I love pop up campers. A pop up camper combines features from both tents and travel trailers to create a unique hybrid of recreational vehicle. The majority feature a hard-sided box mounted to a trailer frame and tent walls. It folds down into a compact trailer approximately four to five feet high for easier towing and storage. Some hybrids are mostly hard-sided travel trailers with beds that pull out and are covered by tent material.
The box sizes range in length from eight to 16 feet and are generally 7.5 feet wide. When the beds are pulled out, the length of the camper can double. A hand crank is used to raise the top; some models have an electric winch and others can be outfitted with an aftermarket model. An aluminum frame is constructed over the beds, which are braced against the box and the tent is zipped and snapped into place. The door is a bi-fold door, which locks to keep items inside safe.
There are distinct advantages to owning a popup camper. Here are ten of the top reasons:
- 1. You don’t have to pay for a storage space every month, the majority can be kept in the garage.
- 2. It can be stored in the garage, depending on its length.
- 3. It can be towed by a wide range of vehicles.
- 4. The lighter weight means better fuel economy for the tow vehicle.
- 5. It makes driving easier, because you don’t have to have special mirrors to see behind it on the road.
- 6. Setup is a breeze.
- 7. They generally cost less to maintain than other types of RV’s.
- 8. Although many are not manufactured with showers, they are easy to install.
- 9. RV toilets with tanks are easy to install and use.
- 10. Different styles are available such as A-frame, motorcycle popup, flip-over models and others, making them the perfect disaster evacuation shelter as well as recreational vehicle.
Most popup campers come equipped with a working sink, water tank and drain, two-burner stove top and propane tank, a dinette that folds down into a bed to provide additional sleeping space (from four to eight) and storage cabinets. They also feature a power inverter and a 12-volt electrical system. Adding deep-cycle batteries and solar panels is not an arduous or difficult task.
Additional amenities can include:
- · Shower
- · Toilet
- · “Trunk” or storage space separate from the living area
- · Air conditioning and heating
Prices And Parts
Prices vary based on amenities, length, condition, age and forth. Replacement parts can be found on auction sites, Craigslist and various websites. There are companies that specialize on reproducing the canvas tents of various models.
The aluminum frame for the beds can be ordered or made as a DIY project from aluminum conduit.
Where Can A Popup Camper Stay?
Pop up campers can sty virtually anywhere a regular RV can set up. Since most are not equipped with holding tanks, they are not eligible for entry or stays in Government dispersed camping areas. These tanks can be added later. Check your state’s website for the size/type of tank(s) needed.
Most RV parks will permit pop up campers, but might have limits on their length of stay. This could be due to the lack of toilets, but a port-a-potty can be emptied into a sewage drain or RV dump port. Before selecting an RV park for long-term stays, check with the management first.
For Disaster Preparedness
For an emergency evacuation, the popup camper allows you to shelter your family safely and securely. You can have your belongings and pets with you; this is not allowed at mass shelters. You can also choose where to stay; when it is safe to return, you could continue to use it if your home needs repairs.
A popup camper is versatile, economical and easy to use. For vacations, it can save you the high cost of hotel rooms, car rental, time limits and more.
Source, Staff Article, “Popup Camper,” Wikipedia website, 23 February 2014
Source: The author of this article has over 40 years of experience in diverse subjects and skills such as DIY, home improvement and repair, crafting, designing, and building furniture, outdoor projects, RV’ing and more.