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Pop Up Camping
There are a lot of pop up camping enthusiasts out there. In fact, there are entire online communities dedicated to sharing and improving the experience.
Pop Up Campers are basically any type of recreational vehicle that has an attached, expandable tent. These tents can be large enough to include a bathroom, eating area, beds, and/or seating area. They are also known as pop up camps and tent trailers. The construction material is similar to that of conventional tents.
The popup camper is known for its convenience, comfort and ease of use. Setting up your pop up camper should be fairly painless and quick unless you run into inclement weather. I have included a few youtube videos (at the end of this article) and steps below.
- Once you find your campsite, secure the trailer with wheel chocks.
- Disconnect from towing vehicle.
- Use a dolly jack to level the trailer.
- Release all the top latches.
- Insert crank handle and begin cranking until camper reaches maximum height.
- Lower the corner jacks to make the camper more stable.
- Pull out the beds and put the support poles under the beds in place; make sure you have everything out of the storage cabinets first.
- Tighten the bungee cords.
- Setup inside supports and accessories.
What Equipment Comes With Campers?
The amenities and rooms that come with your camper vary depending on the size and price of your camper but most come with the following:
- Galley/Kitchen area
- A/C or Fan
- Water Hookup
- Cable Hookup
- Hot water heater
- Outdoor stove
- Storage Compartment
The Pros of Owning/Renting a Pop-Up Camper
- They are affordable recreational vehicles.
- They are easy to tow and maneuver.
- They are easy to set-up.
- You can increase the size by purchasing and attaching screen rooms.
The Cons of Having a Pop-Up Camper
- Will not be comfy in high wind or severe weather conditions.
- Very small and some rooms, like the bathrooms, have only enough room for the basics.
- The mattresses remind me of the ones I see in prison reality shows. They are very thin and NOT comfortable.
- Made of cheap material.
You can expect to pay anywhere from $5000 - $10,000 for a new tent trailer, but a quick browse on eBay, and you may find used campers starting at $500 - affordable, and great for camping.
Do I need insurance?You do not need insurance for your camper because your vehicle's liability coverage extends to it. If you like, you can purchase additional coverage - assuming it's worth it.
Where Can I Find Parts?Check eBay or your local dealer.
Can I Tow Anything Behind the Camper?No, this is illegal!
Pop up tents are convenient, and easy to use. Check out these vids.
- This is a pretty straight-forward vid - 3 minutes of set-up. Be prepared to watch twice; there is no voice-over, and the graphics are pretty fast.