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    Default Pop Up Camper vs Travel Trailer

    We just went tent camping for the first time as a family of five ... and I've come to realize that it's probably time to move past tent-only camping (especially in the south ... and especially with three kiddos) and get either a Pop-Up Camper Trailer or a full shell Travel Trailer.

    So, let's get a list of pros and cons for these two similiar but different types of if we can. Who's got each, and why do you have a prefenence for either one?

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    Hi Steve I've owned both. When the kids were youg and cas was tighter we had a tent trailer (2000 Viking 2469) 2 kids loved it. Up here no air con was required. Yup was warm and sticky some nights but lot's of ventilation and the 4 bikes fit on the roof. This one has a toilet that barely lasted the long weekend but easily dumped every morning with a removable tank. here is a link... THIS IS NOT THE ONE I OWNED! THIS IS DIRTY!
    Now I have a 31 foot travel for wife me and Jake! Air conditioned and wouldn't have it any other way. I have a keystone outback 260FL Great for the 3 of us.
    Go to Keystone Outback website and look at the bunk house units. It will fit the 5 of you very nice. here...
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    Look at the Hybrids as well, travel trailers with the bunk ends...
    The kids will enjoy the time. I know ares did. So did we!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    We just went tent camping for the first time as a family of five ... and I've come to realize that it's probably time to move past tent-only camping (especially in the south ... and especially with three kiddos) and get either a Pop-Up Camper Trailer or a full shell Travel Trailer.

    So, let's get a list of pros and cons for these two similiar but different types of if we can. Who's got each, and why do you have a prefenence for either one?
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    Had a Pop-up first then a Hybrid (hard camper with slide out beds) Loved that had everything you needed and was light weight. Then I got married and after 5 years we sold it SO..... I am back to the Old Tent and this.... Click image for larger version. 

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    When I was shopping for our trailer (4 kids 2 adults, so wanted beds for at least 6), here's what I found. Tent trailers it seems have more beds/sleeping capacity per foot/pound/dollar than full shell travel trailers. We decided for us that we wanted the most sleeping capacity in a relatively small trailer, so we opted for a tent trailer.
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    I got a "pull it out of the yard and you can have it" '68 Starcraft pop-up from a friend of a friend. Our family of seven used it for years. Like MrShorty said, beds are the key; or so we thought. It'll sleep ten, but one complete day of driving rain, no a/c, no bathroom, and no - wait for it - tv, with seven people turtled up inside, makes for a very long day. We still have it, but I think a cousin is going to claim it for a hunting cabin.

    We moved into an 8 bed Jayco travel trailer, and it's an easy haul with either 2500 Burb. The kids do love the bunks. My wife has been eyeing a newer Jayco G2 trailer that sleeps ten, has a kids suite (you can close their door ), an outside kitchen, and a bathroom with an exterior door (no sand in the common area). We've got a few more pop cans to turn in before we can get serious about that one.

    A lot of it depends on how you "camp". If you're out and about and only need a place to sleep, than a pop-up (with a bathroom) works well. If you go places where the kids are going to run you all day, and a couch, a brew, and a ballgame on the tube sounds like the way to end the day, then maybe the TT is a better gig. I've started to learn that campers are like trucks - the kids are only going to get bigger, so you probably ought plan for space to keep the peace.

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    Hi Steve. Me and my wife have had both. My pop up was a palimino yearling. It was a nice big pop up with a heater in it. We went camping in a state park in northern pa a week before halloween. It still got cold in the pop up. If you are looking for something easy i would recomend a travel trailer and here are the reasons why. With a pop up you either have to open it up before you go to load in it what you can then close it up again and open it up when you get to where you are going. With a travel trailer you can load it up with just about everything before you leave your house then when you get to your camp site you just set it up and you are ready to go. When i had my pop up which i got brand new and only kept it for 2 years i loaded every thing in my truck before leaving my house and when i got to the camp grounds had to set up the camper unload every thing and then put it in the pop up. The refer in a pop is alot smaller and it seemed to take almost a day for it to get nice and cold. Long story short the dealer i got my pop up from said that most people end up tradeing them in after a few years and get a travel trailer. We swore up and down we would not do that but we did. Also i know someone who works for the Irs and he said that you can claim a travel trailer on your taxes as a second dwelling as long as it has a bathroom and a kitchen. Hopes this helps and good luck. Oh by the way my travel trailer is a keystone cougar and we love it.

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