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Tiger in Gatorland
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Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
I'm looking around at pop-up campers and want to know more what to look for, what to expect etc. I owned one over 10 years ago so have some awareness but want to learn from others experiences.

Yes, I want pop up for ease of towing, storage in garage, and low entry point (financially). I may consider teardrop type as well, but do like the idea of being able to stand up in a pop-up.

TIA.


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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
As an owner of an OLD popup, I can tell you I wish I would have saved and got a real camper. But, you hit the nail on the head, i could tow it with a bicycle and it takes up very little space.

But you know what your getting into, and they can be great! Look for water damage to the roof/floor. Obviously check the canvas for holes or bad wear because I believe a new canvas is upwards of $2,000. Go up and down with it a few times to make sure the cable system feels sound. Most importantly ask the people to have the AC running before you show up and make sure it’s cool in there!


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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
We owned one for about a year, and I was looking at some over the past few months to get back in. Anything 5K or under seemed to sell almost immediately.

We love the popup experience, but we opted for smaller travel trailer this time around.

1. Easier to just keep 'ready to go'
2. Less work after we get home getting it ready to just sit for a month.
3. We have a son and a daughter...needed a little different sleeping arrangement.


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johnnyrocket
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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
Years ago before I built on Toledo Bend I bought one to put under a metal canopy.

It is a step up from camping in a tent.
One or two people that understand this it is ok.

Advantage is easy to tow, easy to store, and easy to sell.


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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
almost impossible to keep warm in cold weather


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Tiger in Gatorland
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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
Good feedback. The canvas will be something I’ll comb over thoroughly. My pop up I had ten years ago had water damage under the roof which was only apparent by looking up into the area where the canvas inserts into the roof.
Def want to feel the a/c running. I wish I could find a model without a stove or sink because I never plan to cook in it honestly and would prefer extra “living” space. A cooler and refrig would be nice and then plan to grill outside.
Appreciate the feedback from everyone.


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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
I've been contemplating getting a 6x12 SA trailer and building it into a mini camper. Lots of good ideas on Youtube on layouts and buildouts. Just haven't pulled the trigger yet. My idea was to build it in a way that I could still use it as a cargo trailer when not being used as a camper. That means using etracks to elevate a queen sized bed to the ceiling in the rear. Cabinets, countertop, sink in the front V nose.


Tiger in Gatorland
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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
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a 6x12 SA trailer


Funny you mention that. Last June 2020, I ordered a “weeroll” - you can google it but it’s a utility trailer as empty shell and you can build it out. It’s June 2021 and he’s still not able to deliver it so I’m getting my deposit returned. Hence now my shift to find a pop up camper.
Link for weeroll if interested Weeroll


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YOURADHERE
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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
We have 3 of these in our enclosed trailer(20'x8.5', AC, insulated, etc)that we camp in, they fold up against the walls and stick out only about 5", fold out into a bed, or can fold into a sofa. It'll also likely be for sale soon.





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Tiguar
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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
look into those hardside popups like aliner.

I was thinking seriously about those. little smaller but probably easier to climate control and no canvas to deal with


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bird35
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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
I bought a 5 year old pop up camper 15 years ago and still use it.

Pros:
Air conditioning is ice cold and even in July when we sleep we use the heavy sleeping bags.

We like to go to the beach and State Parks on the beach in Florida are about 30 dollars a night.

Unfolded it is 22 feet long and my family of five fits comfortably when sleeping.

It folds up and fits in my garage.

The last time I went to Disney I found a campground for 25 dollars a night.

It has a bathroom and when the kids were little They used the camper bathroom in the night.

It has a heater for the Winter.

The fridge is nice to have.

No storage fees when you are not using it.

Cons:

It takes 45 minutes to set up and take down. So this is not a huge problem if you are going to stay in one place for a week. But becomes a pain if you are taking a multi stop trip.

Not a ton of room to hang out in when awake.

Dad (me) has to empty the contents of the toilet at the end of the week before going home. Now the kids are older everyone uses the campground restroom.

Summary

15 years ago when my kids were 5, 2, and - 3 months I bought it and it allowed us to take 2 to 3 additional vacations to Disney or the beach per year that we could not have afforded if we had to stay in a hotel.

5 days at the beach was 150 dollars.

The beds plus the air conditioner made sleeping pleasant.

My 3 goto State Parks on the Florida Panhandle beaches are closed due to Hurricane damage. But they are working to reopen them.

I would definitely buy one again, but I’m a little jealous of the travel trailers that don’t require the set up and take down. But I am not jealous of the storage fees they have to pay.


Tiger in Gatorland
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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
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bird35


Thanks - I appreciate the feedback. I'm in central Florida for two more years so want to use it for much of what you speak to - State Parks, beaches with maybe an annual trip to the Carolina mountains.

My kids are grown up - or at least teenagers 16&18 so either in college or HS. This is more for me, but with the idea that someone can tag along, or even if they kid want to borrow it for some fun as well.

For the other poster, I'm am closely looking at the A-liners as well - those are intriguing for sure and seem to offer many of the same perks - easy to tow, garage storage.


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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
I picked up a 20ft cargo tandem axle. You can't park in garage, but inuse it for everything.

I redid the interior with cabinets and sink. AC and lighting with outlets. Toilet is a camping toilet. Cots to sleep on. Sleeps us 5.

You can also use it to haul shite as I put etrack on the floor and walls. Haul my four wheeler and mower if needed. During hunting season I leave four wheeler in it. I just plug the vent line with a vacuum cap to keep the gas from off gassing.

I like it so much I'm thinking of putting a camper shell on my truck.

Paid 4k and put about $1500 in it.

This post was edited on 6/11 at 2:45 pm


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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
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Paid 4k


New they are up round 10 right now


thejudge
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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
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New they are up round 10 right now


Sorry, meant to say I bought used for 4k


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geauxskeet
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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
We had a trailmanor that i loved. Hard sided but folded up and down easily. I could set it up myself in less than 10 minutes, lightweight, 2 gueen beds, shower and bath.


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Eli Goldfinger
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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
I’ve owned several.

Get yourself a used Fleetwood Americana series…doesn’t matter which.

They’re tough and have a solid top (no seams to leak). And they have oversized extender arms.

You can probably find one for $5-6K.




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Eli Goldfinger
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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
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look into those hardside popups like aliner.


They have a tendency to leak.


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auggie
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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
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but do like the idea of being able to stand up in a pop-up.

Seems that somebody would build a hybrid teardrop camper, with a roof that swings up, with simple thick canvas inserts to snap in and fill the gap.


Tiger in Gatorland
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re: Looking for feedback on owning/purchasing a pop-up camper....
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hybrid teardrop camper,


There are some designs that, I believe, operate similarly to what you describe.

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