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    Door Kit for Tadpole

    So, I checked with some of the cottage vendors and I found some that were willing to attach a door kit to my tarp, but I have a lot of trips planned over the next couple of months, so I can't really spare my tarp for the time to make the mod. Needless to say, I had one of these $10 backpacking tarps from WallyWorld and thought I'd try my hand at the DIY.



    I took some rough measurements and started cutting. After I spent some time hemming the edges and sewing some ribbon on the tie out points, this is what I ended up with.



    Here's what it looks like on the tarp.





    Anyway, it seems like it's going to do what it's supposed to. I only made doors for 1 side. I feel like that should handle just about anything that I run into. I've got another tarp so I could make a set for the other side, but I was kinda saving that for a PIF Oh, I also made this little bag with some of the extra scraps I have left over.

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    I plan to make a door for my Tad Pole down the road and may do just this. Good job!

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    Looks tight and snug. Nicely done. I really enjoy my tad pole and was thinking of getting a set up like you built for just one end. Especially as the cooler weather and wind starts up this fall. Thanks for posting this.
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    Is that pretty easy to setup? And can you have whatever angle hang you want, or does it have to be consistent?

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    It's easy to set up. I just use some small biners on the shock cord. You can open the tarp up nice and wide, or close it in nice and tight. Quite a bit of flexibility.
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    I use my poncho on my Tadpole .. nice job on the doors
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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Wolf View Post
    I use my poncho on my Tadpole .. nice job on the doors
    I've seen some threads about using a poncho like a beak. Seems like a great idea.
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    Re: Door Kit for Tadpole

    Hey caveman, any chance you could draw up some dimensions? I'd really like to make one, but don't really know where/how to start.

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    I'll take some measurements when I get back from Ar.
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    Re: Door Kit for Tadpole

    Hey no hurry. Thanks caveman

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