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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! You also can quickly make RV Window Solar Shades for a few bucks with supplies from Dollar Tree.

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

We stuck the adhesive Velcro to the underside of the lip of the front and back of the trailer roof. We used this strong Velcro for this RV Awning Hack.

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.

Pop Up Gizmos DIY

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. Keep your food cool with a homemade solar cooler cover.

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

Give your RV a new look with custom camper curtains that you can see as part of our pop-up camper remodel.

collage of DIY Solar Bunkend Covers

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

Create the Solar Bunkend Covers

  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. Stitch 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. It is by no means perfectly straight, but it makes no difference.
  7. Mark each cover so that you can tell them apart when you go to install.

Add Additional Grommets to your Covers

  1. Mark where you want to add grommets.
  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.


Attach the Top Edge to Camper with Strong Velcro

  1. Measure across the inside edge of the camper roof.
  2. Cut a piece of Sticky Industrial Velcro to that length.
  3. Attach the thicker side of the Velcro just inside the edge of the roof. It will be stuck to the roof edge, not the canvas.
  4. Stitch the softer side of the Velcro to the top edge of your bunk-end cover, making sure to center it.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for the other cover/end of the camper.
  6. Installation: Lift the roof several inches and attach the solar cover to the Velcro. Raise the roof and complete installation with spring clips and paracord.

Notes

Find all the supplies for this project on this Amazon list.

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

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Joanne

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

I’m going to be helping my son with this project. Re the sewing, what size needle did you use, what kind of thread, and what stitch length to sew the solar blankets together? Thanks for sharing your ingenuity. Joanne

Let's Camp S'more

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Joanne, I think I used a size 14 needle with a wider stitch. I always use all-purpose thread. Good luck!

Mzubie

Monday 28th of September 2020

Can this help with rain water? We have scotch guard the canvas as much as possible, but still collect some water under the beds. This was after a constant rain we experienced for two straight days in Cloudland Canyon GA. It appeared to have come from the leather portion of the popout.

Let's Camp S'more

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

I think it will be effective if you have the top edge attached underneath the roof edge with velcro. I just updated the post with instructions on how to do this and included a photo. Stay dry!

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!