Originally Posted by Yukon77
Thanks. How would you rate your tubing's strength?
I believe panicman read my mind...
Originally Posted by panicman
I would not trust the aluminum setup on a bimimmi for my sleeping quarters on a long wilderness trip. They are not built that tough.
I think if I were going to do any thing like your planning I'd build one from 3/4" schedule 40 pipe and handrail fittings. Would be heavy but bomber. Not sure about weight limitations but if your lodging depends on it, I'm guessing it would be worth the weight... Somebody on the site has done just that though I can't remember where...search and ye shall find if that floats your boat, so to speak.
In fact I was seriously looking into this idea when I decided to pull the trigger on my top. It would have cost more than the one I bought but would be much stronger and you could totally customize size, attachment points etc. My 8' top is just barely big enough to cover the rower and the front passengers. Another foot would be nice, maybe 2 and when I looked at 10'ers they were another couple hundred bucks more. In your unique position I think it's worth investigation...