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Old 08-11-2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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Cleaning Tips for Canvas fold outs

Hey everyone,
I am a first time owner of a hybrid and was wondering what was the best way to preserve the canvas on the fold outs. We used to have a 26BH but it became a pain in the butt parking and finding good spots in state parks due to the size of it. We now have an X18D and are going for our first trip on thursday. We are really excited and any tips on how to keep a fold out from falling apart would be great. Thanks
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:21 PM   #2
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Our 23B has been really good. As for the bunk end maintenance we do very little. The owner’s manual will tell you to season the tent ends. By lightly spraying the canvas with a light misting of water three times and let it dry in between sprays. When we are done camping for the weekend, before closing up I broom off the canvas. I have a broom with a head that articulates 90 degrees so it makes brooming off the bunk ends and our slide out much easier. I have only washed ours once and that was after a 19 day trip to Wyoming and Montana where it was extremely dusty, and the HTT was extremely dusty. I used just plain jane Dawn dish soap. Followed by a good rinse. Just make sure you put the trailer away dry. If you do not you will have mildew or something worse. Last year, it seemed like every trip it rained on us, and we would come home and open up the ends for a few hours while we clean out the HTT. So far we have had no issues.

One thing we did find out this summer, do not leave bedding on the mattresses when you close her up. There is not enough room, between the bathroom wall and bunk door. With only an electric mattress pad (aftermarked) we were pushing the bunk door out just enough to get a little water to pass by the seal. It was very little water, but it made us stop leaving bedding on the beds.
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:04 AM   #3
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Pop Up Gizmos are the best thing to preserve your bunk end canvas.
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Pop Up Gizmos are the best thing to preserve your bunk end canvas.
But they look so ugly, plus it's 2 ,more things to pack and store......
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But they look so ugly, plus it's 2 ,more things to pack and store......
All so true.
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I'll leave them off and then you can come over at the end of my camping trip and clean the bird poop and pine sap off my pretty bunk ends.:clap:

I'm a function over form guy so looks don't really bother me and I'm beyond the point where I care what other people think of me. My PUG's are especially ugly since they're home made!!!!
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I have Pop Up Gizmos that I bought and I think they look fine and the way they keep the bunks clean and cool if they were tie dye I will still use them. You're camping and camping in a Hybrid not walking down a fashion runway. I love my X18D but nobody cares much about it, most people are starring at Toy Haulers.

As for cleaning the bunk ends I have cleaned them a few times and they clean up easily. They are hidden from the sun except for the few times you camp so I wouldn't worry about them. I had an 2003 Coleman popup and the canvas on the pop outs still looked new.
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I'll leave them off and then you can come over at the end of my camping trip and clean the bird poop and pine sap off my pretty bunk ends.:clap:

I'm a function over form guy so looks don't really bother me and I'm beyond the point where I care what other people think of me. My PUG's are especially ugly since they're home made!!!!
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I have Pop Up Gizmos that I bought and I think they look fine and the way they keep the bunks clean and cool if they were tie dye I will still use them. You're camping and camping in a Hybrid not walking down a fashion runway. I love my X18D but nobody cares much about it, most people are starring at Toy Haulers.

As for cleaning the bunk ends I have cleaned them a few times and they clean up easily. They are hidden from the sun except for the few times you camp so I wouldn't worry about them. I had an 2003 Coleman popup and the canvas on the pop outs still looked new.
That's O.K..... You guys go ahead and use 'em!

I want my Hybrid to look puurrty!!!! Not some alien spaceship from outer space!!
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That's O.K..... You guys go ahead and use 'em!

I want my Hybrid to look puurrty!!!! Not some alien spaceship from outer space!!
LOL.....I have heard that before. My brother put a picture in a picture book and referenced landing on the moon.
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I have Pop Up Gizmos that I bought and I think they look fine and the way they keep the bunks clean and cool if they were tie dye I will still use them. You're camping and camping in a Hybrid not walking down a fashion runway. I love my X18D but nobody cares much about it, most people are starring at Toy Haulers.
As for cleaning the bunk ends I have cleaned them a few times and they clean up easily. They are hidden from the sun except for the few times you camp so I wouldn't worry about them. I had an 2003 Coleman popup and the canvas on the pop outs still looked new.
Where did you buy the Pop Up Gizmos? I never heard of them. I think I'd like to get them for my 17C Jayco Sport if they keep it cooler and cleaner, too.
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