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DIY Solar Bunkend Covers

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DIY Solar Bunkend Covers will reduce the temperature inside your PopUp Camper or Hybrid Trailer.

Do you love to go camping in your popup trailer, but the temperature gets too high in the middle of the summer? Make yourself these Solar Bunkend Covers to reflect the heat so you can camp all summer long!

If you hang out in any popup camper circles, a common question is How do I keep my popup cool in the summer? Several people have suggested the use of PopUp Gizmos.

These awesome covers are put over the ends of a popup to help keep them cooler in the sun. We love the idea and decided to make our own, which saved us over $100 for a set.

If you are not handy or crafty, then go ahead and order some.

campsite with a popup trailer and a Toyota 4Runner

DIY Solar Bunkend Covers Tutorial

All the supplies that you will need can be found at the bottom of the post or you can find them all listed here on Amazon.

supplies for DIY Solar Bunkend Covers

 Directions for making these covers is at the bottom of the post.

We stuck the adhesive velcro to the underside of the lip of the front and back of the trailer roof.

Just raise the roof a few inches and put the cover in place before raising it the rest of the way.

In addition to the cord, you can use clips to secure the cover in place.

We have not used ours in really windy conditions yet, so we’ve only used a few clips and cord.

frontview of a solar bunkend cover

You can see that the end of our cover is a bit loose.

We plan on making some adjustments to that loose end this season. We will update the photos here when we do.

Homemade Bunkend Covers

This solar bunkend cover really makes a big difference in the heat. If we are on a trip where we are moving from campground to campground, we unclip it but leave it velcroed in place and fold it in with the bunkend.

Turn the cover over with the silver side down to hold the heat in during cold temperatures.

collage of DIY Solar Bunkend Covers

More Camping DIY sharing Supplies from this Project

Bunkend Window Shades
Insulated Cooler Cover
Awning Bag Hack

Yield: 2 solar covers

DIY Solar Bunkend Covers

DIY Solar Bunkend Covers

Keep the fold-out bunkends of your pop-up or hybrid camper cool with these solar covers.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty medium
Estimated Cost $80

Materials

  • three Space Blankets
  • foil-backed tape or duct tape
  • grommet kit
  • paracord
  • clips
  • bungee cords
  • optional: sticky industrial Velcro

Tools

  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • mallet

Instructions

  1. Start by measuring the top of your bunk ends. Our pop-up trailer has a queen on one end and a king on the other. The queen is 84" x 64" and the king is 84" x 74". Since each solar blanket is 84" x 60", we use three blankets.
  2. We cut one blanket across to create an 84" x 25" piece and an 84" x 35" piece. We could have cut them into smaller pieces but decided to use all of the blanket.
  3. With solar sides together, stitch a cut piece to a whole blanket.
  4. Diana stitched the piece in place about 5" up from the edge as not to stitch over the grommet corners that are already in place.
  5. Repeat the stitching for the other blanket.
  6. This is what the stitched blanket cover looks like when stitched in place.
  7. By no means perfectly straight, but it makes no difference.

Add Grommets to your Solar Bunkend Covers

  1. Add grommets to the side of the cover.
  2. Use foil or duct tape underneath the grommet for reinforcement. We had foil tape leftover from this project.
  3. This is what the new grommets look like.
  4. Attach pieces of paracord to the grommets.
  5. We used bungee cords underneath our bunkends and measured the length of paracord accordingly.

Notes

Optional: Attach Velcro to secure the cover to the roof of the trailer. Diana sewed the softer side of the velcro to the top of the cover.

If you don't sew, use the tape to hold the pieces of solar blanket together. Just make sure you do not have sharp edges that could tear the canvas.

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Leyla

Thursday 11th of June 2020

What was the spacing you used between each grommet?

Let's Camp S'more

Wednesday 24th of June 2020

about 2 feet

Liz

Monday 9th of September 2019

This is just a great idea! We are full-time right now in Texas and believe me if we had a pop-up we would be doing this. If you have a travel trailer I came up with an idea for easy on and off solar screens.

I posted it on the other page with the bunk end shades. Maybe it will help a couple people out. Great ideas on your site!

Let's Camp S'more

Monday 9th of September 2019

Thanks!

Jenny

Saturday 2nd of June 2018

Great tutorial & idea. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

letscampsmore

Sunday 3rd of June 2018

Thank you!

Jenny

Tuesday 29th of May 2018

This is really neat! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday. Hope to see you at the party next week

letscampsmore

Tuesday 29th of May 2018

Thank you!

Kathleen

Thursday 17th of May 2018

We had a popup when I was a kid and I remember it being SOO hot. What a great idea.

letscampsmore

Friday 18th of May 2018

Thanks!