swamp monster wrote:From which direction does the prevailing wind come from? I think most wind comes from the south out there, but I do not know how that got stuck in my head.
[s]I think it does generally come from the south.[/s] Now as I look at a map of the playa I would say it comes from the south west. It is true that wind will come from any direction. Sometimes late in the day the wind direction reverses.
I camp on the 9:00 side and when I point the nose of my vehicle toward Gerlach it seems to work out best.
I do not know what tent topper my friend had. I found a video of the dust storm where you can see his set up though. It is at 10,11 and 17 seconds in to the video behind the blue and yellow tent. You will need to pause the video in order to get a good look at it.
This wind is a case of opposite the "normal" direction.
Also of note is my green shade structure self destruction from not being tied down properly. Once the shade cloth started flapping it broke apart the PVC framework that held it up.
I think if you use a peaked roof for shade over top of the truck tent it will help with side wind load and provide shade which is virtually necessary in my mind. It seems to me that this system is holding up better than most if not all the other structures in this video so I would go for it.... With the peaked shade. Shade is very vital and oh so worth it.
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