inexpensive reflective tarps for the bunkend

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  1. Hogeyphenogey

    Hogeyphenogey Member

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    I just bought two 6'x8' reflective tarps (not blankets) for just over $10 on batteryjunction.com

    http://www.batteryjunction.com/ust-20-190-1500.html

    I have a Coleman Colorado, so soft ceilings. I can place these inside on the ceilings and using my mr. buddy, I can be TOASTY! Then in warmer weather, drape them over and tie them off to keep cool.

    Cheap and durable- they're designed as a cheap a-frame tent alternative.
     

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    Keith Hawkins Active Member

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    Nice!

    Thanks for the link!!
     
  3. NorcrossFlyer

    NorcrossFlyer Active Member

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    Interesting. Are the popup gizmos really that much better than this solution? Even if it lasts 1 season you are only out $6 where the cheapest PUG is $40.
     
  4. Hogeyphenogey

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    That's what I was thinking... I also saw people had used those soft blankets with the silver on one side and grommets but this is so much cheaper and I don't need the soft side. If they get ruined, well who cares? And if I use them inside, there's little that will damage them. I'll give a review once I get them. I'm hoping they are heavier than those foil blankets- I mean, they advertise them as being usable as a tent.
     
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    Hawkester Hawkesnest

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    I have used the thin reflective blankets many times on my bunk ends in the sun and they make a world of difference, they don't last long (a season or two) but as long as they reflect the sun rays your golden.

    In the winter or cold weather they won't do much on bunk ends (never tried the inside approach) that is where Gizmos would be an advantage.
     
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    Maybe in the winter a blanket with the solar tarp over it?

    I don't doubt that the PUG are a great product. I'm just having a hard time justifying the price.
     
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    Mamagoogins New Member

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    According to the site, they only weigh 5.2 ounces. With that small weight, it sounds like they are the same as the inexpensive emergency blankets. Still, it should provide some reflective property and help reduce the heat in the bunk ends.
     
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    I have had the Gizmos for over 6 years....
     
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    Hawkester Hawkesnest

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    Here is what I used. It was 90* outside in an open field full sun and the inside was around 94* so these will definitely work in the summer sun.

    They were $5.99 each at Gander Mountain.

    https://goo.gl/photos/rRd1SxhrJSyzVr5D9

    I am considering the Gizmos though becasue we have a bigger need for heat retention in the spring and fall.
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    We purchased the high wind gizmos. They have multiple bungee cords to keep them in place in windy weather.
     
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    Here is a write up on how I made ours.

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JzLteC-MsKVXaPFCk77w7yBVIpas6u_xCHeQHL7ewP8/edit?usp=sharing
     

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