horizon wrote: PH wrote:
horizon wrote:Ideally I would like a cotton inner Robens - now that's luxury!
Make an inner, you have the pattern, if it's the sort that hangs off the poles, you can afford a little inaccuracy, if it's sleeved then those need to be pretty precise.
I once asked a tent repairer (a big firm up North) whether they could make me a new flysheet for my Force Ten. I had the old one and offered to send it to them as the model - I just wanted a copy in the whatever/current material. They turned it down flat on the basis that it was just too difficult to make, especially given the exactness required. I never did quite understand what the problem was. And then you see all sorts of articles in old magazines about making your own tents from old bedsheets.
The inner on my Robens is suspended in the usual tunnel way from the fly. I presume then you would need to make and join a new groundsheet as well but everything else like the door is just how you want it.
So basically I'm not sure what it really involves.
Do you have access to a sewing machine? <rant mode> Every household should have one, when I was a kid I didn't know of any that didn't, I think it's a part of the throwaway culture that it's not the case now.
If you do, or can borrow, beg one (If you're looking to buy I can give some pointers) make a mock up from some cheap charity shop material, I go in and ask if they have anything unsalable, you'd be surprised what you can get for a fiver. You can then see for yourself rather than taking my word for it, or the opinion of the professional specialists. I can understand why they'd tell you that, it's time consuming making the pattern, then if the material behaves a bit different it might not be an exact replacement. But as I said if it's just hanging of the structure that isn't so important and of course if you've made it, you can always go back and alter it. I could do it for you, but if I only charged you minimum wage prices you'd still baulk at the price, with business overheads you'd need to double that.