It took me about 9 hours to put this shelter up by myself. The more the weather hits it, the more confident I am in the construction and quality. I am in South Dakota, and the wind has hit this shelter particularly hard the last three weeks. The six 30 inch anchors have been more than adequate to the task of keeping this from becoming a box kite. The frame is strong and easy to assemble. Assembly would have been much quicker with another set of hands and a calm day.
Assembly in general was easy, but I short this package a star for the instructions. They used generalized illustrations rather than illustrations particular to my product and in some cases an illustration would show a step completed that was later in the steps. This caused me to have to stand back and try to figure out what order made sense. If you follow the steps (not the pictures) to the letter, you will be fine. As with any assembly of this type, some tools and handy-manliness are required. If you've never put anything big together before, or if you are easily perplexed by LEGO kits, this is not for you, or you should allow yourself lots of time. With a few kids, this could be a great family project.
Pros:Frame easy to assemble.
Anchors more than adequate to the task in moderate to high wind.
Cons:Instructions, as mentioned above.
Shelter is high enough to accommodate a minivan, but door panel openings are not.
Pockets that contains the strapping in the tarp panels are weak. They open easily if grabbed wrong while handling the panel. T