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Message posted by cazzakabb28/7/2014 at 2:06pm
Outfit:  Roben Kiowa     Location:  Forest of Dean
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Just got a 2nd hand Aruba but, as there aren't any instructions, can anyone help on a couple of things, please?
*the skirt around the edge of the tent is no where near the floor...does soaking really help or have we positioned the legs incorrectly? I have read that you need to 'walk' the legs out...but how far and how do I know?
* The front has 2 sets of holes near the corner for the stumps...one edged in white, the other green. Which do I use and what is the other for?
*I intend to buy a groundsheet which will go over the flaps inside...but how does this work with where the legs/poles are?
please please help...I have wanted a Cabanon for years, but I am finding this very frustrating. I would love photos to accompany any advice, if that is at all possible!
ps where can I get a groundsheet for the entire tent and which sort is best?
A big, fat thank you in advance!!!!

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Message posted by Rob Nash29/7/2014 at 12:08am
Outfit:  Cabanon Aruba     Location:  Surrey
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I bought a second hand Aruba too; we are going away next week. So far I have only pitched in the garden but managed ok. Just watch that you don't bend the poles whilst it is "on its knees" and donít tie the tent onto the triangular corner struts inside as it may rip as it shrinks; keep the knots loose on the frame and make sure that they can slide up and down the poles and always use the guy lines.

You probably know all of this.

Forest camping in Ringwood were great and offered loads of advice, they sent me plans, provided replacement poles and told me the size of the breathable groundsheet Iíd need.

I have attached some info (mostly borrowed) that may help, I will attempt to post pictures and diagrams, and in the mean time I have pasted some of the instructions from here that were helpful. Good luck, I think that you have bought a cracking tent.

Putting up the tent

http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/chatter/display_topic_threads.asp?ForumID=32&TopicID=250295&PagePosition=1

Organise your four main sections and lay them on the ground, you will see that there are just x 4, they are held together with springs. You can see which ends go at the front because they have the small stub canopy poles affixed. These are linked by roof poles running the length of the tent.

Next slot each of the four main sections together and link the adjoining roof poles. At this stage keep the frame legs in the 'broken' position, so the tent is on its knees.

Fold your canvas over the frame carefully; the legs are vulnerable to bending in the broken position, slotting it over the front stub canopy poles. Square up the roof as much as possible so that it fits nicely on the frame and spend ages faffing about.

Lift the frame into a standing position, adjust the legs to make the canvas fit, then peg and guy out (not forgetting to fasten the canvas to the frame, inside keeping your knots loose for shrinkage), using the ties which are at roof level.

Now install the kitchen frame, which consists of two side upright poles (each with a bend in) and a cross bar (with a plastic fitting at each end, which fits into the holes on the side uprights). Just extend the cross bar so that it tensions the canvas, and then screw the fitting to secure.

Fit inner tents, roof linings and curtains. It is helpful to put down your groundsheet to avoid them getting dirty. The roof liner makes a huge difference to the insulation of the tent.

Apologise to the other campers for your language. Drink beer quietly whilst you recover.

Pictures: http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/tents/p/Cabanon-Aruba/180

Cabanon Instructions: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx0aGVqb3lvZmNhbnZhc3xneDo3NmEzYzQ3ZThmZGY2ZjVm

 

 



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Message posted by cazzakabb03/8/2014 at 9:13am
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What a totally perfect answer!!!

Many thanks!


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