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Old 11-14-2012, 11:03 PM   #11
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Re: Awnings - which one?

we have an easyup awning that we bring when we anticipate rain and want a dry place to sit or cook and eat outdoors. Its not our final solution. The easyup fabric stretches when wet, creating pools and the water slowly seeps through and drips on stuff if you don't keep after the pools. Its also bulky and heavy to stow in the van. my point rating on easy up: 2.5 out of 5
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:28 AM   #12
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Re: Awnings - which one?

I completely ditched the pop up for those reasons even when hauling my SMB trailer. A cheap set of tarps, some rope, and a couple of poles makes for a good shelter. It's not good for those that move daily though.
With shock cords it handles wind, rain and snow better than anything I've tried to date and I don't worry about embers burning a hole in it from the fire.

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:54 AM   #13
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Re: Awnings - which one?

Dave, I want to know how you got the guy lines tied off so high in the trees? Are you part monkey?


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Old 11-15-2012, 11:34 AM   #14
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Why does everybody ask that

Actually those poles holding it up extend several feet. They are for pulling people out of the water who fall overboard off a boat.

Put a stick on the end of the rope, extend the pole, and lay the weighted rope over a high limb then tie it off at the base of the tree. Then after the tarp is somewhat tight, I use the poles to raise the tarp to to the desired level. The setup is fairly quick but obviously tear down is even faster. The green nylon sides pack up well and I also use those to enclose the awning when I use my portable propane fire. The silver tarps are more heavy duty than those cheap blue ones but only cost 24 bucks.

Its nice to sit in rain or snow while having a wood fire but you might get hit by smoke if the wind is wrong. Rarely happens though...they say smoke follows beauty so I never have a problem Also it doesn't work too well w/o trees but can be guyed off if necessary; you just need solid ground and good stakes. I have also used the van to tie off to.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:42 AM   #15
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Re: Awnings - which one?

Something like this?




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Something like this?




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