It works! My cheap awning was fairly successful for the first deployment. It was pretty windy a couple weeks ago near the top of the White Mountains. Other than the telescoping poles all the parts can be found at most hardware stores. I want to get a second set of tarp poles in order to keep it horizontal instead of slanted down. Also want to find a 6x20 tarp to extend it further out for more shade. The reason I use a 6' wide tarp is because that is the width between my jack mounts. For wider/longer campers you can have a larger tarp. Really happy with this as of now. The true test will be in Death Valley where the "W" thing can be fierce.
This is the type of tent/tarp pole I used:
I'm thinking about getting a set of these since they are lighter and have less chance of corrosion.
I did some hunting and found the following poles. I was successful offering $50 for two sets on ebay with this seller. That is for four poles. They arrived yesterday and seem to be of good quality. If you are looking for tarp poles I'd say try these before any of the spendy REI types.
Founder of D.E.R.P. Desert Exploration & Research Project. A camp proper is a nomads biding place. He may occupy it for a season or only for a single night, according as the site and its surroundings please or do not please the wanderers whim- Horace Kephart.
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