Yurt Dome and Tent Testimonials 2010 - 2011
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.
Thank you for the email and the wonderful photographs!
The poles can take time and muscle to install and if they were more flexible and easier, the dome would not be as strong. It's strength relies on the tension created by the poles and covering in the geodesic shape. I am thrilled that you like it and it does get easier over time to put up, mostly I think because the installer gets more effective at using their body mechanics, bending the pole against one's leg really helps, and I believe that the poles have some bending memory over time too. Bob can attest to this better than I.
Enjoy your dome and your parties and thank you again for the beautiful photos, we would love to post some on our website, let me know if we have your permission to do so.
On Apr 7, 2011
with kinds regards
About a year in Haiti and still standing strong!
This is a photo sent to me from the local Santa Cruz woman who goes to Haiti with her Haitian husband. She was the one who brought a couple tents there. She keeps spotting our domes (probably mostly the UN domes) around the country.
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Eleanor- I am trying to send you pictures of my Grodomes and the new homemade grenhouse I built using Gripclips and your material. These show the space I had to enclose (Outlined by poles sitting on my fence) and a steel support which has been there for years. The other pictures are of the finished structure and one of me while I was cutting the material.
The homemade greenhouse is a big success- better than I imagined. The roofline looks good and the roof sheds water but things are watertight inside. So far, no big problems. I plan improvements after It comes down for the summer which will be more Gripclips. Some of my distances are too great. I will send a second email with pictures of my 3 Grodomes. All 4 of the greenhouses are up for the winter and protecting plants. In them we mainly have citrus and bougainvilliae in the sun and ferns in the 11 foot Grodome which is in the shade. I am very pleased with your products, innovation, and customer service.
March 24, 2011
Dera Eleanor and Bob,
A couple of years ago, I bought several domes and had them shipped to Denmark.
We have used them in performances and I am currently re-building one, to use as an interactive modern-dance installation (see pictures).
I am using an 18' dome.
For this, I am sewing a black inner-tent and I was wondering if you would mind sending me
information on which angles go where, when making an inner tent.
I have measured and calculated, but I just want to be 100% sure before doing anything more.
So if you have specific plans for making an inner tent, and you wouldn't mind sharing them, it would be great.
I will, of course, on no account show these plans to anyone or in any other way distribute them.
I will gladly sign a contract to ensure you of that, if it is necessary.
I would be very grateful for your help.
I know you already received the below email from Eleanor, but let me say again that the quality of the pictures that you took is outstanding. I love the chicks and the ducks as well as the goats. As you know, Eleanor is very pleased with them too. Thank you for taking the extra time it takes to make them more special.
Joy and Blessings,
On Apr 13, 2011
Yes, it is fine with me to use them for the website. May I have a copy of the link so that I may see it? I have also added the attached photo (with Jenny) to the Picasa album. Enjoy! Joy, Lisa
Hi Eleanor, I will send this to Lisa the photographer to make sure it is okay with her. Yesterday when I went to pick up the goats, the babies were jumping on the sides of the dome and sliding down. They were having a great time, and the dome was easily holding up. I hope it can take what playful goats will do to it.
By the way, the hairy buck I am posing with in one of the shots has found a wonderful new home on a 180 acre ranch, and I'll be able to retain breeding rights- a perfect situation. When they saw the picture they knew they wanted him. Joy and Blessings, Virani
Dear Virani, Thank you for the wonderful photos! And you sure have an incredible
Dear Eleanor, This album has more than just the dome with goats, but this made it easy to send to you. These don't happen to have any with our burro, Jenny, in there, unfortunately. She is very photogenic. So far it's working out great. I haven't yet started the boat goat team, but I am having them all get used to having a shelter when
I spoke with Jeff and he has not shipped the floor for the 31x16 tent yet. It is still being made. Jeff said he will have it out this week.
Attached are some pictures from the wind caving in the side of the tent and then popping back out.
I was able to catch it on video, but the file is to large to email.
Thank you for your help. Maintenance Supervisor
Just wanted to let you know that the combination of the 20 foot half-dome and 8x12 foot intellistage system worked fantastic. We got lots of compliments on the dome/stage system.
The 20 foot half-dome performed beyond my expectations. Not only did it protect us (the performers) and our equipment from the sun (by provided outstanding shade), it acted as a portable amphitheater. I have played out-doors dozens of times, and each time the music "disappears" around you on stage. It is almost like you a playing by yourself, while the other musicians are playing very softly in the background. This was not the case with playing in the 20 foot half-dome tent. The sound in the half-dome was like playing in our rehearsal studio. Playing in your half-dome was the best out-door performance experience I have had as a musician in the 30 years I have been doing out-door performances.
