I spent some time today planning how I'll set up my campsite, and re-familiarizing myself with setting up my tent & canopy since I won't have anyone with me to help. After setting up all 3 tents I own, I decided to go with one of my small ones (specifically the one that still has a rainfly and isn't dirty, lol). Then I set up my shade canopy which was kind of a pain by myself, but my daughter enjoyed watching me flail around with it. Finally I figured out what I was doing wrong and it really isn't a pain after all, if it is done the right way .
I left everything set up in the yard with the rainfly off so it could air out, went inside to have some lunch and a shower, and when I came back out it was lightly raining :doh: It wasn't terribly wet inside; I shoved the tent under the canopy and ran and got a towel and it cleaned up pretty quick.
Anyway... kind of wishing I had an ez-up instead of this screen tent, but it is what I have already and I'm really not wanting to spend any more $$...
Here are some pictures. I plan on attaching a tarp to some bungees on the ceiling of the screen tent and covering my tent with it. What do you think; is this a smart/decent setup? Any suggestions?
Oh, the screen tent has guy lines, but I've heard guy lines can be a pain in tent-only. It is staked on all 4 corners; if I use some good heavy duty stakes, do you think I can get by without using the guy lines, with just staking the 4 corners?
Post by plasticpepper on May 11, 2013 20:42:54 GMT -5
Only thing I would warn you about is rain - your screen tent is going to funnel water onto your tent...which may not be a problem if your tent is well waterproofed, just something to think about. And even if the tent itself is okay, the tent is going to funnel water into your "living space" under the screen tent. Might get pretty soggy under there.
Oh, and I wouldn't recommend skipping the guy lines - I've seen too many things collapsed or blown around that way!
I plan on attaching a tarp to some bungees on the ceiling of the screen tent and covering my tent with it. What do you think; is this a smart/decent setup? Any suggestions?
Given the way you're setting up your sleeping tent halfway in/out of your shade tent, I think covering both with a tarp is a good move for waterproofing purposes. But if this is what you do, be sure that you cover both the entire roof of the shade tent and the entire roof of your sleeping tent with the tarp. Otherwise you're just building a water collection system.
Just drape the tarp over both tents and fasten it down as best you can. Zipties work great, as long as you've got something to cut them with when you're ready to tear down.
Tent is 9x8, screen house says its 12x9 but I think that's at the bottom, not at the top.
I'm still considering buying a $50 ez up but would really rather save that $50 for spending money at roo. Surely what I already have will get me through 4 days. I hope.
Yeah, slant legged stuff usually measures the size at the bottom. Makes it seem like you are getting something bigger, and the footprint is the measurement that usually matters the most. Really, it's not the ideal setup, but I think you will be fine. Just make sure you stake that thing down well.
Post by FuzzyWarbles on May 19, 2013 21:53:33 GMT -5
As far as the rain protection goes, I've been through several thunderstorms with just my Coleman tent and the rain fly and never had any trouble with leaking. I think the space inside your screen will be drier than if you did not have one and would not worry about putting tarp around the whole thing since that would block your breeze.