Okay, we've reached the age .... bye bye tent. Hello what? We're looking at Folding (Pop-up) Trailers. Any suggestions? Coleman? Starcraft? Just the two of us. . . early 40's, no kids. Live in Kansas and most likely, off to Colorado for our vacations.
Boy, now there's a jump - tent right to motorhome.
I started out much the way you are - but with a slide-in pop-up camper for my 1/2 ton pickup. I've known a few people with the pop-up trailers, but haven't really heard much about the brands. It seemed like someone was saying that the components on the Coleman/Fleetwoods were proprietary and hard to find, but there sure are a lot of them on the road. One thing I've found most of us concerned about is the construction of the roof. One-piece tends to hold up better.
There's probably a separate thread just for pop-ups, though. Afraid I'm not much help when it comes to brand comparisons. I still have my pop-up, sometimes the places I go are just too tight for a big fifth wheel trailer!
'01 Silverado K2500HD LWB SC 4x4 D/A
'02 Hitchiker II LS 28.5 RKBG
'90 Skamper 1005
I have owned just about everthing, do yourself a favor and check out fifth wheels I have owned Class A's up until this year and went with a 5ver due to the room there is so much more room I only wish I found this out sooner, and its cheaper on insurance Just a thought Don
I saw a truck camper a few weeks back that had a pop-out bed area, much like most of the popups. Ive also seen the new lance models with slides but this one struck me that it cant be that much more expensive if at all, than a pop up. Kinda made a lot of sense considering that you would have the same room as a tow behind popup without having to tow anything. Of course if you dont already have a truck that may be a slight problem to this theory. But if you were going to buy a truck to pull the camper you may want to look at least. It is another option that honestly I was rather impressed with. Good luck with your search purchase and future camping. Glad to see you are making your way to our little piece of the internet.
I'm with Msmith1199. If you ready to give up the tent, you may want to consider a motorhome. No setup when you get to the camp (other than utilities, which you have on all campers), access to potty, snacks, and cold drinks while underway, and a heated/air conditioned camper when you get to the campsite. For the money you'll spend on a high-line pop-up, you can get into a nice used motorhome, if you take your time looking.
We went from tenting to a motorhome--no big deal!
2000 Prevost Marathon H3-45
2006 Nissan Maxima
We did the pop-up thing with much regret. There are lots of things that can fail such as cables, canvas rips etc. We now have a TT and are much happier. Mama has her own bathroom and that makes her happy! There is a lot of truth in the song "If Mama Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy".
*This Message was edited on 05-Jun-02 12:42 PM by Ging*
Hey Kakki, I have owned several pop-ups and found that the Jayco is a better built unit than the Coleman, they all have the same fabric these days, all claiming to be mildew and rot resistant.
I made the move to a 26' TT and hated the towing end of that, set up was easier but the hassel of lane changes and parking was to much stress for me.I also borrowed a very nice Motorhome and the gas bill killed me!...Now I own an 11.6' Northland Polar Camper that I haul on my 2000 Ford Powerstroke Diesel, that gives us everything that the trailer had and portability as well and I can still tow my boat or the utility trailer! I also have the ability to take the camper off of the truck when camped and then have the truck to get around while camping. I do not think that I will ever go back to towing a TT or pop-up again. Maybe when I retire I will change my mind and get a MH...we'll see
Good luck and happy trails!
2000 F-350 PSD Crew Cab 4X4 DRW with Hellwig 9703 Factory assist spring kit. 11'6" Northland 1160 Polar Camper, 48" Stinger in a Class V hitch to tow my 18' FourWinns Boat.