Woody Kusherman wrote: So i was thinking white tarp for a shade area, anchored to my car,
cover the whole car,
in a slightly less dust filled area,
drive my front wheels onto it right in the middle,
then unroll the 40 foot worth of tarp over my car and tent and anchor it down all around. Cut a slit in one side for a door and i might be good for a week in extreme weather conditions?
Also kinda curious about arriving, how do they fill up the shape the city ends up taking? I'm wondering how folks go about getting out of that long line and to the camps they've chosen to be apart of?
Nothing is going to be slightly less dust-filled. Nothing.
You will want to have standing headroom under the tarp.
Slits have a way of growing what with the wind and all.
Overall, I'd say go for it and see how it works. The worst that can happen is that it will fail disastrously, sandpaper the paint on your car, and destroy your tent and all that's under the tarp. Plus maybe wreck your neighbors' sites if they're in the way. Give it a shot and see how it works. I would recommend a back up tarp of some kind that's smaller but still provides shade.
As others have said, BRC is marked out and you can camp in the areas that are shown as camping areas on your map. Please do not camp in theme camp areas; others have suggested picking a place and checking with your neighbors before you pitch your camp. Almost everyone is welcoming, but no use aggravating those who want to stake a claim even though they're not allowed to.
Theme camps are allowed to claim areas, but all the theme camps I know of have filled their sites completely. So find a place, ask around to make sure you're not in a theme area, and set up your stuff. Most people will offer to give you a hand. Burning Man is a wonderful place to visit.
I'm sorry to say there's no way to avoid the line to get to your camp sooner. I've inquired about that myself, and there's no practical way to have an express lane - everyone would crowd into it and jam it up. I've accepted the inevitable and decided just to enjoy the wait.
Your shade area sounds very creative, and I hope your artistic friends do a wonderful job artsying it up.