Aluminet over tent

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Aluminet over tent

Post by tinypants » Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:44 am

I was told if I'm sleeping in a tent I need to get some aluminet to cover it, so I don't get baked out in the morning and have a chance of sleeping in the day.

Is this roughly what I'm looking for?
http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/prod ... de-cloth_1

It's Aluminet I, 70%. Is this overkill? Could I get away with a lower percentage? Should I be getting a shade cloth from the home depot and calling that good?

It's covering a 14' x 10' spring bar tent.

Thanks!

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Re: Aluminet over tent

Post by C.f.M. » Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:49 am

Posting because I'm curious as to whether draping the aluminet does much more than a tarp or other "block" sort of material...

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Re: Aluminet over tent

Post by gaminwench » Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:52 am

Aluminet is great, just make sure there's a 'breathing space' between it and the tent. 70% is not overkill, at all.
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Re: Aluminet over tent

Post by Capinator » Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:27 pm

We had a structure with aluminet over white tarp, and it was not that effective. You really need to have breathing space under the aluminet. We have switched to attic foil radiant barrier, which we have found to be much more effective (and cheaper - but more work).

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Re: Aluminet over tent

Post by DoctorIknow » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:49 pm

Of course 70%.

And yes, space between nylon tent and aluminet.

Best would be a staked out four poled suspension system, which would involve 8 guy ropes or, more complicated, a self standing and cross braced structure such as used for carports.

HOWEVER: I've seen several people use those foam spaghetti like pool toys, but they can slide out in wind storms.

Better might be to try the pipe insulation (grey/black) at Home Depot or Lowes. Where the pipe goes could have a rope inside instead of a pipe, (stake down the rope,,,12" nails would be great for that application) and perhaps the insulation tubes would stay in place during hellish winds.

Better order NOW,,,check their pre-grommeted pieces, but you may have to buy bulk.

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Re: Aluminet over tent

Post by tinypants » Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:28 pm

Thanks for the help, everyone :) I wouldn't have known to add breathing space otherwise.

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Re: Aluminet over tent

Post by gaminwench » Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:20 am

If you secure the pool toys to the Aluminet with superlongneon zip ties ... :mrgreen:
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Re: Aluminet over tent

Post by DoctorIknow » Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:55 am

gaminwench wrote:If you secure the pool toys to the Aluminet with superlongneon zip ties ... :mrgreen:

WOW.....Oh yeah....!!!!

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Re: Aluminet over tent

Post by DoctorIknow » Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:14 am

gaminwench wrote:If you secure the pool toys to the Aluminet with superlongneon zip ties ... :mrgreen:
Or, use cheaper, shorter ones and zip them together to make a longer one.

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Re: Aluminet over tent

Post by Token » Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:52 am

Draping anything over a tent, be it with or without a space-gap:

Unless it is 100% opaque, will do little to keep the tent cool.

A full blown Costco Carport with sides installed and maybe some dark tarp added - Awesome! Works Great!

Plywood Box - Awesomer! Bees-Kneez

Anything less than 100% light blocking will only slow down the process of the tent becoming an oven.

How much time do you gain?: Not much really; 20 minutes? 1/2 hour? 1 hour at best. Depends on material and if you have 100% of your tent in the shade.

It is allot better to put the tent on the West side of a large vehicle, strategically parked to block the morning sun.

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