Well we have been busy with building a way to carry and erect our vending tent.  See our blog post How to hide a Cabana.  Getting the ridge pole up was a major snag for the two of us and as much as Luke would like to help,  his lack of opposable thumbs lets him only bark encouragement. Also carrying the tent itself is difficult.  The top/roof is 30 feet by 40 feet BIG! and Heavy!  So we designed this box to carry and erect the the hard part.  This box will mount on top of the Cabana and when finished will carry the whole tent.  And when were not using it we can pluck it off and store a box instead of piles and piles of tent parts.  As we always do we scrounged for used stuff to build with, it's just so much cheaper.  A few things are new.

So here is what we have done so far. 

  Parts and pieces.

One of the end sub assemblies and a used/rebuilt hydraulic cyl.

The box taking shape.

Coming along.

The bushings for the hinge pin. Plastic, so no rust.

Pivot installed.

Uprights going in.

 Uprights braced and hydraulic cyl in.

All folded up next the Cabana, it looks like it should fit up on top.

Half way unfolded.

All unfolded making one end of our new ridge pole.

The driving force a 12VDC hydraulic pump, the space to the left is for a car battery to run the pump.

So this is as far as we have gotten so far.  Still a lot to do, we will add more as we get more done.  Fair winds, Tony, Joy and Cool Paw Luke

Update to the tent box.  The sides are on and we have the box sitting atop the Cabana.  We still have to build the mounts to make the box a part of the Cabana and be able to PUT IT ON and OFF EASILY  when we are not eventing. 

The sides going on 1/16th aluminum sheet gotta keep the weight down.

This was a test with top installed in the box.  It works really well, pull out a bunch of fabric and push a button and up the top/ridge goes.

With the box atop the Cabana we should have a ridge height of about 18 feet.  The tent walls are all 10 feet by 10  feet. 

Fair winds for now, Tony, Joy and Cool Paw Luke

Update for the tent box.

  We redesigned the mounting structure for the box adding two 20 foot stringers tied into all the roof support beams.  Wind was gusting to 20mph today when we had the tent top up and the rig just sat there rock solid. 

    So here is the finished box

Joy with the pennant, it mounts atop the tent.  Should fly at about 40 feet up.

And our shop. Think they will see the Tinker's coming.

Two days to pirate play for us.  Fair winds for now.  Tony, Joy and Cool Paw Luke

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Comment by Pat Daly on February 24, 2013 at 6:58pm

ok, ok, ok. just don't get into any heavy sidewinds. The old towtruck is pushin up daiseys on the back 40 so couldn't help right it. maybe just wait till the tide comes in?? :-)  

Comment by Tony and Joy Durfey on February 24, 2013 at 12:22pm

Thought you might have a ? or two Pat.

  Yes it will mount on top to one new mount and the roof rack we added last year spreading the load over 80% of the roof.  We have carried the whole tent plus a bunch of gear up there before.  The box is alumimum and weighs about 300 lbs when finished. We have had that much plus a bit more extra weight up there when putting up the tent the old way/by hand.  We will take the box off with a fork lift when we are not eventing and store it at the shop.  As far as the engineering, well it's supposed to work.  And if it doesn't we will always think it should have...LOL 

Comment by Pat Daly on February 24, 2013 at 11:24am

Wow! this is one heavy duty tent popper-upper.  It will go, I guess, on the top of the cabana? I guess it'll support all that weight up top?? Guess it stays on top?? Some good engineering!

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