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Old 10-31-2014, 01:35 PM   #131
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While they can break, I had my 160 watt portable panel blown 30' down into a gully filled with rocks. I had 2 10 lb rocks holding (well, I thought they were holding) the frame to the ground. Fully expected to find it shattered, but even though the glass face was resting on a good size rock, all was well - still works! The same sudden wind storm blew the dish antenna off the trailer next to me & pushed a boat on a trailer (wheels chocked) across a parking lot and almost into a lake.
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Old 10-31-2014, 01:46 PM   #132
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Wow, I am thinking some partial filled sand bags as it sounds as though there can be too many instances of high wind.
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Old 10-31-2014, 03:44 PM   #133
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To avoid carrying weight of anchors, many people who use portable folding shelters (vendors at farmer's markets, for one random example) use water-filled containers. If the camping location has a water source (doesn't need to be potable) and a place to dump the same water (doesn't need to handle waste water), then you can carry just the lightweight empty container, and get your ballast on-site.
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Old 10-31-2014, 03:58 PM   #134
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Another solution may be to bring some lightweight screw type ground anchors with you. Maybe something like this kit used for trampolines:


Trampoline Anchor Kit, Spiral Screw - Model ANJ-S-10625A - TrampolinePartsCenter.com
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Old 10-31-2014, 05:34 PM   #135
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I like the sand bag idea. Could store them empty in the tongue box and fill with rocks found on site. Only thing is if a really big wind roars through them panels could still end up like Jon's, in a gully. Them screw anchors look good, except maybe for here in the southwest where the ground has been known to dull steel.
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Old 10-31-2014, 05:36 PM   #136
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C'mon Myron. Explain that picture.
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Old 10-31-2014, 05:58 PM   #137
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Ok Ok, picture taken at the point of the black arrow on a feast day at the Pueblo. It's a heads up for visitors at the parking lot taking the bus (or climbing the rocks, like I did) up there to watch. Them Indians are very protective of their native rituals.

I know this for a fact because the same day while driving back the 10 miles(?) to I-40, across the plain, I stopped on the road to shoot a rock formation--- before I knew it an Indian policeman raced up from nowhere to remind me not to step off the road to take my picture. I assured him I had no intention of doing that --I'm afraid of snakes. (He laughed.)
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Old 11-03-2014, 05:48 PM   #138
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Found this at Tractor Supply, in the dog aisle. Clerk advised me screwing into the ground here-a-bouts is a bear.
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:32 PM   #139
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I expect that the auger type shown by Myron works better than the corkscrew type, but either could be very difficult to insert in many soil conditions. Still on the dog tie-out anchor theme, I have used a style which is a simple spike with a cap and swivel on the top; it is easier to put in (just drive with a hammer) and easy to take out (with a prybar). This spike style would need to angled appropriately to hold the panel down (rather than just restrain horizontally), but just like traditional tent pegs, it works.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:22 PM   #140
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I think I'll just take down my portable panels whenever it gets windy.....
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