Post by TurkeyPinkness on Jan 31, 2013 12:56:38 GMT -5
I got some solar ones from Amazon a couple years back and I liked them. They are not that bright but I had two strands and it was enough light for us to sit around and bullshit with. They were a tear drop shape, but unfortunately I cannot find a picture anymore (which sucks because I was considering those again). I think it just depends what style you get, some are brighter than others. I don't know what thrifty is to you, but you will need more than one strand for any real light.
I had the hardest time finding solar powered led strings last year on the way, so I'd suggest getting them long before hand! I think everybody had the same idea as me to try and pick them up on the way down.
Post by CalmYoTits on Feb 11, 2013 19:40:57 GMT -5
Does anyone have any suggestions for securing a shade structure? We did without one last year and seriously regretted it, but I'm apprehensive of bringing one this year due to the number of shade structures I saw being ripped out of the ground by the crazy Gorge winds, despite being hammered down (I was scared we were going to go on a wind-propelled rolling tent adventure one morning). So, any tools of the shade trade to share?
Post by TurkeyPinkness on Feb 11, 2013 19:43:58 GMT -5
We always use a canopy but I am trying to conceive of some sort of structure involving a tarp this year so I don't blow $100 on a canopy every year. Will update if I Dr. Garbanzoure out. But I would not do it without something. I have before and will not again.
We used a canopy attached to bungie (sp?) cords that were themselves attached to big ground pegs. It worked like a charm. We also wrapped one wall of the enclosure with a tarp, also attached using bungie cords and had no problem with the wind. Lots of bungie cords, that's my advice.
Post by TurkeyPinkness on Feb 11, 2013 20:17:13 GMT -5
The first time we bought one it lasted two years. The second year it was killed in a wind gust. The thing is that the legs bend really easily so it often just takes one big gust to break it. I think the bungee thing is a good idea as it takes a lot of the pressure off the legs. But, yes, we had one last year and the year before that broke.
I've never had one break (yet) in 5 Sasquatch's but I have seen it happen. I agree that taking the canopy down would eliminate this risk. On the other hand, arriving back at the campsite after a day at the festival, the last thing I want to do is campsite husbandry. Im convinced the answer is lots of bungees