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Re: designing tents..measurements..etc...3d mockup

Post by zelph » Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:27 pm

It'll be interesting to see how you make the zipper covers so they stay flat over the zipper. Waiting!!!! :D
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Post by realityguy » Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:16 pm

It'll be interesting to see how you make the zipper covers so they stay flat over the zipper. Waiting!!!! :D
Zipper covers..no sweat!..I did the same on the other one.I make them about 2" wide,sew it up on the body side over the zipper and use 4-5 spots of velcro on the far side of the zipper.I can zip it down and attach the velcro firm as I go ..or it pretty much attaches itself across as I zip,just not as firm..

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I'll sew over one on each side,then sew a longer vent cover over the peak of the vestible which covers the upper ends of the zipper covers.The vestible is staked out with the middle portion remaining and retaining the pitch of the tent.Both doors can be opened wide with it minimally affecting the stretch of the main tent portion..
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Post by zelph » Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:18 am

Zipper covers..no sweat!..I did the same on the other one.I make them about 2" wide,sew it up on the body side over the zipper and use 4-5 spots of velcro on the far side of the zipper.I can zip it down and attach the velcro firm as I go ..or it pretty much attaches itself across as I zip,just not as firm..
When you're inside the tent and zip down the zipper do you reach out and push on the velcro tabs?
Hard to imagine the tabs to be self closing
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Post by realityguy » Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:55 am

As you zip it down,it's easy to do that.I make the strip about 2" wide and the spots about 1-1/2" long so they catch well.The few times I'll camp in the rain with that tent it's no big deal to do.
The strip is sewn flat on top(two rows of stitching on the tent body side) so it has a tendency of lying flat.
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Post by realityguy » Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:56 am

Bear in mind that you can pretty much just press on the inside of the tent where the velcro is and it should catch also..
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Post by zelph » Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:46 pm

realityguy wrote:As you zip it down,it's easy to do that.I make the strip about 2" wide and the spots about 1-1/2" long so they catch well.The few times I'll camp in the rain with that tent it's no big deal to do.
The strip is sewn flat on top(two rows of stitching on the tent body side) so it has a tendency of lying flat.
That covers it quite well, thank you. I'll have to try doing it that way someday. As long as you say it works, that's good enough for me :)
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Post by realityguy » Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:05 pm

Because the "zipper cover strip" is made as another piece and double sewn on the "tent"(verses "door") side,it has more of a tendency of laying flat over the tent where it should be.I fiddled with another one that was incorporated into the Coleman "remodel" that has a tendency to do just the opposite because the tent body pulls it open instead.The pictures below should be self-explanitory as to how it is made and why.The vent cover covers the top end of the zipper cover(yeah,giot a little zig-zag showing..oh well...It's not totally stretched but enough to show what it naturally wants to do when you sew them up that way..

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Post by realityguy » Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:20 pm

And..here's a preview of my next project..turning a $2 High Point dome fly into a (5'+ tall inside,8' across the flats) "teepee tarp tent"...about 3lbs...6 stakes needed,no poles needed(or 1 if no overhead trees/branches are around).Should be real simple by just adding mesh and a floor!
Yeah..I pitched a tent(all it takes!) so "the boss" had to show up and check it out! :lol:

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Post by Ridgerunner » Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:49 pm

Nice teepee project, RG. Man, you just keep cranking them out. Make the center point reinforced so you can use your hiking pole if no tree limb is around. ;)
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Post by realityguy » Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:08 am

Plan on doing it... ;)
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