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Old 05-31-2008, 11:34 PM   #1
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Travel Trailor vs. Pop up

What is best and can you tell me why

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Old 06-01-2008, 08:36 AM   #2
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That's a pretty open ended post. Are you leaning torwards one
or the other? I personally own a TT now, but have owned a
pop-up, and have tent camped.
Each has its positive and negative aspects. Weather is one big
one. Towing is another. With a pop-up it will seem more like tent
camping with the tent style beds. Pop-ups tow easier, do not
require a larger tow vehicle. But still have many of the ammenties
of a TT, (ac, kitchen, toilet, awnings,some with showers, ect...).
Set up can be an issue, if you arrive at your campsite and it is raining,
plan on sitting in your tow vehicle for a while, you can't set it up in the rain.
Where with a TT just back into your site, and if necessary you can just
jump into the TT leaving it hooked to the tow vehicle until the weather
My girls say their is more room in the TT, NO LEAKS!
Seems more like home to them.
TT do require a larger tow vehicle, a hitch setup, fuel and maintenance
cost increase due to size, ammenties, ect...
When it comes right down to it, it all depends on you. Where and
what kind of camping u will do. Which seasons u will camp.
(Some TT have an enclosed underbelly that allows four season camping)
Do much research on the web, check out dealers, talk to us,
make an informed decision. Look at brochures if buying new, go to
camper shows to walk through models.

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Old 06-01-2008, 11:32 PM   #3
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Hi natepickle, it also depends on how much money your'e willing to spend on a camper; what area of the country your'e in, and how big your family is. I have had 2 Coleman Fleetwood Pop ups, and loved them both, Agree tht they are MUCH easier to pull, almost no gas mileage decrease, however you must pop them up to load up for a trip, then down to travel there, then up upon arrival, then camp.... Hopefully it's not too cold, although SOME have a built in heater. Then pop it down to go home... (hopefully it's not raining), then arrive home tired and have to pop it back up, unpack everything out of there, sweep and /or mop the floors, empty the water holding tank, then pop it back down...(Hopefully still no rain)! This is why I personally bought a TT over the pop up....You can leave it packed with more stuff, it usually has more and larger amenities, the appliances are much better, and, like Bob and Nina said you don't need to worry about the rain. GOOD LUCK, Randy
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:43 PM   #4
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Travel trailer.

Go sit in a pop up... close up everything... then listen. you will hear everything.

Now, leave DW in side, go outside, close doors to popup, then ask her to talk.

TT, you pull up, plug in, level, and are done.

No brainer IMHO, but YMMV.
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:46 PM   #5
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Which is best is rather open ended. I know people who have a pop up and love it. If your just starting out a pop up isn't bad, good way to figure out if you want to take the plunge. Some even stay with a PUP for years.
After I got married my wife would not go tent camping. We rented a Scamp, invited a niece along with the step daughter and the 4 of us had a great weekend in that tiny thing. Several trips later we went to a pop up. Then I grew tired of that once we had more kids and then got an old Airstream. Kids got bigger, had another, needed bunks then got a box TT with bunks. No more putting the dinette down making pallets for the kids to sleep.
Really the choice between a PUP or TT is which fits your wants/needs.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:10 PM   #6
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I had a Fleetwood Avalon which was a beautiful pop-up. had a 16ft box,dual axle, sewer hook-ups,collapsable hard sided shower and bathroom,2 really comfortable queen beds. I kept it for all of 3 weeks after i bought it.
Weather is the biggest thing with pop-ups. and it seemed in the 3 weeks i had it it rained all 3 times i used it. It is an absolute pain in the butt. Also, go to a campground and take a look at pop-ups that are older and that is what yours will look like in 5 years. I'm a clean freak and i was popping it up when i got home,wiping down the canvas, and no matter what your not gonna keep them looking new for very long. Also, another thing to consider is when it starts becoming "work" it's no longer fun. and that is exactly what a pop-up is, work.
I traded that in for a 27 ft Puma TT and it was SO much better. I've upgraded again just a few weeks ago to a 31ft flagstaff 831krss and i absolutly love it. It can rain all it wants and i dont have to wipe down canvas when i get back home and inevitably it ALWAYS rains when i go camping!!

Now, let me give you what i thought was the good things about a pop-up...
easy to tow. they come in sizes small enough for pretty much anyone with any small truck or suv can tow them comfortably and affordably.
It is a good way to see if you want to get into camping. You can pick up a used one for as little as 4k or even a new one for around 10k. (i vote for new,personally)
It really is like tent camping but with convenience. I loved being able to unzip the tent ends at night while sleeping and being able to hear the bugs and the water if we had a riverfront site. in a travel trailer it really it more like sleeping in a hotel.

That's about all the opinions i have on them. If you have any other questions i'd be happy to help.
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Old 06-06-2008, 03:48 AM   #7
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all points already made are valid

we have had a popup and used it when our kids were young, bought it for 600.00, and sold it for 600.00 and used it 1-2 times per year for about ten years when our children were young, it was fun.

we stopped camping for a while and stayed in beach houses when the kids were older teenagers and then decided to consider return to camping.

our trial camper to determine if we wanted to camp again was a used hybrid tt. we bought used and it offers some benefits of both a tt but has both the pros and cons of pop up given it does hav slides. we use this for our camper we tow since it is light enough for us to tow with our forerunner.

we have recently got a tt and keep at a campground and use when we want. it is quieter, less trouble to setup and maintain to some degree. the only thing with a htt or popup is the canvas sides and the water /condensation issues. tts with slides have some more work and there are more systems to maintain that can fail, however they are well worth the work, because they offer addn desirable features and space.

it seems many people have evolved in their use of rvs, we went popup, htt, tt. it depends on your need, family size, budget, plan for camping, available tow vehicle. the good thing is even if you choose one, you can always change to a new style easily, there are thousands of varieties to choose from both used and new. If you are in a trial mode try an inexpensive used one; htt can be found under 10, 000, tt under 16000 or lower depending on size, popups can be found less than 5000.

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Old 06-06-2008, 02:25 PM   #8
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Personally, we love our Hybrid Travel Trailer. All the comforts of a TT, the length of the trailer, is the length of your living space since the beds fold out and don't take any of the internal space. Our Roo 232 is a 23 foot floor plan, but with the beds expanded, it is like a 30 Ft. TT and quite a bit lighter. It all depends on what you like. Can you hear the outside, yes, do I need a huge truck to tow it, no.

That's my two cents, spend it anyway you want ;-)
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Old 06-06-2008, 06:04 PM   #9
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We traded our pop-up that we had for 7 years and went to a Hybrid TT. For us the reasons were the features (bathroon, larger fridge w/freezer, more room). The slide makes a big difference too. We enjoyed the pop-up but getting older causes you to want different things. A plus to us is we still have the tenting which gives us the pop-up feeling. The only down side is we had to get a new TV which wasn't that bad since I didn't like the original TV we had.

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Old 06-06-2008, 06:28 PM   #10
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We wwnt from tent -popup-tt-5er, as stated before yes some popups have a heater but it will run almost constantly if you are camping in a cold climate, and the heater uses a lot of fuel, also if it rains when you get home youe need to set it up again the let it dry so the canvas won't mildew.


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