Modification to a Zeltbahn shelter half

woodspirits

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I particularly like the flecktarn 5 spot German camouflage, so set about altering the two shelter halves I have to give them more of an open aspect. initially i thought of putting in a couple of zips to secure the porch but that would have defeated the object.
so after cutting and hemming I buttoned it together but found the porch too long for my liking. A simple solution was to fold it under and button it to its original ridge seam, I then sewed the folded hems together along with the sleeve vents, lastly I stitched three pole loops on the edge of the porch tarp. this for me was a far better length.

Next I took the supporting poles out and replaced them with two modified ball and loops to go through the brass corner roof grommets, I added a small carabiner which was then supported via paracord to a tree. this made much more space available even with a camp cot.

The only thing I may change is to utilise the spare folded under fabric to sew in a triangle either side for extra weather protection, although it did work fine this weekend in wet and windy conditions at North Wood.




 
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Robson Valley

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Good-looking camp. Thanks for the extra lights in the dusk picture.
I can see the wind in the trees and in the fire smoke. How cold at night did you expect?
 

TinkyPete

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great set up Steve.

He has been talking about it for a while and having seen it in person, i may well change my zeltbhan set up to one similar too, but with a couple of changes that me and Steve discussed. I has a lot of room and with no poles inside lots of free space for a bed and your kit.
 

SiWhite

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Looks like a really nice setup - I'd not heard of the system before, and it might be great for local nights away.

Would it be possible for a quick sketch / schematic of the modifications you've done? Perhaps a plan view with the shelter laid out flat?
 

woodspirits

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Looks like a really nice setup - I'd not heard of the system before, and it might be great for local nights away.

Would it be possible for a quick sketch / schematic of the modifications you've done? Perhaps a plan view with the shelter laid out flat?

Yes ok I will take a few pics of the key areas when I get a minute, Xmas shopping and all that. ;)
 

Philster

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I'll make a separate thread shortly but wanted to let you know I have received my pair of shelter halves - very nice condition and not as madly heavy as I was expecting. Decided to add zips to mine and have also added a line of stitching around the join of the two pieces as I don't intend to separate them. Got a few more pull-outs to add and then i can test it - got an ammo tin stove to test in it, too :)
Cheers
Phil