I built Tent Model IX to be transformable. It was a tough winter tent that could survive a 3′ dump of snow or a Mid-Atlantic wind storm. As it turns out, it held up just fine during Super Storm Sandy, too. But a key design feature was that I could transform it relatively easily into a spring paint shed, which has much more volume than the storm-tested winter version.
As a paint shed, I knew we would be painting the hardtop first, so we’d need room up top to stand and paint. That extra height is a liability, though, when the winds from thunderstorms come raging through. So I planned to transform the tent again and lose that additional height once the hardtop was painted. We were also applying Awl Quik everywhere, which is a great product, but the longboarding produces HUGE amounts of dust.
With most of the Awl Quik sanding finally done, it was time to cut the tired, dusty plastic off the top, adjust the PVC frames to drop the height down over the hardtop, and install a new sheet of fresh shrinkwrap plastic from stem to stern.
The plastic is maybe cleaner than the old stuff.
- No dust flies when you brush the tent.
- No center supports for the tent to get in the way or scratch surfaces.
- Plenty of headroom, even over the cabin top.
Unless we get hit by a tornado, this should be the last time I write about tents. 🙂