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Old 12-02-2013, 09:22 AM   #1
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New hybrid camper

My wife and I have just purchased a 2014 roo 21ss and will be taking delivery this Wednesday. We have been tent camping for over 30 years mainly in the smoky and blue ridge mountains of North Carolina. I am so looking forward to not having to string up a 30' tarp so we can have a dry place to cook and play cards!

I've been reading the posts on this forum for a while now. The information has my head swimming with possibilities and I haven't set foot in the trailer yet! I would like to continue posting as we progress through this evolution. Just like all the previous post here helped my wife and I to make our decisions I hope our posts will help people make their decisions as well.

I hate to open old wounds with a topic that seems to get emotional but I have a question about "seasoning" the bunk ends. With our tents I always used a seam sealer on all the seams and every other year or so would use camp dry or a similar product on the fabric itself. Never had a problem to speak of and buddy we have been through some bad storms! The manuals say to soak the tents and let dry completely and repeat the process several times. Then to use candle wax on the seams. So here is the question. Has anybody tried the commercially available seam sealers?
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:33 AM   #2
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Congratulations on the new camper - bet it won't take long until you have that "how did we ever camp in a tent?" conversation. We started with a tent, then a popup, now the Roo. We had a lot of great trips, but don't think we could go back...

Anyhow, on the tent ends. I would suggest just seasoning them with water to start with. I have seen some threads here where people have had leaks, but ours has been out in a lot of rain with no issues. The canvas should (key word - should) not leak after the threads swell. If a after a few wettings, you are getting any water through the seems, then look for a sealer. Also, I would ask at the dealership and get their opinion. If they sell hybrids regularly they should be able to give you a recomendation on whether or not you need sealant and what to use.
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:41 PM   #3
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some hybrid owners, being former tenters, use the regular seam sealer, AFTER they've done the seasoning procedure, just as a precaution.

we were former tenters but never had to use seam sealer on our brand new Roo, back in 2006.

IMHO, seam sealer is an option AFTER you've seasoned the tent ends and you still detect leaks along the seams.

in my 8 years of being on a variety of Hybrid forums, condensation is the actual issue more than the seams leaking.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:14 PM   #4
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Bought our 21ss in the spring and love it. The bunk end material is not like any tent I have ever seen nor is it the canvas that our pop up was made of. It's a heavy vinyl material that shouldnt need any treatment.
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:21 PM   #5
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Seam sealer

Thanks for the input from everyone. We have a lot to learn, no doubt, but that should be part of the fun.

Condensation can be a problem in tents as well but the alternatives to deal with it are limited. You can only vent so much in a tent and keep the rain out!. We will follow the manual to the letter and let yall know how it goes.
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:51 PM   #6
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I was an experienced tent camper and backpacker in my younger days. I was all ready to seam grip my canvas bunk ends...because that's just what you do when you get a tent. Especially when I looked at the canvas on my new camper and could see light coming through where the thread holes where.

I was very skeptical, but went ahead and just followed the guidance for "seasoning" - wet it up with a garden hose and let the thread swell.

I have never had a leak. I camped near Mt Mitchell in NC this July 4th when it rained non-stop for 10 days. Never a drop came in my camper. Rock solid and dry.
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:04 PM   #7
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Congrats on the Roo!
I still have not "seasoned" mine....I'm a bad boy.......
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Thanks for the input from everyone. We have a lot to learn, no doubt, but that should be part of the fun.

Condensation can be a problem in tents as well but the alternatives to deal with it are limited. You can only vent so much in a tent and keep the rain out!. We will follow the manual to the letter and let yall know how it goes.
condensation is a good point and an issue with hybrids as well. Once you've seasoned the tent-ends and are certain that they do not leak. Don't be surprised if moisture appears on the bed ends, probably condensation and no need to panic and think the tent is leaking.

enjoy!
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:39 PM   #9
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Using solar panels like those from Popup Gizmos can help cut down on the condensation on the inside of the bunk ends. At least, it helped a lot in my pop-up.

Congrats on the new Roo, BTW! I purchased a 2013 Roo 21SS back in September. That was an upgrade from camping in a pop-up for the last 11 years. And that was after tent camping for about 5 years. I've only taken two trips in the Roo so far, but I really love it! The PUP was great - once it was set up. But set-up & take down could be a real PITA. And it was a bit improvement over the tent. With the Roo, I have definitely learned to appreciate indoor plumbing! LOL!
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:43 PM   #10
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Another BTW...if you camp a lot in Western NC, I highly recommend Four Paws Kingdom Campground in Rutherfordton, NC. It's not far from Lake Lure & Chimney Rock. It's especially nice if you have a dog, since they cater to people who camp with their dogs. I've been camping there since 2008 and love it. Four Paws Kingdom - The best kept secret for Camping with your Dog!
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