US 3670747 A
A tent having a fly superposed over the tent roof in spaced relation thereto and permanently connected to the roof along the roof ridge. The side edges of the fly are secured to eave frame members which support the sidewalls of the tent. The fly is maintained in taut condition and provides an air space above the tent roof for improved resistance to rain and for insulation purposes.
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United States Patent Pub] et al. 5] June 20, 1972  TENT WITH PERMANENTLY 3,025,866 3/1962 Cockrum ..l60/46 ATTACHED FLY Primary Examiner- Peter M. Caun  lnvemors' 'gng Atrorney-Nathan N. Kraus and Joseph R. Marcus  Assignee: Kellwood Company, St. Louis, Mo.  ABSTRACT  Filed: 1970 A tent having a fly superposed over the tent roof in spaced  APPL 103,076 relation thereto and permanently connected to the roof along the roof ridge. The side edges of the fly are secured to cave frame members which support the sidewalls of the tent. The il ..135/l R,A1 fly is maintained in taut condition and provides an air Space  Field E Qu s 160/46 abve the impmved esistance rain and sulation purposes.  References Cited 7 Cl 5 Drawing Figures UNITED STATES PATENTS 998,915 7/1911 McMillin ..l35/14 V TENT WITH PERMANENTLY ATTACHED FLY BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates to a tent with a permanently attached fly. The fly is supported over the tent in spaced relation thereto and in taut condition without the use of guy ropes so as to afford improved resistance to rain and to provide an air space above the tent for insulation purposes. Spreader bars assist in maintaining the taut condition to preclude the likelihood of the formation of water pockets and fluttering due to wind conditions.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION A wall tent having a slope roof is provided with a permanently attached longitudinally extending sleeve centrally thereof, the sleeve being also permanently attached to a fly arranged over the roof in spaced relation thereto. The fly is maintained in taut condition through the use of frame members which rest on the ground and the sidewalls of the tent are secured to respective frame members.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a tent with a permanently attached fly, in accordance with our invention.
FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view, on an enlarged scale, taken substantially on line 2-2 of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a fragmentary'perspective view, on an enlarged scale, of a structural detail.
FIG. 4 is a fragmentary cross-sectional view, on an enlarged scale, taken substantially on line 4-4 of FIG. 1 and FIG. 5 is a fragmentary cross-sectional view, on an enlarged scale, taken substantially on line 5-5 of FIG. 1.
DESCRIPTION OF A PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring to FIG. 1 our invention contemplates the use of a high wall tent, indicated generally by the numeral 10, and including four substantially vertical sidewalls 1 la, b, c and d and a roof l2 sloping downwardly on opposite sides of a center ridge. A sleeve preferably formed of the same tent fabric is stitched to the center of roof l2 and extends longitudinally thereof and substantially co-extensive therewith. Referring to FIG. 2, the sleeve 13 is also permanently stitched to a fly 14 also formed of suitable tent fabric. A ridge pole I6 is received in the sleeve 13 and is supported on vertical tent poles 17 at the front and rear of the tent in a conventional manner. It will be seen that the sleeve 13 has a depth sufficient to provide an air space of several inches between the fly 14 and tent roof 12 when the same are in taut condition, as illustrated in FIG 2. The pole 16 extends beyond the front and rear walls 11a and 110 of the tent and supports the central portions 18 of the fly which overhang the front and rear walls of the tent. This overhang protects against the entrance of rain through the vent 19 provided at the top of the front and rear walls 1 1a and 11c.
The sidewalls 11b and 11d of the tent are supported by inverted generally U-shaped frame members 21, one at each side, which are adapted to the rest on the ground in the angular relation illustrated. The horizontal or eave portion 22 of each frame member 21 is coextensive in length with the tent roof 12. A series of spaced tapes 23 are attached at the junctures of the sidewalls 11b and 11d with the roof 12 and are adapted to be tied around the cave portion 22 to maintain the tent in erected condition.
It will be noted that the ridge pole 16 and cave frame portions 22 are disposed in parallel relation. A spreader bar 24 provided at each end with a generally U-shaped spring clip 26 is positioned between the ridge pole 16 and respective eave frame portions 22, as illustrated in FIG. 1, to prevent bowing of the pole 16 and respective frame portions as a result of tensional stresses applied laterally to the frame members. The clips 26 embrace respective frame members and provide for easy assembly.
It will be understood that the spreader bar 24 may be formed of telescoping tubular sections os that linear adjustment may be made as required to compensate for stretching or shrinkage of the tent fabric. It will also be understood that the sleeve 13 instead of being one continuous tubular structure may comprise a plurality of loops spaced longitudinally of the tent roof and fly.
The fly 14 is somewhat larger dimensionally than the roof 12 so as to afford an overhang along each sidewall of the tent as illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 4. The fly is provided along both longitudinal side edges with a plurality of tie tapes 27 which are adapted to be tied around the cave frame portion 22 to maintain the fly 14 in taut condition. The fly is provided with one or more depending loops 29 through which the spreader bar 24 is adapted to pass.
It well be apparent that the relative positioning of frame members 21 and ridge pole 16 in combination with the spreader bars 24 afford a rigid frame support on which to maintain the fly in taut condition while the tent is in service.
1. A tent having a roof sloping downwardly on opposite sides of a median line and four substantially vertical sidewalls, a fly superposed over said roof in spaced relation thereto to provide an air space therebetween, first substantially U- shaped ground engaging support means longitudinally supporting said fly along the median line thereof, flexible means connecting said roof to said fly along respective median lines whereby said roof depends from said fly, second substantially U-shaped ground engaging support mean extending longitudinally adjacent each side edge of said fly and in close proximity to respective side edges of said roof, and means for securing respective side edges of said fly and said roof to respective said second supporting means in substantially taut condition.
2. In the invention as defined in claim 1 in which the vertical walls are suspended from the second support means.
3. The invention as defined in claim 1, including bracing means extending between said first and second support means, said bracing means being disposed substantially medially of the length of said support means.
4. The invention as defined in claim 1 wherein the securing means comprises tie tapes attached to said fly and adapted for tying to said support means.
5. The invention as defined in claim 1 in which the first support means and said fly overhang the front and rear walls of the tent.
6. The invention as defined in claim 1 in which the first mentioned means comprises a flexible sleeve stitched to the fly and to the tent roof with the first support means passing through said sleeve.
7. The invention as defined in claim 1 in which the first mentioned means comprises a series of loops attached to the fly and to the tent roof with the first support means passing through said loops.