tarp over the tent

Submitted: Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 18:32
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Yes, us again!
Hoping to get some more advice from all you seasoned campers! We have an 8mt by 6mt tarp that goes over the tent and to give us a decent size cooking area. What is the best way of rigging it up so the rain doesn't collect in the middle. We know the obvious way is to put up a long pole under it, but maybe there is a better way.
Thanks so much again.
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Reply By: Member - Oskar(Bris) - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 20:17

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 20:17
Kylie and Tony
We use the ridge-pole method with taller pole down the middle and shorter ones out on the edge.
A pretty normal method, I guess, but in a down pour I sometimes angle the side poles inwards at the bottom to make the outside edge of the tarp much lower.
It helps the run-off get away and keeps a bit of the wind on top of the tarp instead of getting under it.
Cheers
OskarMrs Oskar on Big Red
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Reply By: Member - Des Lexik(SA) - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 20:22

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 20:22
K & T If there are two convieniantly placed trees, tie a rope between them and throw the tarp over the rope and put poles in the corners. You can also buy gadgets that allow you to fit a rope anywhere on the tarp. Available at most camping centres.Nil Taurus Excretus
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Reply By: captnsnooze - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 22:25

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 22:25
Gooday
I have an old peice of tent pole (bottom half which I drive into the ground roughly centre of the tarp then turn an extendable pole upside downand push the middle of the tarp up with it. Oh yeh tie the extendable pole to the one driven into the ground with a bit of gaffa tape or the like..

cheers David.
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Reply By: mrdesmo - Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 07:25

Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 07:25
Similar to captnsnooze, only on the end of the upsidedown pole in the centre of the tarp, I cut a hole in a tennis ball big enough to put the end of the pole into so it doesn't go through the tarp. Works a treat :-)
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Reply By: chopper - Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 17:09

Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 17:09
have a look at your campng shop for 'mushrooms' they are great and spread the load on the tarp really well.
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 22:53

Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 22:53
I tie a rope from an eyelet to the ground providing a planned runoff, cheap and easyLaterally Literal
Seriously Cerebral
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Reply By: Phil G - Saturday, Oct 18, 2003 at 22:36

Saturday, Oct 18, 2003 at 22:36
Use the pole in the middle, but fit a plastic coke bottle over the top to protect the tarp.
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