The dome was a snap to set up. Two of us had the dome erected and staked down in 15 minutes. Tear down and packing up the tent was only a 5 minute process for three of us. There were 25 - 30 mph gusts of wind happening during the day, but the dome was flexible enough to handle these winds. Most of the wind was blowing against the back and sides of the half-dome.
The intellistage was quick and easy to set up. It was only 17 minutes from the time two of us started unloading the stage pieces to having a fully assembled stage, with equipment being set up on it. I believe the stage was a significant part of creating the "on stage" audio performance acoustic environment. In addition to all the advantages of having a 16" high stage, it was amazingly comfortable to stand on. In fact, in the 30 years I have been performing, my feet have NEVER felt as relaxed at the end of a 4 hour performance. That is NOT an exaggeration. I noticed that the stage surface has a little bit of flex, which I think is a major factor for my feet.
Once again, thanks to all of you for providing outstanding products that make performing more fun! Hope you enjoy the photos. If you want to use them on your web site, feel free to do so.
I want to thank John again for going above and beyond the call of duty to help get the intellistage to us in North Dakota ahead of schedule. It is not the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
Date: December 13, 2010
Just a quick update on the status of the tents we purchased from you. All but the last 251 tents arrived Sunday in Lake Maracaibo. I understand the initial reaction is they are quite pleased with these tents. By our calculations, they should provide shelter for up to almost 10,000 people left homeless by the recent floods.
Please extend our
It has been a pleasure working with such professionals to ensure the success of this humanitarian endeavor.
August 9, 2010
Not sure if I have emailed you to tell you I received my 10ft Playa dome and I am a happy camper. I have set it up twice and I must say it goes together very easy. I did it by myself once and once with another person. Also, like the construction. Was planning to ship it out the Reno, but now after seeing the packaging size I think we will just check it as luggage on the flight out to BM. So thanks. Will send more pic at BM when it's over.
Also, I am a website developer and I am thinking you site could use a face lift. As you my remember, I found you site confusion at times and I know it could be better organized. So, if you guys have any interest in giving your site a face life, at a very good price I might add, let me know.
Dear all the sponsors and supporters for Emergency Shelter Exhibition,
Eleanor - I am very happy with my Grip Clips. I'd been searching for an easy way to affix tarps across the front of my recently built wood shed. I wanted something that would go on and remove easily - fighting with bungee cords in 20 degree weahter is not fun! I think these will prove to be just what I was looking for. You can't tell from the picture, but I used the clips on overlapping tarps, so that each bay of the wood shed can be opened separately. In the summer, we'll roll the tarps up to allow for drying.
October 2, 2011
I have had your tent for my Therapy pool and love it. I guess it has lasted us close to 10 years. Every winter it held strong, even collapsed under snow a few times. We could just pop it back up with a broom and it was as good asnew! We are very impressed with how durable it was in our rugged NW windy and rainy conditions. The PVC pipes are now brittle and the fabric is worn out to being torn at the connecting areas so we took it down. We are now ready for a new one and more happy Massage Customers to enjoy a WATSU! -Andrea
My name is shanti, i want to give a testimonial for the grow dome:
I've had my GroDome 8' for close to 10 years and it's really held up nicely in the blazing colorado sun, and i've been able to lengthen my growing season and grow things that previously i hadn't been able to grow, like little melons. things are able to be grow really well inside. It's really versatile and i'm able to move it around depending on soil qualities. i can move it and rotate it very easily. it's been really fun and easy and a lot of help in our short growing season. We're at about a mile high in elevation here in Colorado, and so our normal growing season is really short, so with the GroDome, I'm able to start a good month early, and grow even a few months later in the fall than normal, essentially doubling my growing season!
My GroDome is easy to put up and take down for the winter. We have really strong winds here, so it did roll around a little bit at times, but it only damaged it minimally and it was really my fault in not staking it down well. once i figured how to secure it properly, i haven't had any problems. I've even left it up all winter long and the snow is shaken off very easily. But I do think it's better to take it down in the winter, because i want to keep it a long time and i think it will last longer that way.
The GroDome 8 is the best for my small urban yard. It has been the perfect size, it can hold a bunch of tomatoes and melons. It's really great in keeping things cool in the day with Colorado's very harsh sun and at the near-freezing temperatures at night, things stay warm - it seems to even out the temperature well.
I also have a GroRow, which I use primarily as a bike shelter, rather than for growing. I use it like a lean-to type bike cover. My chickens also love the GroRow, especially in the winter they like to take shelter under it to keep warm. Thanks for a great product and we're really happy with it!! - Shanti
October 14, 2011
November 29, 2011
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