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On Apr 5, 2007

On Apr 5, 2007

I stumbled across your site a couple nights ago and think your domes are
pretty amazing. I have a couple questions:

1) On your 30 and 31 foot tents:

We are thinking about trying this dome as a “kiosk” at a flea market,
however where we are we get some pretty strong winds in the spring
months. It is not uncommon to have days of 30 mph sustained winds with
gusts up to 60 mph. The winds usually start in the morning and end after
dusk, so putting the dome up and taking it down would not be a problem.
The question is: when the winds come up, will the dome survive…
(presuming that it is properly staked, etc…)? We can pour concrete
footings with steel eyes for tying the dome to the ground, and for guy
wires. The dome will only be standing one 8 hour day per week. We have
also been thinking about a way to create a triangular wind-dam on the
wind-ward side… but we figured you’d know best.

If this won’t work with the larger tents, how about the 20 footer?

2) Reselling, drop-shipping, or affiliate marketing:

The reason we are looking at your domes in the first place, is that we
are developing a “business in a box” idea for folks that would like a
flea market business selling herbal mixtures, natural therapies
literature, etc. The system will dovetail nicely with people that have
small farms. For instance they might also sell organic fruits &
vegetables, live stock, pure breed pets, home crafts, pies, cookies,
etc. Not all of them will need shelters, but many will, and we would
like to recommend and sell some system… yours look really great. We
will offer a package deal that includes the option of a dome or tent of
some type. If you have a reseller or drop-ship program, we are
interested. I don’t think we’d sell hundreds of them, but probably
between 10 and 30(?) per year. Maybe double that at very most.

Thanks for your time.

–gabe

Hi Gabe

Our strongest domes are the 30′ and the 18′. They are drum tight and shed the wind well. Both of these sized domes have handled winds gusting to about 50. These winds were reported to me by customers and I was not there at the time to confirm. I was made to understand also that the winds gusted only for a short time. I do not know if they would handle your winds or not.

We do not offer tents for resale or drop shipping.

Bob Gillis

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On Apr 6, 2007

Thanks for your reply… We’ll probably recommend your tents in any
case, since they are absolutely the most ideal structure we have seen
for our application.

The wind scenarios I mentioned are the worst possible case, and I am
pretty sure that we’ll be OK. I would really like to buy the 30′ dome,
but with price and space considerations, I’ll need to begin with the 18′
or 20′. Is the 20′ tent significantly weaker? Or is is still pretty much
in the same ballpark?

Thanks for your time.

–gabe

Hi Gabe

The 18 is stronger than the 20. The reason for this is that the 18′ uses the same diameter pole as the 20 and since it is supporting a dome with more surface area presented to the wind it does not resist the wind as well. It is hard to say how much weaker the 20 is to the 18 but if you are concerned about the wind consider the 18.

Bob Gillis.

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