MDC wrote:We camped for many years with a decent sized dome tent and a big tarp over the top. It would take us a good hour to set up every time and we got really tired of it.
We recently downsized to a Blackwolf turbo 300 plus tent and a 3x3m tarp that extends from the front using the existing tent poles (plus another two at the front end of the tarp). I couldn't be happier. We now have the tent and tarp fully set up in under 15 mins. So far we haven't found the need to put a tarp over the top as the canvas Blackwolf seems to stay a lot cooler than our dome tent.
I can post come pics in the new year if you want to see the set up.
Young Camping Family wrote:MDC - that looks like a pretty good set up to me - hopefully we will have something similar. I've bought a 12x18 foot tarp to go next to our tent to achieve something similar to what you have at the front. I have to have a trial run with the tarp in the backyard to make sure I have enough poles, ropes and pegs and that it won't collapse on us!
Is the tarp slightly higher on the far side? I have 2 poles longer than the rest so that we will have a gable in the middle so water won't pool on it and make it sag.
If it all goes well, I may have to look at getting some flooring (e.g. shade cloth) for underneath it... boy, the list of things is ever-growing!
Young Camping Family wrote:Ok, one last question - The shade cloth flooring - is it premade or did you do it yourself?
sienna wrote:The shade cloth mats that I saw at last year's show where made of two layers. I believe this is to let the sand and dirt fall through both layers but not get back up. .
gypsylady wrote:Young Camping Family wrote:Ok, one last question - The shade cloth flooring - is it premade or did you do it yourself?
The one in the pic definitely looks like the Oztrail Ultramesh YCF. I have had one for a number of years and believe it is far more practical to purchase one of these than try and make your own.
One word of advice though....it can get a bit slippery when wet.
They are indeed the Oztrail Ultramesh. So much less stressful than making our own, and not much more expensive.
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