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    New Member laziboie's Avatar
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    I'm glad I saw this thread. I've really been debating back and forth over the tarp issue. I WANT to go lightweight, but just CANT afford a decent tarp and I don't want to spend $40-50 on something right now when I could spend another $20-30 additional when I have the money to get a really good tarp.

    I've been looking at getting one of the 11x9 camo tarps from Harbor Freight, but I was worried about the weight issue. I was actually planning on getting some 3mil plastic and making my own - Not Polycro shrink film, but the kind that you find in the paint section to lay on the floor.

    Harbor Freight Poly tarp
    Pros
    - camo
    - more durable
    - easy (just pick it up and use it)
    Cons
    - heavy

    DIY 3mil Plastic Tarp
    Pros
    - Lightweight
    - Cheap
    - Definitely waterproof
    Cons
    - Questionable durability
    - No privacy

    Does this all sound about right to yall? I cannot make a decision and need some guidance...any thoughts on the "wise" choice here?

    Thanks,
    Lazi

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    I used the larger sized tarp last night and it worked great. Strong winds all day with gusts up to 35 mph. It started pouring rain about 2 am but I stayed nice and dry. I didn't have any rocks to create pullouts until I took a hike around the lake. When I got back one grommet had already started to rip so I fixed it up with a rock and used another one to create a pullout across the back. I set it up in a lazy porch mode fashion. It's the one on the right in the pic.

    It's not about the miles, its about the smiles!
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    Thats my set up behind black chrome. The tarps worked great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    Avoid using the grommets if possible. They're probably gonna rip.
    Have you tried using the tarp hold downs that clamp onto the tarp to make a tie down point? They seem to work well but would also just be another thing to pack around opposed to a rock on the ground.

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    The tarp clips you had worked good. I was very surprised that they held up to that wind. Great for car camping but I wouldn't want to backpack with them. Too heavy for me IMHO. YMMV HYOH!
    It's not about the miles, its about the smiles!
    Black Chrome

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    I purchased their Camo Tarp for my first set up. For less than $10.00 it worked great, I had it setup in a diamond configuration in Porch mode. The second time I used it was in a fiels setup over the top of my Turtlelady stand. The setup withstood some severe weather and heavy wind. Everything stayed dry. My only complaint was the 2lbs weight.




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