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  1. Default Jordan 
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    Even here in Southern California where things are expensive you can typically find these in the 45-foot range for under $1,000 each. You don't need something with eight new tires and great brakes, just something that is roadworthy. There are places you can rent them almost everywhere. Another option would be cargo containers, although they are a pain to move. The good thing about trailers in they have wheels on them, which is a big part of what makes them so attractive. There is a haunt in Vegas that uses them that is going to be a part of the tour.
     

  2. Default Parking lots 
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    Even rain can suck. A parking lot has some mathematical gallonage of water run off heading toward your haunt at ground level even if the tent and such hold together fine. I have watched parking lot haunters run to the back to sweep out water that begins to accumulate in back rooms sufficiently high enough to start pushing walls around.

    The solutions are, sand bag the upper side of the walls at floor level to divert run off water, raise the whole wall system on bricks or some other added device or don't do it.

    For security, we are indoors and even I can't get in with out calling someone but, I have always thought any sensitive equipment and all the tools would be in a van or small enclosed trailer that can be pulled with a pick up truck and it goes home when the place is not in operation. You can go nuts with stereo type connectors to be like quick disconnects.

    I also thought that there are usually lots of sensors to run lights, sound and props, why not have a second circuit for off time that just lets someone know there is someone wandering the halls in sector B?

    For the most part, these kind of haunts have very few props, only walls in fear of things being taken and that sucks as far as entertainment goes. On the same token, lots of props and set decorations can be made cheaply and considered expendable or disposable. Sort of like you can tell how good a party it was because they took everything. Alas, no storage expense for those small items.


    Another fabulous post from the U.S.Department of Wild Imaginings, now in spectaclar stereo, sponsored by the Adhesives and Sealants Council, suggesting ways to stick things together since the 1800s. Not fabulous in a gay way. Your results may vary. Illinois residents add 8% sales tax. These posts have been made by professional post makers, do not try this type of posting on your own without extensive training, lovely assistants and a trusty clown horn.
     

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    I wasnt even thinking about the fact parking lots arn't completly level. I've never actually been to a tent haunt, so alot of this is new information to me. But, now trailers are looking more attractive than a tent, or it sounds like the extra money it would cost to go indoors would probably be worth it.

    Thanks for the input.
     

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    Jordan24, I'm in Melrose Florida. That's just east of Gainesville, home of Tom Petty and the Gators.
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  5. Smile SomethingInTheIce 
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    I always thought it was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Is that his new group?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawnc View Post
    I always thought it was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Is that his new group?
    lol. very funny, ? you were making a joke right?
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    We use trailers for our haunt in a park and theres never any problems. They are old construction trailers and we have a semi in the back for the dressing room, locks up at night and works perfect. Although the haunt is shorter than most 7-8 min, the scare factor is much better because the trailers are so small, the haunt has been named the most intense in state a few years running due to this fact. Heres some pictures and video, Good Luck!
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  8. Default Haven't been to a parking lot haunt? 
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    So many townships have adopted a no temporary establishment or no shanty town approach to what is exhibited or sold from tents. The permanent businesses don't like it when the carnival comes to the mall. It sounds like it would be an attraction but only to the property lessors so, this may have been more common back in 1979 or more recently only in the parking lot or off fields of an existing attraction.

    Then, being inside city limits arguments abound wether even a tent show must have a sprinkler system, pay year round licensing and show to be an established company with all the liability insurance for workers, customers and property.

    It can be done but, if a tent purchase or rental is in the neighborhood of $12,000 it just becomes obvious that that could go toward rent that would keep all of your stuff secure and out of the elements.

    Back in the day it wouldn't be uncommon for an attraction to go with no top, totally exposed maze with no roof to by pass the sprinkler enforcement. This can also be done but, takes it's toll on how many years you will get out of your investment.


    Another fabulous post from the U.S.Department of Wild Imaginings, now in spectaclar stereo, sponsored by the Adhesives and Sealants Council, suggesting ways to stick things together since the 1800s. Not fabulous in a gay way. Your results may vary. Illinois residents add 8% sales tax. These posts have been made by professional post makers, do not try this type of posting on your own without extensive training, lovely assistants and a trusty clown horn.
     

  9. Default Greg 
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    Good points. Tents aren't nearly as cheap to rent or buy as you would think.

    Jordan, Another option you have is a hayride type of attraction, as opposed to a house. Then things are generally built from the start with the weather in mind.
     

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    No one ever said tent shows are easier, but if you live in in a strong urban center there simply isn't any available properties to rent or buy, without big bucks. Developers snatch up all available property often before you even hear it was up for sale. You do what you can with whatever you have until things change....


    Allan
     

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