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I threw mine up in the back yard so you can see what it looks like. Sorry for the crummy pics. It's too bright outside for good ones. Total setup time including cutting pole and stakes is 6-8 minutes. It's a walnut hull dyed painter's drop cloth from Lowe's soaked in Thompson's Water Seal. Total investment is perhaps -$30.00. This would be a deluxe base camp IMO. Note the camo chair and GI sleeping pad I found on the side of the road, and the reworked ax that a friend gave me.



 

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Nice looking trail tarp. Did you put a grommet in the center where your pole goes? Next time I am at Lowes' I am going to visit the painting section. I usually try to avoid that part of the store ::)
 

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I don't have any grommets in this one. I suggest putting a rag over the end of your center pole to keep it from punching through. Before you dye it or apply waterproofing, Be sure to wash your canvas in hot water and dry in a hot dryer to shrink it as much as possible. This helps it to shed water better. There is no real need to hem the edges by the way.
 

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One of the things I have done to protect the tarp or dining fly when I had to put a pole up to support it is to cut a tennis ball so that it fits over the pole and the tennis ball provides a nice smooth surface against the tarp and it usually doesn't slip.

Thanks for the information on pre-washing the tarp.
 

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Good work Swampman. I like your creativity. When backpacking I carry a water proofed lightweight tent fly and use it in the same manner. Heavy canvas also doesn't flap in the breeze like the light blue tarps when tarping a load in the back of a pickup.
 

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A cheap plastic coffee cup placed upside down over the top of the support pole will keep it from poking thru.

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Swampman, looks like a good economical shelter tarp. Plus you get the satisfaction of using something you have made and it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb like most tarp shelters do. I couldn't tell from your pictures, have you got someway to rig a bug net with your shelter or do you only use it during the colder months when bugs are not a problem.
 

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I have a nice US GI bug net I found in the trash one day. It's easy to rig up inside.
 

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Thanks Swampman, isn't it fun to get camp gear for free, I found a nice grill to use over a campfire laying in a haul road a while back. The good part about that is I had started to buy one the day before but decided to wait.
 
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