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Old 02-27-2012, 01:26 PM   #1
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How many use PUG's or similar

Just wondering if these area necessary evil for hybrids. I know we can't always predict the weather, but I was assuming that a Hybrid would have waterproof canvas. Also I didn't want to spend another $100 on unecessary gear.

I did buy (4) 52"x84" solar blankets, but thought I'd put them under the matresses and along the sides to keep them dry from normal condensation.
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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I used them on our PUP. When we got the HTT I sent one back to PUG shop and had it sized for the HTT. I think they are very worth while. The temp stays lower in the summer and it helps keep the top of the fold out bed cleaner. Worth the money.
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:03 PM   #3
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A hybrid's canvas is waterproof - not that you could immerse it, but its proof enough against rain.

You do have to season it once to let the stitching swell up and close the seams.

I have Pugs with the current trailer and have used other REI solar blankets with other campers. These blankets are to help regulate temperatures (warmer in cooler weather and cooler in warmer weather) but they also help to control condensation.

Its not a necessary evil but its a common enough mod for hybrid owners. Probably one of the first mods (along with a battery disconnect).

Call Bob over at Popup Gizmo's to talk with him. Very helpful.

Putting these under your mattress isn't really going to do much. People use reflectix for under the mattress and for cutouts in the windows for really cold or hot nights.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:50 PM   #4
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As mentioned above, not a necessity but a good thing
1. to help the AC with very hot sunny days
2. to help with the furnace and condensation on colder days.

If you camp under trees, as we do very often, it also keeps the ends clean of sap or other debris.

I have them and do appreciate their usefulness.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:02 PM   #5
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as others have said, PUGs or solar blankets, have nothing to do with "waterproofing".
it has to do with temp control and reducing condensation.
some side benefits are that they keep the canvas clean, prevent most of the rain to get on the canvas and provide darkening for naps or late risers.

and the solar blankets didn't help preventing the moisture under my mattresses.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:28 PM   #6
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When we used to own a pop-up, we had Bob make us a custom one piece PUG, and it made a pretty dramatic difference particularly in the summer heat. Personally, I would not own a pop-up without one.
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Popup gizmos were a great purchase for us during last summers heat wave. Easily a 15 to 20 degree difference.
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:04 PM   #8
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Thanks all for the responses. I guess I'll have add that to the long list of hybrid necessities...Wheel chocks, string lights, lanterns, flashlight batteries, leveling blocks, bug netting, vent covers, safety gear and tools, chairs, outside table, cooking utensils, outdoor rug, sheets, pillows, towels, and on and on..........

Geez this camping thing is getting expensive...LOL, sigh.
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Ouch - that's a lot of gear. FWIW, I would say that the Outdoor rug - a good one - is one of our most usefull items.
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Yeah I just orederd an 8'x16' reversible outdoor rug from CW. A friend who's also on the forum also said that was one of the most important items to have. I did go overboard a bit with gadets and cool to have stuff, but when traveling with the whole family I try to never skimp on safety items/gear.

So do you guys think using regular $5 space blankets would work on the outside of the tent ends?
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