shade cloth style tarp for under tent

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shade cloth style tarp for under tent

Postby jezzabel » Sun Sep 06, 2009 3:49 pm

I'm after a couple of opinions of some of the shade cloth style tarp that can be used as ground covers under the tent.
As a number of camping grounds now do not allow traditional tarps, they require this style so I was wondering which was the better style, which wouldn't let moisture and dirt through to the tent base as much?
I've looked at the Oztrail UltraMesh tarps, how does this rate used for this ground cover purpose? It can be quite pricey?
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Re: shade cloth style tarp for under tent

Postby Woodsy » Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:28 pm

Can't use just shade cloth? Maybe double it over?
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Re: shade cloth style tarp for under tent

Postby jezzabel » Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:52 am

I guess i could, but I've noticed that shade cloth is quite a large weave & very stiff. Would this, even doubled, keep alot of moisture and dirt off??
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Re: shade cloth style tarp for under tent

Postby Derek Bullock » Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:14 am

I used shade cloth under my camper trailer a few times but the moisture and dirt came through as though nothing was there at all so I gave up and don't use anything now.

I use the ordinary cheap shade cloth in the annex section. It seems pretty good for that.

I think you will find that most of the 'mesh' types will allow water through as the warmth draws it up along with the dirt.

My thoughts and experience. Others may have different views.
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Re: shade cloth style tarp for under tent

Postby jezzabel » Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:45 am

Thanks Derek, that's what I was thinking it would do.
Any Oztrail Ultra Mesh users out there??
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Re: shade cloth style tarp for under tent

Postby GypsyLady » Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:25 pm

I use Ultramesh in my annex....it also allows water through.

Personally I would not be using anything under the tent... I never use anything under my mum's tent when she comes camping with me....never have and have never had an issue and that tent is now about 9 years old. The floor is still in very good condition.

You can always rake the ground if you feel it needs it before erecting the tent. When packing up you can just wipe the floor over with an old towel/rag or if it is just dirt you can sweep it off with a broom.

The fact is...even if you did use a tarp under it you would still get moisture between the tarp and the tent floor if there was moisture about.

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Re: shade cloth style tarp for under tent

Postby jezzabel » Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:21 am

Thanks gypsylady, I think you may be right. There is no point buying it and using it if it allows water & dirt through. I guess the best option would be to use nothing and clean as I go when folding up.
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Re: shade cloth style tarp for under tent

Postby Beau » Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:18 pm

Why dont the camp grounds allow normal tarps? did they give reasons?
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Re: shade cloth style tarp for under tent

Postby GypsyLady » Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:54 am

Beau wrote:Why dont the camp grounds allow normal tarps? did they give reasons?


It kills the grass.
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Re: shade cloth style tarp for under tent

Postby Lin » Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:07 pm

"There is no point buying it and using it if it allows water & dirt through"

I think it might still have some use to protect the floor of your tent against holes, though.

I think the argument that you cannot use tarp because it kills the grass is quite silly too. As if the tent floor itself wouldn't kill it if it's there for long enough?
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Re: shade cloth style tarp for under tent

Postby Smileandhug » Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:17 pm

I use a old tarp under my annex on my CT. Use shade cloth in the outside annex area. Sorry but will always use a tarp under my annex floor .
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Re: shade cloth style tarp for under tent

Postby Pauly » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:26 pm

We use shade cloth under our camper. The main reason is to protect the underside of the camper tent, it helps to take the point of any sticks and stones etc but it also keeps it reasonably clean, moisture still gets to it but thats not a problem.

Most camp grounds are insisting on shade cloth under tents to protect the grass. I know it sounds funny but I have noticed with our camper the grass is damaged less when shade cloth is there, must allow it to breath better. I prefer shade cloth than a tarp because any water that gets under the tent will drain but if its a tarp it will sit there.

Theres no need to buy fancy tarps or made up shade cloth just buy some 3.6 wide shade cloth and use that, folds up reasonably small and light.
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Re: shade cloth style tarp for under tent

Postby knoath » Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:34 am

I like the idea of the shadecloth! It'd have to be half the cost of the tarp I bought just to go under the tent!
I'll go and buy some, and now thanks to this forum, I have a spare tarp!

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Re: shade cloth style tarp for under tent

Postby bockstar » Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:00 pm

Smileandhug wrote:I use a old tarp under my annex on my CT. Use shade cloth in the outside annex area. Sorry but will always use a tarp under my annex floor .


Likewise for us too.
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Re: shade cloth style tarp for under tent

Postby Lin » Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:12 am

Yep, another convert here! I would've never thought it made a difference for the grass, but I trust you guys know.
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