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Old 08-29-2010, 07:06 PM   #1
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One woman, one dog, one pop-up?

Hi, I'm new to the forum and looking for advice.

I'm a 58 year old single woman (with a dog!) considering buying a pop-up trailer, and in my internet research the ones by Forest River look like good ones. Did a lot of backpacking and canoeing in my youth, but sleeping on the ground lost its charm a long time ago.

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Is it realistic to think that I might be able to set up a pop-up trailer without help?

How long do you think it would take me to set up camp once I get the hang of it?

Should I be considering the electric lift assist option? How well does it work?

Do you have any hints that would make the process easier?

Thanks in advance for your advice -- hoping to see you in a campground someday!
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:15 PM   #2
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Last time we were out there was a lady next to us, same age group as you with a pop-up and an old dog. She setup, camped and closed up by herself. Don't see why you can't also.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:24 PM   #3
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We just upgraded from a FR Flagstaff pop up. We enjoyed it! Very easy to tow, good quality (main reason we bought a new Flagstaff TT). I would highly suggest the power lift for the top. I would have really hated hand cranking it up. Set up was pretty easy once I learned a few trick (using my back while setting the supports for the rear pull out). My wife and I are in our early 40's. I would do the outside (general) setup and Ann would do the inside. Worked great. The air conditioner worked VERY well even in the highest heat of S. LA and Florida in the summer. Anything you can get/ afford to make set up and break down easier will make the PUP more enjoyable IMO. Good luck with your purchase.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:29 PM   #4
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I seen a popup that had a hardtop and botton shells. All they did was park , level and hit a motor that raised the roof with a nice little AC unit on it.

Sorry I can't tell you what brand it was but I think it was called a Hi-Low.
I will do some looking around.
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I don't see why you can't. You should be able to set up in about 30 minutes after you get the hang of it and that's if you take your time. I would go for the electric lift. I had one without and that's a lot of cranking, other than that it's not too bad.

I looked at the Flagstaff's a couple of weeks ago and I was impressed with them. A lot better than the one I had. Which model are you considering?

Good luck!
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:07 PM   #6
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Heck yeah you can do it.

The only thing you may have trouble with is backing. All that takes is practice.

Go for it.
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If the popup comes w/ a awning like my Jayco had, you might have a problem w/ that. I'm 6' 2" & I had difficulties getting @ it once the trailer was set up.

Like the previous posters have said, once you've done it a few times, it's just a routine.
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You might want to also look into some of the small hard sided campers out there . They are really lite and I am sure no more difficult to pull than a pop up.With that being said I am sure you could pull off a pop up on your own. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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You might also want to go to Forest Rivers web site and look at their ultra lite towables.Some are as lite as 1900 lbs.
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You might want to also look into some of the small hard sided campers out there . They are really lite and I am sure no more difficult to pull than a pop up.With that being said I am sure you could pull off a pop up on your own. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
Offagain gave you some good advice. The only thing I can add - remember in a popup you sleeping under canvas.
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