Home made Solar Bunkend Covers?

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  1. jjacks38

    jjacks38 New Member

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    Thanks, Xolthrax. Hopefully I'll find another use for them.
     
  2. James

    James New Member

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    You could always use them as emergency blankets. You can't be to prepared when taking those day hikes from base camp. Just a thought.

    James
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  3. Christy223

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    Here is ours in action. They are from Cabela's. Bought four and made two out of them. Used large binder clips from Office Depot.

    <img src="http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h61/cstockel/WDW08082.jpg" border=0>

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    PS they were very helpful with the AC in the FL heat. We didn't have any problems with the AC unit.

    DH '63
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  5. austinado16

    austinado16 Proud Starcraft Owner

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    Nothing came up from your link other than their home page.

    They do sell them for $19ea in Olive Drab, which is the version myself and others were buying last summer on ebay: http://www.armynavyshop.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=rc9069&Category_Code=

    Cabella's has them in blue for $16 I believe.

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  6. pujobob

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    Thanks for the information. I just made an offer of $5.00 ea. plus shipping for 4 of them and the offer was accepted. Check this out. I got them all for around $30.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220232462121

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  7. austinado16

    austinado16 Proud Starcraft Owner

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    I don't think those are the same. Take a look at the ones sold by Cabella's as "Sportsman's Blankets" or the one sold on that army/navy website that I linked to. You'll notice they are edge bound in black (woven fabric) and have tie-down eyelets at the corners. Also, the fabric is textured because it has rip-stop criss-cross fibers in it. The ones you have bought look like the ones that the army/navy website is selling for $4ea.
    <img src="http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x242/austinado16/Casualtyblanketdetailemail.jpg" border=0>

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  8. Camp Wilson

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    Thanks to everyone for all the information on this topic. I have been trying to decide if I wanted to order the PopupGizmos or try to make my own. Like others I am on a budget and would like to get some before we go to the beach camping this 4th of July. After reading this I think I am going to make mine. However I do have a question about how the sportsman blanket compares to the Reflectix. The Reflectix is a 5/16" thick, seven layer, reflective insulation. Is this thicker than the sportsman blanket?

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  9. austinado16

    austinado16 Proud Starcraft Owner

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    Reflectix won't work. The silver coating on the mylar will rub off on your tent roof.....big time. Use the Refectix as a "standup" insulation and put it in your windows on the Sunny side during the hottest exposure of the day.

    The "Sportsman's Blankets" are thin. Like the thickness a nice nylon/goretex jacket. They "function" on our roofs, not because they have thick insulative properties, but because they reflect the sun off the tent roofs on the bunk ends and keep the bunk ends from being ovens.

    I would definately recommend making your own.

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  10. Camp Wilson

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    Thanks austinado16. I am going to call around and see if I can find some of the blankets locally. If not I order them online.

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    Bummer. I just received the blankets I bought on ebay. They are made by Harris Mfg Co with the # 7210-00-935-6666 and are 96 x 56. They are the foil type-not what I thought I was buying. I'll look again for the heavier blankets.

    Joann Snyder
     
  12. twforeman

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    I also just received the blankets I bought on eBay and they are not really what I want.

    What I bought were the Army Surplus survival blankets that others have been talking about.

    <img src="http://timf.anansi-web.com/images/misc/blanket.jpg" border=0>

    I have 4 that I got for $5 each. I'd love to get rid of them, does anyone want to take them off my hands for what I paid for them with shipping? PM me please.

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  13. James

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    Hey guys and gals.

    Just to let you know I'm on my second camper with mine. I've got one for the smaller bunk and two attatched with velcro for the front. They do the same exact thing as the custom made ones for a little less money. Bought several cheap spring clamps from Home Depot for attaching to the pup roof and bunk end. Last month they made it through a really bad and windy storm and did not even budge and they kept the top of the bunk ends clean and fairly dry. This makes it much easier to close the pup in the morning. You may also want to check the pupup gizmos website and look at their garage sale. If they have your size this is the way to go. Really cheap.

    http://www.popupgizmos.com/Gararge%20Sale%20htm.htm

    James
    2000 Viking Legend 2467

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    Edited by - James on June 04 2008 21:27:04
     
  14. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    twforeman, those are exactly the same as the blankets I and several others have used.

    <img src="http://inlinethumb42.webshots.com/19369/2848466700101305190S500x500Q85.jpg" border=0>

    I have compared them to original gizmos, and the material is practically identical. Why don't you think they'll work for you?


    Joe

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  15. pujobob

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    The NSN # on the Harris Mfg. Co blankets I got is 7210-00-935-6666 and it is the really thin material and mine are 96x56. I think the 7210-00-935-6665 blankets are the quilted ones, aren't they?

    Joann Snyder
     
  16. Camp Wilson

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    Well I got my solar bunkend covers on my PUP this weekend. I got the blankets from Cabelas and I started on them Saturday, but since it was over 100 degrees I did not get them done until this afternoon. Here is a link to the pictures I took.
    http://good-times.webshots.com/album/563732994KbuEdx

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  17. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    Joann, I can't answer that for certain, but you may be right. Mine are 6665, and they are quilted. The picture that twforeman posted above is from one of my boxes. If he got that model, then he has the same ones I do.


    Joe

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    I bought my emergency blankets on ebay, got four for my end bunks at 5.98 each. They are 60x84 with reinforced grommets, edge binding, cross stitching to prevent ripping; there orange in color on one side, but the color didn't make a difference to me, the other side is the heavy mylar material. I also purchased the light weight mylar emergency blankets for under the mattresses. I paid 0.99 for each of the mylar emergency blankets on ebay. Total cost with s&h 37.78.

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    4paws, can we see a link to those ebay blankets?

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    Hi All,

    Here is a photo of my 'winter' covers.

    [url="<a href="http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2229230700103736481jyeoKU"><img src="http://thumb1.webshots.net/t/63/563/2/30/70/2229230700103736481jyeoKU_th.jpg" alt="'Winter' Bunkend Covers"></a>]Bunkend Covers[/url]

    The Sportsmen blankets I bought at REI were beginning to show some wear, so I decided to modify them into blankets cold weather use and get some fresh ones this summer. I had three blankets. I cut one in half and use it for a a flap that extends down the side of the bunkend. This works well to keep the heat in and makes an almost 100% cover against rain/snow/bugs/etc. It was fairly easy to do. I positioned the blankets on the camper, 'pinned' it with some pieces of duct tape, and headed inside. I borrowed the wife's sewing machine, setup where I had lots of room, and sewed away! I think they turned out nicely and not bad for a $30 investment.

    I am considering buying three new ones and doing the same thing for my new 'summer' covers.

    Later,

    Todd


    Wife, 3 Kids, 2 Dogs, 2 Cats
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    Edited by - dupreet on February 15 2009 10:22:15
     

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