How Waterproof are Popup Gizmos???

tenttrailer

Art & Joyce - Columbus, O
Jul 18, 2013
3,758
Thornville, OH

mrstamil

New Member
Oct 13, 2012
4
PUGS are Waterproof. We had cracks in our vinyl and they kept us dry.... Provided they were secure in high wind. Keep in mind, they are not for long time uv exposure. Mine were in the sun in my yard and started to deteriorate.
I finally bought vinyl from veeda to sew over my old. Cost me less than $150 for both bunks and a slide.
If you just have tears, I would DEFINATELY try a patch. Ask at EMS for waterproof gear repair. I used VLP on my vinyl. Works great for tears.... Just not small cracks.


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Agent27

Active Member
Jun 10, 2020
108
Hey all...just to follow-up for those who read this post:

So, I used the high-dollar, gorilla tape in white...a full 30 meters of it. This was good to both provide a UV/Water-proof-like material to cover the holes but also to reinforce the vinyl to prevent further tearing.

Take a look at the PUGS installed on my PUP at the site. I took the advice of adding velcro under the edge of my lid and on the top of the PUGS to ensure that I had a good water flow to the barrier.

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You can see that the PUGS cover up all my nasty tape.

We had no serious rain on the trip (Thank Goodness), but didn't get to test the waterproofing.

BUT, we had two days of rain after setting it up on the driveway for cleaning. Observations:
-Water does get under the PUGS and therefore they can't be considered a separate roof.
-The combination of tape and PUGS did work to prevent leaks (except those locations that I missed [:D])
-PUGS do limit the amount of water that hits directly to the roof.

Summary: Taping holes combined with using the PUGS will provide adequate waterproofing IF you find your canvas is torn bad! I do believe that I can get through a full season with the tape and PUGS before replacing my canvas at the end of this season. I am still hesitant to invest new canvas on this PUP now that we have a family of six...we are not sure if this will be the right PUP going forward and may sell it for a new one rather than investing a $1,000 bucks into it. The canvas is tearing up quick in all other areas...so it is inevitable.

Thanks for all the input. It was extremely valuable and I hope that others find this useful.

Jeff

I know this is a super old thread but I appreciate the feedback.

I have two fist size holes above my front bed. New canvas is ordered but it is about 9 months out.

I was going to go with Gorilla tape and PUGS as well.
 

jmkay1

2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah
Oct 10, 2013
7,494
Northern Virginia
I know this is a super old thread but I appreciate the feedback.

I have two fist size holes above my front bed. New canvas is ordered but it is about 9 months out.

I was going to go with Gorilla tape and PUGS as well.
That should work and if you ask Bob to put Velcro at the top it can even minimize how much water works it's way under if there is wind.
 

Agent27

Active Member
Jun 10, 2020
108
That should work and if you ask Bob to put Velcro at the top it can even minimize how much water works it's way under if there is wind.
Awesome, thank you!

I am local to Bob, turns out we have a mutual friend. I'm looking forward to doing business with him.
 




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