Pinnacles and the Differences Therein

Pinnacle Frame Marquees are one of the more unique shelters that Celina Tent sells. It’s not specifically the shape of the fabric, as it slopes very similarly to most pole canopies. It’s not the tubing hardware; that’s a frame shelter standard. It isn’t the overall shape, as the peak and sloped sides make it very obvious what style of shelter it is. Anchoring – both fabric-to-frame and shelter-to-stakes – is achieved through ratchet straps, which is not a new system of securing your shelter. Not that much more can be different between shelters, you’re probably thinking. So, really, what are these differences?

Together Under the Shade

Standard Frame Marquees are constructed with tubing and fittings; each fitting hardware is inserted into the end of a tube and secured in place. Holes in both the fitting and tubing are aligned and an R-Pin, bolt, or other approved fastener are inserted through the holes to lock the two pieces together. Looking up from underneath a Pinnacle, however, you will notice one striking difference – a pair (or series, depending on the shape of your marquee) of metal cables stretching between opposed corners. These cables replace the pin-style fasteners on most frames.

During installation the perimeter tubing is assembled in the appropriate shape. These connections are made similar to standard frame assembly, though the fittings for each corner of the shape will have the tubing inserted into it, as opposed to the other way around. You’ll also notice that there aren’t holes in any of the hardware, as pins are not needed. Once the perimeter is complete, the cables are drawn across the interior, and connect to hooks on the corner fittings. The cables themselves will be fairly tight when installed – standard installation advises lifting the second corner a cable is attached to, in essence lessening the distance between fittings to make the second connection before laying it back toward the ground. This tightness is what keeps the frame assembled, not allowing the tubing to slip out of the corner fittings.

Flying Free

While looking at those cables (upon which so much is balanced), you’ll immediately notice the second major difference of the Pinnacle Marquee, ironically enough also balanced upon the cables. Due to the fact that the framework is held together with the cables horizontally, how are we getting the fabric lofted? Nestled directly where the cables cross is a piece of hardware called a flying mast. This uses tension on the marquee fabric and the cross cables to create the central support while not creating as sort of barrier at ground level. The base piece of the mast has grooves to allow it to sit comfortably where the cable cross, along with a wire latch to help it stay in place.

Pinnacle fabric is attached to the perimeter tubing before the mast is installed. The corner so the top are looped over protrusions at each corner fitting, the final fitting of which has enough tension to keep all other corners connected. Once this is in place and a couple of legs are installed to put the marquee frame at an angle, the mast can be inserted into the peak of the fabric with the base slid along one cable toward the center. Tension upon tension, keeping everything in place!

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