Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JeremyinWyo Sturdy, Great Value, Easy to Install
First of all let me say that we live on the open prairie of Wyoming. We regularly get 30+mph wind and often gusts over 50mph. I was skeptical that a soft-sided shelter would work for our situation, but after some research I opted to give this entry level unit a shot. Also, before installing the shelter I did sink 6' posts in concrete and install a 6-foot fence on both the west and north sides of where the shelter was to be installed. Given our wind situation, this seemed like a necessary safeguard. As for the shelter, it is made from high quality tubing, a great baked finish, and a "good" quality tarp-type cover. The frame is very solid and has alreay proven itself in 50mph wind gusts that blew in just hours after I finalized installation. Only time will tell if the cover withstands constant jostling and the winter's snowload. It seems a little think for a "three layer" cover, but, the ripstop has already proven itself where I accidentally nicked the cover. It is not spreading. As for installation, I INSTALLED THIS LARGE SHELTER BY MYSELF. Frankly, I don't recommend it. Tha manufacturer recommends "3 or more persons" for installation. I did it myself using my tractor to hoist the 100+lb beams into the air. I completed the structure in about 10 hours spread out over a weekend. It can be done but it was a lot of work. My only real complaint [assuming the cover holds for several years] is the instruction manual. It is very sparse on details and even moreso on pictures. I have a lot of mechanical apptitude and I found myself searching for clarity on the skimpy instructions. But once I grasped the concept of a particular section the assembly went pretty quick. Keep the cover as tight as possible as any movement with eventually lead to wear. Also, I suggest supplying your own anchor system for the bottom of the front and rear panels. With the kit it is designed to just hang loose. But they move a lot. Overall, this is a great shelter at a real budget price. All together with the 2-sided wall I built and the 2-car garage size shelter, I have just under $2k in the project. If the cover holds up to the elements, I'll love this shelter. I have no doubts about the stout frame.
August 30, 2011