Hi all, I'm just getting started at outdoor art fairs, and I got some Propanels and some of their canopy hooks. The hooks allow you to attach the Propanels to the framework of your canopy. I'll have weights on the legs of the canopy, and it seemed to me that also adding the 140 lbs. or so of Propanels would help stabilize the canopy a bit further. I figured that if the canopy blows over, the Propanels would go anyway, so they might as well be attached together. Now, however, I'm beginning to wonder if it's a good idea. I'm concerned that my canopy might take a little hop in the wind despite the weight. If it hops when attached to the panels, the panels will go over (or at least everything displayed on them is likely to fall off), whereas if the canopy and the Propanels aren't connected together there might not be any real problem. Has anyone used the canopy hooks, and have anything good/bad to say about them? BTW, one of my Propanels arrived damaged (although useable), even though the box was intact. I called them and they immediately sent me a new panel and told me just to keep the damaged one. I was very impressed with their service. Cheers, Terry Melman

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  • Connie,

    Thanks for replying. The canopy "weaving and swaying" while connected to the Propanels would not, I suspect, be a good thing. I've seen some people use bungee cords to connect the panels to the canopy, but that wouldn't be quite the same, since the cords can stretch to take up some movement. Anyone out there tried the bungee cord attachment?

    I like the idea of attaching the merch boxes to the canopy at night. Thanks for mentioning it.

    Cheers,

    Terry

    Connie Mettler said:
    We did not ever use the Propanels, Terry, but used the Armstrong panels. We did not attach them to the tent, but stabilized them inside the tent. The theory being that the art would not be weaving around on a windy day even though the tent might be swaying. We heavily weighted the tent, of course, and when we closed it up at night we would put our boxes in the middle of the tent and run bungees from the cross braces to the boxes.

    We did art fairs for 28 years without an incident. We were both careful and lucky!
  • We did not ever use the Propanels, Terry, but used the Armstrong panels. We did not attach them to the tent, but stabilized them inside the tent. The theory being that the art would not be weaving around on a windy day even though the tent might be swaying. We heavily weighted the tent, of course, and when we closed it up at night we would put our boxes in the middle of the tent and run bungees from the cross braces to the boxes.

    We did art fairs for 28 years without an incident. We were both careful and lucky!
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