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Old 09-13-2019, 12:57 PM   #1
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Keeping the Bunk Ends Dry in My Roo

I have read a number of campers making recommendations on how to keep the bunk ends from leaking and the information is great. I do believe that some other things might compliment the suggestions made by others. I bought my Roo in the fall of 2015 and started modifications immediately. It was clear that popup gizmos were the suggested solution to many of the issues and I felt I could make something that would work better. The following is what I did and at this point I can say that it works to keep my Roo warmer in cool weather, cooler in hot weather, and dryer in wet weather. Last year we were on the outer banks when a hurricane blew by and we stayed dry. The covers stayed in place without problems.

1. I mounted awning rail over the bunk ends.
2. I mounted cleats on the sides and top (outer end) of the bunk ends.
3. Bought insulated tarp ( it's used to cure concrete and has 1/4 inch of closed cell foam between the tarp layers.
4. Cut the tarp to fit the bunk ends and sewed awning bead along the top edge of the tarp.
5. added grommets to the other three edges as needed. (only needed a couple since most were present already)
6. Bought a roll of bungee cord to make loops between the grommets and the cleats.

This completed the camping season setup, but I realized that I could add winter storage protection for just a few bucks to I did by doing the following.

1. bought some cheap tarps from HF and sewed awning bead along the top.
2. got a couple of bungees to secure the bottom to the jacks.

I don't think my solution stores as well as the popup gizmos (see the black bin in the pictures) but it adds protection to the upper seam.

Happy camping.
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Old 09-15-2019, 05:11 PM   #2
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Fascinating.

Can i assume that you drive it that way?

And what do you use on the sides? Reflectix in the windows?
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Old 09-16-2019, 12:13 PM   #3
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keeping the bunk ends dry.

The pictures noted in my initial post show the cheap tarps on for winter storage. Can't drive with them in that configuration. I've added a picture of what the insulated tarps look like when installed. They take less than five minutes to remove from the tote, unfold and slide onto the awning rails. If it's just a overnight stop in transit I usually don't bother with them but if I'm staying for any length of time they are well worth the effort. The storage tarps go on just as quickly and prevent water from getting to the upper seal.
Hope this makes things a little clearer.
Happy camping, Rob
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