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    Pop-Up Camper Advice

    We are looking to move up from a tent to a pop-up camper. We dont have a ton of cash to spend so we are looking for used. Any recommendations on year, brand, and hidden things that might influence a purchase? I figured newer tires is obvious, but what else?



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    Re: Pop-Up Camper Advice

    We are looking at this one. 1999 Pop Up Camper Tracker

    Seems like its in good shape.



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    Re: Pop-Up Camper Advice

    The only thing I would worry about other than physical damage which is obvious would be the tongue weight, unit weight and if your vehicle can tow it. We made a lot of family memories in the 6+ years we camped in one and the kids still won't go camping 30 years later!



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    Re: Pop-Up Camper Advice

    I'm trying to get into camping. Mostly interested in doing some backpacking, but also tent camping.



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    Re: Pop-Up Camper Advice

    Yeah our vehicle could tow it easy. We took the kids tent camping this weekend for the first time and they loved it, but after these years of tent camping we are looking to get something we can put somewhere for a longer stay that is a little more weather resilient and koosh. ;) We do love to tent camp though.



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    Re: Pop-Up Camper Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by superdorf View Post
    I'm trying to get into camping. Mostly interested in doing some backpacking, but also tent camping.

    Backpacking would be alot of fun. I have never done it, but it looked like a good time. I have a cousin and a few friends who have done it through Greece and Italy as well.



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    Re: Pop-Up Camper Advice

    Air Conditioning!!!! I've got a pop up with a slide out kitched/bed. AC is a must if you are going to get a pop up, otherwise, sleep in a tent this time of year..



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    Re: Pop-Up Camper Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUATC View Post
    Air Conditioning!!!! I've got a pop up with a slide out kitched/bed. AC is a must if you are going to get a pop up, otherwise, sleep in a tent this time of year..

    AC seems to be pretty reliable?



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    Re: Pop-Up Camper Advice

    Used Pop Up Checklist: LINK

    A good place to start.



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    Re: Pop-Up Camper Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by C.John View Post
    Used Pop Up Checklist: LINK

    A good place to start.

    Perfect, thanks!



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    Re: Pop-Up Camper Advice

    Do a little research on the manufacturer.

    With the fact that you are buying used, this may not be a major concern to you, but there have been several companies that have gone belly up in the past year and are now out of business (I believe ten companies on the motorized RV segment). Some of them have been sold; one (Country Coach) has gone to a factory-direct sales plan (which means no dealers).

    I think that Jayco is okay financially, but do not quote me on that.



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    Re: Pop-Up Camper Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by fccy View Post
    I think that Jayco is okay financially, but do not quote me on that.
    What are you gonna do about it!?!



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    Re: Pop-Up Camper Advice

    You will love it, so much better than tenting. AC is real nice, you don't always need it, but when you do you really need it. Just make sure you don't pack it wet and really have to watch for mildew. It almost always rains when we use ours and have had no issues.



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    Re: Pop-Up Camper Advice

    How tall are you? That got to be an issue with my family's as we kids got to our teen years. All 4 of us got to be 6' + and things got very, very tight - sleeping wise. It got to the point where I just slept in the back of the Suburban.

    If you're taller, keep that in mind as you can't really "position" yourself like you could in a tent.

    Otherwise - give the mechanicals a good look over. The cables that the crank use to pop the top up - make sure those aren't overly worn. My dad and brother took theirs to Colorado last summer to go hunting, and that cable broke as the were trying to set it up. Jerry-rigged it until they got back, but it was a pain.

    Mildew or mold on the canvas. Leveling jacks - stuff like that.

    We had ours for 8-10 years without AC. I don't know what the big deal is. Not like that canvas is going to hold it in all that well anyway. If it's there and you like the price, great. But I personally wouldn't go out of my way to get it. With the elec hookups, I'd think fans work just fine.

    Come on down to the state fair - you'll see about every camper known to man-kind there. There are tons of dealers out off SE 14th as well.


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    Re: Pop-Up Camper Advice

    I would recommend trying to get one with the storage compartment in front of the camper. You can store a lot of the outside stuff you take with you camping and not have to pack it every time you go. Remember it does increase your length and tounge weight. I used to pull one with a minin van and it did just fine as long as I did not overload storage box. One trick I did learn is to move stuff inside camper towards back to help take weight off tounge. If you vehicle is close to maxing out with a camper you may want to add a transmission cooler. They are not as expensive as you might think.



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