the current configuration is basically a frame of galvanized pipe with a tarp stretched over it. the pipe frame is attached to the bus with
a ramshackle nut and bolt system designed by our engineers in the secret
lab. the tarp is attached to the frame with
ball bungees designed for that purpose. the tarp attaches to the bus with grommets over hooks
that are anchored to the bus. the whole thing has four poles that support the opposite side of the frame, which
is ratchet-strapped to anchor stakes hammered into the thick red mud. it's pretty straightforward.
no matter what you use, anchoring is very important, as the #3 awning has been bent over the top of the bus twice that i know of, just in the course of setting the damn thing up on a windy morning.
we have considered making a pole tent long enough to play cornhole and
horseshoes in the rain. we have driven around and inspected
several other configurations, such as:
something like this in a 50' long
version would be ideal.
about 12' wide should work.