Ground Sheet For Tarp Shelter

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  1. bushwolf

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    I am working on setting up a tarp shelter to try out (el cheapo 10x12 camo polytarp).

    What do you use for a ground sheet???

    I assume that a ground sheet is important since there is no floor in my tarp shelter.

    I have thought of just using a second tarp, but that would add substantialy to my shelter kit's bulk and weight.

    I look forward to hearing your sugestions.
     
  2. Sweeneyguy

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    I use a space blanket, the heavy kind with OD on one side and silver on the other.

    Another very good cheap ground sheet and light is Tyvek.
     
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    I do, too. Or just an old, plain plastic one. I've got BCO tarps now, too, but too recent to lay claim to changed habits yet.

    There's a local construction site with acres of temporary tyvek I've had my eye on, for a couple of possible projects, but I don't favor the colors and haven't yet ever tried to change 'em.
     
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    Casulty blanket, or a MEST tarp.
     
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    I don't -I like the USGI bivy.i can keep my pad in it (and bag rolled up in)and roll around and not worry about slipping off and also if I don't feel like a tarp or it's a beautiful night I don't use it at all.
     
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    I use a GI bivy too. A great piece of gear.
     
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    I use either a thick Grabber all weather blanket, or a piece of Tyvek
     
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    either a casualty blanket or i use a bivy with my tarp. normally a bivy.
     
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    i use a hammock under my tarp, and keep my sit pad underneath as a 'doormat', weighed down with a rock or my shoes or whatever... but the two items i've heard used as a groundcloth that I would try first are a casualty blanket (which i own, carry, and use as a hasty lunch counter when on a dayhike) or a piece of tyvek (which i do not own, but have smelled/ felt/ touched, and it seems like it would work well.)
     
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    I sewed up a scant ground sheet from coated ripstop, about 2' x 7' with peg loops on the corners. I don't move around much when I'm sleeping so the minimal size is fine for me. Inflatable mattresses tend to slip on a ground sheet, foam pads less so. I'm thinking about sewing pockets to hold the pad in place.

    I also sometimes use the GI bivy.
     
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    If you can scrounge a large piece of Tyvek, that makes an excellent ground cloth.
     
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    A blue poly tarp on the ground and my pad and blanket slip into my sunforger canvas bed roll.
     
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    I have always used a el cheapo poly tarp for a ground tarp and a cheap mylar blanket on top of that, pulled up as a backstop too. Keep one warm and toasty with a good mat and bag. (if i had my choice of absolute comfort, I'd hang a hammock under there and sleep till noon! :D
     
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    Tyvek.

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    90% of the time I use a casualty blanket (actually a Grabber brand, OD on one side, silver on the other). The other 10% I don't use anything... This is the same if I'm hanging in my hammock or sleeping on the ground.

    Ski
     
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    I use a heavy-duty plastic drop-cloth. Find it in the paint section of any hardware store. A nice sized piece can double as a makeshift tarp.
     
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    Thanks for the ideas everyone, I appreaciate your input.
     
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    Casulty blanket That's what I use!
     
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    tyvek

    Tyvek. Its light, waterproof, cheap, and packs up very small. If you get it new it will be very loud (crinkly, like a sheet of cellophane) you can break it in by throwing it in the dryer on a cool cycle with a couple of shoes for an hour or two. After that you'll be ready to go.
     
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    Never underestimate the value of a $3:00 shower curtain liner from wallyworld. It's potential is huge. Everyone should have one in their ruck.
     
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    Right now I use 2 or 4 mil (can't quite remember) plastic painter's drop cloth from Lowe's.

    It works, but the problem I have with them is that if the ground is wet they're much more difficult to shake the leaves out of than my heavier equinox tarp. They're also harder to clean off when I get home, and I end up replacing them pretty frequently. I end up with a lot of wet leaves in my pack, which is kind of annoying. I figure there's someone to make fun of me for that.

    Haven't yet tried tyvek, so I don't know if it has the same issue.

    I'm currently talking myself into getting a MEST tarp, though... It would be a great emergency tarp in a day hike kit and a ground sheet on planned overnights.

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    I made one from cat food bags; it works but it's slippery. Last week, I pitched my pup tent on a slight slope and my thermarest and I slid part way out the door by morning. The old poly tarp was a better choice.


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    I use Tyvek or a 5x7 nylon tarp that I've had for a while. Perhaps the $9.97 Walmart one would work.

    I wash my tyvek in the bathtub to get rid of the crinkliness and soften it. I dry it outside but the dryer is a good idea.
     
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    When re-enacting with Mario I use the canvas that my blanket was rolled up in. When doing modern camping a piece of 4 ml plastic is what's under my pad & sleeping bag. I too have had an issue with damp leaves sticking to it but I fold it so they are inside and don't wet any of my other gear.

    That's all for now. Take care and until next time...Be well.

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    I'm another one for using the GI Emergency blanket. They just hold up much better and also serve for other uses. Tyvek doesn't reflect body heat.
     
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    'cause the constant presence of strong wind in my area i cannot use the lean to set up,so i use the tarp as a tube tent.i tie all grommets on the longer side with electrician
    tie zips and in that way i have a floor too.
     
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    If the ground is dry and no rain is expected, I use an el cheapo moving blanket. Like the kind you wrap furniture in when its on a truck.
     
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    Being that I work in a lumberyard, I've found lumber wrapc to be extrremely inexpensive(free for the asking) although they are a little bulky. Some have an actual paper backing and they are pretty bulky, but there are some that are without paper backing and they aren't too bad. They are waterproof, and I've had wet pants/boots to show for it when uncovering the boards after a rain shower. I've fasioned them into a tarp with duct tape reinforced tie out points and had ok success with it.
     
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    I use tyvek mainly, after a few washings it feels like cloth and is extremely lightweight
     
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    i use an old russian canvas poncho. serves double duty
     

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