Yurt Dome and Tent Testimonials 2006 - 2008
If you are considering buying a Shelter Systems' portable, waterproof living or gardening structure, we think you'll find these letters and photographs informative as well as enjoyable. They were sent to us by satisfied people who've bought and used our structures for many varying purposes.
Date: July 31, 2009 Subject: Still here
Bob, my yurts are still here, although they took a beating in last winter’s ice storm. They have been in continuous use as my sculpture workspace since 2003. The one on the left will likely be replaced this fall. I think I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of it.
Been from Burning Man to Baja with it. Now I'm living in it up in the Redwoods here in Santa Cruz. Great space to live in!
Hoping to get the liner and small fire place in soon as it gets chilly.
Have to deal with electric heat (and a large bill!) for the time being. Feel free to use the pic. Thanks!
December 10, 2008
Attached are some pics of our beautiful dome over the years at BM. It's been out there 4 times so far, and has made a beautiful cosy addition to our camp.
November 24, 2008
Nov 26, 2008
The dome arrived packaged beautifully and everything needed was readily available. Erecting the 30' dome was tough for us with two people, but with a third person it went very quickly. We elected to leave the large opening to use it as a party shelter for an Oktoberfest celebration.
After being staked down by the side of our lake the dome has weathered some pretty strong winds and a first snowfall. We are now closing in the open side to prepare it for winter and look forward to using it throughout next year. It provides a beautiful and welcoming space for all who see it.
Date: November 20, 2008
Hi Eleanor -
We purchased a 31'er earlier this year - we finally have gotten it
Before the Australian dollar collapses completely we would like to
* GripClips Black Light Fabric 20 pack
Please email back a quote
October 9, 2008
Yes ship to that address.
Yes - you can use the image!
It was taken from a water container - looking out from walk in camping.
The dome was stellar!
nting studio. Very spacious inside due to the bubble shape for headroom, elbow room, my supplies, worktable and plenty of room to paint. I built a 8'10" round floor and the dome fits nice and tight around it. I use beer cans for ventilation between the panels, they work great, and the panels snap tight when they are removed for rainy days. It made it through the winter wind and rains just fine, no leaks. On wet foggy mornings the eucalyptus trees drip, as well as normal dirt, and the ash from the recent fires. I sponge mop it with some soap and water and then rinse it off with the hose; it cleans up fine.
Hello Eleanor and all!
I've attached a photo of the 20 ft woodland shelter systems yurt dome.
The dome has been here for one year and we are very pleased with the
We are located in the Federal Valley Watershed in the Hills of Appalachia
The dome serves as a fantastic space for people to gather for counseling,
The dome is a most excellent space for such efforts. Our dome is situated
After many years, the painted tipi cover finally aged to the point where
A yurt dome from Shelter Systems was then chosen as a replacement,
The Tipi Circle ground base was transformed from an oval shape to a full
As you can see in the picture, the dome is now a part of our woodlands.
No one individual hold THE answer, but each one of us holds a piece of the
Thank you Shelter Systems!
July 17, 2008
I brought my 18 foot dome to Coachella this year. I was a little concerned it would not fit into the allotted space, but it worked out perfectly. What a great way to camp at the festival. Tons of people asked us about where we got it and how it was made. I steered them all your way. People LOVE the dome!
Thanks so much, feel free to use this picture on your site.
May 14, 2008
These have been up and in continuous use since ’03. As you can see, they have integrated with the landscape to a fair degree. It probably isn’t a good idea to let stuff grow on them, but it hasn’t been a problem. I really need a larger space, but I keep waiting for one of these things to wear out. If work gets caught up this summer, I’ll upgrade. I don’t think the sculpture I have made here would have turned out as well in any other environment.
May 12, 2008
Hi Bob and Eleanor,
As promised, I have attached the poster for the Zeroo1 events and exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art. I have also attached a word document, of when she will be performed/installed, during the week of June 4-8.
If you want to link back to my artist website:
If you want to like to the event, that would be great too!
May 6, 2008
Back from an awesome, and tiring weekend. Our team took 4th place in the 24-hours 6 man division. The event was amazing, especially heading out with headlamps to ride my 3rd of 4 ten mile loops at 4am!
The dome was a savior during the event. On top of that, it was a major hit with the team, and with other competitors. I handed out a number of brochures and fielded numerous question. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if we got a few orders from this event. I took 4 of those large metal stakes, and they worked amazingly well. In that hard packed ground, they were like driving into wood. They were very solid
I am really thankful for being able to have this dome at the event, and everyone on the team was equally so. Here's a few photos from the website or whatever. Thanks!
May 1, 2008
thank you for all your help
sure enough the domes worked really well
April 27, 2008
The only small problem was with the door - we have to make some improvements to open and close them easier than in original tent.
Could you quote 4 pieces of the YurtDome 18' Extra Strong with delivery to Poland?
