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Old 07-01-2017, 03:28 PM   #1
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As long as you have an adjustable tarp pole and a hard hat.
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I made a pole once, out of two canoe paddles to hold up a tarp. Had the paddle blade wedged in the picnic table. Wind came up and I had one canoe paddle.
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Old 07-01-2017, 04:09 PM   #3
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We have used canoe paddles many times for tarp poles. They are usually too short though.
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I tied two together with wrapped poly rope.
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Canoeing

Hoping you weren't canoeing creeks that weekend.
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Old 07-01-2017, 07:31 PM   #6
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Perhaps just a rumor, but I heard through the grapevine that some of the problems people experienced with the new awnings not retracting properly (and even resulting in damage) could have been due to the owners tying various things to the awning while extended (sun screens, insect netting, etc., etc.), and sometimes even anchoring those screens/nettings at the bottom. Then when the awning tries to auto-retract in sudden foul weather conditions, the extra weight of the hanging things, and/or the downward pull from the anchors, twists the awning all out of whack while retracting. Moral of the story is to not do or attach anything to the awning that might alter it's ability to retract correctly - especially if you leave the campsite with the awning extended. Again, just a rumor, but unfortunately, it sounds like something that could happen if you're not careful. So be careful out there....
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Or turn the awning power off.
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I would never leave the awning unattended if deployed and turned off. Even if on, the pile setup I did would just fall over if it retracted.
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I would never leave the awning unattended if deployed and turned off. Even if on, the pile setup I did would just fall over if it retracted.
I like the expression on the face of the woman sitting closest to the support pole. I think she's wondering where the hard hat is that you suggested in your original post.
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I like the expression on the face of the woman sitting closest to the support pole. I think she's wondering where the hard hat is that you suggested in your original post.
That would be my youngest daughter, Caitlin, looking up at it and laughing. My first thought was to use a Frisbee, but it would slip off the pointed end to easily, and I found a hard hat in our tool shed.
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