When I crossed the Nullarbor in the middle of January this year, I camped out at the Penang Caravan Park, and whilst there, at about 3am, it started raining, it wasn’t heavy deluge but it did last for roughly 10 minutes and it was loud enough to wake me up, although in a tent, rain doesn’t need to be heavy to be much noise.
So next day driving towards Perth, I started thinking about ways to catch the rain when I finally do start my cycle trip across the Nullarbor, I wanted something simple, quick to install and light, and I think I have made something that fits the bill.
I started with a strip of velcro across the width of the outer fly, with another strip on a flap to fold over and cover the first piece if the rain catcher is not fitted.
The rain catcher has a strip of velcro on both sides of the top section, so when fitted the folding flap on the fly and fold over it.
The business end of the catcher comes together with another strip of velcro and it holds a piece of 25mm PVC pipe in place.
The PVC has an 45° elbow and about 150mm of PVC pipe into the folding containers mouth. This was a late addition, when watching the tent from the comfort of the house, I saw the wind lift the catcher up and remove the elbow, so hopefully this fix that problem. This end of the catcher is secured in place with some cord and a stake. I may add a stick to prop up this end and try to give it a bit of height.
The only thing left to do is apply some seam sealer, where the velcro and the webbing have been stitched on.
The material I bought off eBay, it’s called Ripstop nylon waterproof fabric from a seller called lilylily.123, it took a while to arrive but it got here. Cost $11.oo with free shipping.
The webbing is 25mm black webbing bought from Spotlight at Joondalup, I think it cost $5ish. The velcro was another eBay purchase, 25mm Olive colour, I bought two yards of this for $4.58. My lovely wife got me the invisible waterproof thread, most likely from Spotlightas well, but only after she found out I had bought some nylon fishing line 0.3 mm that I was going to use in the old sewing machine. (which I had to repair first, a new top gear and treated it to some new feet, oh and a clean and oil.
The container in the picture is a foldable/collapsible 20L (eBay about $8), so when camping and I wake in the morning after some rain, I will have some spare water that I can use instead of my limited supply.
Feel free to ask questions.