My wife and I currently own a 2001 Coleman Utah Pop-up. My family loves it, but my wife feels bad because she sees all the work that I do packing, unpacking, setting up, and breaking down camp. I have to admit it does get old having to open up the entire camper just to load up the fridge for a trip. Or break down camp just to get home and set everything up again to clean and then close it up again when done. It would be nice to have something that all I have to do is unlock the door to load it, unpack, clean, etc. We have been camping for about 6 years now with the kids, 3 years in tents, and into our third year in the pop-up. I have a good idea of what I want but due to living in town I have a space restraint on what I can store. My parking pad is about 22'x10' and ends in an ally. I can't expand it any further into my yard as it ends in an open patio area that is off my detached garage. I would love to get something with the front deck for carrying a golf cart in the future but It just doesn't look to be in the cards due the length. Basically I don't want to lose any of the space or functionality that we currently have the Utah and of course I'd like to gain some functionality.
The 21DK seems to fit all the items that we are looking for in a new camper but I have some questions on the specs that are listed.
Length is listed at 21'9", is that bumper to tongue? This is an important one as it will determined if I can store on my parking pad.
If that is bumper to tongue what is the inside length? The Utah that we currently own is a 14' box inside. I don't want to go smaller then that, I also don't want to lose the slide out we currently have as I see how much space that really adds to the interior.
The Utah also has 4 sleeping area's total 2 king size bunk ends and the table and couch each fold out/down into approx a twin size bed. Are the fold down ends in the Roo king size? Besides the two fold down ends what other bedding is available? This would be a big deal when each of our kids has friends come camping with us.
I love the idea of the outdoor kitchen, friends of ours just bought a 5th wheel with one. How is the kitchen in the 21DK? Obviously it's not as big as the large campers, I guess my question is how functional is it?
I don't believe towing should be an issue. I have a 2002 Avalanche 2500 with the 8.1L rated at towing 10k lbs with my current gearing. But I am wondering if anyone is pulling one with something similar if they can comment on if they felt the need for a WDH, sway control, or both. I do currently use a sway bar with the pop-up, for some reason this model had a lot of weight in the rear and it does sway a lot.