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Old 05-31-2010, 02:00 PM   #1
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Water dripping from Tent ends

We just got back from camping this weekend, i was a cold one where we had alot of snow, The tent ends started to drip water, On the outside of the tent ends look like they are vinyl. the snow was covering the ends. would the water leak through, since the camper is new and i did not crack open any vents or windows i was getting condesation, so the question is if i had the proper ventalation would the wet snow or rain soak through the ends.
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Old 05-31-2010, 04:08 PM   #2
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I read that it is to be expected to have some water infiltration with a brand new unit - that the thread used - once wet - will swell and plug all the needle holes.

That could be what you experienced. I hope.

I have a new Shamrock - and have not yet experienced rain...

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Old 05-31-2010, 05:34 PM   #3
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Have anybdy tried those pop-up gimzos that cover the ends, i was wondering how well they work and how much trouble are they putting on
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Old 05-31-2010, 06:00 PM   #4
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I have purchased a set - high wind model and have just received them a few weeks ago.

Many do use them and swear they do a good job:
- Help keep cool in hot weather
- Help keep warm in cold weather
- Protects the tent from bird c**p anb tree sap
- Darkens the tent area for a better sleep (for some)

You simply need to slide them on the top as far as you can and clip them all along the edge - I tried them on for fit and it's easy.

The super high wind models has bungie cord - but I did not care for the look that much.

I am sure other will chime in with similar comments. Have a look at Hybrid Forum for more comments

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Old 05-31-2010, 06:29 PM   #5
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We have used the Gizmos from our PUP to our HTT. I think they do a pretty god job as they are advertised. I especially like that they keep the tent ends pretty clean. Also the company that makes and sells them is a good company to do business with, you will be satisfied.
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Old 05-31-2010, 06:55 PM   #6
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I use to have a Shamrock and I found that in cold weather we got condensation in the tent ends. Try to keep the zipper open a bit in cooler weather and also crack the roof vent. The more moisture that you vent out the less dripping you will have inside. Now we upgraded to a Rockwood 2902SS, so we don't worry too much about condensation.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:58 AM   #7
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the canvas/vinyl isn't leaking, it's condensation.

did you have PopupGizmos or solar blankets on top of the tent ends?
we were in Yosemite, last month, and it snowed on us. our first camping trip with snow, ever.
we didn't keep the vents open and air moving. condensation is worse when you've got snow on top of the canvas. it makes the temp of the canvas much lower and with heat on inside, you'll get condensation. we did and even after getting air moving, it took quite awhile to dry out.

since i have never camped with snow on my bunk ends, i don't know if there's any way to prevent condensation if other than not turning the heat on.
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:08 PM   #8
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Definitly condensation, tent material currently used is treated and does not need to swell to seal, keeping the snow swept off will help, but not completely eliminate the problem, opening your roof vents will be your best defense, also if you have ventilation fans would help
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:17 AM   #9
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We have been hybrid camping for over 6 years and love it but we DID go out and buy the solar "bubble" wrap at the local hardware store and made our own tent bed covers that work GREAT....we love our AC and we have never had water in our bunk ends !! It also helps keep the bunks warm in the cold and cool in the heat.... CHeap fix to condensation !! We use aligator clips to keep the solar wrap on (not glamorous but does a great job.) Inexpensive to try .... you will not regret it !
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Old 06-14-2010, 01:38 AM   #10
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I believe that the ends where leaking because of the condensation that was building up, it was so cols outside with snow, and i didn't think of opening up the ends a bit for air cirulation, We had alot of rain this past week and my ends were set up, and it was dry as a bone in there, I did buy a set of pop-up gimzo's i haven't had a chance to try them yet. Since the trailer is only 6 months old i am still learning
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