My van has many uses; Inside there is a full width 4 feet by 6.5 feet long platform I built to store all my bug-out gear and sleep on and it's for camping and everyday transportation. Recently I added mounts to the roof to tie one side of the tarp/canopy onto it and using a single adjustable painters pole for the center support.
Below is my first campout with the new canopy and it work great! It did rain in the morning after setup but I simply sat in the chair, drank some coffee and waited for the rain to pass. What I did discover was I needed a second support pole or one at each corner. The reason is with a pole at each corner would give me more square feet of rain and sun protection (I'm in Florida and the sun is brutal) and in a bug-out situation will allow me to lower the adjustable poles creating a downward canopy slope with a slight valley to easily collect rain water that in a bad situation could be life sustaining!
I had a great time camping at the shore of the St Johns River and the
Ocean watching the cargo ships pass by. I was amazed at how large
and quiet those ships are.