Pop up canopy?

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by jmac64, Aug 18, 2012.

Help Support The Rocketry Forum by donating:

  1. Aug 20, 2012 #31

    El Cheapo

    El Cheapo

    El Cheapo

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2009
    Messages:
    1,654
    Likes Received:
    2
    Thought I'd post up the address to the company I recommended (Shelter Systems) for pipe shelters. I didn't realize they were so far down the totem pole in a Google search.www.Shelsys.com I think part of the reason people aren't familiar with steal framed pop-up candies is because of the expense and the fact that I have never seen one sold locally. The EZ-UP I am using now is a 10x14 steal frame Snap-On vendor tent. It is stout by comparison but never goes up without 12" camping stakes and is always lowered at night.
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2012
  2. Aug 20, 2012 #32

    cwbullet

    cwbullet

    cwbullet

    Obsessed with Rocketry Staff Member Administrator TRF Lifetime Supporter Global Mod

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2009
    Messages:
    23,426
    Likes Received:
    2,212
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Glennville, GA
    Wayco,

    Those are nice canopies. i will have to give it a look if my first up fails.
     
  3. Aug 20, 2012 #33

    nmartin

    nmartin

    nmartin

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2012
    Messages:
    40
    Likes Received:
    0
    I bought mine at Walmart: Caravan Canopy 10' X 10' Displayshade Deluxe Outdoor Canopy. It's a steel frame and look like it will last a long time. (Only used it twice) It did not come with good stakes to anchor it. I bought big tent stakes at Outdoor World to anchor the canopy and my old Estes Pro launch pad. If you join eBates.com (for free) you can save up to 8% off the Walmart price on special. I like the white. It does take two people to easily set it up. One person can, but it take much more time.

    http://www.walmart.com/search/searc...+Canopy&ic=16_0&Find=Find&search_constraint=0
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2012
  4. Aug 20, 2012 #34

    BEC

    BEC

    BEC

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2009
    Messages:
    2,881
    Likes Received:
    135
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Auburn, WA
    I am using a 10x10 straight leg pop up from Quik Shade. I got it at a Fred Meyer store on sale for about $90 (Pacific NW variety store chain). It has a high enough peak that even when lowered once you're inside you can stand up and move around...which I have found to be my configuration of choice on a windy day.

    The other reason I bought this (it's my second one - I also have a slant-leg one that's 8x8 at the top - which came from a closeout sale at a Sports Authority store for $50) is that parts are available from the distributor and they're not at all expensive. I've had pantograph damage to both of them at BMR launches, but as I say, parts are cheap and relatively easy to order.

    I was just prowling the Shelter Systems site. Those are very interesting - a sort of middle ground between really cheap pipe-based shelters and the big industrial/institutional sized one. They might be a real alternative for longer events where the added setup time and greater wind resistance would be a worthy tradeoff....
     
  5. Aug 20, 2012 #35

    JPVegh

    JPVegh

    JPVegh

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2011
    Messages:
    4,419
    Likes Received:
    5
    I saw one these EZ type canopies catch some real air at a rocket launch. It got hit by a gust of wind and probably went 30-40 feet in the air before crashing back to the ground. You would expect to hear the occasional, "heads up", at a launch but you don't figure it will be someones shade that causes the hazard. LOL

    Make sure you get some GOOD tie down stakes.
     
  6. Aug 21, 2012 #36

    cwbullet

    cwbullet

    cwbullet

    Obsessed with Rocketry Staff Member Administrator TRF Lifetime Supporter Global Mod

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2009
    Messages:
    23,426
    Likes Received:
    2,212
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Glennville, GA
    That is an interesting suggestion. I have seen similar that use a snap together but without the electric conduit.
     
  7. Aug 21, 2012 #37

    Fuse Eh!

    Fuse Eh!

    Fuse Eh!

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2011
    Messages:
    243
    Likes Received:
    0
    The outdoor adventure store that I work at part-time has been carrying a Eureka! pop-up shelter called the "Solar Shade" for a number of years. It's very popular with our summer tourist beach crowd, as it provides good protection from the sun and even the occasional light drizzle. The fibreglass poles provide a certain amount of "give" as well, so if it's properly staked and guyed out (and with its back to the wind) it will stand up to quite a bit of breeze. We only carry the "Medium" size at our store, which I think would only be large enough for a chair and a few range boxes (and a cooler); but the "Large" size might accomodate enough space for a prep table as well. For the benefit of those of you south of the 49th, here's a link to that product (in "Large" size) at REI Co-op:
    http://www.rei.com/product/842447/eureka-solar-shade-large-2012-overstock
     
  8. Oct 12, 2013 #38

    AfterBurners

    AfterBurners

    AfterBurners

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2012
    Messages:
    7,124
    Likes Received:
    202
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Dallas Texas
    When I had a detailing business I used these type of shelters, but I believe mine were 10 x 15 and I bought them at the swap meet years ago, like 20 yrs and I think I only paid $100 for one. I used coffee cans filled with cement and used a pipe in which the legs would fit into and tighten them with 1/2" bolts. It worked well.

    I don't think you get them for the same price now...I could be wrong?
     
  9. Oct 12, 2013 #39

    cwbullet

    cwbullet

    cwbullet

    Obsessed with Rocketry Staff Member Administrator TRF Lifetime Supporter Global Mod

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2009
    Messages:
    23,426
    Likes Received:
    2,212
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Glennville, GA
    I bought a 10x20 Eurmax - great canopy. They are not cheap. If you want a cheaper one, go with First-Up.
     
  10. Oct 12, 2013 #40

    jadebox

    jadebox

    jadebox

    Roger Smith TRF Sponsor

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2009
    Messages:
    5,570
    Likes Received:
    132
    A couple of months ago, I bought a new canopy and I really like it. It's a Coleman Instant Canopy. There are several nice things about it. First, it's a 10'x10' canopy that actually offers 13'x13' of shade because the canopy extends past the edges of the frame. The top has a UV coating and a roof vent that help keep it cooler under the canopy. The legs and frame use nice, big buttons that you squeeze rather than little things you have to press, so assembly is easy. It's lighter than the professional EZ-Up that we used to have, but feels just as sturdy. I highly recommended it.

    -- Roger
     

Share This Page

Group Builder