Tarps can be very useful in a camp. One way to use them is putting on the floor, under the floor of the tent, or in front of the door, like a carpet. See the tips below for her use of these two forms.
Using the canvas on the floor, below the floor
Use a tarp under the tent can be useful in some situations, because it:
1. Keep the rooms clean. That is, if you go camping on a soil of Earth, for example, at the end of the camp you won’t have the job of cleaning the floor of the tent. This is an advantage especially if the floor is waterproof fabric, as a deeper cleaning can damage the sealing.
2. Protects from abrasion from the ground. This is very important if you’re camping on a rocky terrain, or where there may be spikes, or any other element that could damage the floor.
3. Helps isolate the soil moisture. This is important if the floor of your tent does not have a good sealing.
>>> read more about the floor of the stalls in: all about the floor of the Tent.
However, there is a fairly common error, which is to put a tarp underneath, but greater than the size of the tent, so that it is left to the sides. When using the canvas that way, in the first rain, water flows down the tent and is empoçada between the canvas and the floor of the room. In a few days, the water between the canvas and tent can create Moss and fungi, and it deteriorates tissue treatment suffered to be resealed (if your floor is made of fabric).
But is it really necessary that tarp under the tent?
The answer is: “no”. It’s not an essential item is a protection that can prolong the life of your tent while avoiding her to suffer damage to the floor.
In fact, some tent models comes with a waterproof fabric to be placed under the floor. He is called the footprint. Learn more about it by going to the article what a Footprint?.
Using the canvas on the floor, in front of tent
Often, it may be useful and practical to have a tarp in front of the tent, on the outside, to support something, let the footwear, serve as a mat.
The only caveat is that, if this is a continuation of the canvas that is under the tent, she should be protected from the rain, so that the water doesn’t drain and don’t be accumulated between the canvas and the floor.
If you do not have an awning to avoid watering this canvas, the ideal is that it is independent of the canvas that is under the tent, as we see in the picture below.
Picture of Valeria Oliveira
In front of the tent, rather than use a canvas, many campers choose to use an ecological flooring, which is nothing more than a plastic screen with eyelets on the ends (to attach to the ground). This prevents the canvas floor damage the grass that is under it while we’re camping.
See more on this floor in the Tent Technology Blog.
Currently we can’t find who sell this type of floor, but it’s pretty easy to be done. Gives here tip on the Blog Camping & Road.
It is important to consider that these tarps below the floor are an extra accessory, which can bring more security or comfort, but your camp should not rely on them. If your tent has a minimum quality, especially on waterproofing the floor, you can quietly go camping without the use of tarpaulins overtime.
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