Ano wrote:Wow. Carport camping is absolute luxury! I had such a damn great time with mine. I had a tent underneath and a 10x20 tarp as the ground. I stapled each foot into the ground with a 4ft 3/8th" Rebar that was candy-caned. I had two support ratchet straps coming off of each end, and it held fine through the Monday storms. I had all the walls on and windows down as well. A few things I learned -
1. Bring hanging shelves to put essentials in. The damn place is so big that I kept misplacing things all over the place, which leads to...
2. be prepared to be a bit more organized and thoughtful about where you put things. It's so big that I just kind of made a mess in there.
3. A ground tarp is ESSENTIAL! Also, bring a broom. I forgot one and by the end of the week it was dust city everywhere. I feel like it would have been much more comfortable with a broom.
4. IT GETS HOT! I camped in a place where I couldn't really open the windows (long story) but I wish I could have. I got cooked out every morning. Swamp cooler next year most definitely! Or, maybe I'll cover it with aluminet...
5. Assemble it pre-playa! I'm so glad I practiced doing it. Playa conditions are totally random and make it a much bigger challenge to set it up. Also, the velcro walls are pretty tough to get totally taut without practice.
6. I think more ratchet straps are probably needed if there aren't windblocks around your carport... they make excellent sails, as evidenced by the two I saw go for a spin during the mini storm monday afterburn.
I loved my carport. Can't wait to do it again! I need new bungee balls, though... they really seem to fall apart from the dust.
I lucked out in being able to place my door downwind and facing north (away from the sun), so I just left my windows and door open all week. That helped a lot with keeping it cool. A few other things you can do to keep it cooler is to add a silver tarp under the "costco" tarp. That increases the shade a lot. (I use a 11x20, but I think a 12x20 might fit even better) You can also un-bungee the side tarps at the peak of the roof to add an air vent to let hot air out. This can let a lot of dust in though, if it's a normal year.