- Item Weight: 5.1 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
- Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
- ASIN: B004HQRHW2
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- Item model number: 40819311
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #898,046 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
Kelty Car Tarp Basecamp Shelter
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- Portable shelter for protecting car or boat
- Simple, versatile design covers 110 square feet
- Made of 68D polyester with DAC fiberglass poles
- Nite Ize Figure 9 guyline adjuster with guyout points
- Measures 140 x 140 inches; weighs 4 pounds 9 ounces
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For use with a vehicle or structure, the Kelty Car Tarp is a simple, versatile, high-value shelter that provides the right amount of protection.
Protect your car or boat while away from home--or even in an uncovered driveway--with the Kelty car tarp. A simple, versatile, high-value shelter that provides just the right amount of protection, the car tarp is ideal for homeowners who live in regions with weather extremes. The tarp is made of 68D polyester, with three easy-to-pitch DAC fiberglass poles. The tarp also includes a Nite Ize Figure 9 guyline adjuster to go with the guyout points.
- Seasons: 3
- Floor area: 110 square feet
- Minimum weight: 4 pounds 1 ounce
- Packaged weight: 4 pounds 9 ounces
- Dimensions: 140 by 140 inches
- Packaged dimensions: 5 by 21 inches
Kelty has been building affordable, reliable outdoor gear since 1952, helping everyone--from the first-time camper to the experienced mountaineer--embrace the outdoor experience with confidence. Dick Kelty launched the company after years of making backpacks in his home or garage for friends, hand forming and welding each of the frames while his wife sewed the pack bags. The original Kelty packs included aircraft-aluminum contoured frames, padded shoulder straps, waist belts, clevis-pin attachments, nylon pack cloth, zippered pockets, and hold-open frames. Dick Kelty quit his carpentry business in 1956 to focus full time on Kelty Packs, and turned an old Glendale, California, barbershop into his first retail store and factory. In the ensuring years, Kelty expanded its product line to include daypacks, luggage, waterproof clothing, child carriers, jogging strollers, and more.
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You definitely need to set it up once to get it all figured out, but once you've got the hang of it it goes up pretty easily. I strongly suggest leaving the guy lines attached to the tarp when putting it away.
The only real downside we've noticed is a tendency for rainwater to pool in the top half of the tarp, so you need to make sure to push it off to the side away from the car. I'm sure I'll eventually figure out a way to adjust it to prevent that from happening, but I haven't succeeded yet.
Bought the tarp about 6 months ago or so. We did a test run at the house (highly recommended). The setup is not technically difficult but you should have some working knowledge about tents to get the most out of this product. We found that it is flexible on how you choose to attach to the vehicle. It seems a roof rack with rails is pretty important for good anchoring. I'm sure you could find other ways as well.
This last weekend we took it to the beach. Perfect day to test it's stability, the winds were gusty and strong. The setup uses old school cross stabilization with tension tie downs and works the best with TWO people. This product sets up with a healthy amount of patience :) I'm the kind of guy that loves knots and rope.. so as long I'm not in a rush it's a good deal of fun. Set up was about 15 minutes total. I'll probably get it down to about 10 after a few tries.
We chose the long reach set up with the poles on the farthest grommets out. We wanted a view of the gulf. See pics.
Once up, we noticed the wind was strong enough to use all of the perimeter points for tie down. From there it was stable with some flapping. The coverage was comfy for two people with camp chairs. You could fit more with smaller chairs.
It was a great day and we got a lot of "thumbs up" from passers by.
Take down was easy and done in about 3 mins.
Looking back, it was definitely worth the purchase for the price, quality and performance.
Today I attached some hooks to the pop-top for mounting the tarp up higher (when the pop-top is up, it is connected at that level, rather than drip-rail level). We will see how it does with shedding rain one day. I am very pleased with my purchase.
fabric too thin,
carbiners too teensy,
cords too thin & short,
poles too thin ...
aluminum stakes too insubstantial ...
most ground too hard for flimsy stakes ...
returned it in the nick of time ... try something else ...