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November 18, 2016 12 Comments

Unlike a traditional tent, the Lunar Solo's canopy floats off the ground. This allows for 360 o of ventilation. Plus the floor is not rigidly fixed. It is designed to float. A floor under tension is more likely to rip or get holes poked in by sharp objects.

These factors combine to make the Lunar Solo a bit more difficult to setup for the first time user. However, we've built a number of features in the tent to help get it setup correctly.

Follow the instructions below and with a little practice you'll find the Lunar Solo easy to setup time and time again.

Since your tent canopy floats, you can vary the height of your trekking pole depending upon conditions.  Higher will provide more ventilation and lower in stormy weather. The front of the tent should always be off the ground. This is to ensure that you have adequate ventilation. Optimum height of your trekking pole should be 49 inches or 124 centimeters. Older models, pre 2012, worked best with 45" poles.

Setting the stakes in the proper order is one of the key elements in getting the perfect pitch. Look at the guide layout guide below to know where and in what order to set your stakes.

Here are a few additional do’s and don’ts.

Do’s

  1. Do extend the webbing guy-lines to their extent. Run the guy-lines all the way to the ground.
  2. Do set the stakes in the order listed above. Since the canopy floats off the ground on the top of the pole, it’s important to achieve a balance side to side and front to back.
  3. Do set the height of the front pole to  49 inches.
  4. Do close the vestibule before setting up the tent. This aide in getting the best alignment of the stakes.
  5. Do allow the canopy to rest for a half hour before re-tension of the tent. This allows the fabric to relax.
  6. Do any additional tension with the adjuster on the main guy-line, if needed.

Don’ts

  1. Don’t try to raise the perimeter of the tent by using long stakes and terminating the guy-lines several inches off the ground. This is somewhat counter intuitive to normal logic. When you setup the tent this way, instead of the canopy and sidewall rising, they will tend to collapse instead. This will cause the corners to dip, resulting in reduced headroom and ventilation.

The Lunar Solo, with its single pole and raised canopy, creates an incredibly light and airy shelter. Unlike other tents with fixed points of setup, the floating canopy and floor design does take a little more patience to master. Still, the Lunar Solo’s weight savings makes it well worth the effort.

Ron


12 Responses

Ron Moak
Ron Moak

March 15, 2018

A couple of notes:

1) Using a longer pole is ok. You may need to offset the base a little farther from the tent bottom. The canopy floats so being a little higher isn’t a problem.

2) Our guyline hook is attached with a Prusik knot. If you need instructions on tying, There are many examples on the web.

2)

Ray
Ray

March 14, 2018

I have a 51 inch brazos walking stick (instead of trekking poles), and I’m wondering if this could be used to set up the tent instead of either the trekking pole or carbon fiber pole you can buy from Six Moons? I’m a fairly tall guy at 6 2, so any height increase is probably a good thing. Thanks, Ray

Bob Edwards
Bob Edwards

March 11, 2018

Please send me by return the details for attaching the annex hook to the guy rope for my Lunar Solo tent. It had some sort of knot but my trusty helper undid the knit so I need the detailed instructions to set it up properly.

Rgds
Bob

Rick Foutch
Rick Foutch

December 03, 2017

I’ve practiced a few times setting up my Lunar Solo and have a couple of problems.
1) I can’t seem to get the pole straight up and down once all the stakes are in.
2) the bathtub floor sides end up pretty much flat or only up an inch or two.

Mick
Mick

November 06, 2017

Is the front guyline meant to be run through the top vent or underneath it? Photos vary and show both. I see most people setting up with the guyline under the vent. I’ve tried both. Running through the vent pulls the vent down a bit more and opens it up for better venting.

Mark Webster
Mark Webster

August 07, 2017

Hey Ron, Just bought the Lunar Solo LE. What it the grommet for on the tub? when putting in the stakes how tight do you want the initial set up when all guides are extended. The tub for me is not coming off the ground as well as it should. thank you

Maggie
Maggie

August 03, 2017

Optimum height is 49", I get it. However, would a 43" (110cm) pole completely make this shelter unuseable, or far less ventilated so as to cause issues with condensation? Thanks!

Patruck
Patruck

July 11, 2017

Hello I am 6’ 2" will the lunar solo work for me.To me it looks like it would.Thanks Patrick

KOLETTE WOLOSZYNEK
KOLETTE WOLOSZYNEK

June 13, 2017

No matter what I do, I can’t get the floor into a ‘bathtub’ configuration. When I pull all the guy straps tight, the canopy is flat against the ground and so is the floor of the tent. In your pics, the canopy is about 3-4 inches off the ground and the floor raises up 3-4" inches. Looks nice. what am I doing wrong?

Ed Gates
Ed Gates

May 06, 2017

Is the 49 inch pole length correct for the Trekker also ?
Thanks

ed

Nick DeRoda
Nick DeRoda

April 21, 2017

I seem to have rain water coming into the tent via the top vent (lunar solo LE). i have my treking pole adjusted to 48" (total pole lenght from tip to top of handle) the handle is up and the point spike is in the bottom gromet.

What is the correct way to set the vestibule ? i have the pole support line under the flaps and one flap tied out to the stake.

also my tub is sagging – it is only 2" or so off the ground

Nick DeRoda
Nick DeRoda

April 21, 2017

I seem to have rain water coming into the tent via the top vent (lunar solo LE). i have my treking pole adjusted to 48" (total pole lenght from tip to top of handle) the handle is up and the point spike is in the bottom gromet.

What is the correct way to set the vestibule ? i have the pole support line under the flaps and one flap tied out to the stake.

also my tub is sagging – it is only 2" or so off the ground

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