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Message posted by alahol2 on 24/8/2012 at 12:47pm
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Quote: Originally posted by armchaircamper on 23/8/2012

Tarp: 2m x 3m. Sits at a funny angle as poles at front much higher than doorway at back, but working on different arrangements.



Just a quick tip.  Tarp poles don't have to be vertical, they can be leant over at anything up to 45 degrees to alter the height. As long as you guy them adequately they will stay put. Keep experimenting and good luck.

 


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Quote: Originally posted by alahol2 on 24/8/2012
Quote: Originally posted by armchaircamper on 23/8/2012

Tarp: 2m x 3m. Sits at a funny angle as poles at front much higher than doorway at back, but working on different arrangements.



Just a quick tip.  Tarp poles don't have to be vertical, they can be leant over at anything up to 45 degrees to alter the height. As long as you guy them adequately they will stay put. Keep experimenting and good luck.

 


I could have taken a section off or angled them but I wanted it high enough to be able to walk under and stand upright. The tent entrance is not very high, you see, hence the slopey tarp.


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We have camped a couple of times in very high winds and a servere weather warning once right on a cliff face and our 5m Ultimate wobbled a little but stood proud though other tents were struggling a couple ended up in the bin one morning.

You should be absolutely fine

 

 

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you put stones on your pegs to stop them pulling out??

Are they big stones ??

 

We camped on cliff top back over Jubilee, with very strong gusts ( the wind farm off shore was put there for a reason!!!!!) And I can honestly say no stone unless it was twice the size of a brick adn three times as heavy would've held pegs in the ground for us. The ground was soft on arrvial and the almost constant rain made it very soft.

We double pegged the windward side, as someone else has said this means the guy tugging doesnt pull it out so easy. We also moved the windbreaks to deflect the wind and as the damm wind kept changing direction we used the car too. We also added extra guys and these were double pegged too.

The tent was acting like huge lung at times, but despite my doubts stood firm.



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Quote: Originally posted by shelldean on 25/8/2012

you put stones on your pegs to stop them pulling out??

Are they big stones ??

We camped on cliff top back over Jubilee, with very strong gusts ( the wind farm off shore was put there for a reason!!!!!) And I can honestly say no stone unless it was twice the size of a brick adn three times as heavy would've held pegs in the ground for us. The ground was soft on arrvial and the almost constant rain made it very soft.


If they were this size they should do the trick! 17 After all, they manage to hold the thatch down. Just tie them to the guyropes instead of pegs. 17


Edit: I've just realised that I had a ready made supply of large stones at the site above in the Outer Hebrides where it can get very windy. Perhaps they've been collected by desperate campers trying to hang onto their tents.17



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Great pic Sarah/armchair!

The stones I used were flatt-ish and large - yes probably about the size of two redbricks or so, we found them just lying around on the campsite (which was sand dunes).  Really bad storms came up so I put the stones on the pegs, so did my neighbour.  None of the stones moved and the storms lasted all night.  I mean if you think of it, stones dont normally go flying around the place during storms, do they?!!


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I use stones to hold my pegs in place on the beach. It does make a difference, they help by compacting the sand as well as just adding weight.

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Using large stones to secure/reinforce pegs is a very good idea - see this thread for more suggestions.

Regarding the OP ...
Quote: Originally posted by shaggy2000 on 22/8/2012
I'm not experienced with a bell tent, so I'm wondering what they are like in windy conditions?



The consensus is that Bells are good at standing up to wind (assuming they are pitched well, of course).

Let us know how you get on.



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