So, how'd it go with the drive-over umbrella stands last year?
I'm thinking of getting two of drive-over flag/umbrella stands and using them for a shade structure. My plan would be to use the stands to anchor poles a bit higher than the vehicle. To the poles I'd attach a tarp or shade cloth that would tie down to the ground, creating a slanting protection from the sun. I'd protect the vehicle from the poles using foam "noodle" pool toys. Less room than a monkey hut, perhaps, but also fewer materials, none of which must be dedicated to the project after the fact.
Assuming I've done my trigonometry correctly - a dicey assumption at best - I can use poles 2 meters high with a 2x3 meter aluminet/tarp pitched at about 40 degrees and fit my tent just right:
I'd be grateful for insight on: 1) Material.
My goal is sun protection and perhaps a bit of buffer from wind, so my gut instinct is aluminet, but I'm not certain how taut I can tie the stuff. The tent will probably have a rainfly on, so rain won't be a problem. 2) Orientation
. Traditionally, vehicles as windblocks go to the NE of your tent/monkey hut/whatever, but because the poles in my proposed plan elevate the tarp above the roof of the vehicle by about 1/2 a meter, I'm worried this orientation will turn the the tarp into a sail or evening a funnel, catching the wind and directing it downward onto my otherwise unprepared tent. (See image.)3) Strength.
Is a flag stand enough to hold a 2 meter pole, plus tarp, in playa gusts?
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