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  • #824

    Andrew
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    This thing is pretty cool. I made one about a month ago. I will use it to sleep outside some time this summer.

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    I ordered my tent poles from Tom at http://www.polesforyou.com

    #8303

    TeknaBuzz
    Keymaster

    What size and how many sections of the tent poles did you need for this? I just realized this was made out of poncho I have a very similar USGI poncho in my duffel bag.

    #8310

    Andrew
    Moderator

    I think Tom did about 12″sections. I will have to take and share pics of the setup all rolled up. I use penny nails as stakes and 550 cord to hole it down. penny nails and 550 have multiple other uses so I figured the additional space and weight where okay.

    Also, I went with aluminum on the poles. I do not regret the additional cost.

    #8306

    vbreferee
    Member

    Looks like a nice set-up, and a great way to use items you are already carrying. Very inventive. I love multiple uses.

    #8307

    PhilTheBiker
    Moderator

    Looks like it would get the job done. thanks for sharing.

    Maybe post some pictures of all of the parts you used? Maybe a parts list?

    #8311

    Andrew
    Moderator

    If you click on the tent in the original picture it is hyper-linked to the article about the tent. I will post some pics or a video in the future that should my set up.

    #8312

    Andrew
    Moderator

    Here is someone else’s video of one in action.

    #8313

    Andrew
    Moderator

    Here is my Alpha Tent rolled and then laid out. I am not happy with the wire nuts on the end of the poles so they are absent. I am going to visit Home Depot tomorrow and see if I can find something better to use.

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    Laid out.
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    #8308

    PhilTheBiker
    Moderator

    Nice!!! Guess I should have just clicked!

    #8314

    Andrew
    Moderator

    So I got the tent set up last night. I went a different route with the poles and used hose clamps on them. I really didn’t want to mess with disassembling them and for some reason I don’t like the bright red wire nuts.
    I ended up cutting off the excess thread on the clamps and having to file them down so there where no sharp edges. I am very happy with the way it turned out though.

    Hose Clamp
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    Pole through grommet on tarp
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    #8315

    Andrew
    Moderator

    Also. I used two velcro cable ties (for use with computers) to assist with keeping the poles centered under the poncho hood while the tent was erected. I also used them to secure the poles when I stored them.

    APC Velcro Straps
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    Straps securing poles in center of poncho
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    Straps securing poles when stowed
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    #8304

    DCortez
    Member

    Pretty sweet, Andrew. Necessity is the mother of invtention.

    #8316

    Andrew
    Moderator

    Here is a picture of mien set up.

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    #8317

    Andrew
    Moderator

    This thing has been backup up since last July. I forgot about it. I am going to have to get it out and go “camping” in the yard with my 5 year old.

    #8305

    otis302
    Member

    That is a nice set up Andrew how do you get in and out , just keep the tie downs lose and lift it up? I mentioned I use a tarp set up, all the time but this week end is 2nd phase of hog season and I am making a truck tent out of pvc and a tarp I saw some comfy set ups.

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