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Old 09-01-2007, 06:31 PM   #15
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We threaded a rope through the edge of our old tent rainfly, and slide that through the awning rail - and "viola" (good one, pjanits!) instant, cheap awning.
When we want good weather, we bring it, and it usually doesn't rain.
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Old 09-01-2007, 11:58 PM   #16
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I am presently in Palm Springs, CA where it was 116* today and there wasn't any shade. (on edit: in my host's driveway in front of his garage) A 5000 BTU air conditioner is no match for temperatures like that. (on edit: at 12% humidity) I'd like to rig a tarp to shade a 16' trailer that is 8-1/2 feet tall, but I assume that would be a 2 person operation, right?
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Old 09-02-2007, 09:12 AM   #17
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To get ropes up high, I tie the rope to one of my crescent wrenches and throw it over a branch on the backside of a tree... Pull the rope straight down and tie it to a lower branch that I can reach... My tarps are usually more than 8 feet off the ground before I stick my survey pole up in the middle....
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Old 09-02-2007, 12:22 PM   #18
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it was 116* today at 12% humidity
[b]RAIN! We had a wonderful rainstorm in the middle of the night.
This morning it is 95* at 47% humidity.
The AC is working again.
tarp no longer required.
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Old 09-02-2007, 06:56 PM   #19
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Herb, add one of those soft rubber balls to the tip of your centre pole and no worring about rips and tears that is if the dog will let it go.
Leave the ball with the dog and slip a plastic soda or water bottle over the pole end to protect the tarp

Another thing I have down with the tent poles that come to a point to go through edge and corner grommets is to drill a hole through them above the grommet level and then use a hair-pin clip from the hardware store through the hole to keep the pole attached if the wind lifts a corner...

Regarding snow or water on tarps, just get a good angle and for water, keep one edge and one corner of that edge lower than all the others.
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Old 09-02-2007, 09:19 PM   #20
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For setting up in sand or mud, cut a 16" section of pvc (or other pipe)for each pole. Cut one end at an extreme angle and pound into the ground as deep as you need to. Place your tent pole into the tube and then tie down the way you normally would. I use these at home if if setting up "tiki lights".
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Old 09-03-2007, 02:29 PM   #21
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Old 09-03-2007, 02:33 PM   #22
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Old 09-03-2007, 07:56 PM   #23
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The middle pole is one of five expandable (twisty-up or twisty-down) that we have. The middle pole is not modified, has swivel-feet each end. The other four are modified by having bolts instead of top swivel feet, to go through grommets.

Two flag-bearers proudly lift the back ends of the tarp with modified poles. And LIFT! up and over the Boler (vents down) to the drivers side (bush side) of the installation. Hooked straps get attached to trees or pounded in the ground with pegs.

Two more modified poles about halfway to the beach. When the beach is too rocky to pound tent pegs, use green reusable grocery bags filled with rocks (picture to follow in next session) as tie-downs.

Then three awning poles along the front (beach side), corner, other corner, middle.

Then canoe and when it rains, canoe faster, then build a cooking fire under the tarp. Watch son swim ("It's raining, honey, you might get wet!") with the sun over the yard-arm.
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Old 09-04-2007, 02:15 PM   #24
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I carry a Kelty 'Noah Tarp' that I used as an awning when I had my VW Westfalia.

I rarely use it now. I did consider it last week - I had set up camp with the awning facing the wrong direction - wasn't at all useful for blocking afternoon sun and it was actually a bit cooler outside in the shade than inside with the Magic Fan on - but still too hot to consider actually getting up and rigging up the tarp
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