March 12, 2008
We are very pleased to say our 18 foot dome survived the dust storms of Burning Man 2007. Ours wobbled and shook, but never failed. I did reinforce with guy lines, and will be adding more lines next year just in case. We stayed relatively cool with the black shade cloth, but can’t help but wonder if the silver reflective would be better next year. We also experimented with space blankets to reflect the desert sun beams, with mild success.
I would recommend your domes to anyone in need of shelter. They are fairly easy/fast to assemble and super easy to disassemble, leaving more time for playa hijinks.
Thanks so much! Keep it up.
October 31, 2007 10:28:32 AM PDT
Hi Eleanor and Bob!
I purchased the 18' dome to use at Burning Man several years ago and
I remember one afternoon a windstorm came up that was so strong that
I sat inside the dome with some friends and people seeking shelter and
Thanks for your well made product. It is easy to set up and break down
Enclosed is a picture taken during the calm warm nights, wind turbine
You may use this letter openly on your website.
Ars Gratia Artis
I just received the 18' dome floor. DHL sure is fast!
We did get a chance to put it up last week, and we are thrilled!
On Jun 3, 2007
Dawntree Studio is still here, years past our warranty expired. As soon as I get a break in my work, I’ll order something bigger. I’ve considered doing a hard structure, but I’m addicted to the light.
Thanks for the update and photo. How many years have you had them up now? And remind me what state you are in. I know what you mean by the light (Great to work in; like being inside a frosted light bulb).
2003. Greenville is in northwestern South Carolina, at the foot of the Blue Ridge.
May 29, 2007
I just wanted to send you some photographs...we used a 30' dome last year on an archaeological field project with kids.
The site is a 1000 year old Fremont campsite located on Antelope Island State Park near Salt Lake City.
The dome worked out great and survived a major wind storm where it actually flew for a mile......we set it up again and it survived the rest of the summer....we're using the same dome again this year for the project....great product...
April 26, 2007 11:03:29
I attach a foto of the dome in our experimental area. Please note that
"Shelter System's geodesic dome is employed in our research of co2
On Jan 30, 2007
I bought a 30' dome from you last year, and you built in a special door for me so that I could attach it to my large RV,
However, getting the assembly started was not easy. We had to go down the street and eye-ball an standing dome.
Is there some direction you can give me on how to start the assembly process, getting the initial patterns right?
Also, FYI, it to 3 people working pretty damn hard to get the struts bent and inserted; there were a lot of times we were wishing the
Thanks, Gary Gabrel,
Good to hear back from you.
As to putting the 31'er up. It is best to start with the top center (should be marked) but you can start with other connectors near the top center. Work out from this clip one pole at a time walking around and around the covering. The poles will form squares except in a few places were there are triangles. A print showing the dome should help. It does take strength to put it up but with out the tension the dome would be weak. But it is a beast. I put one up by my self once, if you can believe it. It is easier the second time: the covering stretches out a bit and the poles take a slight set.
Would love to see a few photos of your dome set up.
Thanks for sending the great photos.
Francie and I lived in these two domes over a winter on the side of
Yes you have permission to use these images on your website, but not to
Thanks for the great photos. Thanks for all the trouble. Do you know
As a matter of fact I do. The ones from Aptos are dated March 1978.
As you can probably tell these are the fiberglas pole 16' great circle
Date: March 19, 2007
Thank you for getting back with us. The dome has been really wonderful, we
Our cave in would have resulted in just a bit of ice on our bed if the
Here are some pics. The one during the sleet
We look forward to getting it back up for the spring.
" ... if you build a man a fire, he will be warm for a day. But if you set
On Jan 12, 2007
Now I've moved to New Hampshire and I want to use it here...in the summers at least.
It's great here in Mexico.
Date: December 19, 2006
HI, I thought it might be time to write my testimonial of dome living. Two summers ago I ordered two domes, one 20 ft the other 14. The larger one we used for main living space the smaller one was my teenage sons bedroom. They were great they stayed dry and held up to some big winds and lots and lots of heavy rain. The larger one was a greenhouse version I had choosen because I knew I wouldn't be living in it forever and I wanted a greenhouse too. IT was like being inside a waterfall in the heavy rain but not a bit of dampness enterred as long as we were sure to keep the doors secure. I was wooried when I first saw the domes, I'll admit. I had just spent a great deal of money on fine furnitur and I did not want to risk it in the elements. It is still in top condidtion and made dome living quite comfy. Shades were an absolute necessity it was Very hot when the sun hit and quite cold when the sun went down, I recommend getting a heat source. I also installed floors in both shelters it helped keep things clean and dust free. There were some awesome things about dome living first of all every night I could hear the frogs singing in the pond nearby, secondly I woke up every morning to the sounds of birds singing. A newt moved in with us and lived under the refridgerator, we only saw it once and thought it had gone back to the pond but when we moved the refridgerator it was living there. Always tie down the dome!!!! This past summer I used the greenhouse one as a green house and we forgot about the cross over lines when we set it up. One day the big winds came and blew it right off the top of our mountain down into the gully at my neighbors. The dome was not hurt even though it blew about a quarter mile away and landed squarely in a hawthorn bush. I was grateful it did not hit my neighbors new vehicles though. ALWAYS tie down the dome. We set the small one up at the local barter fair and low and behold we met another family of dome dwellers. They told me they set theirs up on a nearby mountain and spent the sprng, summer, and fall in it quite nicely. We have to much snow here for dome living in winter but I am hoping to travel next winter and set them up on the beach in so cal and mexico. So happy dome dwelling to all.
