Home made Solar Bunkend Covers?

Discussion in 'Heating / Cooling Systems' started by James, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. jeffkozd

    jeffkozd New Member

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    Ditto.
    Camping in South Florida these things are a requirement. I would guess the blankets help keep the bunk ends 15-20 degrees cooler in the daytime. When the silver starts to crack I pick up a new one from Bass Pro for $12.00

    Can't beat it!

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  2. wa2bfw

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    I bought the PopUpGizmo covers. But I also took the Reflectix material that I bought at Home Depot and Cut it to fit all of the window openings, and under the bunk ends. When I put everything in (bunk end covers, reflectix in windows) my popup pretty much will hold whatever temperature my A/C or heater are set at. I've had it in single digit temperatures in the Colorado mountains and in the triple digit temps of the desert southwest. The good thing is all the material is very lightweight and folds up easily so it's always available when I need it.
     
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    Iguess I'll need to get some reflectix before the winter, so DW wont freeze to death on our New Years camp out. Thanks fo for all the input on the solar blankets!

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  4. James

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    Hello out there, Just an update. It's been a hot August here in St. Louis and the solar covers have been a life saver. My 8000 BTU A/C unit is able to keep up and cool into the high 90's in full sun. Sure makes camping for the kids much more comfortable.

    James
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  5. Digger

    Digger Foothills of Central Virginia

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    This is a great thread to repost...plus I have a question.

    I checked the military supply site today and his prices are up to 9.99 for one. I didn't see an option for any multiple quantity discount. Am I missing it?

    How many would it take to cover one King bunk canvas on my Westlake?

    Does it fray where you make the cut after sewing? And do you hand sew or use a machine?

    Thanks!!!

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  6. austinado16

    austinado16 Proud Starcraft Owner

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    If you can, measure your roof's exact surface area and then decide how many of the blankets will fit based on how big they are. My hunch is that 2 blankes will do nicely.

    No, it doesn't fray when cut. It's sort of a mult-layered nylon with rip-stop mesh in the middle. Sews easily on a machine....basically as fast as your machine can sew and you can feed the material in.

    Even at $10 a pop, they're a great deal.

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  7. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    I just checked on eBay to see if the seller I purchased them from still had any. Sorry, no dice. I know that he had a limited quantity. Maybe he finally ran out.

    $10 isn't bad. Cabellas sells basically the same blanket that I used for $13

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0006243510214a&type=product&cmCat=Search_Results_NYR&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&QueryText=survival+blanket&N=4887&Ntk=Products&Ntx=mode+matchall&Nty=1&Ntt=survival+blanket&noImage=0

    It's a pretty strong material, and shouldn't rip when sewn. It's not one of those cheapo "tin foil" type survival blankets. It has a gridwork of reinforcement in it. Mine have survived several rough storms. The only change I made was to clamp the ends down instead of using bungees on the corners, as the corners were starting to rip from the stress. Now they're fine. You could always add some additional material to reinforce the seam if you were concerned about tearing.

    The blankets I used were 84" X 56" (same as the Cabellas blankets). I used 2 of them on each end, and it worked just fine. The picture that I posted is covering a king size bunk.

    Here is the info that was on the boxes:

    <img src="http://inlinethumb39.webshots.com/36902/2239151250101305190S425x425Q85.jpg" border=0>


    I also use one under each bunk to either reflect or repel heat as the temperature calls for.


    Joe

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  8. James

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    It looks like I asked a good question. I just thought I would reply and move it to the beginning of the forum again for those who are preparing for the camping season

    James
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  9. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    Here's one. They only have one, but it's <b>cheap</b>.


    Joe

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  10. Pete

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    I have a king and a queen bunk in my pup so I needed two per bunk. I bought mine from Cabelas. I took mine to a local upholstery shop and they sewed mine together for free. I took about two minutes. I just thought this might help those trying to decide which way to go.

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    This site has the Military Casualty Blankets for $4.00 each and they are 52"x84". I think I'll pick up a dozen or so <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile"> !?!?!?

    Thx,

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    We use 3/8' closed cell foam pads under each of our pullout bed's mattresses. I lined the entire bed with them. We do alot of high altitude camping (10,000'.) It does a great job insulating the cold out even in frigid conditions.
    Question: What are the implications for canvas damage from extended exposure to pinching it with the spring clips?
    Is there any additional condensation caused from putting the tarp on top of the canvas?
    Thanks.
    Julian

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  13. CalebsMawMaw

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    DXTAC, just wondering if you received your blankets and are they the same as pictured earlier in this posting, with the stitching thru two layers of the 'material'? I found a site that shows multiple sizes, I just worry about the quality. Any comments would be welcome.

    http://www.tarpfactoryoutlet.com/hmpg/tarps/tarps_main.htm

    Tonia
     
  14. rmojo

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    The ones DXTAC posted are NOT like the all weather space blankets. These are like the Mylar ones but even cheaper...like tissue paper. I will return them and get the REI ones.
     
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    Hey Tonia -

    They definitely are NOT the sturdiest things in the world. They'll probably make it through the season (hopefully) then I'll pony up the dough for the ones from REI or similar.

    Derek & Heather
    Dominic,Dylan (our twin 4 year olds)
    Amara our 2 year old Weimaraner

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    Edited by - DXTAC on March 27 2008 19:57:11
     
  16. CalebsMawMaw

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    Thanks for letting me know about the quality. I am trying to be thrifty. I am starting to wonder if I should just bite the bullet and by the Cabela's ones. I really wanted a bargain, but bargains can sometimes be deceiving. Happy camping, I can't wait to get ours out of storage and get ready to camp. Our daughter just bought a camper and we look forward to many weekends with her family.

    Tonia
     
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    I just found a site that sells these for $3.39 shipping on 6 of them was $9.50.

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  18. James

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    prncssgeek

    those are emergency blankets, you don't want them because they are too thin and could leave marks on you canvas.

    James
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    I ordered those, not realizing just what I was getting. They are incredibly thin, but I don't know how strong they are.

    Has anyone used them without tearing in wind? I thought I might just cut them and put in bunk windows. I'm thinking maybe since it is so thin I could leave in all summer, no need to remove when closing the pup each time?

    James, why would they leave marks on the canvas?

    Edited by - jjacks38 on April 10 2008 08:21:08
     
  20. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    The mylar material can flake off and get stuck to your canvas.


    Joe

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