The Advantages And Disadvantages of a Pop Up Camper

by admin on July 14, 2013

When I was a child, my family also had a pop up camper which we sued for cross country travel in order to reach a camping site that your family wanted to be in. We are five in the family, and at least once every month we used use the pop up camper and ride it all the way to the camping grounds. It was smelly, yes. It also had several duct tape placed around the vicinity of the pop up camper, but it was one of the best memories I had when I was a child.

Now that I am a father, I also decided to continue on the legacy of the pop up camper travels to various camping grounds all over the nation. Unfortunately, unlike when I was still a child, pop up campers had other things that one should be concerned about. There is the decision which car is to be used to drag the camper along, the vehicles overall conditioning, how things were packed and distributed all throughout to make sure that it remains lightweight. After 30 years of using a pop up camper, the following are several things that I learned.

First, you should know the towing capacity of the vehicle when you choose the pop up camper of your choice. This can narrow down your choices at a significant number. When getting the total towing capacity that you want from your vehicle, you should not include dry weight. Examples of dry weight include the batteries, the refrigerator, the gas used for cooking, and all the amenities installed in the pop up camper. You should also take into consideration if the roof can hold up to a thousand worth of weight. This is in case snow piles up on the roof when camping. It may also be wise to add the total weight of the things that you plan on bringing during the trip. This may include bicycles, an ATV, or kayaks and jet skis.

There are also owner and dealer of pop up camper who talk about the tires as very important aspect of the camper, which it truly is. You need to maintain the inflation of the wheels at a PSI of around 65. This will make sure that it will last throughout the journey at the same time it ascertains you that it is not overinflated even when they say that the larger the tire, the better. It might be true to some, so you better read the camper’s manual first before making a decision. There will always be an appropriate tire for every vehicle.

There are two examples of tire ranges. The first one is 5.30” x 12” which can carry up to 840 pounds. This is considered as range B and this one may need a tire pressure with a maximum of 55 psi. The second tire on the other hand which is graded as C has a maximum carrying capacity of 1, 045 pounds. This tire range should only be inflated to a maximum of 80 psi.

It is a wise decision to study and understand these things so that you can back your claims and also to ascertain that you pop up camper is performing at its optimum levels.

The features that intrigues me the most with pop up campers is the possibility of adding any last minute items which can be slide through the bottom part of the door especially if your camper is the one which folds up. In addition, it also has its own canvass which can be unzipped to allow adequate amount of air to flow in. The stove can also be hooked up which allows you to bring it outside if cooking outdoors is more of your style.

It also had many storage areas hidden at the bunk beds. This allows for the possibility of bringing more items during the trip. But it also poses the risk of being misplaced. So make sure that you remember every hidden storage space in the camper.

The drawbacks were kind of minor. The sink was too low for us and when the camper gets soaked in the rain, it must be allowed to dry thoroughly before it can be kept again to avoid the formation of molds. What matters the most is the experience that the family experienced during these camping trips. It was a definite blast.

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