Hey everyone, this will be my first year attending bonnaroo. I've spent the last few months reading up and trying to be as prepared as possible and i was wondering how many of you have been to bonnaroo without some kind of canopy. How much does it actually help? from what ive understood it becomes near impossible to sleep in a tent once the sun comes up anyway, how do people go about getting more then 1-2 hours of sleep?
I plan on being in centaroo as much as possible but who knows how much ill be able to handle before crashing. I'm on a bit of a budget and most of the canopies i've seen that can fit over a 6 person tent are pretty expensive.
Also spend the extra twenty bucks ang get a ezup not some sectional nightmare of pipes. Feel free to thank me after 'roo. Seriously though if you made me choose between my tent and my 12x12 qwest ezup I would take the canopy hands down.
Last Edit: Jun 1, 2011 1:35:51 GMT -5 by wolfmanjess - Back to Top
Unless you are only going to be in camp at night (unlikely) a canopy is mandatory. EZ-ups are best and worth the extra money but if you truly cannot afford one a cheaper canopy (which comes in many pieces and is harder to assembly) will work. I used a cheap one the first few years. (see example below)
The dollar stores usually have them for about $20. EZ-ups can be found for about $50.
If you get a cheap one, here's a couple hints.
1- Be sure and get the type that has the fabric running down the legs as they are way more stable. The one that don't will constantly fall over.
2- put it together at home for practice so you know what you're doing when you get to Roo.
Here's link to the discount supply thread which lists cheaper canopies. Good Luck
I bought a cheap canopy my first Roo - it served its purpose and was a total lifesaver...every year since, I've been intending to buy a new, better one...but it just hasn't happened. The cheapie lasted a few years but I finally threw it out last year when I moved...
Since last year, I bought a new tent that comes with a decent sized awning...in addition to that, I was hoping to get an EZ Up with screen walls but I haven't yet. I have a bunch of tarps, so I'm kind of thinking that I'll just use the awning for my tent with extra tarps/poles as a backup, just in case.
It's really important to have some kind of shade or you will be in misery in the late morning/early afternoon...even a cheap one will get the job done!
A shade tent is necessary! It really is a lifesaver and its great to sleep under when it gets to be too hot in your tent. Also, if you hang some sheets or tarps down the sides of it and make them form some walls, you can block out the early morning sun.
I got an EZ Up (I think its 10' x 10') last year at Ocean State Job Lot for like $60 and it's still in really good shape.
Canopy is essential!! Like others said, check Big Lots, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Academy Sports for cheap(er) ones. If you buy a cheap one, make sure you get lots of stakes and ropes to keep it tied down. But GET A CANOPY!!!!
If you go without a shade structure, whether ez-up or homemade, you will regret it.. trust me I have been there.. trying to find anyplace to hide from the sun after baking in it all day.. sitting in the shade of my car totally uncomfortable. As all have said in previous posts, other than water, a shade structure can make or break your Roo experience. My second Roo I found one at the grocery store of all places for 19.99 ... It lasted the weekend of 07 and thats all it was good for but it was a Roosaver!
My first year at Bonnaroo we didn't have a canopy and we really wished we had one. My second year we kind of make our own by stringing a tarp from the front of our tent to the back of my car, which worked well. However, our third year we did finally bring one and it was totally worth it, and this year we are bringing two - one to put our table/chairs under and one to put over the tent to help keep it cool.
It can be done, but it's going to be rough as hell. I went with just a tent and sleeping bag in '08 and it definitely took its toll on me. I was out in the sun for an extra 3-4 hours a day because I didn't have a canopy and my tent was too hot after sunrise.
Fuck that never again 2005, 2006. 2008 without one never again. I bought a cheap ass one for $30 in 2009 instead of relying on others to bring one. It is a cheap Ozark non-eZ and it set up noce last week still no rips etc need a lil labor help with it but that is all. Shade is your friend love up on it like it was a Cylon Sex Bot!!!
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if you are totallly broke you could buy a tarp for like 10 bucks at big logs and then just tie onto other peoples stuff. i wouldnt mind this myself. you can tie a tarp onto another setup without having to buy an expensive tent.
Post by plasticpepper on Jun 1, 2011 19:26:33 GMT -5
We didn't have one in 2007 (my first Roo) because we were dumb and didn't know what we were doing. At the time we weren't even really aware that we SHOULD have brought one, but now I wouldn't go without one.
You said it yourself, once the sun comes up it becomes very difficult to sleep in a tent. More than that, it because pretty unbearable to just BE in the tent, sleep or no sleep. You're really going to want someplace at your campsite to be able to hang out in the morning before you go into Centeroo, and maybe in the afternoon/evening if you decide to take a bit of a break. And you're really not going to want to sit in the sun.
I've actually gotta go shopping for one tonight or tomorrow or something. I've been four different places already and I'm being so indecisive about which one to get! I keep worrying about brands; I'm glad to hear people have had good results from the Qwest ones because that was one of the brands I kept seeing that I wasn't familiar with. There was a Coleman one I wanted on sale at Target this week but the closest Target was sold out...decisions, decisions.