Quechua Tent

Does anyone know what is the exact material that is used to create the structure of the Quechua 2 second tent ?

I got a fiberglass pipe result in one place but im not too convinced about it.
Also i tried making one with Spring Steel, but it dosnt quite give the same effect.

Thanks in advance !! :slight_smile:

Please post a picture of the material you are looking for.

I would doubt that any tent rod would be fabricated out of “pipe”; a tubular shape (pipe) would be much stiffer for a specific diameter than a solid rod. A tubular structure would also add some fabrication problems, and is generally more expensive.

If you go to Quecha’s website and select from any of the products listed on the home page you will find something akin to …

_Dimensions and weight : Inner tent: 2.15 m long and 1.90 m wide. Storage bell end: 70 cm deep and 1.80 m wide. 4.3 kg.

Inner tent space : Inner tent space for 3 adults, ideal for 2 (you can store some belongings in the room and some in the bell end).

Storage space : Spacious bell end storage space with groundsheet that can be folded underneath the room.

Entrance/exit : In addition to the same practical features of the other models, the inner tent is perfectly sheltered when the doors are opened while it is raining because of the roof of the bell end storage area.

Pitching/folding away : Pop-up. Free-standing tent (once pitched, you can place it wherever you want and, if there is no wind, you won’t need any pegs = it’s ready to use!). 11 pegs and 5 guy ropes supplied if required. Folds away in 15 seconds (once you’ve got the hang of it as described in the instructions and shown on the > http://www.quechua.com > website).

Waterproofing : As with all Quechua tents, a lot of work is put in to ensuring they are watertight, through laboratory testing (an ENTIRE TENT is put through 200 litres/hr/sq m!) and field testing. (PU-coated polyester flysheet, 120 g/sq m Polyethylene groundsheet, fully thermo-bonded taped seams). NB there is a breathable polyester inner tent under the flysheet that prevents naturally-occurring droplets of condensation from touching the inside of the flysheet.

Ventilation : 1 upper air vent at the back, 2 lower side vents, 1 ceiling vent in the bell end area, breathable inner tent fabric. You can leave the bedroom door half-open at the top using the 2-way zip. Everything is designed to allow air to circulate between the inner tent and flysheet, for more breathability and less natural condensation.

Poles : Made of solid glass fibre with excellent resistance to breaking. > [my emphasis added]

Pegs : Made of 5 mm diameter galvanised steel with a very good resistance to twisting.

Carry bag : 81 cm diameter flat disc. Equipped with a zip and 2 straps for carrying occasionally.

UV (protection from Ultraviolet rays) : Our tent fabrics block over 98% of UVB and 80 to 95% of UVA rays. If you are looking for daytime protection, remember that a lot of UV rays reflect off the ground and in through open doors._

Now, as to the specific diameter of the rod, the tensile strength and flexural modulus, etc. of the material you would probably have to purchase one of their tents and test it. An expensive proposition. At the very least find one at a camping outfitter and measure the diameter of the rod, or peruse the internet looking at various sizes of other tents and make a list of the rod diameters used.

Knowing the diameter (more than likely 6mm for small tents, up to about 12mm for larger expedition type structures), go to someone who manufacturers replacement poles, like:

http://tentpoletechnologies.com/

http://gwcomposites.com/typical-applications/

Pultruded fiberglass rod, combination of pulling and extrusion.

http://www.google.com/search?q=pultruded+rod

http://www.libertypultrusions.com/pultruded-rods.htm

I believe you might be mistaken about this. Granted, a pipe of the same weight will be stiffer (as long as the walls aren’t too thin), but if they are the same diameter, the rod should still be stiffer, even if only by a fraction.

On a side note, I’ve definitely used tents with tubes. It’s been years, but my guess is that they were aluminium pipes.

Tubes are hollow structural shapes. Pipes carry fluids.