Home made Solar Bunkend Covers?

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  1. backwoodzbum

    backwoodzbum New Member

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    I just order the three pack he had on ebay...I started to get the dozen and then offer them up to portal members at a good price....but I am just do busy right now.
    Thanks Joe.

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    I understand the reflective nature would help for the bunk end covers but what is the purpose for under the mattress? Which side would go away from the mattress? I can't stand being overheated and want to look more into these, although this being our first year out, DH is already complaining about how much it has cost to outfit with what I have (and that is only a few of the plastic storage units, plastic dishes and silverware! I recycled all the bedding and pot and pans from home!) I'm still working on him to let me get lights!

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    Under the mattress helps insulate keeping cold out heat in.

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  4. backwoodzbum

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    Joe right after I posted..... the other 12 blankets were bought....just wondering if another portal member grabbed up that great deal. That is the cheapest place I have seen these. Glad i got mine before they were gone.
    BTW...I talked to that seller and they are an official supplier to the US Armed Forces. They just dump some of the overstock out to ebay at below cost just to free up space.

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  5. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    You're right. I tried looking them up to see if they were available elsewhere. They are made by Harris Mfg. Co., Inc. All I found was a military supply company. Nobody else carries them.

    Sharon, I put them under the mattress shiny side down to reflect heat away. When it gets colder, I will turn them shiny side up to reflect any heat back into the bunk.


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    There is another one available, if anyone is interested:

    CASUALTY BLANKET ON EBAY

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  7. jpawlishn

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    I just snapped 3 up for us! Great idea! Of course DH says I am way too into this pup stuff! My thought... someone has to be! LOL

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    I made mine out of reflectix and used aluminum tape for all the seams. It's the same stuff that you wrap your ho water tank in. Available at Home Depot.

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  9. austinado16

    austinado16 Proud Starcraft Owner

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    Having just camped in the mojave desert, south rim of the Grand Canyon, and Kings Canyon National Park, bunk end covers are my next purchase.

    I've looked online at the MPI blankets sold by REI, Cabalas, Campmor, etc. and just looked at the military casualty blanks from the seller on ebay.

    I'm on the fence about which to buy, although the price of the military version is certainly appealing. Has anyone compared the 2 and maybe have an opinion on which is better?

    Thanks!

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  10. austinado16

    austinado16 Proud Starcraft Owner

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    Well, I jumped in and ordered 6 of the military casualty blankets. They are very nice. I showed a photo of mine up close to a guy on another PUP forum and he said they look very similar the Popup Gizmos, except they're olive drab instead of red on one side.

    I'm very pleased! Thanks for the suggestion on these and the link to the seller. I actually called him prior to ordering and he was nice. They sent out a shipping confirmation email last Friday and I got them here in southern CA today (Thursday).
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  11. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    I'll post some pics of mine in a few days (I'm camping right now).

    <i>I think I should get a commission from the seller</i>.

    Actually, the praise goes to happybooker who posted the link a while back.


    Joe

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    I just got 3 from eBay. I had 2 red ones from Bass Pro Shops and these look like the same thing. The silver coating finely started breaking down under this Texas sun so I decided to replace them.
    I attach them under the end of the roof with Velcro and then use the large binder clips from an office supply to hold them down at the other end and one on each side. Make sure you attach them to the roof before you crank the roof up all the way. By the way, the binder clips are handy for a lot of other things too.

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  13. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    I installed some snap fasteners under the lip of my roof, and then to the covers. This holds them quite securely. I have been through 2 bad storms with them without a problem.

    Joe

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  14. austinado16

    austinado16 Proud Starcraft Owner

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    I like the snap idea Joe.

    I laid one of mine on today and after a couple hours took a reading of the inside roof temp with my infrared temp gun. 130*F in unprotected area, 100*F under the casualty blanket.

    Tomorrow's project is to cut and sew 2 together to cover the front bunk, and get the clips, snaps or velcro, etc. to finish off the installation.

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  15. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    Good luck with the sewing. I used duct tape to attach mine ( I <b>suck</b> at sewing). I also added duct tape to each place that I put a snap for strength, and on the corner grommets.


    Joe

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  16. austinado16

    austinado16 Proud Starcraft Owner

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    I've got a big role of that shiny metal tape because this week's project was reflectix insulation around my fridge and furnace. Maybe that would hold nicely. It's the industrial/building supply quality stuff, not the cheaper product.

    I think I'll do a little test in the morning!

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  17. austinado16

    austinado16 Proud Starcraft Owner

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    Okay, decide to sew mine rather than tape. I laid 2 side-by-side long ways, cut them where they overlapped along the center bunk roof pole, and then sewed them together.

    Here's a shot of them installed using the large "binder clamps" from Staples. The clamps were $4/box of 12. I bought a box for each bunk.
    <img src="http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x242/austinado16/Casualtyblanketinstalledresized.jpg" border=0>
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    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    Ok, as promised, here is a picture of my home made bunk end covers.

    <img src="http://inlinethumb10.webshots.com/30985/2966930030101305190S500x500Q85.jpg" border=0>



    Joe

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  19. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    And while we're at it, here's the home made bunk skirt. It snaps to the bunks and camper, and the 2 halves are held together by velcro at the opening.

    <img src="http://inlinethumb23.webshots.com/37846/2055561690101305190S425x425Q85.jpg" border=0>

    <img src="http://inlinethumb63.webshots.com/36670/2030367400101305190S425x425Q85.jpg" border=0>

    Joe

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  20. austinado16

    austinado16 Proud Starcraft Owner

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    Okay, quick update.

    It was 105*F here today. The PUP is set up in camp-backyard right now. The front bunk gets a good sun bake from about 8am to 2pm, at least.

    Today started out at about 80 something degrees and rapidly headed over 100.

    Instead of the front bunk feeling like an oven inside, and the ceiling radiating heat like a skillet, the front bunk was just "normal".....in other words, it was hot just like the rest of the camper.

    I'm very impressed, especially considering that I bought a real quality product and didn't send tall dollars doing it!

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