Originally Posted by oldgringo
Isn't the length of the "ridge pole" dictated by the tarp you intend to use? I would need ~12' for any of my tarps. Then, of course, the tripod would need to be taller...maybe a problem for those constrained by available space in their vehicle.
If you need to use a tarp with the stand then yes. In fact, you might need to make it a bit longer since most will be making the normal TD stand, which has the attachment to the ridgepole hanging down in the tripod so you would need a bit more to prevent your tarp from rubbing against the tripods.
If you need to use a tarp with this stand then my recommendation is to mount the pole on top of the tripods. I did a TD 2.0 post where I made a stand for my daughter and put the pole on top. gmcttr suggested a different way of keeping the pole in place by using a spade drill bit and drill a hole at the top of the tripod that will hold the pole in place. Both would work well for using a tarp.
You can also have a long pole and a short pole for when you need to use a tarp (long pole) and times that you are just hanging or need to keep it as short as possible.