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Old 02-02-2015, 09:43 AM   #1
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What happens when bunk ends are closed?

The dealer is pretty far away and one thing we did not do is check out the shamrock when closed. We expect to use one bunk end very rarely and there may be times we don't use either one. Trying to find images on the internet with a hybrid closed is definitely not easy. What can I expect when using the camper with the ends closed? Does most of the canvas and mattress stay largely behind the pull curtains or does everything pretty much flop forward on the floor/dinette, etc.

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Old 02-02-2015, 09:58 AM   #2
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The mattress stays on the bunk. The mattress folds up and when you close up the bunk, the window support holds the whole thing together. The canvas is contained within the bunk. With my Roo,the floor space is very limited as would need to open the slide outs in order to use my trailer.
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Old 02-02-2015, 10:10 AM   #3
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Thank you! So are you saying if I closed those privacy curtains, most of the bunk ends would be pretty much hidden (within reason, of course)?

I realize without the ends open it is quite a bit smaller but we primarily camp just my wife and I, though our teenage boys do join once or twice a year. I love sleeping under canvas, the wife not so much. The thing is we are very close to just going with an r-pod but it occurred to me that a hybrid, when closed, provides us essentially the same layout as the r-pod but also has the benefit of a huge bathroom and fridge.

With either one we will be converting a dinette for our bed but the hybrid also gives the option for a full-time bed if we wanted to use the bunk ends. Of course it is a little heavier, a little bigger, lacks an r-dome and has a high chance of leaking. Decisions...decisions.
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Old 02-02-2015, 10:50 AM   #4
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there was a recent post here, asking a similar question.
i posted a link to RVW's Video Library, where there's a ton of YouTube videos on the Roo and a number of them show how to take down and set up the bunk ends.
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:01 AM   #5
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Dealers and their PDI's..... Geez...
When we were doing the PDI on our Roo, the guy doing it didn't have a clue.
He told us that the beds ahd to be removed before closing the ends.
He removed one bed, stuffed it behind the slideout as it closed and promptly walked outside and had me close the other bed without removing the mattress.
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:57 PM   #6
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We always opened the bed ends in our Shamrock. There aren't many windows in a hybrid and it's dark when not opened up. If you don't intend to upen up the hybrid, you are probably better off with a pod. We thought our grown children would sleep in the hybrid but they preferred to bring their own tents.
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Old 02-02-2015, 02:19 PM   #7
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Thanks Maris, that is good feedback. It isn't that we wouldn't open them, it is just more likely that when my wife is with me we would only open them in the afternoon to let the outside in and close them at night.

When I camp alone (about half the time)...I would always sleep in them. I am a tent guy and I sleep better in canvas.

We do really like the r-pods as well for their simplicity...but if the tent ends of a hybrid tuck in nicely you can basically have an r-pod with a big fridge and bathroom.
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:54 PM   #8
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Sponge - the Rockwood Mini-Lites look like nice small units. Minimal set up involved and a separate bathroom. Putting the bed ends down in the day & back up at night would get to be a pain. We did move from tent camping to a hybrid & loved it. Getting older though and are moving on to an enclosed trailer. Enjoy your search.
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Old 02-02-2015, 05:28 PM   #9
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we had a hybrid before this latest camper, and we had 3 beds that folded out. 2 queensize , (one on each end) and then on the street side we had a double size bed that folded out. if it were just my hubby and I we would leave one of the end ones (the one on the back end of camper) folded up and we wouldfold the double bed out and use it for our clothes storage, then we slept on the front queen size fold out. having them folded up or closed as you say it, never affected the floor size but it did affect where we put our clothes because there wasn't much storage for that to begin with.
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Old 02-02-2015, 05:35 PM   #10
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our mattresses stored behind the privacy curtains, but to fold the beds up or be in the closed we had to take them out of the beds to fold the beds up, then the mattresses stored up against the folded up beds held in place by elastic bands provided by the camper maker.
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