Originally Posted by GWMattson
Thanks Greg. Back in the old days, when we camped in a cheap leaky tent, we used to put a tarp over it for rain. It was very noisy in the wind. How noisy is the farm tarp you used? Would I have the same problem? I like the idea of making my own, but I want to make sure I use the right material.
It doesn't make any rustling or flapping noise, even in a good stiff breeze. Very occasionally, if the wind is strong enough and coming in just right, you might get a little "fluttering", but it doesn't last long, and it's not at all loud. My home made "farm tarp" awning is very heavyweight waterproof material and the wind has virtually no effect on it. This is the same tarp material that hay farmers cover their hay piles out in the fields with all year around. Very strong and durable, and will probably outlast me.
Incidentally, I just bought another awning this morning from Marti's Awnings. It was one of several pre-made ones that she had in stock. It's 7'6" X 7'6", which is just perfect size for my 7'6" Keder rail, and includes a "stuff bag" for it, and shipping for only $225.00
So, now I have three awnings.