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Pop Up Camping Basics

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Camping is a great way to spend time with the family, teach kids about the outdoors and travel in a more affordable manner.  While most people think that camping means roughing it in a tent, there are other alternatives that should considered if you’re looking for the outdoors experience without sleeping on the ground.

Pop Up Camping Equipment

The step up from camping in a tent is pop up camping.  Pop up campers, also known as fold-down campers, folding camping trailers or tent trailers, are the smallest version of the many types of campers that one can use for camping.  They are a major upgrade from sleeping in a tent in that they generally contain at least two beds with mattresses, a table and seating area, and a sink with the possibility for a mini kitchen.  High end units come with expandable rooms, toilets and other conveniences.

Pop up campers are small to medium in size, and tend to weigh between 1500 and 4000 pounds.  They require a large minivan, SUV or truck with appropriate towing equipment in order to pull it to the campsite.  Always verify that your vehicle and equipment is certified to pull the pop up camper of your choosing, before actually embarking on your pop up camping trip.  If you’re not sure that a pop up camper is worth the investment, there is always the option to rent a pop up camper and try it out once or twice before making the final decision to purchase one.  Most local RV dealers will rent pop up campers or be able to direct you to a quality rental company in the area.

Before you get to your campsite, try setting up the pop up camper at least once at home so you’re comfortable with the process and can avoid any hangups while in the great outdoors.  The basic process involves positioning the pop up camper on flat ground in the location you would like to sleep in, lowering the extra support jacks and taking it off of the trailer hitch, and finally expanding the pop up portion of the camper using a set of cranks.  Always double check to make sure that everything is latched correctly and locked into position.  Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, setting up and tearing down a pop up camper is a quick and easy task.  The only thing left to do is enjoy pop up camping in the great outdoors!

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