Sun Shade
Last Post 17 May 2015 08:12 AM by Don McElyea. 4 Replies.
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Don McElyeaUser is Offline
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10 May 2015 08:55 AM

    The wife and I are planning an adventure in prospecting in New Mexico this month.  We have been searching for a canopy of some kind to take along as we are both aged and will need some shade.  I cannot understand why a canopy costs more than a good tent.  It makes no sense.  I had a brain fart this morning.  4 ten foot lengths of pvc pipe, a cheap tarp, cheap tent stakes and paracord.

    Has anyone tried this method?

    Hobbies. Buying and shooting guns, collecting knives. Fairly new to GPAA and soon to be LDMA member. Belong to the New Mexico Gold Prospectors Club Chapter. Live in Kellyville, Oklahoma. Soon to be retired and become a nomad and staying in Arizona and New Mexico during the winter months.
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    10 May 2015 09:12 AM
    Hey Don, that works great, I drilled caps and installed bolts&nuts to them before putting them on the PVC pipe for the tarp eyelets.
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    10 May 2015 09:37 AM
    Thanks for your response.  I beleive this also could be used as a wind break with one end of the tarp staked to the ground.
    Hobbies. Buying and shooting guns, collecting knives. Fairly new to GPAA and soon to be LDMA member. Belong to the New Mexico Gold Prospectors Club Chapter. Live in Kellyville, Oklahoma. Soon to be retired and become a nomad and staying in Arizona and New Mexico during the winter months.
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    10 May 2015 07:24 PM
    When in Alaska and it was raining we made a lean to fortress with tarps and bunjy cords, one from each direction to cover our tents and a hole in the center for our fire, it worked great. It was for the rain of course but would also work for the sun. You would be amazed what you can build with some blue tarps and bunjy cords and never as much as harm a tree, and these were small trees at the best.

    The bunjy cords allow the tarp to flex and stretch, it worked much better than tying in hard to solid objects plus allowed us to push the water off with ease.
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    17 May 2015 08:12 AM
    I bought 4 sch 40 pieces of pipe and cut them down to 7 feet.  Drilled a 1/4 inch hole in the end and put a 1/4 eyebolt in there.  I took 4 two foot pieces of rebar and hammered into the ground at corner points.  Used some little oval hook ups to the tarp and eyebolt.  These are the kind that have the little section that screws back.  All these hookups didn't take long but I do see that I am still going to have to put some tent pegs at each corner to tie it back.  The tarp tends to sag in the middle and bends the pvc pipe somewhat.  The cost was a whole lot cheaper than the cheapest canopy for sure.
    Hobbies. Buying and shooting guns, collecting knives. Fairly new to GPAA and soon to be LDMA member. Belong to the New Mexico Gold Prospectors Club Chapter. Live in Kellyville, Oklahoma. Soon to be retired and become a nomad and staying in Arizona and New Mexico during the winter months.
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