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In the post on "Booth Shots to show examples to newbies", Oscar Matos Linares posted photos of his booth where he has attached his weights to the StaBars at the bottom of the tent close to the corners.
Most of the tent weights I have seen are hanging from tie straps connected to the top corners of the tents, then attached to the legs near the bottom of the legs.
So my question is this, since both locations place the weight near the bottom of the tent, does it matter where the weight is located?
Would there be an advantage of the weight being more on the corner of the tent where the leg is located?
Or, would placing the weight be more beneficial being placed on the lower StaBars?
I like the clean look of the weights being on the StaBars. No need to covering the tie straps at the legs.
Just a side note to this, I went to a show this weekend just to walk and check it out. I was surprised how many booths didn’t have weights or had them hanging halfway down the legs and just swinging in the wind.
I'd say a third of the way up connected to the legs and top corner of the canopy. That way if a wind blows, the canopy top won't become as much of a sail bending the legs. Normally I hang my weights from the top and bungie them around the legs about two feet up from the bottom.
I've been using the saddlebag weights on the stabalizers for years, three 40lb on each side and my craft hut never moved. I recently started using an easy up with an upper and lower stabalizer with the same weight set up and two weeks ago in a very bad wind storm( 40 to 50 mph winds) my neighbors ez up that had weights hanging on the corners buckled and blew away while mine didn't move.
Thanks Lori, so it looks like placement does make a difference. Good to know!
Just to clarify you have "three 40 lb. weights" on each side= 120 lb. on one side, or 40 lb. on each side with a total of 120 lb. on the tent?
I have four 40 pound saddlebag weights on my stabars on my trimline. I've never had a problem until this weekend. Was at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia with heavy wind gusts magnified by the building/street layout. Around 4pm on Sunday, had both front legs lift a bit. Was nervous, but made it to the end of the show. During teardown, after I had all my art work packed, had taken down my french wall (so now my tent weighs less), I was removing my mesh panels. A gust picked up the whole front of my tent, lifting the front legs off the ground about 3 feet. My guess is the whole tent would have gone over, but I grabbed the front left leg with both arms and threw myself on the ground, pulling my tent back down. A passerby grabbed the other front leg.
Turns out, the straps on the front saddlbag weight on the other side ripped right off! Aside from that and a slightly bent staybar, no other damage. Could have been a disaster.
I'll get the saddlebag fixed/replaced, but will rethink weight placement. Based on where the wind was coming from, I should have moved my weights (all four) closer to the front of the tent. I may also build some PVC pipe weights, or will order another set of saddlebags.
Like I said, I hadn't ever had a problem and thought I was OK.
Thanks Richard for the information. Do you use a strap from both top corners to the same center weight? Is so, do you still end up with the same force on both corners or is it less?
Chris, I use three 40lb weights on each side for a total weight of 240lb. I use small pebbles as weight as opposed to sand, sand will hold water if it rains and creates a mess in your vehicle.
240lbs. your tent isn't going anywhere! LOL Thanks for letting me know, I'm sure this will be useful information for other members as well.
that's the good thing about the system I use, if the wind shifts I slide the weights to where they're needed