Originally Posted by ficksters
Mine did not go over "seasoning" the tent ends....
Kinda went over the closure procedures for the tent ends (What do you do as I am curious how this differs from what they told me)
they didnt tell me how to prevent condensation
the electric side of the water heater
Can you help on these areas?
On our PDI it was pretty cold and windy, so the training we got on the bunk ends was "you had a popup, so you know how these work." and it did not involve opening or closing the ends, so with that disclaimer - here is how we do it:
Take pillows and sleeping bags off, leave thin foam topper and sheets on the bed.
Pull the support bar out and lay it on the outside (far) half of the mattress.
Let the U-shaped bar on the end come down onto the mattress.
Fold the front (near) half of the matress over and sandwich the bars inside. Then secure the snaps on the two straps that hold the mattress in the folded position. Key Point - push the mattress away from you (toward the outside) as far as it will slide. Seems to make it easier to close the door.
Then head outside to close. I make sure the small amount of slack in the canvass on the front edge is pushed back away from the lip. If this gets caught when you close the door you probably can't see it because its on the top, so I just try to make sure its no canvas is going to get pinched in the seal. Then lift the door up. With 2 people one can be on each side to tuck in any slack in the canvas. If doing it solo, you can tuck in one side, put a hand on the door so it doesn't fall, and walk over to the other side to tuck in the canvas then I usually have to go back to the first side one more time for a final tuck. Once in a while, the mattress shifts and keeps the hinge from letting the door close all the way. Just drop it down, go in and push the mattress back and then go back out and try closing it again. Key point here - have a window/vent/door open when opening or closing the ends. Because you are significantly changing the volume of the trailer, you need a way for the air to move in or out. Closing the ends without a place for the air to escape the trailer is surprisingly difficult. Once the door is shut, double check both sides to be sure no canvas is caught in the seal and close the latches.
On the condesation issue - it really only seems to be an issue when its pretty cold outside (like 40deg or less). I don't think you can totally eliminate it, but you can minize it so you don't get dripped on. Air flow through the tent ends is important, and the lower you set the temp in the tt, the better. We turn the furnace down to about 60 and use the heated mattress. I don't have PUGS to insulate the ends, but I am sure that would be a huge help as well.
Enjoy the new IKSS!