A Long Shot - Saunders Spacepacker Plus, has anyone got one?

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Silverclaws2

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Hi a bit of a long shot I know but am asking does anyone have a Saunders Spacepacker Plus tent that could perhaps do me a favour as in describe the hoop pole as I need to replace mine and it's not all there, hence asking.

I know originally the pole came from Hampton Works and I know they still exist , to be in a position to get a new one made up, but I need the specs. Number of sections and type, perhaps also overall length.

Alternatively how would I go about discerning what pole-age it should have?

And why, well, I have had a look at the fabric and it's still in very good shape- no discernible damage or even ageing, only the inner tent hanging elastics needing replacement and well there's two of us for camping now, so a tent bigger than the Akto is needed and well, saved hard for and bought in '85 when I was in the Scouts to be my first serious outlay, it's an old friend I want to meet again - a middle aged thing I guess.
 

Silverclaws2

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Yep, I've got one. I'll get it out later and take the measurements. Remember that the central section is curved though.
Excellent, thank you.

Though that centre section on mine was originally straight, to have curved a bit with age, to suspect my tent was an early one as I remember I got it within a few weeks of it first being released for sale.

Have seen some over the years that had some minor differences to mine, to be design improvements I expect, of which may have included a curved pole mid section.

Seems pole makers, well Hampton works want overall length in addition to section lengths number of sections and tube thickness.
 

Broch

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OK, here you go :)

11 pole sections in total
9 straight - 425mm total length including the 38mm part that gets inserted into the next pole
1 straight - 387mm being the last pole that doesn't fit into any
1 curved pole - 425mm total length including the 38mm part that gets inserted into the next pole
The two end sections have endcaps to insert in the eyelets on the webbing tape - length 16mm
the poles are 9.6mm OD and 8mm ID

That means the total length when made up is about 4260mm - nearly 14'

spacepacker pole 1.jpg
spacepacker pole 2.jpg

spacepacker pole 3.jpg
 

Silverclaws2

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Dec 30, 2019
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OK, here you go :)

11 pole sections in total
9 straight - 425mm total length including the 38mm part that gets inserted into the next pole
1 straight - 387mm being the last pole that doesn't fit into any
1 curved pole - 425mm total length including the 38mm part that gets inserted into the next pole
The two end sections have endcaps to insert in the eyelets on the webbing tape - length 16mm
the poles are 9.6mm OD and 8mm ID

That means the total length when made up is about 4260mm - nearly 14'

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Oh fantastic that's excellent, where yeah looking at your poles you must have a later pole set to mine as mine never were shiny (flat light grey) nor as said, curved at the apex and my end spikes are 30mm in depth, but a length of about four meters, over eleven sections seems familiar, to think yep that will do it.

Some special kind of heat treated alloy I seem to remember maybe T, something or other.

But thank you ever so much for going to the trouble to measure that lot up where my next job being to get onto Hampton Works. where hopefully in summer conditions allowing we're for wild camping on Dartmoor.

Got to round up the pegs next where only one of the original aluminium shephard's crook peg remains, but I long since found ground sheet pins better for pegging the inner tent out and I do have Y stakes.
 

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