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Old 04-06-2016, 11:50 AM   #1
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Upgrading from Pop-Up

Hello,

On Friday we are picking up our first travel trailer, a small FR Wildwood 195BH.

About a year ago, we bought a 1999 Coleman Pop-Up. I grew up camping in a pop-up, but my wife never camped. I wanted our kids to experience camping and get away from the TV & video games, and luckily my wife enjoyed it also.

Unfortunately, we decided the pop-up was too much hassle, especially since we had horrible luck with weather. Every trip was a monsoon and that meant after every trip we had to set it back up so the canvas could dry out and sometimes we had to setup camp in the rain. Plus the inside was a bit cramped to spend that much time in when it rained...

So here we are upgrading already!

I'm afraid I'll have some regret, not getting to sleep in an open 'tent.' I always enjoyed that about the pop-up when I was a kid. But last year we only got to have the tent open one night!

I'm active on some other forums for other hobbies, so look forward to getting involved here.

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Old 04-06-2016, 11:54 AM   #2
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Old 04-06-2016, 11:57 AM   #3
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Hello from Vegas! We enjoyed our pop up for the learning experience but very much happy with our TT now.


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Old 04-06-2016, 12:37 PM   #4
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Welcome from Michigan.

We started out with a old 17' Yellowstone TT single axle and hard to tow but liked it for the $. When we sold it we bought a used top of the line Scamper popup. I think it had every option you could get on it and we really enjoyed it until the kids came along. So we stepped up went to the RV show and ordered a Jayco Eagle 30' bunkhouse TT. Maybe one of the best RV's we ever owned. Since we enjoyed camping so much we sold it and went permanent in a RV park and bought a new 37' Salem TT. We would live in it all summer and I would drive back and forth to work from there. Had our own boat & golf cart. It was a great way to live for awhile. When kids got older we sold all that and decided to hit the road again. I came across a old StarCraft popup just like we had when I was a kid so we bought it and completely gutted and remodeled it in the old 70's colors. My kids called it the hippie hut. Had it awhile until someone made me a offer on it we couldn't refuse so we sold it and bought a used Dutchmen 30' TT. It was a POS. So we traded it in last year and bought a new 35' TT. Maybe our retirement home but you never know. Anyway been there done that and I believe you will always miss the old RV's you own but more than anything else it is the memories you have using them that mean the most. Enjoy your new memory maker.

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Old 04-06-2016, 12:45 PM   #5
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I bought a 97 Coleman Sea Pine just after I had met my wife. I figured it was a good starter to get out and start camping, as I hadn't in many years, although I grew up camping on a permanent site.

I used it a handful of times, mostly for the Indy 500, but we took it up for a weekend camping once, and decided it was a TON of work for ME....while she drank beer! And with no "facilities" in it, it was not going to work for her.

We upgraded to a 23ft Crossover, and now to a 26ft Grey Wolf DBH and don't regret it for a second! In the last 2 years, we've gone on 12 trips and camped in Cold, Rain and Hot....and always had a blast!
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Old 04-06-2016, 12:51 PM   #6
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As a kid, My family started out in a pop up, but since the late 80's, its been all travel trailers, including the one my wife and I have right now. I'm not going to lie, having AC to sleep on those hot, humid, mid Atlantic nights is pretty wonderful and so is having a fully enclosed bathroom.
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Old 04-06-2016, 12:54 PM   #7
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I use to always wonder why people would trade a perfectly good TT for another one never seemed practical to me. I grew up going thru the different phases of camping. My dad had us first camping in an old green canvas tent. Almost like an old military tent. I can still smell the tent Oder that we got when we opened it. Then my dad upgraded to a canvas pop up. Then he upgraded to a all fiberglass Apache pop up that was real nice. Then when my dad retired he bought a 15-18 foot self contained to take a trip from Maine to California, pulled by a v8 Chevy Caprice sedan.

When I started camping with my family we started with a tent but jumped right to our 2000 fleet wood mallard TT we bought it in 2008 and I was going to have that forever. When my kids grew up and out of the house I bought a motorcycle. 2015. Now I had to decide to ride motorcycle or camp. I wanted to do both. The only way was to get a toy hauler. Sold out first TT which we loved and got this new toyhauler.

We love our new one but do miss the old one at times. (Payment vs. no payment)😄 so now I understand why you would change from a perfectly good TT to another.

the underlying thing to my rambling is when life stages change, your needs change,and you need something that fits your needs. Each change, though different, provides new memories.

Enjoy camping no matter what you do it in.
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I use to always wonder why people would trade a perfectly good TT for another one never seemed practical to me. I few up going throw the different phases of camping. My dad had us first camping in an old green canvas tent. Almost like an old military tent. I can still smell the tent Oder that we got when we opened it. Then my dad upgraded to a canvas pop up. Then he upgraded to a all fiberglass Apache pop up that was real nice. Then when my dad retired he bought a 15-18 foot self contained to take a trip from Maine to California, pulled by a v8 Chevy Caprice sedan.

When I started camping with my family we started with a tent but jumped right to our 2000 fleet wood mallard TT we bought it in 2008 and I was going to have that forever. When my kids grew up and out of the house I bought a motorcycle. Now I had to decide to ride motorcycle or camp. I wanted to do both. The only way was to get a toy hauler. Sold out first TT which we loved and got this new toyhauler.

We love our new one but do miss the old one at times. (Payment vs. no payment)😄 the underlying thing to my rambling is when life stages change your needs change and you need something that fits your needs. Each change though different provides new memories.

Enjoy camping no matter what you do it in.

Long story short....

Spring - 2012 - Bought a 15 year old pop up with no ammenties. The 97 Sea Pine loaded was around 3k lbs....towed with a 2011 Ford Explorer

Spring 2014 - Upgraded to a 2011 Crossover - 3300 lbs...a little over 4 loaded. Had bunks, but no slide...we tried to buy "SUV Towable". We had no kids, but bought with the intention of having kids. Towed it for 2 trips and decided it was TERRIBLE......bought a new Ram 1500 a year sooner than my wife wanted to.

Spring 2015 - We had a baby and I wanted to camp...thinking we had anything and everything we needed in our crossover....WRONG....there was NO SPACE to do anything. It was only 90" wide too...no tub for the baby to bathe...no room to walk around and mainly...no room for a pack and play! So we bought our 16 Grey Wolf....which we are 100% happy with our decision...even after walking through the RV show in February!

Circumstances change every day....In hind sight....If we would've known we were going to upgrade the truck, we would've gotten a camper with a slide and bigger bunks right away....We didn't have the foresight to see certain things not working out.
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We love our grey wolf also. Don't get my last post wrong. I was not saying anything was wrong with upgrading. I was just saying at one time I could not understand. But my circumstances changed and then I understood. I just don't want people to take my last post wrong.
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Old 04-06-2016, 01:05 PM   #10
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Hello from Wisconsin and congrats on your Wildwood 195BH. Kudos for having the kids take a break from TV and video games. Back when our kids camped with us our TV was only on when I watched the local weather or they could watch a movie at night only if was raining. Turned out they would rather play a family board game instead which was great by me.
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