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By Robert Meredith
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About

The Sleep In Shade Wall

 A custom shaped, heat reflective sun-shade. Designed to block the morning sun with no extra poles, ropes, or stakes. The Sleep In Shade Wall weighs less than a pound and easily attaches to your tent with adjustable straps.

Ask anyone who has been tent camping about what time they got up in the morning? You are likely to get a snarky little laugh, and a comment about the sun. That's because modern tents are notorious for becoming a morning sauna. After years of summer camping, where I have seen people try every kind of sun-shade, from flimsy cardboard, to high priced shade structures, I have created a simple and affordable solution.

The Sleep In Shade Wall is guaranteed to upgrade your camping experience! The rounded shape and adjustable straps allow it to fit on almost any dome style tent. 4, 5 or 6 sides? No problem! And if you don't like the shiny "space blanket" look, just put it under your rain fly, it still works great!

 How does it work?

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Origin of the Idea

I have been using a simple hand made version of the Sleep In Shade Wall for several years. It did not fit my tent very well, so I always placed it under my rain fly.

I got the idea to manufacture shade walls after waking up happy and content at a festival, and one of my camp-mates asked me how I did it? How did I sleep in, when it was so freaking HOT? I showed him the shiny silver sheet hidden under my rain fly and he said "oh man, I wish I had something like that". The dark circles under his eyes and the envious look he gave me started my imagination. It slowly dawned on me, my simple answer to the morning sun could genuinely improve the camping experience for lots of people, I had to give it try.  

Since then, it has been a slow and steady process; finding the right combination of materials, a manufacturer, making prototypes and eventually a video. Step by step, investing the time and effort to get this far. I have built a team that includes friends and associates who have completed successful projects with me in the past and I have made new connections with outstanding professionals, when I needed help. A journey of a thousand steps, so to speak. Each one leading up to this Kickstarter!

Are you ready?

Yes! I have already partnered with a leading tarp manufacturer to produce the first prototypes and made all the connections for delivery to our warehouse and fulfillment. We are ready to make the Sleep In Shade Wall a reality. All I need is your help placing the first order, and we can begin to improve the camping experience for everyone.


Where will the money go?

The funds raised from Kickstarter will be used to pay for a portion of the first order of shade walls and shipping to our first customers. I have self-funded the project up to this point, and will be able to cover the remaining costs.


Stretch Goal: $23,000 = Free Compasses!

As an incentive for everyone to tell their friends and to share this link 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1494777950/the-sleep-in-shade-wall-for-dome-tents

Just $2000 over the minimum funding goal and I will include one free compass with every reward package of $15 or more. That's right, a free compass to guarantee you point your tent in the right direction. Backers who are receiving the "Compass Combo" package will get a second compass to share :)


Project Timeline:

March 9th:

  • Go Live on Kickstarter!

40 days:

  • Updates and Promotions for Kickstarter

April 20th:

  • Place order for Sleep In Shade Walls
  • Order Compasses, and Ear Plugs

70-85 days:

  • Manufacturing of base material
  • Production of shade walls and packaging
  • Quality Control inspection
  • Shipping and delivery to warehouse

July 10th to 15th:

  • Shipping of Sleep In Shade Walls and awards!
  • Begin retail sales on the website

August: 7th to 9th:

  • Possibly vending at Arise Festival

Rewards:

Risks and challenges

Of course producing a new product and delivering it to customers has some risks and challenges. My previous work experience with accounting and purchasing has been very helpful, but I don't know everything. So, where my experience was limited, I have hired professionals to help me minimize the risks.

The manufacturer I have partnered with has been in business for ten years and makes millions of tarps each year. Working together, we have created several prototypes, and we are ready for production. They will fabricate the material, make the shade walls and package the product, all under one roof. The Sleep In Shade Wall is already "penciled in" on the factory schedule, so the risks associated with this step are pretty small.

Transportation, warehousing, and fulfillment have been thoroughly planned as well. This step has many small steps that have to go smooth or there will be delays. All the necessary taxes, paperwork, and connections have been triple checked in order to avoid delivery problems. And, I have hired an experienced shipping agent to make sure nothing is overlooked.

Once the order is received at our warehouse there is a risk of getting buried under the first round of fulfillment. In order to avoid any delays at this stage, I have included funds in the budget to cover extra labor costs for two weeks of full time help.

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    Lucky number seven:
    As in "lucky I remembered to bring some extra ear plugs!" That's right get TWO sets of ear plugs! One for you, and one for ... someone else? Each in a sweet little 'Sleep In' case. Leave them in your tent when you pack up and you will be happy to find them at the next event. Guaranteed to improve inter-camp relations.

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    Instrument of preparedness:
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    Be ready to point your tent in the right direction with this handy keyring compass and then use it to find the shortest route to the main stage. Guaranteed to save you a few steps.

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    First Bird Up:
    For those who wanted one as soon as they saw the picture. The lowest price ever. You will receive one fresh and shiny, Sleep In Shade Wall. Guaranteed to improve your morning experience.

    Also includes 1 pair of Sleep In ear plugs.

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    Early Bird:
    You will receive one fresh and shiny, Sleep In Shade Wall. Guaranteed to improve your morning, but only if you put it on the east side of your tent.

    Also includes 1 pair of Sleep In ear plugs.

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    Kickstarting superstar:
    You will receive one fresh and shiny, Sleep In Shade Wall. Guaranteed to improve your morning, but only if you put it on the east side of your tent.

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    Compass Combo:
    (Limited Reward, see Stretch Goal)
    A complete upgrade for your next event! You will receive one fresh and shiny, Sleep In Shade Wall; and one keyring compass. Guaranteed to make you look smart when you're using the compass to place your tent.

    Also includes 1 pair of Sleep In ear plugs.

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    For a Friend or a Family Tent:
    Get one for you and one for a friend. Or use them both, side by side on your gigantic multi room family tent! Guaranteed to reduce the morning grouchies.

    Also includes 1 pair of Sleep In ear plugs.

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    Benevolent Camp Master:
    Get a five pack of reflective comfort zones to share with your camp-mates. Imagine the lovely snuggles and happy snoozes you could be gifting. Guaranteed to improve your chances of receiving a camp nick-name.

    Also includes 1 pair of Sleep In ear plugs.

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    Summer camps and group leaders:
    For those with a serious need. Grab ten silver tent hats, and make them say Wow! Guaranteed to make your campsite look like a solar farm.

    Also includes 1 pair of Sleep In ear plugs.

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    Mindmelding:
    Can you tell I am just overflowing with creative ideas and experience. Take a trip into my Multiverse and bring home some souvenirs for your own project. Receive one phone consultation, or one coffee meet-up (if you're in Boulder, CO).

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