Popup Gizmos: Make or buy?

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  1. LI Camper

    LI Camper Member

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    Kevin,
    Since you would need 2 for the queen bunk there wouldn't be that much of a price difference between home made and popup gizmos. Since DGF wants to treat, I say go for it. For us it was a matter of $$$. We need to be cost conscience right now since I am currently unemployed.



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    Edited by - LI Camper on October 15 2008 09:19:27
     
  2. He Ruide

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    <BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote> Where do all the do it yourselfers get their blankets from? Home depot, walmart, lowes, etc.? I think this sounds like a winter project. <hr height=1 noshade id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote></font id=quote><font face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" size=2 id=quote>

    I got mine from Bass Pro Shops.

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  3. wanthony88

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    I got mine from REI - 1 single on the smaller end and 2 gorilla taped on the large end. The trick is the clamps. You can get multiple sizes from Home Depot. Mine have held up in a Florida gale and for 7 weeks out west. Zion NP had the most wind. It kicks up at about 1AM.

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  4. LI Camper

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    I got mine from a local camping store but I've seen them on the web at Cabela's, Sportsman's Guide, REI and a bunch of Army navy store sites.

    Cara & Bill
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  5. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    I'm still tossing everything around, but I'm strongly considering going with some of the blankets from REI, if they will work size wise for my pup and won't have to be modified aside from some velcro on the top. Worst case, I'll use them under the bunk mattresses and pick up a set of Gizmo's later.

    DGF is paying, but regardless of who's paying, I don't know that we can justify the extra $60 for one that has a slightly better fit and finish, with the same functionality.

    I appreciate all of the responses, and I hope this thread stays alive, I'm still learning a lot about how to make them, as well as the + and - of not having them!

    *Kevin*
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  6. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    <BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>5 years??? When are you gonna marry this girl?
    It'd be a great reason to have a pup rally!! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile"><hr height=1 noshade id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote></font id=quote><font face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" size=2 id=quote>

    Well I had thought about one part of that question.... and the answer is in due time, lol. We're both in school, she in graduate, me finishing my undergraduate. That does however give me a good idea of a MASSIVE PUP rally in celebration! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Wink"> You're onto something there! Now which will require more planning? Who will bring what to the Potluck dinner?? These are the tough decisions to be made! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_lol.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Laugh Out Loud">

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  7. gpd4

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    I needed 4 blankets for mine. I cut one in half and sewed a piece to whole one for each bunk end (both kings). Then I used aluminum tape to cover the seam on the silver side. I use the 4th whole one for the dinette slide. It's too long, but I don't really care how it looks since they work so well. I carry a gigantic sack of 2" binder clips to attach it all.
     
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    <BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>5 years??? When are you gonna marry this girl?
    It'd be a great reason to have a pup rally!! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile"><hr height=1 noshade id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote></font id=quote><font face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" size=2 id=quote>

    That would be a great rally! I think we could get a good turn-out for that one. Just don't tie tin cans to the back of your PopUp Kevin. You know what happened last time you put something on the back of it. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Shock">

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  9. Xolthrax

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    <BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>That does however give me a good idea of a MASSIVE PUP rally in celebration!<hr height=1 noshade id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote></font id=quote><font face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" size=2 id=quote>

    I don't know... I just read your post in another thread that said you two sleep with your windows open! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_blush.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Blush">


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  10. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_lol.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Laugh Out Loud"> Hey, who needs privacy among friends? <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cool">

    *Kevin*
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2004 Rockwood 1940 LTD, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 96 Cherokee 2dr 5spd, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_canoe.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Canoe"> ~16' Old Town Canoe
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    I bought two blankets for each end from REI and went to a fabric store and bought a spool of heavy duty upholstery thread and just sewed them together. Very easy to do. I had enough material left over so I made me a cooler cover to slip over the cooler.

    We used them at the beach this year and the camper stayed cooler and darker in the morning...which meant the kids slept later. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">

    If I had to do it over again...I would still make them. I plan to stich in an elastic cord along the edge over the winter.

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  12. fallsrider

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    I made ours, as well, with 3 blankets from Campmor. I haven't sewn or taped the two blankets together on our king bunk yet. I just overlap the upper one over the lower one and clip them down. If I could find some industrial strength double-sided tape, I would just tape them together. When you flip them over with the change of seasons, you simply spin the two blankets around so the overlap is still in the correct direction.

    I use binder clips from Office Depot, plus I bought 4 tarp clips from Lowe's to really secure the corners.

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    Well I got my PopUpGizmo today in the mail. Not bad considering I ordered it on Sunday. I'll post more details later but a first glance I'm impressed with the workmanship. I can't wait to try it this weekend at the French Creek Rally. It is suppose to get down into the thirties so it should be a good test.

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    Got mine in the mail today (ordered them on Monday). I agree with shaenn, the quality and workmanship is impressive.
    Also dealing with Bob was as easy as could be.

    Looking forward to trying them out next weekend.

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    Great ideas! Off to REI I go. Anyone taken this to the next level and insulated the sides of the bed ends and the sides of the main body? Will it help hold heat in even more do you think?

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    What is the the size of most of the "survival" blankets that you guys get from walmart, cabela's, etc. so I can measure to see how many I need?

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  17. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    The ones from REI are supposed to be a true (84x60) labeled as 7x5ft. FWIW, this fits my queen bunk darn close to perfectly (60x80 bunk), and the rear I have is a full, so it will just be folded over. EZ6302 was nice enough to comment how it fit their rig, and upon closer look on the website, it is 4" wider than the Cabelas version (84x56), which may be too short.



    EZ6302

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  18. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    What are the clips that you all used, if you didn't get the ones with the actual gizmos or made your own? I'd prefer something that won't rust, these will see over 50 days next season, at least...

    Thanks!
    Kevin

    *Kevin*
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  19. suprz

    suprz may you never doubt yourself....

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    kevin, i would be up for going to your celebratory rally! what a blast! I have one of those survival blankets, and i got it back in the 80's and it is still in great condition. so i wouldnt worry about issues with quality.

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  20. LynnAllen02

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    So we got our survival blanket from Cabela's the day before we left for our Columbus Day trip, we tossed them in the pup with some office clips, tarp clips and bought out the local hardware of a package of white and a package of black velcro.

    Unsure of how we were going to affix them, and with no time to do it, DS laughingly told us to put them up inside over the shepherds pole on our way out of the driveway. We laughed.

    But when we got to campsite it was iffy on rain so we popped up and set up the blankets with DS suggestion! So here goes on our latest SPUT!

    They worked great on the full size bunk, were hanging down but sufficient on the twin size bunk!

    We were very happy with ourselves all weekend long and very excited about the whole deal! And we were nice and warm and toasty!

    So we get to breakdown on departure day! Ohmigosh! Underneath the blanket was a ton of water (condensation?) ready to pour down on my bedding, sleeping bags and mattress! What a nightmare! We managed to get them down and dry as much as we could and had to pop up as soon as we got home to avoid serious mold issues!

    So I am back to He Ruids idea, but we were going to affix the velcro to the inside part of the pup roof not the canvas part of the tenting. This will be a project for the winter!

    So now with my new found experience with homemade gizmos, how does this work when you take the gizmo down on departure day? Is the outside of the pup covered in condensation? If so how do you dry it up? How long does it take to air dry?

    Kevin, BTW with us only needing two blankets, we got ours at Cabelas for $24.00, the office clips worked great, but could maybe rust, so might be worth the investment in the tarp clips, but I am thinking about sewing in elastic over the winter and using bungies on the corner to hold down in wind!

    Lynn

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