Home made Solar Bunkend Covers?

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

  1. MLH070

    MLH070 New Member

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    I'm not sure what a "heavy space blanket" is, but we have used the emergency space blankets (red on one side and silver on the other) many times when we had our Hybrid. We live near Portland, OR so we camp mainly on the coast. In the early spring and fall they have really made a difference in the amount of heat required to keep us warm and have completely done away with that nasty condensation. For $12.50 at REI they can't be beat. IMHO

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  2. candleems

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    Bass Pro shops also carry the correct kind. The only ones they had when I looked were red on one side, silver on the other. So far, they are holding up ok, after 3 camping seasons. Make a big difference on bunk end condensation problems and dirt on the exterior.

    Barb '74, DH '63, DD '02
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  3. MLH070

    MLH070 New Member

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    My DH liked the part about keeping dirt off. Especially pitch, drippy trees, and the ever popular.....bird poop. H

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  4. Queen-B

    Queen-B Northeast Wyoming

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    Okay, covehon asked this question way back on page 4 and I never saw a response to it. I, too, am wondering the same thing!

    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
     
  5. The David Zoo

    The David Zoo New Member

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    Ok, I'm sold on these for both my bunks.
    I also have the push-out dinette. Should I get/make a cover for it, too?

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  6. gkosel

    gkosel Fargo, ND (Next Trip - ?)

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    Yes, get one for your slide-out too. You will regret it if you don't.

    Good luck with them. I love mine.

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  7. The David Zoo

    The David Zoo New Member

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    Just found some at our local PX (Post Exchange) for $9.95 each, plus no tax, no shipping. Gotta love it. Got 4, will get 2 more for the dinette, and make my own gizmos.
    When joining 2 blankets, some have talked about cutting and sewing with the seam running down the center of the bunk. Is there a reason to cut at all? Can't I just have a little overlap, sew the 2 blankets together, maybe add a strip of tape over the seam, and let the excess hang down?
    Thanks for all the great info.

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  8. gkosel

    gkosel Fargo, ND (Next Trip - ?)

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    The only reason that I can see to cut them is to give a cleaner look and to prevent the overhanging flaps from blowing in the wind and making it harder to keep attached.

    I have seen some that have large enough overlaps so that they actually come down over the sides and also cover the bunk-end windows.

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  9. bknjohnson

    bknjohnson Tyngsboro MA

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    I ordered a set of two from Popup Gizmos, they arrived in three days! Can't wait to try them out. I never thought about the dinette slideout, we'll see if I need to get another or do the homemade version for that. We're heading to Carlsbad NM in May and into southern California in June, perfect time to try these out. Wish I had them last August in Moab UT!

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  10. rmojo

    rmojo New Member

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    I found a place that has them for 9.83 each if you buy 6.

    http://www.botachtactical.com/mpiallweatbl.html
     
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    Mr.Prankster New Member

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    I just scored 6 on Ebay for $36. Had the same Mil part # and label as the post from Xolthrax a couple pages back. They are still out there if you watch for them. I will ask the seller if he has more.

    Paul 67, DW 77, DD 03
     
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    Thanks for the link, rmojo! I found a coupon online for 7% off if you enter "APRIL2009".

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  13. Balone42

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    Hi. I bought Refectix from an Ace Hardware (probably cheaper at Home Depot) and made bunk end covers and covers that fit inside the windows of the bunks to give greater warmth on cold nights and cool in the heat. The material is a sort of silver bubble wrap only skinnier and works well, You can either install grommets in the corners and along the sides or fuse a plastic strip sleeve to one end and glue a J track to the edge of the roof top on one end. I have also seen pictures where they are made a few inches smaller than the canvas of the roof and attached along the sides with grommets only, but I think they would tend to slip down in the wind. Anyhow, if you make the version I made, slip the plastic into the J track and stretch the Reflectix over the top of the bunk canvas. I glued black plastic to one side and flip them during the cold weather so the black absorbs any heat on a cold day and the Reflectix serves as an insulation. Works pretty well and was MUCH cheaper. I really like the window covers as well. They are really nice in hot weather and help in cold. I used cardboard cut to fit in the windows as a pattern for the right size. the Reflectix sheet fits flat between the screening and the canvas. They store easily under the mattresses for travel or roll up. The surface of the Reflectix is water repellant as well. We live in the Pac NW and it often gets cold at the beginning and end of camping season and we get a lot of rain so I am thinking about sealing a layer of cardboard betweens two layers for added warmth in bad weather. Good luck. BWII. One really hot hot hot summer I couldn't afford air conditioning and didn't really want to put anything on the roof of my PUP. I salvaged a small used swamp cooler and put it on a metal folding stand I had outside one of the box windows. I surrounded it with Relectix adhered to heavy cardboard that I kept vertical with Duck Tape. As long as you have power, it works like a charm. The swamp cooler rode around in the back of the truck for years, but it never got hot enough here again to use. [:)C]
     
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    Any one thought of using this material to make a short adjustable awning for the back side for the pup? Keeping the sun off of the opposing side, even just a little would help greatly.
     
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    Don't know if it was addressed in another (newer?) topic but after reading through this thread, of all the questions asked and answered, this one still remained. My husband and I just purchased our first N2U pop up and I am in full on research mode while we prepare for our first trip at the end of the month. I am strongly pushing for making our own bunk end covers and would prefer to use clips to hold them in place but would like to know if anyone has had any issues with stress or damage due to prolonged use?

     
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    We used plastic clamps on the PUG on the previous pup, they were fairly large but only clamped over the edge of the roof on the bunk end. It never seemed to cause a problem or damage, the clamps had a pretty wide surface area so there wasn't a point of stress. However, when we got the new pup, we opted for the super high wind version (and did a mod to make attaching them easier). With the winds where we camp, and at home, we had the clips pop off on a couple of occasions. We gave brief thought to making our own for the new pup, but realized it really would not cost much more to have Pop-up Gizmos themselves, by the time we added up fabric, webbing (for cording channels), shock cord, clips on each cord, and the optional Velcro to attached it under the roof edge - and we didn't have to figure it all out ourselves.
     
  18. Darn

    Darn Pup to Hybrid

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    Opinions on these please? Also we have the slide out, would it be a good idea to cover it too?
     
  19. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    The problem with clips isn't stress or damage on the tenting; it's that they don't hold in high winds. That's why PUGs came out with the Super High Wind version, which has fasteners looped under the bunk end. I had the High Wind version (metal clips) on my old Yuma down in Death Valley when I was hit with a storm that delivered hurricane force wind. Even though the clips were assisted by an equal number of spring-loaded wooden clothespins, the clothespins, clips and PUGs were blown off the trailer.

    Darn: If you email Bob at PUGs and tell him your brand, model and year of camper he can tell you what a set would cost. They have all of the popular brands and sizes in stock. I'm almost certain that if a PUP has a slide out, it's included.
     
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    Darn Pup to Hybrid

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    Thanks, most certainly will, just need to put a couple of non camping dollars away first.
     

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