Re: Good Quality Dining Fly
Godbout, Marc (GodboutM@ANDOVERCONTROLS.COM)
Tue, 28 Oct 1997 08:30:17 -0500
We've always used canvas tarps. They are strong and durable. We've
also collected many large, extendible, tent poles over the years. The
basic "design" is to put poles at the corners and we built a ridge pole
by drilling holes in the ends of a sturdy, long, non-extending, tent
pole. This goes horizontally across the middle of the tarp. Then two
more extendible poles get put into the drilled holes to hold up the
middle. Of course you've got to guy and stake out all the vertical
poles (that's where I perfected the taught line hitch :>).
Unfortunately, canvas is also expensive, but we haven't bought a new one
in the four years I've been with the troop, while the exact opposite is
true of those blue tarps.
At our last camporee, though, we were jealously eyeing some canopies set
up by several troops. They look like a frame of maybe 1" - 1.5"
aluminum pipe sections. The tarp seemed to be a heavy duty plastic
rip-stop material that was tied all the way around the top of the frame.
These held up in high wind and rain much better than our canvas rig.
Plus no guy lines to trip over.
SM Troop 98
ASM Troop 412
> From: Jim Mahoney[SMTP:jem9@lehigh.EDU]
> Reply To: Jim Mahoney
> Sent: Monday, October 27, 1997 11:18 AM
> To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
> Subject: Good Quality Dining Fly
> Hello Everyone:
> Can anyone recommend a good dining fly for our troop to purchase.
> Most of the ones I've seen in the stores are pretty flimsy.
> Where can we buy or get some plans to make a good 10x14 dining fly
> that will stand up to the wind.
> Jim Mahoney
> Troop 107 Allentown, PA
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