Argle wrote:Ozeboy, we use a 24x36 (yeah its that big) tarp to cover our tent and also provide a living area under cover. The benefit is that the tent stays dry when it rains and cool when its sunny and hot. Setting up is a two person affair and with practice and patience it will get easier. We always put the tarp up first, start by laying it out where you are going to camp, put poles in each of the corners first and put the guy ropes on them and let them point inwards (to the middle of the tarp) while you do the other three corners they will hold themselves up while you do this.
Once you have all four corners up the next step (for a tarp the size of ours) is to put up the ridge pole. This is a square pole which runs accross the width of the tarp and provides support for the centre area of the tarp. This is set at a higher level than all the other poles so as to enable runoff of water and so that you dont get pooling on top of the tarp. We use double guy ropes on the corners and also on the ridge pole(s) Once the ridge pole is up you are on the home stretch, next just keep adding poles and ropes as you go around the tarp till you have a pole in every hole. Simply adjust the heights of the poles to achive the shape of roof you want and make sure you have it so that any runoff of water will go away from the tent area (ie downhill). Once the tarp is up you now have a nice shady/dry area to pitch your tent! Take your time and be patient because sometimes things like wind or tiredness can work against you and you will soon be throwing it up in no time (it takes me around 30 minutes) Its a bit of an effort but the benefit is well worth it in my opinion.
I tried to add a pic but the board quota has been reached????????? I will try and dig up a previous thread that i put a pic in for you anyways ***edit if you look in the thread titled Somerset and Moogerah in the tips and locations section you will see a pic of our setup**
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chisel wrote:We've always survived with a medium sized tarp separate from the tent.
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