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jketron
02-11-2013, 07:52 PM
I'm going to purchase my first canopy for comp and I decided on a Caravan 10x10 Classic, it comes with the sides and I'm going to also buy the screen sides too.

My question is about the leg weights, I want to make sure to have something hold this thing down in some wind. The fancy leg pockets look nice but are they practical? I dont plan on carrying sand or stone with me to fill them and I dont want to lug all that dead weight around.

What do you use to hold down your canopy as needed?

What do you think about a 5 gallon bucket on each corner and filling them as needed with water? use a rope to secure the to the uppers in each corner

boogiesnap
02-11-2013, 07:55 PM
i use 5 gallon buckets filled with water. ratchet straps from stuff i secure to my roof rack to to tie them down. i ain't lugging sand, stone, weights, or any other junk around either.

dmprantz
02-11-2013, 08:04 PM
I used these (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Outdoor-Products-40L-Valuables-Dry-Bag/20753462). They are light and small when empty, and heavy enough when filled with water, which was always available when I did comps. They work on grass and concrete. Just tie the stake rope to them with a taught line hitch. They don't last forever but are affordable and available at walmart. I think I lost 1 or 2 in over 15 comps, and at least one was because it was crushed.

dmp

BBQ_MAFIA
02-11-2013, 08:24 PM
I sill have my ols weights from when I was a kid. I tape or bungee a25 pound plate on each leg which ha worked very well. The weights are flat and easy to transport and were just sitting in the garage.

Red Valley BBQ
02-11-2013, 08:43 PM
We use the $2.60 five gallon bucket from HD. Comes in handy if we need to haul water or just to carry things. We use the ratchet straps that tie our cooker into the trailer as tie downs.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100087613/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=bucket&storeId=10051

Alexa RnQ
02-11-2013, 08:47 PM
We use EZ-Up sandbags http://www.ezupdirect.com/shelter-accessories/deluxe-weight-bag.php . They are 40 pounds each when filled, wrap around the canopy legs, fasten with a velcro strap around and a metal clip at the top. Yes, they're dead weight, but compact and easy to stack and pack. We use 6 to accommodate our two-canopy setup.

BBQchef33
02-11-2013, 08:55 PM
we just strap our coolers to the legs with ratchet straps. They are full, and heavy.

also, you may want to consider the 10x20 caravan instead.

Rich Parker
02-11-2013, 08:56 PM
If you are on grass those dog stakes that screw in to the ground are cheap and work great.

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New Pal Frank
02-12-2013, 06:24 AM
We do the 4 five gallon bucket/water with ratchet straps. also remember that if high winds do blow in, lower the awning as low as possible.

dhuffjr
02-12-2013, 07:53 AM
I have the EZ up sandbags. Frankly I got tired of loading and unloading them. It is a lot easier to use the bucket method. Plus if you get rain and a muddy mess it is easier to deal with with buckets than those bags full of waterlogged sand.

Sawdustguy
02-12-2013, 08:00 AM
also, you may want to consider the 10x20 caravan instead.

This is great advice. We went with two 10 x 10 ez-ups and when it rains we are very sorry we didn't go with a 10 x 20.

BoneDaddy's
02-12-2013, 08:47 AM
This is great advice. We went with two 10 x 10 ez-ups and when it rains we are very sorry we didn't go with a 10 x 20.

Just buy a second one...think of it as an investment in your comfort!

DawgPhan
02-12-2013, 08:48 AM
you need a couple of buckets if you are cooking out of a tent. You also probably have several coolers around. Just make sure to do something to secure your tents. unsecured tents on asphalt is asking for trouble.

bruno994
02-12-2013, 08:51 AM
We use two 5 gallon buckets filled with water and ratchet straps to oposite corners of the 10 x 10 EZ-UP canopy, also gives us extra water if we run out of the 15 gallons on board the trailer.

hamiltont
02-12-2013, 09:10 AM
We use a couple 10x10's and/or a 10x20. Just depends on the situation. As mentioned. The screw in dog stakes are our preferred method. 5 gallon buckets filled with water are our second choice. Both using ratchet straps secured to the 4 corners (and the middle of the 10x20) of the canopy frame. If at all possible we try to situate at least one canopy next to or over the trailer and anchor the canopy to it. Cheers!!!

ibrisky
02-12-2013, 09:16 AM
As others have said, coolers are great and usually heavy enough to hold a couple of sides. I also strap my 10x10 to my trailer hitch or cargo loops in my truck, so far so good.

If it gets too windy, drop the top down to your lowest level, I've seen quite a few canopies fly here in tornado alley.

Ron_L
02-12-2013, 09:18 AM
One problem with coolers is that they get lighter as the competition goes on :-D

MNmoose
02-12-2013, 09:42 AM
We set up next to the trailer whenever possible. Two sides of the EZ Up are anchored to the trailer and the two other legs are anchored by coolers with ice. No carrying dead weight.

jketron
02-12-2013, 10:34 AM
that's another good questions about number of or size of single canopy. I bought the single 10x10 and was thinking about getting another 10x10. If I need I will set them side by side, if I dont need then I have the flexibility to not use he second one. This is my first so I dont know what I'm talking about. The comp that I'm going to has a 20x20 spot. I was thinking that I will use the one canopy, 2 6 foot or 8foot tables in an "L" and the smoker out behind the tent. Do you think I will need more than 10x10?

