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Old 07-19-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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Gizmos are the must have accessory. Before we had them the center part of the trailer was bearable in the heat of the day, but laying in the bunks was a sweaty experience. I first made my own out of a roll of Reflectix that I bought at Home Depot, but my wife said they looked too ghetto, so I ordered the custom ones from the owner up in Dallas. In 2004 we attended a popup camper rally on the Guadalupe River in Spring Branch, Texas and we did an experiment with a thermometer. We parked the PUP in full sun when the outside temperature was 101 and the popup gizmos reflected 20 degrees of heat away from the bunk ends making it comfortable to take a nap up there in the heat of the day. We also measured the temp in the center of the PUP at 72 degrees that day. Best mod ever for popups.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Grove City/Columbus
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good info phone man! thanks! we camp a lot at state parks and usually pick sites with moderate to all day shade, so we've never used them. but there is a place we camp down in SE Ohio that before we had the gizmos, we camped in a very sunny spot, boy I wish I had those then. and it's crazy but 20 deg is huge!
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:40 PM
 
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Depending on the size of the PUP I suppose the results wills vary. We had a 12ft box Coleman with 2 king beds and no dinette slide. We also took sections of reflectix and cut them out to fit in between the windows and the screens.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:29 PM
 
Location: NC
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Purchase a spiral notebook and keep it in the camper. Use it to record your trips, what you did, saw, good restaurants,campground impressions, etc., and to keep track of miles covered and nights spent in the camper.
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Grove City/Columbus
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to add to phoneman, some one we camp with bought those reflective front windshielf things for cars from Big Lots or someplace cheap and she cut them to fit in the side windows of the slide outs. then when she closes it up she can just fold them up and lay them on the bed and they'll be right there when you open it back up again.
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