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Old 02-11-2013, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default Site setup question (canopy)

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
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:55 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:04 PM   #3
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I used these. 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.

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Old 02-11-2013, 08:24 PM   #4
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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.

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Old 02-11-2013, 08:43 PM   #5
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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.

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Old 02-11-2013, 08:47 PM   #6
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We use EZ-Up sandbags http://www.ezupdirect.com/shelter-ac...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.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:55 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:56 PM   #8
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If you are on grass those dog stakes that screw in to the ground are cheap and work great.

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Old 02-12-2013, 06:24 AM   #9
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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.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:53 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:00 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by BBQchef33 View Post
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.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:47 AM   #12
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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.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:48 AM   #13
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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.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:51 AM   #14
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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.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:10 AM   #15
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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!!!
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