How to hang curtains in the sleeping area

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  1. karmeh

    karmeh New Member

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    Has anyone tried to make curtains for the zip up windows in the sleeping areas? I am sure they bunk ends would stay warmer if they had curtains over the windows. I tried by using stick on velcro on the canvas but they just wouldn't hold. I think I need an engineers brain to try to figure out how to hang them. Anyone with any ideas?
     
  2. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    What kind of velcro did you use? They make an industrial velcro, and a (grey) rough surface velcro that will stick to darned near <i>anything</i> and withstand harsh temperatures and environments. The industrial is stronger and adheres better.


    Joe

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    ILUVTHEBEACH Suburbs of Philly, PA

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    Welcome to PUP,karmeh.

    Are you using the curtains to keep the cold air out only or do you want to use them for shade as well? I know there are a few people on here who have made reflectix cutouts for the bunk end windows and swear by it. Also, you can put a solar blanket on the top of the bunkend to keep it cooler or warmer depending on when you camp. Shiny side down to keep it warm and shiny side up to keep it cool.

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  4. karmeh

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    Just trying to keep the cold out at night. We have bunk end covers to keep the ends cool. Thanks for the tip about industrial strength velcro. I will look for it.
     
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    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    Good point, Sherry.

    Here is an example of solar bunk end covers that I made from space blankets:

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

    Tha picture was on a hot summer day, so I had the shiny side up. For cold days, I turn them around. I also put a blanket under each mattress to reflect the heat in / out.

    Another good idea for staying warm is bunk skirts. I made this out of a cheap tarp:

    <img src="http://inlinethumb41.webshots.com/39208/2055561690101305190S500x500Q85.jpg" border=0>

    Not only is it useful for storing things away from public view, but it helps keep the cold air from circulating under the bunk, thereby keeping it warmer.


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    Karmeh,

    I haven't had much luck with velcro on the bunkends either. I think your best bet is the Reflectix window inserts. I would do this on my old 'clunker', but the screening is gone on the bunkend sides, so I don't have a pocket to hold the panels.

    In addition to the Reflectix on the sides, a layer of it on your bunkboard under your mattress will do alot. I will probably do this for next year to help with both the cold and heat.

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    As someone else posted, the reflectix cut to fit the windows, then positioned between the screening and the interior canvas does a good job of reducing chill/heat. The pop up gizmos reversed are good at retaining the heat in the PUP in cool conditions. And, reflectix between the mattress and bunk boards also is beneficial.

    I have the memory foam toppers and heated mattress pads (Sunbeam-Walmart) on my bunks for cool weather camping.
     
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    Thanks to all of you for your generous responses. I like the idea of trying the reflectix cut to fit the windows and under the mattresses and will give that a try this year. I go nowhere in our PUP without my electric blanket, but it is my head that often gets cold and I am not one for wearing a hat to bed or for sticking my head under the covers. Thanks again and happy camping!
     
  9. Yellowkayak

    Yellowkayak Popups.....when sleeping on the ground gets to you

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    I think Manufacturers should take a big hint here and offer an insulation package of reflectix, under the mattress, in the wondws over the bunk ends, and all under the flooring to keep the pipes warmer. If one had this option one could camp longer in the year. I'd pay $100 for a good set up like that.

    Has anybody stuffed fiberglass insulation under thier popup and then using self tapping sheet metal screws put some plywood, or sheet metal to hold the insulation in. The only thing I would worry about that is water getting into the insulation and making it water logged and heavy as well as rot the wood and rust the metal frame. It was just a thought. But if done right I see is as plosible.

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  10. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    Yellowkayak,

    My concern would be that it would be hard to find an insulating material that would have much of an R value after being compressed like that. If you were inclined to do such a thing, I think I would just try adhering some reflectix to the underside of the bunk, perhaps along with a space blanket under the mattress.

    That's one of the reasons I like the bunk skirts. While they're not very efficient, anything that can keep a pocket of non-circulating air under you will have insulating properties.


    Joe

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