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Old 04-18-2012, 04:32 PM
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Here's where we are now with the whole thing open:
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:48 PM
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Bracing: So the foxwing has poles that brace the whole wing for "high" wind applications. I assume they are height adjustable, but if they aren't they should be.

Here's a sweet one for about $10
http://www.cabelas.com/tent-accessor...&mr:adType=pla

Might have to look into something cheaper and thinner. In the current design, there is room between the aluminum frame and the rods when they are folded in (about 3/4"), such that some "quickfists" or similar would allow you to store these poles along the frame when not in use. Hmmm.... I think I would rather use the tiny 1/4" or so folding poles that come with most tents. They would be adjustable to a point, but maybe too flexy to do much good.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:10 PM
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Looks

Weight? Seems like that would be real heavy

As for "support legs" - it would be slick if you could cut the legs out of the square tubing and have it swing down when needed, and swing up and lock in place for storage/transport
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I thought about that as well but don't want anything that laborious to make. I could mount them on the side though. Either that or just slide them inside when not in use. This might drive me to stick with the other mount design where the rods sleeve over dowels welded to the winch roller. That would make the inside dimension of the rod able to be larger.
As for weight, at this point 90% of it is aluminum. Just the half roller, dowels, and bracket are steel.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:40 PM
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I like the idea of having everything attached. I need to figure out a bolt/threaded rod to go in the tip so it's adjustable. Hmm...maybe too heavy. Anyway, here's the idea. Quick pin on the end in case you need to remove it. Not needed? Just leave it folded up. Need it? Unclick and swing it down.

This design changes my idea of how to attach the canvas, but that's easily fixed. I figure a "flap" with snaps on it that attaches to the side opposite of where the folded up leg is. Again, with the idea being that you can take this apart at any point and replace/fix w/o having to break the whole thing down.

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Interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1Gup...eature=related

Makes me wonder what foxwing actually patented. This one is another take on the same concept, but with more coverage on the one side.
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This was a fun exercise, but as mentioned in the beginning of this, the idea is now dead. I had a nice long week of using the ARB 2500 awning that I bought, and looking at all the "radial" awnings that were out there. For the price, the 2500 is nearly impossible to beat. I also got to lay eyes on the new EziAwn batwing, and it's design is pretty clever. The legs drop down out of the spreaders, and the spreaders double stack so the profile is kept lower than the foxwing. A better design in my mind....but all but one really lack shade needed in Moab. I found the 2500 produces a more usable block of shade for four people than a foxwing design, though I LOVE having the back door shaded. I will have to look into a solution for that, but easily enough solved with a $40 roll up movie screen from amazon.
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