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john stones 110/07/2014 23:17:37
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Hello folks

Our club is thinking of purchasing a Marquee 8- 10 metres in length. it has to be a heavy duty one that's fully waterproof. A good one is what we are after, maybe with roll up panels or removable ones for those sunny days we gethot

I have been looking on the web and as usual they are all perfectwink anyone have any knowledge of a good make or company I can look at please

Cheers John

john stones 111/07/2014 10:18:48
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Anybody ?

avtur11/07/2014 22:08:24
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Sorry I can't offer a personal recommendation on a particular model but I would suggest you include Costco in your search. Much of their stock is shipped from the USA where they use this sort of gear much more. If you have a store near you, you might well find they have them on display, could be worth a look.

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Dylan Reynolds LaserCraft Services11/07/2014 22:10:04
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b&q have a 6x3 metre one in at the mo

john stones 111/07/2014 22:13:45
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Thanks fella's, will have a look. Stumbled on Gala Tents, they look very similar to the one the local authority lent us.

They are a few quid surprise

John

Chris Bott - Moderator11/07/2014 22:38:42
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Gala tents have much sturdier poles etc John compared to the stuff I've seen at the DIY stores.

As used by Greenacres thumbs up

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Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator11/07/2014 22:40:07
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Well that settles it then! wink 2

BEB

john stones 111/07/2014 22:44:28
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I think you're right lads, that's same as one we borrowed good bit of kit yes

John

P.S indoor flying anyone wink

john stones 111/07/2014 22:54:57
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Not a great picture of it 10 metres long pvc, very strong.

Also look how happy our members areteeth 2

John

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Pete B - Moderator11/07/2014 22:55:32
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Not necessarily the smartest and may be too narrow for your needs but they last for ever, have you considered some Army Surplus 12 x 12's or similar?

There's a secondhand 12x21 here - don't know if it's still available.

Here's a larger 5m x 5m - unfortunately OOS

Some more to browse here.

A bit tidier and prices seem to start from £1125

Just a thought.....smile

Pete

john stones 111/07/2014 23:27:09
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I never even thought of a used one Pete

Just had a look surprised how many are for sale at a very big savingyes

John

Chris Barlow12/07/2014 00:26:35
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My local motor club have an "E-Z-Up" **LINK**  which is big enough to park 4 cars in, heavy duty and very weatherproof. Ours is red/white with the optional sides all round.

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Paul Marsh12/07/2014 07:31:57
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The one main thing good about Gala, is that you can get spares for them. If you lose or break a component, from a pole or rip a side panel, you can get a replacement next day. Problem with toy marquees from DIY, is that they just sell the unit, and no spares - or can't get them, so makes the item useless if it gets damaged.

Best buy right, buy once.

Really, a 3x2 m Gala is only £150, the 3x4 is £200.

John F12/07/2014 08:24:38
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We got a Dancover maquee for the shooting club and it is very very good: **LINK** with the added bonus of many spares available.


With the military tents they are very heavy, a pain to transport and needs good teamwork to get right.  Also, due to the very heavy canvas, rip your fingers and knuckles. 

They also stink!  Never used one which didn't have that moudly smell, which never went away, even after living in one for six months it still smelled.  The tent, not me, although I am sure I did stink!

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john stones 112/07/2014 09:04:12
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Thanks folks, yes I looked at Dancover John F they look good. Turns out Gala Tent is a local company so going for a look see, they also sell ex demo models at reduced prices, so maybe we'll get luckysmiley

John

Levanter12/07/2014 09:05:57
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You could also try the Events companies. Weddings, garden parties, shows, concerts etc. One of my sons used to work for one but for the life of me I can't remember the name. They rotate their inventory so might pick up a bargain outside of the mainstream market.

Phil Winks14/07/2014 20:44:36
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John the gala tents are indeed the mutts wotsits and as has been pointed out spares are readily available just make sure you buy some hold down ratchet straps and good large (3 foot) pegs cos even these can move in a good wind though if memory serves your club field is well sheltered by the willow forest frown I've helped hunt for a few models in there wink

john stones 110/08/2014 22:20:49
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Been reading some old BMFA sheets Phil and came across your name smiley your memberships due mate, we thought you were still in the willows wink

John

john stones 114/09/2015 21:00:38
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opendays 016.jpgopendays 011.jpgClubs marquee over £880 worth provided by a community funding programme, to help local organizations who are seen as being a benefit, if you need something but can't afford it have a google and see what you come up with, the latest one is the Big Lottery funding project, we have applied for help with something, which for the time being i'll keep private. Don't be shy folks there is help available to organizations such as flying clubs.

John

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Paul Marsh14/09/2015 21:14:25
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Gala, I agree. They are quite well made and you can get spare bits if you break/rip anything.

They can stand quite a bit of wind, testamount to one of the traders I help out at the shows - his has stood up 60 mile per hour winds at a couple of shows this year and still functioning at the end of this season.

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