Home made Solar Bunkend Covers?

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

  1. fourpawscompanions

    fourpawscompanions New Member

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    Hi there, Yes, below is the link:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&item=310120848725

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&item=250364758876


    Link to look at the actual blanket I received:
    http://community.webshots.com/user/fourpawscompanions

    1999 Rockwood Premier 2307
    2003 Montero Limited
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  2. dirtyboy

    dirtyboy New Member

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    That is the exact same "Original SPACE blanket" brand that Cabelas carries....

    A couple dollars cheaper though! Good find!

    My Cabelas blankets work great... I also use the thinner blankets like you got to put on the beds.

    Thanks for the info

    Try it in a Toyota!
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  3. dupreet

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    Thanks for the link, you got a good deal on those.

    He/She doesn't currently have any that are that cheap. Here is a link to the ones at REI - http://www.rei.com/product/407106 - they are about the same price as his full-priced ones, and if you have a store nearby, they would be cheaper. I have seen them at other outdoor supply stores in the $11-15 range.

    Todd

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  4. fourpawscompanions

    fourpawscompanions New Member

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    Hi dirtyboy, glad to hear they are working well for you......yes at 7.00 a blanket cheaper it was too good of a deal to pass up...a friend of mine went out to the sellers website and the seller had bumped the price up to 11.98 each. I guess he realized he was selling them to cheap..my gain.

    1999 Rockwood Premier 2307
    2003 Montero Limited
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  5. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    That was a good price. The guy I bought mine from isn't around anmore (that I can find, anyway).

    The good news is, if you follow fourpaws' link, they seem to have an endless supply of "banana hammocks" <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Shock">


    Joe

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    hey i know it's an old thread but look at these.

    pretty good deal.$3.39ea

    http://www.specopstactical.com/type-olive-drab-lightweight-combat-casualty-blanket-p-2307.html

    Edited by - Tahoein Bunch on February 16 2009 01:32:55
     
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    Jean New Member

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    I love threads about saving money. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">

    I see lots of people mention how much they've helped in the heat, but we live in the Pacific NW<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_raincloud.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Rain">. How much do they help in the cold?

    Thanks
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  8. dupreet

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    Jean -

    I can't attest to the solar covers themselves. I 'winterized' the PUP last fall prior to a few cold weather trips we have taken. Between the covers on 'inside out'. the Reflectix panels in the windows and under the mattresses, and carpeting, we were nice and warm with just one portable electric heater.

    Todd

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  9. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    Jean, they make a huge difference in the cold. You simply flip them over so the reflective side is down. I put some under the mattresses, too. It's plenty comfy. I haven't done the reflectix yet, but I'd like to give that a try, too.


    Joe

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    Tahoein Bunch,
    It looks like the one's you found for $3.39 are not the ones you want. I think those are the really thin ones that are truly only survival blankets.
    Thanks for keeping this thread going guys and gals. I have not visited the site in a while. Glad to be back.

    James
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    James - you are right. While those blankets offer the 'solar protection', they are much lighter weight, don't have the grommets, and I have heard that the aluminized coating will rub off on your canvas.

    Todd

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  12. fourpawscompanions

    fourpawscompanions New Member

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    I just purchased the blankets and was wondering if it is easier to put them on after the pop up is up or prior to putting up the bunkers?

    Rockwood Premier 2307
    2003 Montero Limited
    Two four legged companions
    http://good-times.webshots.com/album/569997767GbDndX

    Edited by - fourpawscompanions on February 28 2009 18:17:14
     
  13. dirtyboy

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    How tall are ya and how wide are the bunks?

    I can put mine up by myself after the camper is up even with a 3 inch suspension lift on the camper

    Try it in a Toyota!
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    bud121156 Western North Carolina

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    I know this thread is about home made covers,but with the Gizmos its easier for me if I put them on 'bout halfway cranked up......the same time I take the canopy out.It works out better for me to get the edge up under the roof before I extend the shepard poles.

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  15. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    I installed snaps under the lip of my roof so I can snap the blankets in place. The easiest way is to crank the roof about a foot, snap the covers on, then finish cranking. The <i>usual</i> method, however, is raise the roof, set the bunks, curse a lot, remove the shepherds poles, lower the roof a bit, snap on the covers, raise the roof back up.


    Joe

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    Edited by - Xolthrax on February 28 2009 20:51:07
     
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    Thanks everyone, I think for my height 5'3" it will be best to put them on when i have the roof a little cranked...I may even have to get one of those folding stools....ha.

    Rockwood Premier 2307
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    I didn't read every message posted in here, but am I correct in assuming that what everyone is using is, more or less, a heavy space blanket? Any reason not to use an insulated reflective cover? My initial thought were concrete blankets, but those are just WAY too thick and heavy. Then I found this and figured this might be better, particularly since I live in the PNW. Granted, I don't have any desire to camp out when it's below freezing (despite having camped in -20 on occasion) but when it gets on the colder side, my guess is that this thicker reflective insulation would be better than just a heavy space blanket. Am I right in thinking that, or not? If not, then I'll pencil in some Armorfoil into my budget

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    What you found on eBay would not really work for bunk-end covers. I would suggest that you do read ALL the posting in this thread to get a complete idea of what different members are using because there are many options.

    Steve
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    <BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>What you found on eBay would not really work for bunk-end covers. <hr height=1 noshade id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote></font id=quote><font face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" size=2 id=quote>why not?<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>I would suggest that you do read ALL the posting in this thread to get a complete idea of what different members are using because there are many options.<hr height=1 noshade id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote></font id=quote><font face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" size=2 id=quote>Best I can surmise is to use what you feel is right. I have a friend in the Army, that I'm going to ask if he can 'requisition' this type of blanket for me. Anyone know what size those are??? I can't find any sizes, anywhere

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    From reading the description of that material sold on eBay, it does not appear to be made for "direct" outdoor use. That is to say, it should not be left exposed to the elements. Notice it says "under surfaces like vinyl siding" and "other interior wall spaces". You would be putting this on the outside top of your bunk-ends, correct? Also, it comes in 4' X 125' rolls. So to would have to cut and attach at least two pieces together and then attach them to the top of the canvas. One good wind may split that down the joint. All the other options listed are one piece options and the heavier the material, the better.

    Now the Military Blankets you listed is a good option. A good idea for size is to take the measurements of the bed and add 2' to both the length and width. Any extra can just over-hang the top of the bunk-end.
    <BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote> I have a friend in the Army, that I'm going to ask if he can 'requisition' this type of blanket for me.<hr height=1 noshade id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote></font id=quote><font face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" size=2 id=quote>Good idea, <u>our</u> tax dollars at work.

    Steve
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