Well, on our first camping trip for 2007 we had plenty of rain. Our '77 17' Boler
has an awning
, with three two-piece aluminum poles which work great. (The button-hole system allows many points of adjustment for uneven ground, and the rounded pointy top that goes through the grommet is easy to hook onto with rope or straps to tie down at an angle.)
Living on the wet coast, we bring along tarps to cover a larger area, including another layer over the awning
(which is waterproof up to, oh, say 500 inches of rain per day: after that, it starts leaking!)
Question is, where do we find more of the nice old-fashioned poles? New ones are meant for dome tents or have only a few large adjustment options. Or they use tension between the ground and tarp, which works fine until the first gust of wind.
Any suggestions out there?