I too, used an EZ up, for years . . . (4 to be exact), then, last
year, I encountered several heavy rains . . . well, all I will say,
is I bought a Lite Dome and will be using it instead of the EZ-up.
Things to be aware of when using the EZ-up . . . It’s not so much
that the tent will blow away, although that is a concern too . . .
you have to watch for WATER “build - up” in the corners. As the
canopy ages, the it sags along the corners, so, even when pulled as
tightly as possible, water will DAM at the corners and the result
will be “a Niagara Falls downpour” on your work, or even on you. To
avoid this (I’m still waking around with orange feet because my
leather loafers were brown and the dye bled onto my feet after
getting soaked - hahahah,) some people use blow up type floats (the
kind used in swimming pools) to prop-up the corners. This keeps the
water from pooling in the corners and keeps the corners from coming
Weights- In the Midwest, where the wind gusts can get be quite brisk
(45 - 70 mph) the weights mentioned (in previous posts) may not do
the job. The EZ-up has a lip on the leg, with a hole in it and
spikes are supplied to use when on grass, but one cannot use these on
concrete or brick streets. So, larger buckets (5 gallon plastic are
very good) filled with water, sand or whatever, help a lot. If the
winds get higher, as they sometimes do during summer thunderstorms,
one has to beware that the metal frame will move - if not secured and
can act as a lightning rod . . . so holding onto the legs may not be
an option (nor a good idea.) The extra weight is a definite plus.
Use as MUCH weight as you can.
SEAMS on EZ-UP will leak . . . after a couple of years of use, the
seams on the EZ-UP will leak even if sprayed with waterproofing . .
.the reason is because the holes between the threads will get larger
. . .
If you plan on doing more than one show a year, I would recommend
getting the BEST tent you can afford, you will save money in the long
** Hanuman’s Response **
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