My solution for tent storag

Mark Harris mark_harris at
Wed Mar 1 10:58:53 PST 1995

Motorola Inc.
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Subj: My solution for tent storage

Since I brought up the question here orginally, I thought
I'd explain what I came up with for others who might someday
be faced with the same problem.

Again, I was looking for a solution to packing and protecting
a large medieval pavillion about 4 x 3 x 2 feet in size.

When I remeasured it, it came out closer to 3 x 2 x 2. However,
that is still too large for most duffle bags or plastic foot 

Two suggestions were made. One was to make a large wooden chest
from Diarmuit and the other was to look at SCUBA shops for
large gear bags from Michael.

Both of these were good solutions and either one I might look
further into in the future if my current choice fails.
Unfortunately, although more authentic, the wooden chest would
itself be heavy. It also might have fasteners or sharp edges
which might snag and rip canvas. The SCUBA gear bags were rather
expensive in the $80 to $90 range.

My solution was to go to Home Depot and pick up a 45 gallon plastic
wheeled garbage can from Rubbermaid. Yes, it is rather mundane,
but not as much as the bright yellow one I decided against. I can
easily lift/wheel it out of my van and then roll it to my tent
site by myself. If I have to take the tent down wet, the trashcan
will protect other items from getting wet. It was only $23. During
an event it will stay out of sight in my tent or in the car. It has
no sharp edges or fasteners to snag canvas. 

Unfortunately, you can't sit on it like a chest and I'm going to 
have to be careful that someone not dump their trash in it while
its out during setting up or taking down the camp.

I was planning on trying this system at Lyonesse this weekend, but
with the weather as bad as it is, I suspect we will simply make a
day trip out of it.

Thank you Diarmuit and Michael for your suggestions.   
Stefan li Rous
Barony of Bryn Gwlad

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