When it rains, it pours

Discussion in 'First Time & New Camper Owners' started by Norfolk, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. Norfolk

    Norfolk Just let me fix this one last thing.....

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    As a newbie owner of a NU2ME, I've had my PuP set up at Camp Driveway for the past week, cleaning, organizing, etc.... We had heavy rain predicted, so I thought I'd leave the PuP up to look for leaks.

    My PuP is the kind where the step folds down, but can be folded up and locked as a security measure to help keep honest folks honest. Figuring that a little security never hurts, I folded the step up and went to work. The predicted rain was more like a torrential downpour for most of the day. I figured this would be a great test for the canvas and the roof.

    When I got home, I dropped the step back down, and opened the door, I noticed a pool of water in the floor. My first reaction was to look at the ceiling... nice and dry. Then, I examined the canvas around the main part of the camper.. nice and dry.

    Remember that I had the drop-down step closed? Well, in the closed position, there is about a 2" gap between the step and the door. While it may keep folks honest, it also creates a very wide funnel to catch rain -- I think they call that an "undocumented feature."

    The lesson to be learned is if your camper is set up, and there's rain predicted, leave the step down....Your camper floor, and anything you left on the camper floor will be grateful.

    '64 Jack of all trades
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  2. Digger

    Digger Foothills of Central Virginia

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    Nice tip...Thanks!

    I have the drop down Stepper Door too, and I wouldn't trade it for any other kind of step I've seen....it is such a nice stable platform....and I can get both feet <b>and</b> both crutches on it at once!!

    and it lends itself to a cool mod <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">

    <img src="http://inlinethumb60.webshots.com/43387/2540497810102683349S600x600Q85.jpg" border=0>

    ~Cheers~ <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_beer.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cold Beer"> Ðigger
    '04 Fleetwood Westlake (StonyBlue)/'02 Ford E-150
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  3. Tking01

    Tking01 New Member

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    Ok how did you do the lights?

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  4. Digger

    Digger Foothills of Central Virginia

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    Here ya go....

    ~Cheers~ <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_beer.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cold Beer"> Ðigger
    '04 Fleetwood Westlake (StonyBlue)/'02 Ford E-150
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  5. lilrhodycamper

    lilrhodycamper New Member

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    Digger,
    I have to show DBF this MOD. He was just talking about putting neon running lights on the PUP and the TV so it would be eaiser to see us if we have travel at night. But the lights at the step is a great idea!!!

    '79 Bridget <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_kisses.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Kisses">'82 Jimmy <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_hardhat.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Major Mods">
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    Digger Foothills of Central Virginia

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    Just be careful to check your local laws. There may be some lights, and/or colors, that are prohibited. I only use my 'mod' lights when set up @ a CG.

    ~Cheers~ <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_beer.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cold Beer"> Ðigger
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  7. 01YZF6

    01YZF6 Dothan, AL

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    great tip for the step. I also have a small gap between the door and the step, but have never had any water seep in from that side.

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