When closing the roof, do you undo the zippers?

Discussion in 'General Camper Setup / Take Down' started by Chrismtl, Jul 9, 2019.

Do you unzip the canvas when closing up shop?

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  2. No.. why waste your time?!

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  3. Depends on how I feel.

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  1. Chrismtl

    Chrismtl Member

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    Sorry if this has been asked before. In the several years that I have owned a pop-up, I have always unzipped the bunkends from the sidewalls before closing up. Recently I was at a friends house and we were closing up a trailer and I went to unzip them when he said that he has never unzipped it. It seems to be one of those small time-saving things, but now I am questioning it... and I don't know why. What do you do?
     
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    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

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    Funny - I always did because I thought I had to. When I bought the pup, the previous owner showed me how to set it up and take it down. He unzipped the bunkends as part of the take down process. Now you've got me curious. I'm going to try and find the owners manual.

    Edit: According to the manual, "1. Zip the plastic windows and close the curtains, or remove them from the curtain racks. Close the roof vent and unzip the canvas corners 3/4 of the way"

    So the PO was correct.
     
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    Interesting. I just went through the manual for mine and it does not specify anything about the zippers.
     
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    The PO on mine didnt , and i dont. Lol. Were set in our ways, wrong or right!
     
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    The dealer we bought or Palomino from said to un zip the ends 3/4 of the way to 1) allow the sir inside to escape 2) allows you to better "fold" the material in and 3) reduces the chance of the roof being pushed ul due to a huge collection of material in one place.. They did demonstrate this and it seemed like unzipping and folding allowed the roof to sit better..
     
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    I'm on my 3rd PuP and have never unzipped the zippers.
     
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    I unzip the bunk ends to prevent material from pinching into the bed slides. It just makes things easier. Also helps when pushing the canvas into the center to collapse the roof.
     
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    Interesting. I never did. I'm on my second popup and neither one I unzipped the canvas or was told to. Although it does make sense.
     
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    I always unzip the windows 1/4 way down. Makes tucking the canvas easier as the top is coming down.
     
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    My 1984 StarCraft has always, and forever shall be, fully 100% unzipped to stow. Since I'm the third owner, I'd bet those instructions carried onto the second owner. Since it made it this long in life, why stop now? I never knew better to ask why?

    It does make 4 extra steps, but heck, it is a 1984.
     
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    I unzip the bunks from the walls probably 3/4 of the way. I feel it makes tucking easier.
     
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    3/4 of the way, per manual. Easier to fold too, tucking in the corners.
     
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    My manual doesn't mention it, and I haven't unzipped them ever. Makes sense, we'll see if I remember to try unzipping next time I fold it up.
     
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    Another survey with choices that don’t apply?
     
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    Thanks for your reply... although I don't see how the choices don't apply... I asked a "yes or no" question, and even gave sometimes as a choice...
     
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    My bunk ends are part of the main canvas so obviously I don't (can't) unzip them but i do leave the side windows and door (mine has a canvas door) partially unzipped to allow air to escape. With the zippers shut the canvas is like a giant airbag and is hard to get the canvas inside the lid, it's also hard to open as it becomes a vacuum trying to fill. It's old heavy canvas that seals real well.
     
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    Your 'no' included "why waste your time?"
    How about "no" my manual says to leave it zipped. Or just plain "no"
     
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    Sorry for trying to make some people laugh a bit and have some fun. In the future I'll be more direct. Great reminder that everything needs to be so serious. [;)]
     
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    tombiasi Well-Known Member

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    Its not a matter of being serious, the choices you gave exclude some legitimate answers because they don't like the commentary you find humorous.
    Sorry if you got offended.
     
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    It takes waaaayyyyy more than that to offend me.. but a few others mentioned their manual, so it really doesn't seem to be an issue. Thanks for the input
     

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