December 20, 2006
If I set the domes up this year I will email photos. I don't have any photos from when we lived in them. I have a picture of us at the fair with the dome behind but it is a regular picture not digital. I would not hesitate for one minute to move back into the domes if we didn't get such heavy snowfall. I have been seeing some nice tent wood stoves on ebay reasonably priced as well as vent free propane both would be great additions to dome living. You guys should develop a dome shower house too. Something with black material so it warms up, brrr those outdoor showes can be so cold. Thanks we had a great time as dome dwellers and we still have great conversations about it. I love that they are also being used for relief efforts, that is so important these days. Take care and god bless.
Rick and I had a wonderful time working together to set up an 18 foot YurtDome on a beautiful piece of land in costal San Pancho Mexico.
It will be a storage and hang out place while we build a small palapa house and when building is complete, we plan on keeping it up for an extra room and a shelter for hanging out in on the beach.
It looks really beautiful up in the jungle, the ventilation is great and a sun shade or two will help on hot sunny days.
On Sep 5, 2006
Thank you so much for the photo and testimonial, may we have permission to use it on our website?
Aug 25, 2006,
Here are some pictures of our european booth using your bubble dome. that is why we have just ordered the same product for the north american territory.
Have a great day,
Looked fantastic. Was the FocalProfessional.com booth...and stood out very positively amongst all the rest.
The guys there were surprised I knew all about it. They said they had received lots of inquiries about it...and that they loved it because it went up and down so fast and had lots of surface area to hook things on.
Thought you would like to hear that.
We've had our watsu pool cover dome for about 3 years now, and it's been great.
On July 10, 2006
Good Morning Bob. Here are some pictures of the chapel. We had to cut about 15 inches off the bottom legs. Now we are thinking that we need to have a bottom ring and we need to seal up the door openings. Any advise?
Good morning to you also.
Your top looks good.
You can "clip" the doors closed by unclipping the side wall after removing the poles from the clip and then layering in the door over the side wall and clipping the two together.
You can add a bottom ring in one of two ways. Use 20' lengths of PVC class 200 to create a ring and tie this to the base clips; or tie connectors of 1.25" to your base clips and then add poles between the connectors to create the ring. The pole lengths will be slightly shorter then your long poles and the bottom door pole may be shorter still.
Robert: The chaplet is complete and the initial opening with all of the different chaplets happened on August 1st. The artist is now considering how to travel the chaplets around the state etc etc. We talked yesterday about maintenance and repair and I was thinking that perhaps we should have another fabric roof as a back-up. It would have to be modified because we cut off the structure you sent me etc etc. Is this something that you think you could do? What we did was cut the "legs" off 15 inches and then we took the grip clips apart to attach the door panels permanently and added a bottom ring to the structure. We also added an additional grip clip at the center of the fabric panels and attached it to the bottom ring ,just to pull it tighter to the roof structure. The spacing around the bottom was not equal, the window panels ended up being shorter so it didn't work out quite as well with the brackets so we ended up adding a wood trim ring around the top of the bracket to hide the ring.
On Sep 8, 2006
Bob: Sorry for the delayed response. I wanted to make sure the artist was okay with it. She is... so yes you may use the photos on your web site. It would be nice if you could identify the project as Roberts Street Chaplet Project. and list me as the architect. Thanks.
Thank you so very much for producing an excellent product! We recently purchased one of your 20' dome greenhouses and had it shipped to our land on an island in Southeast Alaska. This was our first trip to see our land after buying it (we could only stay a week this time), and since we knew it was a rainforest there (over 120 inches of rain per year) and our land is "raw" we knew we would need a shelter that was easy and fast to put up, and that would handle the extreme amounts of rain normal for the area.
For the week we were on the island we set up the dome
Now that we have returned home we are having a builder
The dome really made the difference in our trip to the
We (and other island residents) will most likely be
February 28, 2006
This little 10' Greenhouse we bought form you 8 years ago keeps lasting. I am very impressed. We live on the wettest part of the whole island and anything we want to keep dry we keep in it: our tools, fertilizers, etc.
January 31, 2006
On Apr 2, 2005
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