Solar Bunk End Covers

Discussion in 'Canvas / Awnings / Add a Rooms / Tarps / Tents' started by thaines, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. thaines

    thaines "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff"

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    I have been reading a lot about these PopupGizmos - solar bunk end covers. Is anybody using them and what do you think of them? I have two bunks and a dinette slideout - so I am looking at getting a set of 3.

    2006 Flagstaff 425D
    2008 Dodge Ram

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  2. Campers 3

    Campers 3 New Member

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    I myself have never used them but have also been contemplating perhaps getting a pair. I have attached a previous trail with regards to the Pop Up Gizmos and what people thought. You might also want to try a search on this site under Pop Up Gizmos, as I believe there have been a few more strings. Here's one topic that may help: http://www.popupportal.com/link.asp?TOPIC_ID=17893

    Happy Camping!!

    JP
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  3. gkosel

    gkosel Fargo, ND (Next Trip - ?)

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    I would strongly recommend them. I got mine last year and can attest that they do make a difference.

    As JP mentioned, there are several threads in the "Canvas / Awnings / Add a Rooms / Tarps" section that talk about the Pop-up Gizmos as well as the DIY solutions that people have come up with.

    I think you would be hard pressed to find a comment that says that they are not worthwhile. The biggest decision that most people need to make is whether to spring for the actual Gizmos or make your own.

    I sprung for the Gizmos as I like the fact that they are pre-cut to fit your individual camper. I have King and Queen beds and would have had to sew/tape/etc two solar blankets together to make them fit over my King size bed and didn't want to go through the hassle.

    Plus, with the High-Wind models you get the really helpful attached bungee cord to help hold them in place during windy conditions.

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  4. thaines

    thaines "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff"

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    Thanks! I contemplated making them as I am a sewer but I figured the Gizmos were reasonably priced and really by the time you add in time and materials, may not be any further ahead!

    2006 Flagstaff 425D
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  5. MissLou

    MissLou Member

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    We've used them for the past 7+ years and they are still in good shape. They make a huge difference in the indoor temperature on hot days. They have been worth every penney we paid for them.

    MissLou

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    jeff h New Member

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    going to try and make my own. it was very hot in the camper one weekend last year. even with the air on.

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    jewel99 New Member

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    Has anyone from Canada ordered them? I know they ship to Canada but I'm just a little concerned about getting dinged for customs or duties. I don't know if I should try to find someone in the US that I can ship to and pick up from.

    Julie, '66, DH '66, DS '04, Chocolate Lab born Oct. '08
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  8. bud121156

    bud121156 Western North Carolina

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    Here's another thumbs up for purchasing the gizmos!

    Donnie & Cheryl
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  9. thaines

    thaines "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff"

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    I enquired about shipping to canada and it's $25 plus you may still have to pay customs upon receipt so for Canadians it could get pricey.

    2006 Flagstaff 425D
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  10. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    I made my own because I found a really good deal on high quality military surplus blankets on eBay. The seller is no longer around (I guess he sold out).

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

    I'll verify that they are a great investment. They keep it much cooler in the heat, and <b>much</b> warmer in the cold. Just ask anyone who used them at French Creek 2 weeks ago <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Shock">. My thermometer read 27 when I went to bed. Someone told me it reached the teens! I stayed plenty warm.

    If you're looking for cold camping solutions, an additional step you can take is to install bunk skirts.

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

    Mine just snap in place. They help to reduce air circulation under the camper (and therefore heat loss). They also make a dandy place to store stuff out of sight.

    Joe
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp">'96 Rockwood Signature Series 1280 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle">'07 Ford Explorer
    <i>Wherever you go, there you are.</i>

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  11. pm3579

    pm3579 Indiana U.S.A.

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    Gizmos are much cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter, without a doubt they are worth it. We have 4 sewing machines My industrial Singer with its 3'x4' table has sewn all of my vertical caving gear for the last 15 yrs as well as most of my caving clubs. I bought the gizmos, the quality and construction is good, but the time to measure, cut, sew the borders on, the bungies,the supplied clips, it was worth it to let someone else do it. Pop Up Gizmos is a true value for the money, try em, you"ll like em. I did sew up bunk end skirts like Joe, and like he said, they reduce air circulation and heat loss and keep stuff out of sight, a great place to store bikes and they cut down on the cooler shuffle in the summer.<img src=../Images/flags/us.gif border=0 align=middle alt="United States">

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  12. thaines

    thaines "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff"

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    Thanks for all the valuable insight. Am going to save up and order them in time for the warm weather. I am not too concerned about the cold weather as we have a ceramic heater in the trailer (the furnace was too noisy) and we have heated bunks which are a wonderful thing to have on those cold, damp nights for sure!

    2006 Flagstaff 425D
    2008 Dodge Ram
     
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    RacerSTA New Member

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    For the Canadians on this thread, the Gizmos are shipped USPS, so no crazy UPS brokerage fees, and there is no duty or customs charges. You simply pay the taxes and a $5.00 Canada post handling fee and thats it.
     
  14. Storm Trooper

    Storm Trooper Home is where you park it!

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    Gizmos are the best and a very reputable company to deal with. They stand behind what they make.

    Lou & Jan and k9 Kyleigh Wyote (fuzz ball)
    32 days booked 09,<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Camping">49 nights camped 08
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  15. Lila

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    Mine are on order now, can't wait to get them since we camp year round.

    Lila '72 Elliott '72 Jacob '95 Sarah '97
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  16. tasjaanalee

    tasjaanalee All these boys, & I'm the one that wants to camp!!

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    Sorry if I'm thread jacking... but has anyone tried the "High Wind" version of the Gizmos?? We camp at the beach a lot, so I'm afraid the regular ones wouldn't hold... and I wanted to know if the high wind ones really do hold better... anybody?

    Tasjaana (83) <3 DH Aaron (77)
    Tugger (Pit Bull 98) <3 Trina (Boxer 04) <3 Alex (Black Cat 99)

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  17. gkosel

    gkosel Fargo, ND (Next Trip - ?)

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    I have the high wind version and wouldn't go any other way. I live in the Midwest plains and it can get pretty windy here so it is a necessity.

    Plus I think they just fit better because the bungees on the end help wrap the ends nice and tight around the outside end of the bunk.

    My <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_twocents.gif border=0 align=middle alt="My 2 Cents">

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  18. RFryer

    RFryer Hopkinton, MA

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    Are they waterproof also? I would think they'd have to be.

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    Another reason, other than temp in PU, to have solar bunk end covers is they protect your tenting material. We got our PU second week in April 08 and went camping the week after. At the time we were camping all of the trees were blooming with a lot of pollen in the air. Along with that it rained one night. When we got back home I had a hard time cleaning the tenting. After that trip I ordered solar blankets from Cabelas and made my own with the blankets & duct tape. Now the blankets get dirty but my tenting looks as good as it did when I cleaned it.
    I have also camped in 100º and 20º temps and have stayed comfortable in the PU with the blankets on.

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 99 Coleman Mesa
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  20. clay

    clay Pop up...then Pop-a-Top...my friend.

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    I went camping this week-end. Cold p.m. temps. & 30-40mph wind gusts! I attempted to use my recently purchased high wind Gizmos but the alligator clips kept on popping off. Went to Lowe's and bought plastic tarp clips. I put the relectix side down to keep more heat in the PUP. Worked great! Git er dun.

    "Still Cooking", Clay
     

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