I have bought a motorcycle shelter that is likely to blow away in a storm. I'm looking for a couple of ideas to make this a bit more permanent. My main concern is the tent hitting any parked cars around me, but ideally I'd like to make it more structurally sound. The car park it's in is at least partially sheltered from the wind. I'm very much spitballing here as I have little experience in this field. This is the shelter frame :
My initial thoughts:
- Spray the whole thing in galvo spray to give it a bit more weather protection (I live near the sea so rust will be an issue)
- Bolt the entire thing to a heavy plank of wood - not just using the cross plate (which I imagine will not have much strength, but also with some saddle brackets. I can't bolt this to the concrete as I rent, so it would have to be structurally sound enough to hold the bolts (and I'll weigh it down with sand bags), thinking some kind of structural plywood?
- The top sections of the frame pipes come off, and I was thinking of using some expanding foam, or maybe some sand, to fill it in and reinforce the angles to minimise the lateral flex.
- On a similar note, I have bought some p clips and metal bracket things to create a kind of cross section support across the right angle, again to minimise the flex.
The tent section looks like this and so far the only thing I can think is to spray with waterproofing...It's quite thick, but the Australian sun is absolutely brutal so I'm sure there's additional things I can do perhaps?