Popup Gizmos: Make or buy?

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  1. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Hello all,
    DGF Liz and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary this past weekend. As a gift to me, she has said she'd like to buy a set of gizmos for the pup, so we can explore the season even further! (She's a keeper!) <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

    I know some folks have made their own out of various casualty blankets, etc... and some have purchased new ones. My question is whether it'd be a better bet to make my own, or to pick up a set pre-made? I think the cost for my pup would be around $100 for the new ones, if I went with the high-wind version.

    Thoughts and advice is welcome, I just don't want her to spend the extra money for the made ones if the homemade ones would be equally as effective.

    From what I saw, the pre-made ones looked to be stronger around the edges, with eyelets and a nice option of the high-wind option as well.

    If the pre-made ones are the better way to go, is the high-wind option a better way to go at ~$15 more and including the bungee they have in them.

    Thanks in advance!
    Kevin

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    Edited by - kmh1596 on October 13 2008 21:43:32
     
  2. PopUpSteve

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    Happy anniversary kids!

    I would buy and now is a good time because Bob is having a garage sale on in stock sizes of PopUpGizmos. Email him your camper's model and he'll get back to you as to availability. I just ordered one for my PUp yesterday. I went with the High-Wind type. I hope to have it in time for French Creek but I may have waited too long, we will see.

    I have not heard anyone make a negative comment about PopUpGizmos. So Bob must do good work.

    Steve
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  3. The Nuthouse

    The Nuthouse New Member

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    Kevin,

    I think for your first set you should buy the Gizmos.

    We got the High Wind Option and have been very happy. I think they were only $85.00 for my Rockwood.

    By the time you fool around trying to make your own you will have invested time that could have been better spent actually camping.

    When my first set of Gizmos gives out I may use them as a template to make my own. I am not sorry that I did not spend time trying to engineer these from scratch - but now that I see how they work I might be willing to make my own the next time around.

    Hope this helps.

    Eric

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    If you can afford to buy the high wind gizmos, then go for it. That would be the easiest best way to go.

    If money is an issue then make your own. We could not justify the expense but we are lucky cause our pup is small and we only need one of the Cabellas survial blankets on each bunk end. I didn't have to mess with taping/sewing two together to cover the bunk end. We have not camped in high wind so we have not had to deal with that problem yet.

    Either way you chose, you will surely keep warmer or cooler as the case may be.

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    The Wargos New Member

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    Steve: Who is "Bob" (the one with the gizmos)? I would like to look into a pair for our rig as well. Do you have a link? Thanks in advance for the info. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

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  7. PopUpSteve

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    Bob is the PopUpGizmos master. Here's the web site: http://www.PopUpGizmos.com

    Steve
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  8. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Wow, thanks for all of the replies!

    I understand he's the man as far as these go, and I have heard nothing but good about his work. My issue is that if the survival blankets will work just as well, it makes sense to do those for ~$40, than ~$100 for the high wind version, no? IF, for whatever reason the survival blanket made into the bunkend covers won't work as well as the Gizmos, than THAT would be a reason to justify the extra $50, you know what I mean?

    LOL, Ray...Thanks for the ray of hope for the future <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_lol.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Laugh Out Loud">, but I'm not worried about that happening... not yet!

    Keep the replies coming, hoping to hear more from the folks who have made their own, and maybe then (or prior to that) have bought the Gizmo's themselves.
    Thanks!

    *Kevin*
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    Well Kevin'

    it's all about how you want it to look..

    Gizmos have a bit more tailored look..

    Survival blankets that have not been cut,sewn and fitted look a bit worse.

    If you don't mind the look, save the money and get the survival blankets.

    Ray Cooper - Tigard OR
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  10. The Nuthouse

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    Kevin,

    As I mentioned your time is worth something too. If you figure in the time it would take to make your own - and the fact that the Gizmos really are tailored to fit your Pup then to me the extra $$$'s are worth it. Plus from what Steve is saying they are available at a discount right now. I think you should check that out... and soon.

    Eric

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    theseus Centerville, OH

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    I have the high wind option and can really recommend it. I was caught in a pretty strong thunderstorm this summer, with chairs and what not just being blown around. The gizmos didn't even budge!

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    I went the DIY route. Not just because I wanted to save a few bucks, but also because my pup is a bit different than the traditional style. Just a pop up tent on wheels with no hard roof in the middle. I bought space blankets and tarp clips and small bungees. I attached the clips to the corners of each space blanket and extended bungees on one end with short ones on the other. It works well and the total cost was under $20. I do think the gizmos product must be worth the money though because everyone that buys them seems to be happy customers.

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  13. PopUpSteve

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    Kevin, the difference between the standard and the high-wind versions is $15.

    Standard Covers, 2 covers with clamps: $74.95
    High Wind Option, 2 covers with clamps: $89.95

    I think the extra $15 is worth it. I should have mine shortly and I'll give you a good review of the quality. I'm a bit picky so if they pass my standards, then you should have no worries.

    Steve
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  14. bwilly

    bwilly Always An Adventure

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    A set of high wind is the way to go, worth every penny, we added velcro strip on both sides of the gizmo on the top and some on the inside wall of the top and as we raise the roof we just attach the gizmo to the velcro and everything falls into place once up, put your clips on attach the bungee and your good to go, keeps the crap off your bunk ends great in the rain and most of all keeps the bunk ends cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

    Brian & Shari

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    Kevin, I made my own covers. For more information look in this photogallery.

    I would recommend that you calculated the fully loaded cost of building your own versus buying from Bob. In my case with the added cost of two rolls of industrial strength Velcro, aluminum tape, gorilla duck tape and clamps, I probably spent more than had I purchased a set of Popup Gizmos... but then I made mine in a hotel room on the way to Zion National park.

    Ruide

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    Hey Kevin,

    I made my own out of the survival/casualty blankets and they work great. Since my pup is a smaller one (full size bunk on each end) I only needed one blanket for each side. They do have grommet holes in them so I could bungee them if it was windy.

    Here's a pic:

    <img src="http://inlinethumb53.webshots.com/14388/2458571180104116184S425x425Q85.jpg" border=0>

    Mine cost $35 to make($14 for each blanket and about $6 for 18 clips)I don't how big your bunk ends are but if they're bigger than mine and you have to use more than one blanket per bunk end it might not be much cheaper to do it yourself, plus you'd still have to spend the time making them.

    Cara & Bill
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  17. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    How long do these covers generally last before needing replacement? As of now, we have 51 nights in the pup this summer, I'd prefer not to be replacing them every season.. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_blackeye.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Black Eye">

    I'm leaning towards the high wind version from Bob, thanks for all of the posts and advice, please keep them coming!

    LI Camper, I have a queen 60x80 on one end, and a full ~52?x80 on the other end. The queen end would require 2 of them (barely more than one.)

    *Kevin*
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    Kevin,

    Just an FYI, one of the all-weather survival blankets from REI fits our queen side just right, it's the king side that needs at least two blankets for full coverage.

    Elissa

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  19. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    EZ, thanks for the reply! PM sent.. a few questions..

    *Kevin*
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    Where do all the do it yourselfers get their blankets from? Home depot, walmart, lowes, etc.? I think this sounds like a winter project.

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