Canvas Tarps

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 15:25
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I've had a canvas tarp 6' x 4' for around 20 years.

It has a few small holes and its a little grubby, so I thought I would buy a new one while I was down in melbourne.

A canvas tarp made from aussie canvas (6' x 4') is a bit over $800. In HD PVC it's $350.

Guess who is not buying a new tarp LOL.

I've just remembered the FIL gave me an old, but hardly used canvas tent that is sitting in the shed. I''ll convert that into tarps when I get home.



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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 16:00

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 16:00
G'day BooBoo, you must be a big fan of canvas..:))).. $30 will buy a Heavy Duty
Silver Poly Tarp...10 by 8. You can bugger 27 of them for the cost of one new
canvas job...without even mentioning the huge difference in folded size & weight.
If for a groundsheet..use shadecloth...same rules apply. cheers......oldbaz.
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Reply By: Rockape - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 16:22

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 16:22
Boo Boo,
Have a look on ebay under canvas traps, you maybe surprised

RA.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 17:21

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 17:21
We have a heavy-duty canvas tarp that came with the Troopy. We use it as a groundsheet and it can double as a water bra if needed.
I know some praise shade cloth as a ground sheet. OK in sand maybe but the canvas is great for muddy ground where I expect the shade cloth would get filled with mud and be hard to clean. Is this the case?

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 18:50

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 18:50
Hi Boo Boo,

Im surprised at the cost of a new tarp - would need to be very heavy, good quality for that kind of money. Old canvas tents are a great source of light to medium weight canvas and have heaps of uses. They can be found quite often at your friendly neighbourhood recycling centre.

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Val
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 19:56

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 19:56
Val,
I have a piece of canvas that I use as a drop sheet. Unbelievable quality.

It was my Dads and it was from WW2. It is not like the canvas we see today.

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 20:12

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 20:12
Hi RA,

Yes I know what you mean. For many years we had a piece of green Birkmeyer canvas. I think it was the roof of an old tent that my parents had in the 50s. Very heavy, very tough. Unfortunately rats thought it very tasty and made it more like canvas lace! Havent seen anything like it for years.

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Reply By: 382 - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 19:36

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 19:36
Boo Boo(NSW) - log onto www.dealsdirect.com.au and put in 'canvas tarps' in search box - reasonably priced. Larry
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 10:39

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 10:39
G'day everyone

Thanks for the imput.

I should have mentioned that every time I need to get under the car, caravan or trailer its on grass or dirt where green ants or sharp grass etc is there in droves.

I found the tarp reduced insect bites and sharp bits sticking into the back. Getting soft in old age. LOL

Anyway RA and Larry you are both right, cheap prices for O/S canvas.

However, the canvas from the father in law is probably the stuff that RA mentioned. Good HD stuff from the 50's.



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Reply By: Sigmund - Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 12:12

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 12:12
Buy from this guy, Aussie made and owned and he does an excellent job at a good price:
click

We've got a heap of stuff from him and it's first class.

No financial connection.
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