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Putting up a Tarp

Postby ksimo » Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:33 am

I have recently purchased a large tarp to go over my tent etc. 20x16. I have poles etc. I have put it up and struggled.

Any tips on the easiest way to put a large tarp up, I started at one end and worked my way to the other. Should I start in the middle? Should I put the tarp up first then the tent or visa versa.

Any tips / thoughts would be great

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Postby Kramer » Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:53 am

I tend to start at the end where the wind is coming from and work my way back. I usually put my tent up first, putting up a tarp is really a 2 or 3 person job while it is windy though.
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Postby slug » Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:22 pm

I have to agree with Kramer, its not an easy job on your own!
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Postby double_d » Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:54 pm

i have started on ends corners and middle
but can never remember which is easiest
i also have a ridge pole in middle
i think my tarp is about that size

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Postby Cruzin » Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:10 pm

Hi ksimo

I've just added 4x pics to illustrate our previous set-up ie Tarp, Tent and Trailer
1) We placed the floor down first. We have previously marked where the tent is located (eyelet holes for anchor pegs etc are in the floor already)
2) Then comes the Tarp (start at one corner then the next on the same side of the rigid beam)
3) Then comes the tent.

The tricky bit is leaving enough slack and "bringing in" the side pegs enough to allow for a ridge beam across the centre ie the extra height required. We always seemed to need "re-pegging" to get it right. But worth it in the end.
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Postby Komodo » Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:29 am

I start in the middle and take two guy ropes out from the middle pole then do the middle on the opposite side again with two ropes. then i do the corners depending how windy it is I may use 2 ropes per corner also.

I can do this all by myself - but i fund it a lot easier with the two of us (kel and I)
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Postby Pauly » Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:33 pm

I start in the middle, set out your tarp, get your spreader bar in place then two pegs each sideput up a pole then attach the re spreader bar then your ropes, repeat for the otherside your tarp is now a free standing A frame, put the corners in then your away
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Postby Komodo » Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:45 am

Couldnt have said it better my self pauly!
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Postby Cruzin » Thu Nov 22, 2007 8:36 pm

Hey Pauly

My experience as a "one person erector" with "spreader bars" that are 20-25 mm sq, is that when you place the spreader bar on the tent pole "spike", you cannot errect the pole vertically as the spreader bar will not permit the verticle raising of the pole with the other end of the spreader bar hanging in the breeze unsupported.
That is why I start at the outside ends and work "inwards"
I suppose it depends on "how many hands make light work"
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Postby Komodo » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:13 pm

Any one know where to get a 24 - 25 ft spreader bar from?
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Postby tribe06 » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:46 pm

We have a 36ft x 36ft tarp & hubby & i manage it all by ourselves.we have always started with every corner first to get some of the weight off the ground & then we work our way around the edge of the tarp before finally putting our spreader bar in.we can put our tarp up in 30mins usually depending on the weather.hope this helps
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