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Polish army tent - Lavvu on a budget ?

Discussion in 'Shelter & Sleeping' started by Shewie, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. eel28

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    how i wish mine was there too - along with me too of course :)
     
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    It looks just a tad small to spend any amount of time in, just sayin.
     
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    Is this a camp out for midgets?
     
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    We have a couple large online military surplus stores here in the US, and I'm surprised they haven't picked up on these yet. I have French and East German zeltbahns, and am looking forward to trying these as well.
     
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    Well what you got to do is get a nice big 4x4.5 mtr tarp for an admin area and your sorted, or just get a 3x3 tarp for your own admin area. I've slept in mine at the Swift Valley meet last weekend and it was fine. All my gear was in there plus my full size self inflating mat, There is plenty of room in them, honest ;)

    How dare you call us midgets, lol :slap: Seriously though some of the lads are 6 foot plus and they had no trouble in these shelters.:rolleyes: :D

    Or you can just go out and buy a 12 man tipi mate, horses for courses really.;) :cool:

    Mines on the far left at the back in the picture btw. ;)
     
  6. Shewie

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    Superb piccie :D

    Took mine out for a play on Wallaby Island this week, well chuffed with it
     
  7. Barn Owl

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    Making a tripod for it is going to be the way to go,makes it Tardis like;)
     
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    I was thinking about that too. Could also rig internal poles ( wigwam style) or even hoist from an overhead branch. How to secure the apex though?
     
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    I'm chuffed as a very chuffed thing:) mines arrived and I nipped home and put it up. I will mess about with the stove and hope to sleep in it tomorrow night (all be it in the back garden).

    Its arrived quicker from Germany than the Crusader Cup and Cooker from Durham.
     
  10. Andy2112

    Andy2112 On a new journey

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    Take a torch in with you, even in the day they as black as coal inside, lol. They are just the dogs mate, brilliant bit of kit.

    3 internal poles are the way forward, give you much more usable room inside. Secure the apex with a rock in the pocket where the poles go then tie rope round the rock.
     
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    How do you set the top of the tripod to keep it all from poking through the fabric? I was thinking a Mr Sheen can lid (Plastic, negligible weight) would sit on top of the three poles perfectly stoping them falling apart and also prevent wear on the fabric, but as I didn't take a detailed look at the apex it may not be necessary.
     
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    Tripod outside, lash apex and hook onto the top of the tent.

    How much waterproofer do you need for one of these tingies, and whats the best way to apply it?
     
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    They've put the tripods inside, it saves having to be lashed up and the tent modified. I don't know if everybody has waterproofed there's yet, I don't think anybody had any issues at SV with them and it rained a bit whilst we were there.
     
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    Lash three poles together:

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    Place Shelter over poles, there is a space where the original pole goes - have 5 others stand around telling you your doing it wrong:

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    Spread out canvas and adjust pole angles - cut if required:

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    Peg out and Taaaaaadaaaaaaaaa:

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    As a quick aside, is loft insulation fire proof - i'm thinking of the stove chimney and including it as well as ADDO's external can idea.

    Why not add a popper to join the two apexes and sew a loop on the top one?
     
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    slept out in the garden the other night and loved it...

    im going out 2morrow night for the weekend in mine for a proper test. Going to use my UCO candle to keep me warm and snug!



    1 question though, at the top there is two sleeves, do you put the pole in one of them, and then hook the other over the top ? thats what ive been doing.... is that right?

    will give the external tripod a go too...
     
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    Yep,that's right.
     
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    Stepping in with a quick update.

    The tripod works extremely well. I didn't do it at the last meet at SV but the two that did fed back that it worked great. Opens that small 'dead' space in the middle.

    I'll be trying it myself with 3 Wilko extending clothes poles over the weekend and will post pics. Less than £10 and you have a great mod to an already great bit of kit. Weight wise it will be heavier; but short tab from wagon to pitch it won't be an issue.

    Waterproofing. I did mine with Fabsil and it took about 1.5/1.75 ltrs brushed on.

    At the meet we had a fair bit of the wet stuff but although I heard it on the canvas I had no leakage or seepage what so ever.

    In fact; Tom (Barnowl) and myself did a tame test with a mug of water and it beaded off like something from Terminator 2!

    Space wise. Don't let the dimensions fool you. There is plenty of room inside. I'm 6 foot and a chunk of ration eater. Full size inflating mat, MSS etc and kit? No problems at all.

    Good stuff folks.
     
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    You failed to mention your second tent for your cider:D
     
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    One must keep ammunition supplies free from the perils of damp...

    Ya kipper! (gives thy the you know what)
     

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