem was not so pronounced having only one bad spot causing a small jitter after rounding the far right corner which went away entirely after adding the small room and window. Surprisingly you can even drive from inside the clubhouse with the door closed lol and heater on.

Only one problem now :o I ran across a 20'x40' (http://www.canopymart.com/_e/Luxury_Party_Event_Tents/product/2040CFCE-CA15/Commercial_Duty_20_X_40_Luxury_Enclosed_Party_Tent .htm) and started thinking about 4xWide-L's...

http://www.canopymart.com/zoom_img/2040CFCE-CA15_1201860960.jpg

Oh well maybe next year…