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Title: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: FlyfisherBob on August 03, 2017, 09:13:11 AM
Hi,

We're in the market for a new pop up....It'll be pulled by a 2015 Nissan Frontier King Cab Truck. I've researched online at the Jayco and Coachmen series, any suggestions/feedback on these would very helpful. Also, we're open to any other brands that are reliable and worthy..... we just need lots of info from experienced folks like you!!

Thanks in advance,
Bob & Mary 8) :-* 
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: HappyWanderer on August 04, 2017, 12:20:05 PM
The last pop-up we owned was a '95 Coleman, which we loved. The market has drastically changed since then, so I can't really offer suggestions on current production models.
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: kdbgoat on August 04, 2017, 12:25:41 PM
Friends of ours had a Rockwood pop-up with a slide. They used it pretty extensively for 2 or 3 years. They loved it enough that when they upgraded to a travel trailer, they bought another Rockwood.
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: OutdoorFT on August 04, 2017, 12:42:21 PM
Growing up (90s) my mom and family friends had Jaycos. We never had problems of countless weekends in them. I know they arent top quality but they worked without issues.
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: BinaryBob on August 04, 2017, 01:05:24 PM
Back in the dark ages we had a 1971 Grand Prix popup. AKA "The Green Beast".
Slept 8 comfortably. Made out of wood and steel. Weighed a ton. I'm certain we were WAY overweight but back then didn't have a clue.
Sure had a lot of fun with the kids with that monstrosity.
Not much help for you, but I sure see a lot of Rockwood and Jayco on the road.
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: Sun2Retire on August 04, 2017, 01:33:08 PM
As an alternative you may want to checkout the Aliner popups. Apparently go up easier and several of them are hard-sided:


http://aliner.com/campers/
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: GlamperQueen on August 04, 2017, 01:39:56 PM
Hi - We had a 2010 coleman highlander niagara and we absolutely loved it.  It had a dining room slide and two queen beds on each end.  It also had a "bathroom" that came in very handy for those "night needs".  As with any unit, it is all about maintenance and upkeep.  My husband was great for keeping everything in top working condition and we never had one issue with any aspect of the camper.  We put foam interlocking squares under the foam mattress and then a gel mattress topper and a down mattress cover on top for added comfort (we're old).  We loved the outdoor shower and used it quite regularly.  It was a breeze to tow and set up which took about 20-30 minutes.  We also installed a bike rack to the back bumper with no issues.  We recently changed over to a hybrid and so far we are enjoying that as well.

Good luck and happy Glamping!!
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: HappyWanderer on August 04, 2017, 04:48:09 PM
Good luck and happy Glamping!!

I've never heard anyone who actually camps use that non-word before. It evokes a nails-on-the-chalkboard response whenever I hear it.
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: OutdoorFT on August 04, 2017, 05:11:27 PM
As an alternative you may want to checkout the Aliner popups. Apparently go up easier and several of them are hard-sided:


http://aliner.com/campers/
ive been considering an A liner as opposed to a popup, but they seem to fetch a bit higher price. May have to go in some to see if I can justify it
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: GlamperQueen on August 04, 2017, 07:02:36 PM
I've never heard anyone who actually camps use that non-word before. It evokes a nails-on-the-chalkboard response whenever I hear it.

Oh dear...so sorry to hear that. Truly not my intention to evoke those sensations😀.

I have been camping my entire life from tents to modern luxury units. So yes, I've camped. However, camping in most newer units today fortunately consist of running hot water, a full bathroom, a microwave, keurig coffee maker and a bed with a mattress.  Soooooooo....glamorous camping comes to my mind. For removed from my days in a tent with a sleep bag on the ground.

But, for you, I'll refrain from using the term.

Happy camping !! 😀😊😀
Tina
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: NY_Dutch on August 04, 2017, 07:54:21 PM
I've never heard anyone who actually camps use that non-word before. It evokes a nails-on-the-chalkboard response whenever I hear it.

Like it or not, "glamping" has been an actual word since it was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2006.

Glamping - definition (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/glamping)

And more:

What is Glamping? (https://www.glamping.com/what-is-glamping/)
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: OLDRACER on August 04, 2017, 09:25:20 PM
Just because the Oxford dictionary includes it does not make it a word. Try Websters.
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: NY_Dutch on August 04, 2017, 09:54:22 PM
The Oxford English Dictionary is the largest dictionary in existence today, and is considered the ultimate word authority by many world scholars. Since Oxford sees the English language for the ever changing medium that it is, they tend to add modern words at a faster pace than the staid old Merriam-Webster folks. Webster will catch up with reality eventually though. After all, they did finally accept "nonword" back in the 60's. Then again, the Scrabble dictionary hasn't accepted "glamping" yet either, so I guess that really does make it a "nonword".  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: JoelP on August 06, 2017, 03:52:59 PM
It has been years since I have owned a popup but it was a great option for us when our children were small and we didn't need so much sleeping space and needed to tow this behind our minivan.  I recall that the biggest downside was that when it rained we needed to be very consious of nothing touching the canvas or risk water wicking through the sides.  Given that you are pulling this behind a small truck you should look at what that truck and pull then look at a small ultra lite as one alternative. 
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: tonyshell on August 06, 2017, 06:59:45 PM
Do you have your heart set on a brand new one or is a new to you an option?  I'm kinda partial but I had two colemans. 98 niagra and 2010 bayside.  Loved em both.  Pulled easy and great features.  Loved the space, how open it was etc. 

