The first thing I had to do was make this decision. Why would I take two perfectly fine bunk ends, which don't leak, and the edges and seals don't leak, no mold or stains, no holes or tears and do this? Then, check with my wife.
We both love our Roo. The only complaint, is that we would like more windows, natural light and view of the surrounding camp site. We feel that sitting inside, whether on the couch or at the dinette (or even in the bunk ends if the situation presented itself,) there could be a huge improvement with natural light by adding vinyl windows at both ends, but especially at the front end of the trailer.
This is probably not for the faint of heart, and I feel I have confidence, patience and skills to pull off this task.
We also tried to consider how much this would be worth to us and how much we would be willing to spend to do it. By doing it myself, with the canvas repair shop doing the sewing, it should be cheaper than having a dealer or anyone else doing it. I called TJ Snuggles and they seemed uninterested and confused as to why I would want this.
If this were an option that was available to me when I ordered my Roo, I would have paid up to $500 to add this option to my unit! Take note Forest River!
I AM going to have vinyl windows added with zippers around the perimeter, to allow me to have the choice between leaving the privacy canvas up, or the windows up (while running heat or air conditioner) or zipping both down and having screens open. It seems the weather is typically too hot or cold often when we camp. We are thinking clear vinyl windows on all three panels of the rear bunk and smoked vinyl windows on the three panels of the front bunk.
The canvas shop is going to call us back on Tuesday to show us samples of smoked vinyl and discuss pricing. The clear vinyl, they have in stock and it looks about 1/8" thick. I asked if she knew the thickness in mils and she replied with something I don't remember at the moment, but it had to do with "thicker than most normal OEM vinyl windows." I will try to get this detail on Tuesday.
I am using a boat dealership with canvas shop, so they have a lot of experience and I have used them in the past with amazing results and inexpensive pricing.
I had seen a posting on this forum somewhere, that it is relatively easy to remove the bunk end canvas. Easy but scary?!?! Two screws hold in the canvas, to a channel in the bunk end. The screws are in the lower corners, near the bottom hinge. When you take these out, the canvas pulls outward (toward the side of the camper) from this channel. I pulled about three inches out and practiced re-inserting to get an idea of the tension needed,
There is some kind of silicone sealant they inserted before stuffing the bead of the canvas in this channel.
I did it myself, and it took about ten minutes to work each end off. I started with left side, then right side, then top.
I started think about how to re-install it and I will probably just reverse the process by starting with the top, installing a bead of silicione sealant, then stuffing the edge beading in with a popsicle stick or similar broad edge blunt tool.
Sorry if tbhis post seems long. I want to get all the details in case someone out there is considering the same crazy stunt.
I will post more after my meeting with the canvas shop on Tuesday.