Roof rack awning
I am looking to build one off the back of my roof rack to provide cover over my cargo area. I have been tossing around ideas and its time to check with you guys!
First option is tent poles and a tarp with guy lines. Only thing I don't like about this is it takes too long to set up and is very susceptible to wind.
Second option is buy a fiamm that might fit, too expensive.
Third and my favorite, find cam lock poles and mount them on the underside of my roof rack. I would use 3 with the center pole mounted higher to allow water drainage. Attach a material around the poles when they are deployed using bungees. No guy lines needed. Can be very sturdy against wind depending on mounts. Material options so far are either a tent foot print (light weight, water proof), treated canvas tarp (heavier, takes more space in the rig, water resistant), poly tarp (medium duty, water proof, have had several eyelets blow out on these so not too interested).
What I am looking for is input and advice. I did some searching and found some materials but am still working on the final setup. Any opinion or advice is welcome.
"That night we lay in our tent, looking at the stars and listening to the sound of the city. It does not sound like any other city at night. We hear heated discussions and a few fights. Also some gun shots." -Frederik Willems (While camping in the Democratic Republic of the Congo)