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Old 06-10-2016, 7:52 PM
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What do you use for tarp/fly poles when trees aren't available or in an ideal location? Not talking about hiking poles or a tarp close to ground but high enough off the ground for adults to walk under.

I saw a single 8' collapsible pole at REI for $30+ which is a bit too rich for me.
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8 foot landscape poles from Lowes. They run about $5 each. They can be kind of splintery, so caution there. And they are a pain to pack since they don't break down.
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I'm sure you could come up with something using elecrical conduit or pvc also check the painting section at home depot for telescoping paint roller poles.
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Metal tent poles from the army surplus.
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These poles from Cabela's are similar to the REI ones, but much cheaper.

http://bit.ly/1tv9gja
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Just bought 4 of these. Too soon to tell if they work. But they reviewed well and are inexpensive.
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Walmart has the collapsible ones as well. Though I bought mine in-store, they have them online as well.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-8-Tent-Pole/34761197
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What do you use for tarp/fly poles when trees aren't available or in an ideal location? Not talking about hiking poles or a tarp close to ground but high enough off the ground for adults to walk under.

I saw a single 8' collapsible pole at REI for $30+ which is a bit too rich for me.
You can use extendable painter's poles. The Ham Radio Outlet sells interlocking pole sections .

You could buy an E-Z-Up

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trai...azebo/22402171


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Since we live in an almost treeless Countryside we must adapt different methods.

What I did was build 4 of these PCV plastic (cheap) fixtures that fit over
Those cheap landscape poles. Lowe's/Home Depot. They just slide on.
Sure, if you find yourself setting up a Tarp Camp in a wooded area you could use
Small dead tree and sharpen one end, pound it down. Etc.

Plenty of holes for cordage and I just drilled a 3/8 hole top center to mount a
Wally World Tarp Clip. (4 for $4.99 I think)

It swivels. I can tie 550 cord to tent stakes or whatever to tension the tarp.

Of course if you have dedicated poles (car camping) then go ahead and build
These tarp fixtures with PCV pipe that fits those poles. These are light weight as well. Backpacking I would take 2.

I plan on carrying a Basecamp in my car. 2 tarps, ground cloth, 550 cord, tents,
Cooking supplies. I'm thinking the car itself might be involved where I cover the
Car totally, stake a large tarp down and on opposite side, use my landscape poles to complete the suspension system.

I have a Honda CRV that has room.

Anyway, here are some photos.

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Extra holes are for 550 cord and on top the holes are 3/8 for additional
Tarp Clamps. As needed.


If you're anchoring a corner of your tarp with a Grommet available no need for
The clamp. You can put the grommet in the end of the tube and shove a tent stake or even a stick thru the holes.



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I'm sure you could come up with something using elecrical conduit or pvc also check the painting section at home depot for telescoping paint roller poles.
I'm a big metal fabricator with my own metal shop in the garage. I'm fortunate enough to not only make steel targets for myself on the weekends, but also custom tent poles (electrical conduit poles work great) camp fire pit accoutrements, and whatever else I may need to make out of metal.

Find a welder and befriend him.

It's nice having custom stuff made in the USA, even if it's by me.
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