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Old 03-23-2016, 10:18 AM   #1
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Bunk end seasoning/maintenance products.

I am totally new to hybrids. I have a 2016 Rockwood Roo 233S. With 3 bunk ends I'm sure I will have a good amount of maintenance. Aside from:

1- seasoning/wetting the seams.
2- ensuring to store the canvas dry.
3 - general cleaning.

Are there waterproofing or other products I should use to maintain??

Thanks!

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Old 03-23-2016, 01:42 PM   #2
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You shouldn't need waterproofing products. The tenting material is not the old time canvas. Water should run right off.
You will need to buy a cleaner/ conditioner for the bed end and slide seals. They need to stay clean and pliable to ensure a perfect seal. Otherwise, water intrusion. I don't remember the name of the product I bought and the camper is still in storage, but I got it at my dealer. I'm sure any dealer will have a similar product in stock.
Can't think of anything else specific to hybrids. Go have fun.
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Don't panic on the first heavy rain. I thought I had sprayed mine down nicely and I had a meltdown when the first heavy rain had water coming in everywhere. Clearly I didn't season it enough because it has been dry as a bone ever since that soaking rain and i have been in some nasty storms. I think it was just hard to simulate that kind of soaking but I am pretty impatient and no one should ever hire me as a bunk seasoner.
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Old 03-23-2016, 02:15 PM   #4
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Thank you guys! After reading other comments I was starting to worry about what I was getting myself into. My wife and I loved the aspect of "tenting" and the room a hybrid provides!!
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One thing I forgot....be extremely careful when you raise the bed ends. Be sure no tenting is closed in the door seal. Don't want to be Mr Obvious here but that would keep the bunks from sealing leading to water intrusion. Usually wife is inside tucking in the tenting while I raise the bed. It's worked for us and no water the first 2 years of ownership.
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On my tents I used a Ozark product that Walmart sells to seal seams... It worked very well for years. Have anybody used something like this?
Is it really necessary "seasoning"?
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It is necessary to season the tenting. Actually, you aren't seasoning the tenting...just the stitching. The thread will expand after exposure to heavy water application. After they expand, you shouldn't get any water through the stitching.
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Why not use a stitching sealant instead of season?
I have a tent that I used this sealant several years ago and it still doesn't leak even under heavy rain...
Just trying to understand.

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Why not use a stitching sealant instead of season?
I have a tent that I used this sealant several years ago and it still doesn't leak even under heavy rain...
Just trying to understand.

Tks,

Great question! I have zero experience. Interested to learn.
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Why not use a stitching sealant instead of season?
I have a tent that I used this sealant several years ago and it still doesn't leak even under heavy rain...
Just trying to understand.

Tks,
Hybrid and also popup tent ends are designed not to need seam sealers.
but it shouldn't hurt to use them.

i recommend doing the seasoning first, to see if it does the trick.
you can always do the seam sealer later, if you still have issues.
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