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Post by vegas mom on Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:28 am

I've looked thru the search, and pulled up an older thread..I was wondering for those of you who do festivals and markets, what tents/canopys have held up the best?
I realize white is the prefered color. Weighted down is required where I am looking.
Any help would be greatly appreciated...I'm leaning towards Quick shade commercial...
thanks
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Post by JJJJJ on Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:19 pm

I use a commercial grade Caravan. I went with the heavier steel frame version. It cost a bit more than others (I got a package for a bit over $400) but I figured "spend my money once." I didn't want to be re-buying a less expensive version over and over. (I hope it works out like this, anyhow! Surprised).

The one I have has pull-rings on the four upright bars, so your fingers don't get pinched while extending/retracting the legs. It also has a 600-denier top, which is quite tough.

It's very nicely made. But, it is heavy. I am 5'4" and small, but I'm also kind of strong (I have no idea why! I don't work out Surprised). I can put it up pretty easily alone.

I got it from a company based in Tennessee called ecanopy, and they were great to deal with. If you go to their site, they have lots of information comparing the different kinds of tents. It can be helpful while you're researching.

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Post by vegas mom on Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:50 pm

Thanks. I've spent a week researching and have found one or two used for sale and a new one for not much more. Appreciate the response. Thanks again Very Happy
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Post by seekorka on Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:52 am

I do not advise what the design and construction of your new tent.
I recommend white, blue or green cloth / tent material.
Not at all red! Pink or Yellow not too.
In really shiny weather red distort colors. Poor concentration. It hurts my eyes. I worked in the red tent - for Coca Cola Company, Pink - Fruitissimo, Yellow - Lipton.
Blue for example for Pepsi and green for 7up was OK.
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Post by fesspenter on Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:15 pm

To weigh down my tents, I use 20 Litre water containers with a built in handle. I bungee the containers to my tent. At the end of my event, I water the dry spots of grass with my containers.
My youngest daughter struggled last year with the weight of the containers. To help her, I filled them 2/3 full, and topped them with water once they were in position. If the event had no fresh water available, I had it with me.
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Post by JJJJJ on Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:52 am

Lisa - I love that you water the dry spots after your festivals! Last night, there weren't any dry spots, but there was a beautiful ring of impatiens around a tree, and I watered them. It felt magical to add a ring of water to a place I'd enjoyed being!

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Post by vegas mom on Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:18 am

What do you think of side panels, I passed up a used ez up with four yesterday thinking that the newer one I was looking at had 4 panels( dumb me for not reading the label and listening to the sales guy) The new one still has the one for the back.. Its warm to super hot most of the year here ..Having the 3 panels, does it get stuffy? I would think so..
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Post by seekorka on Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:12 am

I use tent with 3 side panels. When was really hot wether sometimes use only one. On back side - to protect my back and my things - privacy.
Nobody can stand behind me. Not to push me.
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Post by ambodyart on Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:38 pm

I know this thread is a bit old.

I use an ez-up. I did not get the side panels and I deeply regretted it. I feel super exposed sometimes and have no protection as the sun shifts or it is breezy. I simply fixed this by using some batik wall hangings I had in storage. I put grommets in the corners and tie them up if I need to. They add color to my set-up, help me stand out and still let air flow.

I have been looking into thicker fabrics for windier or drizzily days, have been thinking about maybe just getting shower curtains.

I love the whimsical look and options the wall hangings and curtains give me, not to mention they were way cheaper than buying the sides.
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Post by barbb919 on Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:52 pm

i would suggest a good quality tent...I also use 3 side panels...i got white tarps and i fold mine in half to make half walls...but i can make them to cover the whole wall...i also don't like people getting behind me when i paint...thats why i block off 3 sides.....one way in and one way out.... one of the walls is down due to the wind that day
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Post by vegas mom on Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:04 pm

I ended up with a caravan display canopy in white with the 4 sides and matching weight bags included..Craigslist. Used it last week ans am so glad I had the sides. Was able to block out the sun and lower as the sun changed.
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Post by barbb919 on Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:56 pm

very cool...
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Post by ambodyart on Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:18 pm

gotta love Craigslist!
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Post by Jesse on Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:40 pm

Barb, I think I saw another post of yours that showed your setup with the sides half folded down. That was a great idea that worked really well for us at a festival this past weekend. We use an EZup canopy off of ebay. It was only $170 after shipping, so we will see how it holds up. Worked wonderfully for the first time though!
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Post by HillbillyDiva1 on Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:46 pm

My EZup tent just bit the dust 2 years and 10 festivals and the high peak in the middle broke in all but one place taking it down at the Event we did yesterday. Sad Very sad because my purple tent stood out.
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Post by vegas mom on Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:02 pm

So sorry to hear about your tent!!! Can you order parts?? I was able to get a leg and some brackets from the manufacture (sp).
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Post by HillbillyDiva1 on Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:54 am

It's cheaper to get a whole new tent in white than get parts for the purple one.
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Post by Tineke on Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:27 pm

I have 2 white EZ up's, and I Love them! Inside, I decorate with very thin fabric in different colours, just to get noticed!

I used to have a green tent, but it changed my whole colour vision... everything looked like different shades of green Laughing
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Post by vegas mom on Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:54 pm

Tineke do you have any pics with the fabric?? White tent is so boring.
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Post by HillbillyDiva1 on Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:43 am

Tineke some colors do that I know some clowns with a yellow tent and everything looked yellowish. I didn't have that problem with the purple, it was just dark enough that it blocked without distorting light. I think it's the difference between light bright colors and the deeper colors.
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