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Old 05-06-2012, 12:29 PM   #1
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The problem: To set the tent ends up after tipping out the beds you first have to lift up the end hoop and install the ridge pole. This is difficult because the mattress is folded up in front of the hoop (can't pull the mattress out of the way, it's behind the rear wall), my wife can't reach over the mattress and reach the hoop, sticking her hand under the mattress allows her to move the hoop up a little, but still difficult to grab.
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I found a 6' peice of nylon strap, installed a snap in the end so I could loop it over the metal hoop and snap it together. When the bed is folded up and the hoop is lying on the bunk bottom, she can now just pull on the strap, raise up the hoop, install the ridge pole and push out the tent. The strap can then be unsnapped and stored away until you are ready to close up the beds. The strap can then be installed and the end left hanging over the bed for next time. Took me about 20 min. to make, made one for each bunk end.
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Great idea. I can use that in my x20e. Thanks.
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What a good idea
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:35 PM   #4
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Really great idea, will add to it if I may. I would try Velcro instead of a snap ( just cause it would be easier to put on than a snap) thanks Tslarson
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Like the Idea. Nice and simple.
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:16 PM   #6
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I did the same thing in my 17Z, except I just used a piece of nylon cord. I have been doing it this way for the last 2 years.
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Really great idea, will add to it if I may. I would try Velcro instead of a snap
I thought about velcro, but didn't have any, but had a whole box of snaps.
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I did the same thing in my 17Z, except I just used a piece of nylon cord
Walked out into the garage thinking about a thin piece of nylon rope, couldn't find any, but found the nylon strap.
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You did a great job on the Snaps I must say....I took a closer look.... Very professional.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:10 PM   #9
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Great idea we picked up our 23b 4 weeks ago and I've been wrestling with the mattresses myself thanks for the idea
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:48 PM   #10
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That is a good idea. We find it easier if my wife sets up inside and set up the outside when we arrive at the campsite in our 17c. It makes everything go a lot quicker as we both know what we are going since we are both accustomed to doing the same thing everytime. We always try to simplify the setup process because it still takes some time.
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