Mailbag: Canopy Sidewall Question

Most of us tailgaters utilize some sort of shelter from the elements while tailgating. Most tailgaters use those four legged framed pop-up canopies (some use the Tailgator Sunshade) and will engage a sidewall to protect from the wind or from rain coming down at an angle.

I got an email from a reader named Mark that was inquiring about the use of sidewalls and side panels on pop-up canopies. He asked a very good question so I thought it would be good to toss out to the tailgating public to see if you had any good ideas. Marks’ email follows:

Do you have any suggestions for better ways to secure side panels on tailgating tents? The pre made logo sides don’t seem to do the job in November in Ann Arbor. Do most people just make their own from tarps? The sites I have looked at just say they secure with velcro and snaps but don’t show any pictures.

Anyone out there with some experience on this able to chime in? If you have an answer, feel free to leave it in the comments section below. Make sure to drag and drop the correct symbol when commenting to cut down on spam and verify you are an actual human being making a comment. Thanks in advance.

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3 thoughts to “Mailbag: Canopy Sidewall Question”

  1. In response to the sidewall issue — last year I did a ton of research b/c I wanted/needed walls. We’ve had 3 tents, and I think for me at least, it comes down to the tent company with regards to the walls…. We used a columbia tent — fell apart — a ‘ez popup’ – fell apart too. Then I bought a SwissGear 10×10 canopy and 2 tent walls. they have a clip feature for the walls that withstood crazy winds, rain, a little sleet and snow during a tailgate session in the meadowlands in NJ. It’s the best tent I’ve used and the walls are the best design. Hope that helps

  2. Al, great suggestions and fantastic comment. I knew I could count on our readers to comer with good tailgating ideas. Anyone else?

  3. Yes, I was worried about the winds. When you’re on an open, flat parking area, the wind can do all kinds of things that even a stack of concrete blocks won’t handle.

    For years, I used a set of four spikes and a two-man pile-driver that would sink the spikes about twelve inches into the asphalt surface (I won’t say where–someone said they can still see the neat four hole pattern when they go out on Sundays! whoop whoop!).

    Once you are hammered in, that’s when you can relax and listen to the wind howl. I’m partial to grilled yardbird, and I have fond memories of watching lesser men struggle to keep themselves up and running.

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