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One Tarp, Many Uses
We recently caught up with Erin and Caroline of Authentic Asheville to have them show us how they use their ProFly Rain Tarp. As with many other van lifers, there’s a rule that everything that gets packed in their van must have two purposes. The ProFly Rain Tarp falls into that dual-purpose category.
The ProFly can be used to provide protection from the elements while relaxing in an ENO hammock, and it can also be rigged to work with their camper van to provide shade on sunny days. Their van is not tall enough to stand up in, so lots of activities like cooking, making coffee, and hanging out happen outside of the van. The tarp protects from less-than-ideal weather and provides a layer of privacy.
Note that the tarp attached to the van in these photos is not meant to be load-bearing and is strictly to provide relief from the sun/rain. Each van may be different with how you can utilize and attach the tarp.
“The ProFly Rain Tarp is quick and easy to set up," Erin said. "We love that it packs down small and doesn’t take up much space in our van. It’s quickly made its way into our list of must-haves for all road trips.”
About the Creators
Caroline Whatley and Erin McGrady are the duo behind Authentic Asheville. They are digital nomads who work as photographers, writers, and content creators. Authentic Asheville is a camper van travel blog that focuses on travel in their home base Asheville, NC and beyond.