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Old 08-28-2014, 08:56 AM
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Brilliant!
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:48 AM
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Great design, I like it a lot!
Very well done, you don't see home built RTT's very often.
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:14 AM
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Whoa holy cow, that's awesome! I love how it turned out!!! Also, Sewing Machines are neat, I totally dig them.
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:24 AM
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I like it.
Have you thought about offsetting the middle pole so that the stack will nest a few inches lower when folded? I was planning on modifying my tent to do that and burning my existing chinese mattress. It's 3" of brick, so I was hoping to find about 1" of dense foam, and then put an inflatable thermarester in there so that it would be more comfortable AND pack down to have less profile.
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there is a place for foam in Boulder if you're curious:

http://www.foamsource.com/shop/custo...FSxk7AodVXUAYQ

they have lots of foam.
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:03 PM
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Ah, so you had Stacey's mom sew it up. We have an incredible Pfaff 1471 Creative that I inherited from my grandma. Was using an old Singer that chewed up more fabric for me than it ever stitched, but Kirsten was able to run it and actually sewed her wedding dress on it. In any case neither is sufficient to sew heavy nylon like this. The Pfaff will do demin alright but something like this would be too much. I was hoping you tripped across an old industrial long arm I could mooch.

Yea sorry didn't end up springing for an industrial machine. Thought about it but so much variety in both machines and price I had no idea what to look for. That old singer did ok, tended to bunch the fabric a bit but otherwise did fine. That Weathermax fabric was really puncture resistant, hard to put a pin through it, nearly impossible if there were 3 or 4 layers. Definitely dulled a few needles in the machine.
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:04 PM
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Freaking awesome! Love to see that kind of work because that's me right there! You have something in your head then go and make it real.
Great work.
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Great design, I like it a lot!
Very well done, you don't see home built RTT's very often.
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Whoa holy cow, that's awesome! I love how it turned out!!! Also, Sewing Machines are neat, I totally dig them.
Thanks guys! I hope it holds up to a bunch of use, only time will tell.
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I like it.
Have you thought about offsetting the middle pole so that the stack will nest a few inches lower when folded? I was planning on modifying my tent to do that and burning my existing chinese mattress. It's 3" of brick, so I was hoping to find about 1" of dense foam, and then put an inflatable thermarester in there so that it would be more comfortable AND pack down to have less profile.
Hrm thats not a bad idea; no I didn't think of that As it happens for my design, with 1" of dense foam and a long/wide thermarest, plus tent fabric, it folds down just about square. Seems like you'd need to offset the pole on the hinge as well otherwise the arms would just pile up a bit too. For a regular RTT this may be worth it. I think my howling moon measured at ~14" counting the brackets and ladder on top. I think mine measured in at around 12 or so (mostly cause I didn't want a 3" foam in it.

I very well may look at new pole arrangements after this trip. The current setup works but not too happy with it.
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:08 PM
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there is a place for foam in Boulder if you're curious:

http://www.foamsource.com/shop/custo...FSxk7AodVXUAYQ

they have lots of foam.
That would have been nice to get something locally. I ended up shipping in foam from "The Foam Factory". Worked out ok it seems. Had to go thicker (3/4") than I wanted to get free shipping.
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:17 PM
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Seems like you'd need to offset the pole on the hinge as well otherwise the arms would just pile up a bit too.
That's exactly what I'm saying. The hinge bracket would need to be modified such that the middle pole hoop is either inside or outside of the other two. When folded, it will be only two poles "thick" instead of three.
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