Frequently Asked Questions

Geo Shelters has generated a lot of interest with a variety of questions from those wishing to research prior to their purchase. We welcome your questions and hope to provide all the information you need to make an informed purchase. The following are some of the typical questions we have received along with helpful answers.

How strong is the frame structure when assembled? Can you hang things from it?

Geo Shelters uses Aircraft Aluminum alloy with it’s geodesic dome frame systems. This high-strength, high-torsion material is perfectly suited for use in our frames – frames that can flex as they support wind and snow loads – without bending. These frame systems are so strong, you can suspend several hundred pounds of load from any frame hub with confidence. Hammocks, suspended chairs, gear lofts, and other gear management systems can easily be employed without risk of deforming the frame, or causing a frame failure.

How strong is the cover for these domes? Can it hold up to weather and the weight of snow?

Absolutely! Our covers are made of an architectural vinyl fabric, custom fit to the geodesic frame. The cover material is UV protected and fire retardant, and rated for 5-7 years of year round outdoor use. Geo Shelters have been set up and left in the rocky mountains over the winter, and easily withstood the 8+ feet of snow accumulation.

Is there an insulation package available?

Yes! After extensive research and development we are proud to offer a high quality, form-fitted insulation package. See our Shelters page for more details.

What are the poles made of?

Anodized aircraft aluminum.

How long do these take to set up? Does it take any special tools?,

As with most things, there is a little bit of a learning curve the first time you set up your Geo Shelter. The assembly is really made quite easy and intuitive with easy to follow insructions, color coded poles and interlocking shapes. When you have set up your dome once and become familiar with the process, it will typically take about an hour to set up your Geo Shelter frame, 20 to 30 minutes to pull your cover over the frame and another 20 to 30 minutes to stake the cover and install the floor vapor barrier. You can view a timelapse video of an entire Geo Shelter assembly that took just under 2 hours here. All the tools you need are included in your kit, though you may choose to use a drill and socket for quick turning of the nuts on the bolts.

Do you have a vestibule available to add to the dome?

Yes!!! The Geo Shelters doorway is equipped to easily attach the vestibule which gives an additional 4.5 feet of entryway. Great for a mudroom, bathroom, shower, etc.

Can you connect multiple domes together?

Yes!!!, Geo Shelters doorways are designed with the ability to attach multiple domes together using the dome to dome connector. A 24’ Geo Shelter can attache to another 24’ or 16’ shelter

Do you have a repair kit for the cover should I tear or otherwise damage it?

Yes!!! The repair kit can repair a variety of cover issues in the case that the shelters are damages. The repair kit can be found here Repair Kit.

How much does it weigh?

GeoShelters 24: (Approximate weights and sizes)

  • 4 heavy duty carry bags:
    • 2 pole bags – 9″ x 9″ x 60″ – 60 lbs each
    • 1 Cover bag – 16″ x 16″ x 48″ – 110 lbs
    • 1 Floor/Assembly elements bag – 9″ x 9″ x 60″ – 40 lbs

Geo Shelters 16: (Approximate weights and sizes)

  • 3 heavy duty carry bags:
    • 1 pole bags – 9″ x 9″ x 60″ – 65 lbs
    • 1 Cover bag – 12″ x 12″ x 48″ – 65 lbs
    • 1 Floor/Assembly elements bag – 9″ x 9″ x 60″ – 35 lbs
What do I get when I buy a GeoShelter?

Refer to the Shelters page for more details or see our parts list below.shelters page for more details, or Click here to view a parts list.

Part Geo Shelters 16′ Geo Shelters 24′
Customer Fitted Geo SheltersCover
#10 YKK Zippered Door 1 1
Weather Proof Clear Windows 2 2
Weather Proof Vented Windows 2 2
Stove Jack Ready Weather Flap 1 1
Heavy Duty D-Rings 5 10
24″ Rebar Stakes 5 10
Hammer for Pounding Stakes 1 1
75′ Rope for pulling Cover over the Frame 1 1
Geo Shelters Frame
Frame Poles 60 116
Door Entry Poles 18 20
Door Entry Attachment elements 18 20
Assembly Hardware Kit 1 1
Assembly Wrench 2 2
Floor Vapor Barrier
Vapor Barrier Clips 12 18
Dimensions 20′ x 20′ 25′ x 25′
Heavy Duty Custom Carry Bags 4 4
Customizable Cover Upgrades
2nd Door Upgrade na 1
Installed Stove Jack – 4.5″, 5″, 6″ 1 1
Geo Shelters Vestibule Kit 1 to 2 1 to 4
Other Add-ons or Upgrades
Radiant Insulation 1 1
Floor Vapor Barrier Upgrade 1 1
Gear Loft na 1
Room Dividers na 2 to 5
How strong is the zipper for the door?

Often zippers are the weakest point of any shelter, which is why we chose to use the strongest zipper available, the same YKK #10 required by the military in many of their applications.

Where can I find instructions on how to assemble my Geo Shelter?

Each Geo Shelter comes with a set of water proof instructions. A PDF of the instructions can also be found here.

Have a question not answered here?

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