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Setup Instructions for Pavilions


PAVILION ERECTION INSTRUCTION: There is no doubt that you will develop your own routine for erecting your pavilion with time. This should, however, help for the first time.

Select everything you think you might need plus a hammer to drive stakes. Remember that the most important thing to have at this point is two understanding friends with patience and three pairs of arms.

Find a level spot. Assuming the grass is dry and everyone is in good spirits lay the components out so you have ready access to everything. Locate where you would like the center of the pavilion to stand. For the next step, you can choose your own adventure, determined by whether you opted for weather lines extending from the peak.

10′ Diameter 10’3″ 2@ 50′ 16@ 15′ 16 small16 large 16@ 5’9″
13′ Diameter 10’9″ 2@ 50′ 20@ 17′ 20 small
20 large
20@ 6’3″
15′ Diameter 12’3″ 2@ 60′ 24@ 20′ 24 small
24 large
24@ 6’3″
18′ Diameter 12’3″ 2@ 60′ 28@ 20′ 28 small
28 large
28@ 6’3″



Place the top of the tent over the pin on the top of the pole, so the pin extends through the grommet in the peak of the tent. Place one loop from each weather line over the pin as well. Stand up the pole, lifting the top. While someone holds the center pole in position, extend the lines out taught from the pole, equally spaced from one another, and stake down. Your pole and top are now fully supported.


If you are not using the extra ropes, place the pavilion top over the pin at the top of the center pole. Stand up the pole. Someone will have to hold the center pole for the next two steps.



Pavilion tent setupLocate the area in your tent’s eave where we have doubled up the D rings. There are two such areas. This area is a designated doorway. Position the tent roof so the doorway is on the side you would like it to be. (12 o’clock reference), Find the grommet located just above the trim. From the inside, place the pin of a perimeter pole into the grommet, lifting the eave. From the outside of the pavilion, place the eye splice of a guyline rope section over the protruding pin. Pull the guy line away from the tent, roughly three feet.. Pull enough rope out from the dog bone to make a loop. While pulling tightly, sight up the line to the seam from the grommet to the peak. Keeping the guy line and seam in line, drive one large stake. Find the grommet on the opposite side of the pavilion (6 o’clock) and repeat the process. Repeat at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock. Place poles and stake the remaining guy lines. Make sure each guy lines is in line with its corresponding seam.


Locate the area in your tent’s eave where we have doubled up the D rings. There are two such areas. This area is a designated doorway. Position the tent roof so the doorway is on the side you would like it to be. (12 o’clock) STAKE OUT ROPES. Taking one rope, (12 o’clock) slide the rope tensioner up the rope about two or three feet. Pull the rope tight, lifting the eave of the tent roof. Using a large stake, stake the loop to the ground so the rope and tent are snug all the way to the peak. Walk to the opposite side (6 o’clock) counting the seams or ropes in the top. Stretch and stake the opposite rope to the ground, making sure the line is taught and in line with the first. Walk ¼ around the tent (3 0’clock position) and stake that line. Walk to the opposite side (and stake that line. You should now have a very “square up” tent roof with very baggy areas between. This is good.

Complete the staking process with the remainder of the ropes and large stakes. Be sure to keep the ropes aligned with the seams on the tent. When you are finished, you should see a tight top with no bags between the seams. The eave should be the same height from the ground all the way around.

If you do have bags between the seams, your lines are too short. Lengthen the lines by pulling each stake individually, sliding the rope tensioner to make the line longer, and restaking.

Make sure all lines and seams are straight. If they are not, pull the stake, realign, and restake.


Your wall sections have been constructed with a door component at each end. Doors overlap by one full panelof fabric. Starting the doorway snap (or toggle) the door panel in place. Continue to hang the walls by snapping each hook into place until you arrive at the opposite side of your pavilion. Hang the second wall by overlapping the rear door and snapping each hook into place until you arrive back at the front. You should now have two overlapping doors and all of the wall seams are in line with all of the roof seams.

Stake your walls. Cotton canvas will shrink when wet and your walls will creep up and be shorter. You will save time by not staking your walls but you will not have the same size tent you purchased after a very short time!

You can now take down the three erection lines you placed (if you used them) in the first step. Some of us leave them up for added stability and looks, however, the tent is amply strong without them.

Pavilion tent setupStep back and take a look. Everything should be nice and tight. If it isn’t, lookto see if all of your guylines and seams line up and that all of your ropes are pulled out far enough. This is nothing more than a three dimensional geometry problem. You did great in geometry class. You’ll figure it out!

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