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Old 09-09-2015, 05:05 PM   #1
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how do short people fold up the bunks?

We just bought a 2006 Roo with two bunks. I am very short and the beds are rather high up from the outside. I am not strong enough or tall enough to hold up the door and tuck in the sides all at the same time. I need a stool just to reach the handle to close it. If there was some sort of holding device I could use or rig up it would be a huge help. I have the bunks with the bungee straps not the new tent sides. Ideas? What do you do?

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Old 09-09-2015, 05:43 PM   #2
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We have a 3 step stool that we used when we had our Roo. I used it to install the PUGs and occasionally needed it to put up the bunk doors.

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Old 09-09-2015, 06:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I also am using a stool but I can't fold in one side and then step down and go to the other side and hold up the door at the same time. I will usually have help but there will be times when there will be no help and I need to get this figured out. We are going to experiment with a strap and see if we can rig something up. I hate being short.
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:06 PM   #4
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Over the past 13 years that I've been on various Hybrid forums, I have yet to see any solution for a vertically challenged single person.
Not saying that one could be made, just that I haven't seen one.
I'm 6' and can close and tuck the ends.
But it requires some upper body strength to hold the bunk door up with one hand, while tucking canvas with the other hand.
This is more important than height. Though it does help.

The only solution I could imagine, would be a support pole that be pushed under the bunk door latch.
Then that one person could tuck in the canvas, without having to hold the door up.
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Old 09-10-2015, 03:32 AM   #5
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I always thought it silly that they moved the bunk latches down to the bottom but your post sure does validate the decision. I don't know if it is an option in the older Roos but I stand my mattresses up and do not leave them secured to the ends. There is virtually no weight on the doors when I do this and they almost close themselves.
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Old 09-10-2015, 06:55 AM   #6
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I'm 6' 3" and if the site is sloped forward I need to use a stool as well. I use a Cosco brand 3 step.

You may want to try closing all your windows and turn on the fantastic fan and then go out and fold up your beds. The fan will suck the tenting in like a vacuum and you should be able to latch one side at a time with no tenting exposed.

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Old 09-10-2015, 07:20 AM   #7
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^^Sorry Dave but I don't think the fantastic fan trick works for those of us with the older models where the tents aren't attached to the doors (god knows i've tried)
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Marry a tall man.
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Marry a tall man.
... or get some stilts
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Old 09-10-2015, 01:52 PM   #10
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If you are not hooked up to your tow vehicle and your stabilizer jacks are folded up, you can use your tongue jack to lower the front of the trailer down and make bunk opening much easier to reach. Then raise the jack up to lower the back bunk opening. Make sure your wheels are still chocked. A power tongue jack night be something to think about if you are doing this frequently. I have done this when my front end is higher off the ground due to a sloping site situation.

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