I’ve got a 26 foot pop up camper (26’ when fully extended, that is) much like this one, with a canvas that needs replacing. Can’t afford to replace it this season. Can’t afford a $700+ canopy/shelter/“portable” garage like this, either.
I do have a big honkin’ silver tarp. I think it’s 20X40. I know it covers the whole camper and then some, because it worked last season…until the wind really picked up. Then it became a sail and then a shroud. Still, *most *of the grommets are intact…
How can I secure the tarp over the camper for 2 weeks in an unwooded spot for under $100? I don’t particularly care if there’s a ridgepole - it can lie on top of the camper roof for the most part, although I’d prefer it to not be in direct contact with the canvas of the slide outs. I do have one single utility pole at the back outside corner of one of the slide outs. I have four extendable tent poles which, along with some improvised conduit poles, are what didn’t work last year. (I no longer have the conduit poles.)
I’m thinking perhaps some8 foot 4X4s as “poles” with a screw through the grommet at each corner of the tarp and into the wood, perhaps with a nice big washer between the screw head and grommet to increase the surface area contact and reduce tearing. Of course, I’ll need more than the corners - would 6 do it? 8? 10? (I’m ignoring the utility pole for the moment.) And, for the big question: how to I secure the 4X4s to the ground? Will guys from the top be enough? Bucket of sand? Eyebolts on the bottom with tent stakes through them? I’d really love to use somefence post anchors like this, but they’re not cheap if I need 6 or 8 of 'em, and I don’t think they’re really designed for that height and lateral stress, either. Whatever I use has to be removable, so no pouring concrete.
I’m not married to the 4x4 idea, either, but I’m sort of in a rut. If you can suggest something better, I’m all ears.