Finally went to the darkside after two seasons of rain and snow every time we camped. :)
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: FlyfisherBob on August 07, 2017, 09:17:52 AM
Hi - We had a 2010 coleman highlander niagara and we absolutely loved it.  It had a dining room slide and two queen beds on each end.  It also had a "bathroom" that came in very handy for those "night needs".  As with any unit, it is all about maintenance and upkeep.  My husband was great for keeping everything in top working condition and we never had one issue with any aspect of the camper.  We put foam interlocking squares under the foam mattress and then a gel mattress topper and a down mattress cover on top for added comfort (we're old).  We loved the outdoor shower and used it quite regularly.  It was a breeze to tow and set up which took about 20-30 minutes.  We also installed a bike rack to the back bumper with no issues.  We recently changed over to a hybrid and so far we are enjoying that as well.

Good luck and happy Glamping!!



Thanks.....yeah, I've researched alot of Colemans online and they seem to be a bit nicer and better priced with what we're looking for vs. the Jayco
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: FlyfisherBob on August 07, 2017, 09:28:12 AM
It has been years since I have owned a popup but it was a great option for us when our children were small and we didn't need so much sleeping space and needed to tow this behind our minivan.  I recall that the biggest downside was that when it rained we needed to be very consious of nothing touching the canvas or risk water wicking through the sides.  Given that you are pulling this behind a small truck you should look at what that truck and pull then look at a small ultra lite as one alternative.


Hi Joel,  I did check my trucks towing specs and it can pull 3500 lbs.....no problem, most of the pop ups I've researched are well under 3500 lbs which gives me plenty of cushion to fill it up with stuff.....

But, I appreciate the info

Title: Re: Looking To Buy Pop Up??
Post by: FlyfisherBob on August 07, 2017, 09:38:24 AM
Friends of ours had a Rockwood pop-up with a slide. They used it pretty extensively for 2 or 3 years. They loved it enough that when they upgraded to a travel trailer, they bought another Rockwood.


I see that Rockwood is an awesome product
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: JoelP on August 07, 2017, 10:01:21 AM

Hi Joel,  I did check my trucks towing specs and it can pull 3500 lbs.....no problem, most of the pop ups I've researched are well under 3500 lbs which gives me plenty of cushion to fill it up with stuff.....

But, I appreciate the info

Let me be clearer with my suggestion.  Even a minivan can pull a popup. With a small truck that can pull 3500 lbs could you pull more than a popup, perhaps a small ultralight that would not have canvas sides.  This will open up options for more comfort in the rain and the possibility to camp in places like Yellowstone or other places that have bears.
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: outofhere2 on August 07, 2017, 12:16:27 PM
 This place is a great place for info, but it is true that it is more directed towards travel trailers and 5 wheels than pop ups.   May I suggest that you try a site called.  POP UP PORTAL it is a site that has specialised in POP ups and hybreads.   http://www.popupportal.com.  I came in search of this site when my DW fell in love with a 29bhb jayco. And she convinced me to join her on the dark side before that we owned a 2003 colman ( heavey then heck )with king beds and a slide out dinett also caset styel toilet which was great on those rainy days.   Once again there is great advice here also don't be afraid to buy used just do your home work. And save a ton of cash
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: FlyfisherBob on August 08, 2017, 09:21:30 AM
Hi,

We're in the market for a new pop up....It'll be pulled by a 2015 Nissan Frontier King Cab Truck. I've researched online at the Jayco and Coachmen series, any suggestions/feedback on these would very helpful. Also, we're open to any other brands that are reliable and worthy..... we just need lots of info from experienced folks like you!!

Thanks in advance,
Bob & Mary 8) :-*


Note: We are also open to buying used....a great deal is a great deal, right?

Thanks to you all that responded so far, it's been real helpful!  8) :-*
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: FlyfisherBob on August 08, 2017, 09:23:18 AM
This place is a great place for info, but it is true that it is more directed towards travel trailers and 5 wheels than pop ups.   May I suggest that you try a site called.  POP UP PORTAL it is a site that has specialised in POP ups and hybreads.   http://www.popupportal.com.  I came in search of this site when my DW fell in love with a 29bhb jayco. And she convinced me to join her on the dark side before that we owned a 2003 colman ( heavey then heck )with king beds and a slide out dinett also caset styel toilet which was great on those rainy days.   Once again there is great advice here also don't be afraid to buy used just do your home work. And save a ton of cash


Thanks.... we'll check it out!
Title: Re: Looking to buy new pop up??
Post by: FlyfisherBob on August 10, 2017, 06:51:02 PM
This place is a great place for info, but it is true that it is more directed towards travel trailers and 5 wheels than pop ups.   May I suggest that you try a site called.  POP UP PORTAL it is a site that has specialised in POP ups and hybreads.   http://www.popupportal.com.  I came in search of this site when my DW fell in love with a 29bhb jayco. And she convinced me to join her on the dark side before that we owned a 2003 colman ( heavey then heck )with king beds and a slide out dinett also caset styel toilet which was great on those rainy days.   Once again there is great advice here also don't be afraid to buy used just do your home work. And save a ton of cash


Been on PUP Portal for a couple days and it's very informative.....thanks the for the directional!!  8) :-*