I haven't run a full practice run at home yet (just like a comp matching turn in times) but I plan to once my canopy gets here (week or so)

Alexa RnQ
02-12-2013, 10:49 AM
We use two 10x10s because we're old and like chairs in the shade. http://www.divaherself.com/funny/shiner.gif We use three 6-foot tables in a U configuration, so that takes up most of the "kitchen" canopy. VQ puts his cot out in the "seating area" canopy overnight.

If there's a likelihood of serious rain, we'll move the WSMs under cover or use a third canopy just for them. We'll also turn/fold and clip the canopy edges that meet, making gutters so that the rain will run off to the sides rather than drip down between them.

jketron
02-12-2013, 11:15 AM
caravan has some gutter setup for when you use 2 10x10, anyone use them and like them?

sdbbq1234
02-12-2013, 11:36 AM
These are on our shopping list this year.

Undercover® Gravity-Tube™ Ultimate Anchor System

http://www.costco.com/Undercover%c2%ae-Gravity-Tube%e2%84%a2-Ultimate-Anchor-System.product.11516191.html#BVRRWidgetID

wallace

jketron
02-12-2013, 01:08 PM
ok 1K later in canopies we are covered

CBQ
02-12-2013, 01:38 PM
that's another good questions about number of or size of single canopy. I bought the single 10x10 and was thinking about getting another 10x10. If I need I will set them side by side, if I dont need then I have the flexibility to not use he second one.

We switched from 2 10x10s to 1 10x20, and have never regretted it. Easier to set up, no leaks in the middle, and fits with our cook site setup. We want to have a seating area, washing area, and prep areas, and the 10x10 isn't enough.

We still keep a 10x10 on hand for events where we vend, and use that with the 10x20.

hamiltont
02-12-2013, 02:02 PM
The 10x20 pulls double duty for our Fall camping trips too:

http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k566/tjhamilton/DSCN2978_zps9f6a463e.jpg

rexbbq
02-12-2013, 03:03 PM
I bought a gutter for my canopies and love it. The one from caravan is a fortune, so I picked up the king canopy rain gutter from sams. It was under $7. The caravan one is somewhere near $70. I have two caravans and this gutter works perfectly on them.

Hope the link is alright. (http://www.samsclub.com/sams/king-canopy-rain-gutter-accessory/prod1260291.ip?navAction=)

Sawdustguy
02-12-2013, 03:18 PM
Just buy a second one...think of it as an investment in your comfort!

Hey (in my best Si Robertson voice) we may be Polish but we ain't no dummies. We bought a 10 x 20 to replace the two 10 x 10's after the second Battle of the BBQ Brethren monsoon in Sayville.

Sawdustguy
02-12-2013, 03:22 PM
caravan has some gutter setup for when you use 2 10x10, anyone use them and like them?

Noooooooooooooo.......don't do it. It's basically the same gutter system as EZup. It is terrible at keeping a heavy rain out. It just can't keep up. In a light rain it is ok. It is not my money to spend but if I were you I would invest in a 10 x 20.

turtle
02-12-2013, 05:45 PM
If we are on grass we will use stakes but most times we are on asphalt so we use 5 gallon buckets and coolers. The buckets are easy to store.

cpw
02-12-2013, 06:14 PM
We switched from 2 10x10s to 1 10x20, and have never regretted it. Easier to set up, no leaks in the middle, and fits with our cook site setup. We want to have a seating area, washing area, and prep areas, and the 10x10 isn't enough.

We still keep a 10x10 on hand for events where we vend, and use that with the 10x20.

Did you get a Caravan? We always use 2 10x10s, and they are starting to show their age.

jketron
02-12-2013, 06:22 PM
I bought 2 10x10's caravans

TomB
02-12-2013, 06:55 PM
I use the Quik Shade Weight Plates. Found a pic here: http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3999825.

Ackman
02-13-2013, 07:09 AM
Last competition (well actuallyl my only one so far) I noticed someone had used the water buckets, but used a bungee cord between the bucket and the rope to the frame...seemed a good idea to me, give a bit of flex in the wind

jketron
02-13-2013, 08:27 AM
I'm going to try the bucket route first

hamiltont
02-13-2013, 01:50 PM
I'm going to try the bucket route first
Our Walmart Bakery sells their Icing Buckets w/Lid for $1.00. They just need a good scrubbing to get the residue out. I usually leave them open to help vent the sweet aroma... Cheers!!!

PeppermonkeyBBQ
02-14-2013, 10:59 AM
These are on our shopping list this year.

Undercover® Gravity-Tube™ Ultimate Anchor System

http://www.costco.com/Undercover%c2%ae-Gravity-Tube%e2%84%a2-Ultimate-Anchor-System.product.11516191.html#BVRRWidgetID

wallace


I was wondering if anyone would suggest these ... it's what we have used for a couple years, they are great. Sure, they are $50 or so ... but they are tough, come with everything needed (adjustable straps, connectors, storage bag) and are HEAVY when full. When you are done, dump out the water, roll 'em up and put all four into a velcro bag about the size of a shoe box.

sdbbq1234
02-14-2013, 12:48 PM
I was wondering if anyone would suggest these ... it's what we have used for a couple years, they are great. Sure, they are $50 or so ... but they are tough, come with everything needed (adjustable straps, connectors, storage bag) and are HEAVY when full. When you are done, dump out the water, roll 'em up and put all four into a velcro bag about the size of a shoe box.


LOL!!! You guys set-up is where I got the idea from.:mrgreen:

They are on our shopping list for sure!!

Thanks.

wallace