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Old 09-14-2016, 05:19 PM   #1
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Missing rain skirt on hybrids?

Can anyone tell me why the forest river hybrids do not have a rain skirt around the bunk-ends? Their pop ups have it incorporated in the tent ends to keep water off the actual bunk surface, one of the features i appreciate, having had 2 off them. I notice that many other mfgs have this built into their bunk-ends. Gotta say this bothers me in the planning to buy stage.
Any feedback, pros,cons ...
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:51 PM   #2
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Could you explain what a rain skirt is? Perhaps a picture would help. I've had 2 pop ups and now a Shamrock hybrid but I'm drawing a blank on this one.
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:07 PM   #3
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They are no longer needed with the permanent seal of fabric to bunk-end, looks better, and fold up better.
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:12 PM   #4
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optiquest is referring to a skirt around the bottom of the canvas tent ends.
They had them on the older snap and bungee tent ends but disappeared when they went to the pre-attatched tent ends.

From what I've seen, the newer tent ends are almost a one piece enclosure and don't seem to need the skirts.
I'm sure some will clarify it better, since mine has snap and bungee tent ends.
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:13 PM   #5
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Ok, perhaps my bad terminology. Click image for larger version

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In the photo notice how the tent fabric extends down past the actual bed tray.Rainwater never touches it but sheds off below.
Not so on the hybrids.
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They are no longer needed with the permanent seal of fabric to bunk-end, looks better, and fold up better.
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Ok..now I see. Just didn't know the terminology. My pop ups had these skirts, and as the other replies have said, they aren't needed on the newer hybrids with the permanently attached fabric. No worries.
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I wish our 23WS had the skirts. No leaks on ours but it just doesnt seem right after having two other hybrids with the LCI doors and tents that had the skirts, and were also permanently attached. The Forest River arrangement is not ideal and problems have been reported with tents coming loose and leaking. Search here and you'll find them.

I was told by a Rockwood rep a couple of years ago they eliminated them as people were closing the bunks and letting the skirts defeat the seals.
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Thats exactly what i mean.
Any opinions good or bad would be appreciated. I see other hybrids with the extra fabric around the bottom.
As far as appearance, i think seeing the metal surround with the fabric tucked in looks unfinished. Like an oversize shirt tucked in your pants.
Thanks everyone.
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I think the current design is ok and can work well.
We already got some serious rain and no water inside but I have a concern about the longevity of it for I see that where the metal part that holds the tend ends it's somewhat sharp and when deployed those ends keep pushing the tent material.
I'm thinking in add a protection to the tents on those locations but could not think of a good solution yet.
Anyway, I see the permanent fix as a good solution.

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