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I have an XPCamper, which has a tented section around the bed running along the front side and down each end of the bed.
There are two ‘tubes’ of material along each side of the tent. One tube higher up, one tube lower. In each tube is a single bungee. The bungee runs along each side of the tent and along the back. This forms a U shape.
At each end of the bungee is a hook. Grabbing hold of each hook at either end of the U shape, I stretch the bungee and then hook the hooks together. This completes the bungee ‘loop’ and means I now have an O shape bungee (or square anyway) around the tented area that is trying to pull itself into the centre.
I repeat that for the other bungee. Now I have two loops of bungee pulling into the centre. One higher than the other.
As I lower the roof the tented areas goes slack, the taught bungee ‘O’ shape pulls into the centre taking up the slack and folds the tent in on itself.
The tubes of material hide the bungee, so you only ever see the plastic hooks at each end until you pull them taught and clip them together.
That was a bit harder to describe than I thought!
2007 Dodge 3500
[5.9 Cummins, Stick Shift] + [XPCamper V1E]