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Old 06-12-2015, 03:28 PM   #71
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I thought I would provide a little update on Roo Vader. It has been parked at the campground for 12 days and I have been staying in it every other day. Last night in Eastern Iowa it was as if the end of the world was upon us. The rain was so heavy my sump pump was struggling to keep up and the winds were fierce. Needless to say I was struggling to figure out where to direct my stress...the potential of water in the basement or the potential of poor Roo floating down the river.

I didn't sleep a whole lot. This actually proved to be strategically valuable as I decided to drive up to the campground before work to assess damage to the wet marsupial.

Well my roo-loving friends I must tell you the force is indeed strong with this one. Not one drop of moisture inside. Stay dry, you will.

It has been pretty fun these past two weeks. Well, except for the rain and the fact that every night at 2:30a.m. SOMETHING tries to get inside to get me.

I haven't figured out what it is. The first night the entire camper started to move as something with heavy steps moved around outside and climbed onto the steps. At first I thought it was a human (the most dangerous species) trying to break in. I did what every macho jedi such as myself would do in the situation...I fumbled for my knife and with fury in my voice I shouted "ummm.....scat?". My canvas was open of course so I crawled around on the floor for no real purpose and kept peeking through the corners of my bunk ends.

Nothing. The scat word seemed to work.

Nope, sure enough...the sound was back, heavy steps, things falling over outside. A black bear was spotted about a half hour away which is pretty rare in Iowa and I thought maybe that was a possibility. Again I threw out scat, again the sound stopped for a bit.

At this point the only thing left to do was to man up. I summoned up all of my courage and realizing that might not be enough I bravely zipped up the canvas, turned on the blender fan, and crawled under a sleeping bag. Never heard a thing the rest of the night.

So 3 more nights...3 more times at 3 a.m. I am reliving the Blair Witch Project. Honestly there is only one simple explanation. BigFoot.

Tonight is my final overnight before I put it away until July. Will I survive another 3am visit? Tune in next time bat friends. I don't always camp, but when I do.....hmmm....no good camping term rhymes with Dos Equis. Oh well, us Roo owners are still the most interesting campers in the world.
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Old 06-12-2015, 03:59 PM   #72
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Can I ask what a Velcro pugs is?
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Old 06-12-2015, 04:04 PM   #73
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Popup gizmos that go on the canvas ends and use velcro to attach to a hybrid frame.

I continue to try and avoid it in favor of a suction cup approach. I continue to fail. I am becoming like a mad scientist refusing to adopt the Federal Bureau of Pug mandated velcro approach. I am also dumb and will be singing the praises of velcro within a month.
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I hope mine has a blue light find out wedensday lol
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RooVader-Loving your updates! Have you considered the split pool noodle approach at all? I was hoping to have worked on this project by now, but our camping plans have been thwarted by weather and a hospitalized grandchild. (We've been full time grandparenting the younger child so mom can stay at the hospital.)
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Kate, until your split noodle has pics...well, I can't even get my mind around it.

As far as the blue light...well, if my marsupial didn't have a blue light I would return it. No blue light=defective. Please report back once you take delivery.
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Old 06-13-2015, 11:13 AM   #77
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Kate, are you hanging the split noodle on the top of the bunk frame, and attaching the pug to the noodle? I bought Space Blankets to make my own Pugs, and am trying to figure it all out now.


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Will report status of light colour
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Old 06-13-2015, 11:21 AM   #79
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And RooVader... I'll be betting on Black Bear! We are in N.J. But we have quite the black bear population, and sometimes a "bear hunt". Ours make the rounds every night, hit the same garbage cans like clockwork.


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Summer2Go - I am trying to do the same thing you are. When we had a PUP we used the pool noodle as a lightweight rain gutter, and it worked well. It was surprisingly stable. The picture below is from Pinterest, not from my camper. What I've been trying to find the time to do is anchor the space blanket to the noodle. I'm going to try the easiest idea first, and that is to attach the blanket to the noodle with binder clips. I will attach them on the noodle first and then put the noodle under the roof in the same manner as we always have. The binder clips will go on the side toward the inside of the camper so that the noodle will hold down the space blanket. Shouldn't be a problem, right?

It's been 18 years since I chased a 3 year old after working a full time job. I just haven't had the energy to work on the project yet. Let me know if you understand and how you work out your idea.
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