Finally, Almost Got My Geodesic Survival Shelter!

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by bmysliwiec, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. bmysliwiec

    bmysliwiec Monkey

    Today, Vitaldomes over at Vital Domes Home Page went on sale for 50% off, I have been in need of a long term tent for a long time and someone shared it on facebook, usually these dome type structures are 5 to 10 grand before acccessories or add ons so picking up the dome for 2500 bucks was amazing. I get the dome in 1 week, which is way faster then I was quoted from the wall tent shop so I am stoked. Now I just gotta get some funds to get a wood burning stove put in.

    Have any of you had a dome tent before? Whats your thoughts?

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  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Nice stove in the pic... (y)

    Sounds like a good buy, too! Let us know how it turns out!
  3. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    I saw the exact same post over at homesteading today.
    I mean exactly.
    Do you work for that company?
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  4. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Built several domes over the years, from 12 foot take down portable to 30 foot permanent ones and loved them all and they all leaked like a sieve. Just my take, beautiful, strong, cheap, easy to build, can prefab and store a fairly large building in a small space, and I have never figured out a way to put the windows and doors in them, that will let air and people in and out and not leak. Ended up building shed type buildings with with 5/12 pitch roofs and a good overhang on the roof. Don't like the looks well as a dome, aren't as strong as a dome but everything at the lumberyard is designed to be used in the modular construction of the darned things and is cheap, available, and all square flat surfaces instead of interlocking triangle panels that have to be made by hand and sealed. Don't know how a tent would work, but still have all those seams in areas that have to shed water.
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  5. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    First post and pimps a product? - I'll say SPAM....
  6. stg58

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  7. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Hmmm, interesting.. I have a Pair of Aluminum Domes connected together, down ontogeny lot where my Beach Cabin is...
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  8. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    So, let's have some fun with it if it is.... [reddevil]

    Awaiting his next post......
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  9. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    You'll NEVER get it back in the bag after the first time you set it up. Also you need to find a place that sells seam sealant by the 55 gallon drum.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2016
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  10. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    I really wouldn't want a tent that's as large as my house...not counting the size and weight, keeping it warm in winter would be impractical...
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  11. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I would be more concerned with wind loading, and proper anchors.
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  12. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I think it is a splendid idea......

    I'm going to buy 10 of them, together with the Gunkid, BOV mobility expansion kits (wheelbarrows optional).....accommodation, heating and BOV needs all met outstandingly in the one package deal!

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  13. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

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  14. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I like peeling bananas and (occasionally) people.

    Used to know a guy in the SCA that had a French-style pavilion with attached walls. It was about !2' diameter, and had one center pole and eight guy ropes attached to pegs. It shed water like a duck, could sleep ten adults, and had served him well as a Collapsible Canvas Castle of Love.

    In fact, he generally referred to it as his Portable Purple Palace of Passion.

    I went over to his camp one day and offered to help him tear down his tent.

    He said "Great!", and explained in one sentence that his tent was very difficult to take down.

    During that one sentence he tossed the center pole into the back of his truck, wadded the entire tent up like a used parachute and wrapped it tight in the tent ropes that just jumped out of the ground as he walked in a small circle and wound them in.

    With all the pegs still attached, of course.

    Then the tossed the tightly bundled tent in with the center pole.

    Total tear-down time: less that thirty seconds.

    I think it took him about twice as long to set it up. He just stood on the pegs to drive them...

    Somehow I don't think a geodesic tent could possibly compete with that on any level. Not even if they sewed one up in purple.
  15. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Anything that requires the competency of an Ikea Man to erect or disassemble is of no interest to me

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  16. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Like or dislike a tent, a couple or four thousand years of development tends to get the bugs out of an object and some items continue to improve. Tent, knife, axe, some hand tools, are good examples.
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  17. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    .....and something's don't. Make sure to read the comments below. Review: GEIGERRIG pressurized hydration pack
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  18. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    What a lovely set up. Definitely Spam but really nice. Almost too nice. What do people use these for? A second home? I agree with @techsar, heating may be difficult.
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  19. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    TeePee would be better.
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  20. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Used for high dollar touristy camps. Seen one in the west one time, a whole slew of them in a "Camp".
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