Tent Ground Sheets

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 10:34
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We've been told that we must have a tent ground sheet made of shade cloth for use in caravan parks? Is that correct, or can we just use the old faithful tarp? (travelling through NT, WA & SA)

Thanks in advance!
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Reply By: Magnus - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:11

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:11
Went through SA and WA last year. Was not an issue.

Cheers
Magnus
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Reply By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:14

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:14
Don't know about the 'must have' aspect but doubled heavy duty shade cloth sure makes a better ground sheet than tarp. It breathes and therefore you don't have all that condensation on either the bottom of the tent or the ground side of the tarp.
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Pete
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Follow Up By: Draff & Pand - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:17

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:17
Thanks Pete & Magnus - looks like it might be worth us finding some space for the shadecloth!
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Reply By: flappan - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:38

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:38
Certainly heard of it for tents and CT's , but not sure how strictly its inforced.

Its good insurance for the tent floor anyway. Protects it from rocks and sticks , keeps it cleaner from dirt and sand , and doesn't make as much impact on the ground (killing grass etc).

We use the 70% shadecloth , rather then the better 90% (and more expensive). Also you can normally get the cheaper stuff from places like Clints Crazy bargins, The Warehouse etc. Works fine.
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Reply By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:43

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:43
Hi Draff and Pand

I have been to a couple of parks where it is the only acceptable ground sheet as it allows the grass to breath. It is a great idea anyway as it allows the sand and dirt to fall through the gaps and you don't need to sweep it.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Draff & Pand - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:54

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:54
Thanks Glenn - just one of those things we weren't sure whether we needed or not but it looks like its the go so its off to Crazy Clints or the Warehouse tonight to pick some up (thanks for that tip flappan!)
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 14:23

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 14:23
Make sure your shade cloth is about a metre bigger than your tent on each side. That way your not tracking dirt inside the tent nor is the tent sides getting dirty either. Double thickness (2 pieces) is even better.
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Reply By: Time - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 12:11

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 12:11
Agree with all above about shade cloth being the best ground sheet. For storage I just wrap mine aroud the tent bag and secure with an ocky strap,, easy.

Cheers

Buggerlux
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Reply By: Allan Mac (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 15:33

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 15:33
Most definately , Shade cloth is the way to go, both under the C/T and as a verandah before going in. I usually just squellch it into a gap to take out any abbrasive items or rattles
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Follow Up By: GOB & denny vic member - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 17:51

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 17:51
goodday allan
hows the recuperation going after the big weekend

steve
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Follow Up By: Allan Mac (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 21:43

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 21:43
Hi Steve,
Slowly,slowly. reckon I should just about be right for the footy on Monday. Cant imagine how I used to play that hard in the younger or Army days. Worth the trip though. Everyone was in good form
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 16:50

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 16:50
If you are loaded up with heaps of money, you can buy "Annexe Matting" at around $50 a metre. Clark Rubber stock it, but many camp places have the same product a little less expensive. It is good, but as I said, expensive.

Jack
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