Love the window mounted AC unitI guess I'm the only DIY red neck on here. My setup was put together using crap I had laying around the place. I didn't go out and buy anything special. It weighs very little and rolls up very small. I have two pieces of wood I salvaged from an old hammock, they are pre-drilled for all the hammock ropes to go through. I bolt them together using bolts and wing nuts. I then slip it between the tubes of the roof rack and bungee chord it into place. There are carabiners on each end that snap into the corner grommets.
The poles are made out of 1/2 inch conduit which take apart. They are 7 foot assembled. I can easily adjust the height of the poles to block more sun when it is low in the sky. 4 stakes, some straps and about ten minutes and it's up. Not too glamorous but dirt cheap, extremely light compared to an EZ-UP and very nice sized to boot. I also have small tarps that I clamp onto the edges for sides. Harbor freight spring clamps work wonders for that job. Obviously I can set it up in the rear, front, or either side depending on the direction of the sun.
I actually forgot to take it down and went out fishing. The wind came up pretty good and I rushed back to see how it faired. It was still up and nothing was damaged. I run bungee chords to all of the grommets across the front of it. I think that is why it wasn't ripped. The chairs blew over in the wind so I know it was ripping through there pretty good.
Again, a pretty sorry sight compared to all of the previously posted pics.
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Thanks, a guy has to stay cool while he's on vacation.Love the window mounted AC unit
Well then, welcome to the red neck FJ club. :rocker:I also built an awning with a cammo tarp and some universal tent poles I found at the store.
Very Nice... what is the thickness of your trap? Have you had it out in the rain yet?Hi Guys,
I have to say I like the ethic Moab Junky has. Very frugal. I spent hours online reading about these fancy tarps and looking for a deal. The cost was just way to high for me. Although I didn't stick to the supplies on hand, I did take the same route and build my own. I used chain link fence parts. Top rail for the main tarp support on the FJ. 2 pieces at 7' cut so one end fits into the other. they then slide in to a line post I mounted to the stock roof rack with clamps (all painted black for looks). A couple hols drilled in the top rail wing poles and the tarp clips on with cheap snap rings. A few extension poles at the corners and some stakes and guy wires and I have a nice shaded area to huddle under.
One of the benefits I have is being able to adjust the tarp more to one side of the FJ than the other if I need to and to drop a side for a little wind/rain protection on a side, if needed. The truck side is 12'. I bought a light weight 12'x9.5' tarp from Chinook through a retailer for under $40. Eventually I upgraded to a larger 12'x16' tarp from the same people so now I can add a side to the top.
I think the whole setup cast less than $100. I had to do a little modifying on the roof rack to hold the wing poles but they have been clamped up there for quite a few miles and not come loose yet.
Here is the retailer for the tarps: Chinook 11016 Tarp 12 x 9.6 - Sand 774552110165
Oh yes! I came up with this as a result of wanting to camp in the Washington Hills... where there is lots of "Liquid Sunshine"! Sheds well, has the flexibility to drop one side low as a wind block or add another tarp to one side for some real privacy from the neighbors in the next campsite, if needed. Also, I take extra poles so I can set the tarp up separate from the FJ if I want to go wheeling.Very Nice... what is the thickness of your trap? Have you had it out in the rain yet?
Sorry Yotes, I had to do some searching for the tarp thickness. I got my 12x16 from Amazon. Here is their description:Very Nice... what is the thickness of your trap? Have you had it out in the rain yet?
Which beach is this?Here is the only picture of mine that I have.
Basically a homemade experiment. Took a 20x12 tarp and ziptied it to the roof rack and made some 8ft pvc poles with nails on both sides to stick in the sand on one end and on the other to go through the tarp rings. Then used some twine to put tension on the poles.
What I've learned from this, I need much stronger poles and probably need to not have the tarp quite so far out. But it beats paying those awning prices and its way more customizable if you use your head.