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Old 03-10-2003, 06:58 AM   #43
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**That thing had 63 (count 'em) individual, unmarked pieces for the frame**
3 or 4 hours?? I don't think so. it helps if you read the instructions before you start. :duck :lol

I've been putting up one like this for ohhh?? 8 years all by my little lonesome. it was quick and stayed up during heavy rain, not like it's predecessor which collapsed first down pour. I have not tried the screened one yet, but it's in the box ready and waiting. :) I watched a couple put up one the wrong way, and they fought it and took twice as long as I did by myself. The next year they ran over to help me...and was surprised when I showed them the correct way. (ego boost for me :lol) Okay so I admit mine only had 42 pieces. :nope
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Old 06-14-2003, 11:32 PM   #44
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Awning hold downs

I have made a couple small concrete blocks with bolts embedded so I can secure the base of my awning arms, which hold the outside carpet down and also allows a tie down for my dogs which always accompany us.
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Old 06-15-2003, 07:07 PM   #45
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Solo Screen House Setup

I have learned to keep a roll of tape with me when setting up a screen house by myself.

My biggest problem - the poles coming apart while I was trying to set the darn thing up.

I started taping the joints where the poles go together with masking or duct tape. Issue resolved.
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Old 06-16-2003, 01:07 PM   #46
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One more little tip....

Having had quite a few different tents & screen rooms and providing great entertainment for all our camping neighbors':r', Jim and I finally figured out to take colored electrician's tape and color code all the pole joints (blue with blue, red with red, black with black).

Yeah, it's pretty simple, but then we're pretty..... Never mind!:laugh
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Old 06-18-2003, 10:17 PM   #47
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cheap awning

Well I wanted a cheap solution to an awning for my 16' 86 casita. I also didn't want to drill holes in the top because I wasn't sure my cheap awning idea would work.
It, however, worked remarkably well on its first trip. Went up and packed easily. I bought a plastic tarp from Lowes. I mounted a 10' piece of 3/4inch PVC pipe to one end with screws and washers. I drilled holes in the PVC and put the screws through the reinforced holes in the tarp using small fender washers. The tarp rolls up on the PVC and the PVC bends to conform to the curve of the Casita top. I put 90 degree elbows on each end of the PVC and drilled a hole big enough for the spike at the end of a tent pole to fit through so the pole would go into the open end of the elbow and the spike would stick through the top.
I had a couple of old tent poles, stakes and rope to finish off the job.

The tarp is held in place on the Casita by three pieces of 1 1/2 inch nylon webbing and bungee cords which attached to small eye screws I set into the aluminum molding that runs around the sides of the shell. It doesn't look tight or secure in my attempt at drawing the configuration but was, and traveled fine.
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Old 06-18-2003, 10:31 PM   #48
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* * * * * * Having had quite a few different tents & screen rooms and providing great entertainment for all our camping neighbors':r', Jim and I finally figured out to take colored electrician's tape and color code all the pole joints (blue with blue, red with red, black with black). *

Yeah, it's pretty simple, but then we're pretty..... *Never mind!:laugh
Wow, that's great. I tried paint, but it came off. tape, I can do tape,:yep no mater how simple.

Very professional, Lanny. I've got see if I can do one.
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