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Improve Your Camping Experience With a Heavy-Duty Tarpaulin

A handy amenity for outdoor activities, a sturdy tarpaulin can keep your campsite and equipment dry. A wide variety of tarp styles, colours, and functions is available on eBay. Understanding the features you may need in a tarp can help you choose a satisfactory product.

How can you use a heavy-duty tarpaulin?

Tarps are an all-around useful item for hunting, fishing, wild camping, or picnicking. Sturdy and versatile, a heavy-duty waterproof tarp can serve a variety of purposes. Some of the most common include the following:

  • Tent footprint: As a tent footprint, tarps provide a layer of protection between your tent and the damp ground.
  • Emergency shelter: You can pitch a tarp close to the ground to provide shelter from the sun, rain, and wind.
  • Waterproofing: Lash a coated tarpaulin over food, clothing, and gear to help keep out water. Tarps can also discourage some insect and animal activity.
  • Containment: Keep your equipment in one place by rolling or folding it inside a tarp.
  • Firewood and vehicle cover: Tarps can cover firewood, equipment, and vehicles to help keep them dry.
How do you choose a tarp?

Keep in mind the place and time you want to use your tarp. Some considerations might be the tarp's weight, reflectiveness, or colour. Other features to consider include the following:

  • Durability: Has your tarp been made to last? Many heavy-duty tarpaulins for sale on eBay feature UV protection or plastic coating. This coating helps slow deterioration from sun or weather.
  • Grommets: Your new or lightly used tarpaulin may come with reinforced holes called grommets. Grommets along the sides and the corners provide options for tying down or pitching a tarp. Super heavy-duty tarps often have grommets lined with metal or sturdy plastic.
  • Tear resistance: Tarpaulins often feature tear-resistant fabric. Tear-resistant fabric helps keep a minor tear in a side or surface from getting larger.
  • Waterproofing: Look for water-resistant or plastic-coated fabrics to help protect wood, gear, or tools.
How much does a tarp weigh?

The larger or more durable a tarp is, the more it generally weighs. One reasonably-priced tarpaulin may weigh more than a less expensive model. See the manufacturer site for details.

What is a heavy-duty tarpaulin made of?

Most heavy-duty tarps are made of PVC plastic or canvas with a polyurethane coat. These materials and coatings increase durability and waterproofing.

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