External A Frame
|Tent Length||Wall Poles||Weight||Price|
|Tent Length||# of Stakes||Weight||Price|
- SHIPPING NOT INCLUDED.
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- One person can easily set up a tent using this standard "A" frame. This frame works very well when setting up on uneven ground. "A" frame is designed to adjust to fit the tent, rather than making the tent fit over the frame, like internal frames.
- Ridge pole is 1 3/8" galvanized tubing and has a cable truss for extra support. It is strong enough to take the wind and snow load and won't sag. "A" frame legs are 122" long also 1 3/8" galvanized tube. Angle of legs can be adjusted to get proper ridge height, maximim height adjustment is 9'6".
- Ridge pole and leg sections are held together with snap buttons, preventing pieces from slipping or twisting.
- 5 foot side wall poles are 5/8" galvanized tube and are held in place by inserting eye bolts (included) through grommets on eave of tent and into side wall poles. Tent ropes are tied to eyebolts and then staked out.
- If using A Frame tent stakes on tent, side wall poles will fit over over them. This works very well to hold down bottom of tent and keep side wall pole in place.
- All poles break down to 40" or less.
- Heavy duty bag included with frame.
- Front ends of A Frame has an opening to fit tent awning pipe (1" electrical conduit).
- A Frame tent ridge lengths are 8" longer than stated to allow for over size tents.
- SPECIFY WALL HEIGHT in comments section of check out form.
- A Frame set up instructions shipped with A Frame. Instructions also are at the bottom of this page.
WHEN ORDERING SPECIFY TENT WALL HEIGHT TO ENSURE WALL POLES ARE CORRECT LENGTH.
EXTERNAL A FRAME SET UP INSTRUCTIONS
- Unpack tent and find rope. Cut ropes 10 ft long for each grommet in side wall eaves. Thread rope through one end of tensioner, then through eyebolt, then back through other hole on tensioner, then tie knot. Tie stake loop on other end of rope.
- Stake out corners of tent. Pound log nail stakes through grommets on bottom of tent, leave approx 3" above ground. Try to get tent as square as possible. Don't stretch end with door too tight for zipper to work freely. Stake down rest of tent keeping walls straight.
- Install side wall poles by placing sidewall pole over top of nail and set it on top of stake grommet. This holds bottom of tent down and keeps sidewall pole from moving. If you are using different stakes, let side wall poles stand on ground, insert eyebolt through eave grommet and into top of sidewall pole. Stake out ropes and adjust tensioners so that rope holds sidewall poles upright - don't tighten yet. Do corners first, and stake corner ropes out at a 45 degree angle from end of tent. Once side wall poles are up, this will allow you enough room to get ridge pole through tent without having to crawl.
- Assemble legs and place two in front of tent and two in back. Assemble ridge pole outside of tent. Assemble ridge pole cable truss as shown on illustration above. Tighten cables on larger tents so there is a 2" bow in the ridge pole. Once the tent weight is on the ridge pole, the ridge pole will level out. Take ridge pole through door and stick it through ridge pole opening at back of tent, then bring it back through front ridge pole opening until it sticks out evenly on both ends, front and back.
- Insert adjustable leg fitting (T shaped pieces) into ends of ridge pole. Insert legs into welded leg fitting on ridge pole and adjustable leg fitting, lift ridge pole by bringing legs closer together. Lift both ends evenly.
- Make sure legs have a sufficient bite in the ground to hold them in place. Also make sure legs are even vertically with the end wall of tent, or slightly closer at the bottom. By moving legs closer at the bottom it puts tension on frame and keeps joints tight.
- When ridge pole is at proper height, make sure it is centered in peak of tent by moving legs right or left accordingly. Go around tent and tighten ropes as needed You may have to move corner ropes to get corners tight. For extra stability, it is a good idea to have a rope staked out from both ends of the ridge. This eliminates wrinkles and keeps ridge tight. These ropes should Be 15-20 ft long so they can be staked out far enough to avoid doorway.
- When packing frame back in bag, you will want to put smaller pole into larger ones to save space. Put ropes, cable, and stakes in tent frame bag last.