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Old 06-19-2019, 10:31 PM   #1
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PUGS versus economical route

Let me preface by saying we only camp in weather that needs some type of insulation on the bunk tops maybe 3-4 times per year. I looked at the price of the PUGS for my three bunk Rockwood Roo and wondered if there was a cheaper alternative. I bought insulated reflective blankets at Walmart for $9 each. Then bought some small spring clips from Walmart for $3 for a package of 12. I used 24 clips per tent end. Total cost was around under $50.

We recently returned from a 14 day trip in east Texas and the Texas coast. This set up performed flawlessly. It even withstood the beach winds in Galveston, which was three straight days of steady 25 MPH gusting around 40. I did not lose a single clip the entire time. I felt those three days would be the ultimate test of my alternate rig. Click image for larger version

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You did what I would have done if I needed to.

You can go a bit further by shopping Homedepot for relectix and cutting pieces to zip between the screens and zip up windows giving a bit more insulation to the tent ends.
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Yeah the picture is bad but we have the reflextic in the windows too. Those along make such a difference.
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Thank you! I was thinking of trying this as well and you have just answered some things I was questioning like how they would hold up in windy situations and how many clips to possibly use. Looks like I’m making a trip to Walmart for little modification . Pugs maybe will come next year but we will see . And my DW just rolled her eyes at me for another modification I’m going to do 🤣.
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Thank you! I was thinking of trying this as well and you have just answered some things I was questioning like how they would hold up in windy situations and how many clips to possibly use. Looks like I’m making a trip to Walmart for little modification . Pugs maybe will come next year but we will see . And my DW just rolled her eyes at me for another modification I’m going to do 🤣.


This set up has worked perfect for us at around $60. Some cheap clips from Walmart and we were set. We have not had a single issue with them being blown off by wind. The “cheap” space blankets have made a world of difference in cooling our trailer, and can be replaced easily when we need. We only use them 3-4 times per year. Couldn’t justify paying PUGS 300-400 $$$.
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This set up has worked perfect for us at around $60. Some cheap clips from Walmart and we were set. We have not had a single issue with them being blown off by wind. The “cheap” space blankets have made a world of difference in cooling our trailer, and can be replaced easily when we need. We only use them 3-4 times per year. Couldn’t justify paying PUGS 300-400 $$$.


Good to know. I definitely will give it a try. We are in the same boat as you we probably camp about 4-6 times a year. One time is about a week otherwise 3 days or so (darn work). Sounds like a win for me to try. thanks
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When we had our popup and then hybrid we went the economical route too. Space blankets and spring clips and cut Reflectix for the tent end window areas. Worked well even in strong winds.

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Back in the early 80's I use to rig up tarps over the tops of our bunk ends on our popup's to add shade to them. How things evolve.
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This set up has worked perfect for us at around $60. Some cheap clips from Walmart and we were set. We have not had a single issue with them being blown off by wind. The “cheap” space blankets have made a world of difference in cooling our trailer, and can be replaced easily when we need. We only use them 3-4 times per year. Couldn’t justify paying PUGS 300-400 $$$.


You should compare apples to apples when quoting pricing. The comparable set of pugs from PopupGizmo’s is $99.95 plus shipping not $300-$400.
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You should compare apples to apples when quoting pricing. The comparable set of pugs from PopupGizmo’s is $99.95 plus shipping not $300-$400.
The Super High Wind Series Covers. Our best cover system. Wind capacity in excess of 25 MPH. $89.95 for a single cover, $169.95 for a two cover set, $199.95 for a two cover set with a third cover for dinette slide-outs on popups, $239.95 for a three cover set for three bunk Hybrids.

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