In a tensioner made out of tubing like Thera Band......
But one that is not affected by cold?
This would be for guy lines....
Yup yup. Mhmmm mhmmmm.
I think 4lbs is actually pretty ideal for guy lines. It doesn't sound like much, but I bet you'll find it's more than you think.
Definitely interested. I camp quite a bit in the winter months and would like to put something on the Winter Dream I have on order. Was going to (not by choice) got the shock cord route. Like the looks and compactness of the Theraband system but need them to be able to work in the cold and windy days we have here.
Well... stumo... You are in luck.
Heres what I did.
I mocked up 2 guy lines and stretched them out on a length of wooden dowel..
Then dialed the freezer down...
And placed the test stick in the freezer overnight.
Got up this AM and pulled it out and as quickly as I could, pulled both lines off the dowel. The Thera Band line stayed stretched out for about 4 seconds, then wound itself up into a snake like thing...
And about 5 seconds later looked like this...
After which time it regained its elastic properties.
All the while, the one with the Silicon tubing returned immediately to its relaxed position and retained its elastic qualities just like before I put it in.
I have a new type of zip tie coming to try out because the traditional tie I think would eventually create a failure in the tubing.SilconŽ Silicone Tubing
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Here's a link (with photos) I posted years ago on whiteblaze.
Last edited by tlbj6142; 01-14-2010 at 07:10.
I'd be interested in a set of eight for my WD v2. I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to get a good tight pitch when I've got a steep pitch for foul weather mode. Using a taught-line hitch is fine for a less steep pitch, but I can't get the right amount of tension on the line with only a few inches of line to work with.
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