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I just read this on RV Business and wanted to pass it on. Very interesting...

Dutchmen Manufacturing Co. Inc.'s Aerolite Division has teamed up with top-of-the-line tent and outdoor mattress manufacturer Cascade Designs Inc., Seattle, Wash., to create a Therm-a-Rest self-erecting, all-weather tent extension. The product is available as a $1,200 option on Aerolite Cub and Kodiak hybrid trailers. The Therm-a-Rest tent extension debuted this week at the 43rd Annual National RV Trade Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. Each tent extension, made from Super-Tech polyester fabric with heat-sealed seams, features a self-inflating insulated outdoor mattress with a pillow top cover. "Once you open the door, it automatically pops open and sets up by itself," said marketing manger Joe Hosinski. "It is highly weatherproof," he added. "It's a full, outdoor extreme-weather tent."

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3fan I am trying to imagine how this works - how it attaches etc. Is there more information?

Does this take the place of the normal tenting fabric? ...go over it? Sounds interesting!


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Posted: 12/03/05 08:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Where exactly does this pop out? It is instead of the standard pull down bunk ends? How easy is it to fold up again?


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Posted: 12/04/05 07:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks like a good idea to me. Would give you alot of extra bunk space (height) as well...atleast it appears too. Also seems like it would put less stress on the attachment points since it is self supporting.


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I think $1200 sounds like a very expensive piece of tent to me!! I'm sure the auto deployment is nice and all, but somehow doubt it's worth that much money. However, this will likely be the catylist for other manufacturers to come up with something similar...just wait & watch!


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The auto feature would need to be proven before I would buy it. It sounds like a nightmare waiting to happen. Imagine the linkages that it requires. We all know it would have to be lightweight in order to fit in with the hybrid concept. How heavy duty could that stuff be. All kinds of arms and springs. I could almost see it exploding on me.

I'm sure someone will get it all dialed in though and it will be a pretty common option in the coming years.


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I'm with gone camp[ing. Seems like a pricey option. But the concept is great. I think I would give it a few years to let them work out the bugs. Bob

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I understand it self-deploys. Does it self-retract as well?


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Rick, are you planning on having a display at the Cleveland RV show in Jan?

I assume there are zip down windows?

As far as the price goes, I think a normal bunkend canvass costs around $700-$1000 to replace, so the price might not be to outrageous.

How does this attach to the bunkend door?

Is Cascade Designs planning on making these to fit other HTTs? like the Zeppelin, maybe?

I find this interesting because many HTT makers haven't realized that if they left a 1/4-1/2in gap between the door and the frame they could attach the canvass permanently to the door and eliminate any chance of water infiltration during a rainy set up. Well, maybe they have realized it but they are still working out the leak issues with the door seals.

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All,

I work for Cascade Designs, and would be happy to answer questions regarding the design. Aerolite will have a few samples at trade shows in early 2006, but they won't be available until late Feb early March. I encourage you to see the design for yourself before judging it's durability. The weight of the platform is supported by stainless steel bars that are rated at 2000lbs. There are three additional bars that support the tent structure, and allow it to fold up without detaching. The upgrade includes two tents per trailer, and thermarest adjustable sleeping mattresses as well.

I don't see an option where I can attach a PDF, but I can send them if you are interested. I believe the true value of a forum like this is for people who have used or seen products to hear from others who are unbiased. As a Cascade employee I am biased, so I will limit my responses to answering questions, or providing clarification.

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