Monday, April 4, 2016

Research on small Pop-Up Campers and RVs

Update

Got a camper on Craigslist using the below research for $800, a 1997 Coleman Toas. Canvas is almost gone, but it's waterproof. Put on new tires. Family loves it. Of course we're using it more in the back yard then camping. Here's the post.

Summary of My Research int Pop-Ups and ultralight RVs.

  • Rent first and try out the idea of Pop-ups and small RVs first. Pop-ups are rentable, but hard to find. For big RVs, Cruise America, the main RV rental in the US. The sometimes have really good one way rentals for delivering new RVs from Chicago to all over the US. Really cheap. See: http://www.cruiseamerica.com/factory-deliveries/
  • Danger. Why?: RVs are like sailboats and real estate for me - dangerous avenues of potential "grass is greener' fantasy play. But they are for a reason, because they do rock! But you will use them less than you think and they will cost more than you think. I have to be careful to monitor why I become so suddenly passionate about them. What am I avoiding?
  • My favorite Pop-up: Livin Light QuickSilver 8.1 or 10 site. We've seen these new in RV stores. They are awesome for us, but pricey. But they use aluminum, no wood and little plastic. Durable, light, simple, seems worth it if used a lot, need to store outside, and can take care of it). 
  • I dream of and could actually afford used someday: A Scamp 13', fiberglass hard top. I love their bunk beds and simple layout. 5 to 10K. Photos here on Google Images. Fiberglass RV 4 Sale.com here
  • I dream of and can't ever probably affordHappy Camper from California makes a great tiny RV that you can get with nothing or just beds, etc. Expensive, but this is what I wish other's would do more of! and the strange and expensive adventure Cricket camper.  

Our Wishlist

  • Simple, no need for airconditioning, heating, toilets, shower, refreiderators, or lots of plastic. We're campers who just want to get off the ground.
  • Small enough for our 2009 Subaru Forester to pull, so about 1500 lbs.
  • Sleeps four. But two are small kids and we can fit in a large full.
  • Low budget.

My Craigslist Alerts for Small Pop Up Campers

I got a free account on Craigslist and set up alerts. I get an email right when a new listing is up. This will keep me from getting fired from too much surfing during work!

Pop up campers around 1500lbs dry weight or less.

  • Livin Light QuickSilver 8.1 or 10 site.
  • Opus Camper also has the right idea, but expensive!
  • Somerset Columbia Northwest Pop-up campers from Aliner. Lots of Aluminum like Livin' Lite, but a cranked hard top, not canvas.
  • Forest River seems to have changed ownership
  • Palomino, Rockwood, Flagstaff now is owned by Berkshire Hathatway. The Palomino Pony 280 is an old small model with good reviews. The new RLT-8 is small. The old Rockwood 1640LTD is small.  Flagstaff Model 176LTD 8' box. Seen at rental places.
  • Coleman Toas #3075 or Larado 3070 (More affordable, small standard wood and plastic popup). Company folded in 2011 but the earlier years seem ok in the small models.  
  • Starcraft Starflyer 8 and 10 and 2106.
  • Jayco Jay Series Sport 8SD. 
  • Viking 1906. Seen at rental places. 
  • Fleetwood Sedona 8' box. Seen at rental places.
  • ALiner Newport and Chesapeake
  • Opus Camper. Pricey, hauls things too. 
  • Sylvan Sport. Hip, but small and expensive. 
  • iKamper roof top small tent. Not really for families, but perhaps for parents when the kids are bigger and take the entire pop up?
  • Microlite P'Up site. Only a tent with two beds.  Microlite P'up video

Hard Top Ultra Light RV Trailers


    Recommended Campgrounds

      Search Links

      http://www.vermontcountrycampers.com

      http://www.camperfinds.com/popup-campers
      http://livinlite-owners.com/board/22/sale

      RV Trader search for Palomino Pony 50 mi from Brat: http://www.rvtrader.com/New-and-Used-Palomino-Pop-Up-Camper-For-Sale-On-RV-Trader/search-results?type=Pop%20Up%20Camper|198071&sort=geo_distance%3Aasc&zip=05301&radius=50&page=1&make=Palomino|2289282&model=PONY|764846886&
      Fleetwood search
      http://www.rvtrader.com/New-and-Used-Fleetwood-Yuma-Pop-Up-Camper-For-Sale-On-RV-Trader/search-results?make=Fleetwood%7C305435&model=Yuma%7C764835560&type=Pop%20Up%20Camper%7C198071&sort=geo_distance%3Aasc&Original

      http://www.campingworld.com/rvsales/pop-up/

      Search Camping World for 50 miles from zip

      Search RV Trader 50 miles.
      http://www.rvtrader.com/New-and-Used-Palomino-Pony-Pop-Up-Camper-For-Sale-On-RV-Trader/search-results?adType=AD&make=palomino|2289282&model=Pony|764846886&sort=geo_distance%3Aasc&

      Major Sites, Specs and Media

      Articles

      Discussions

      Towing with an Subaru:
      http://www.popupportal.com/index.php?topic=92322.msg927848#msg927848

      http://www.popupportal.com/index.php?topic=64017.0

      http://www.popupportal.com/index.php?topic=100230.msg1015721#msg1015721

      Subie manual: http://www.subaru.ca/content/7907/Media/General/download/Manuals/English/MSA5M1003A_Forester_OM.pdf

      Forum posts: http://www.popupportal.com/index.php?topic=22166.0

      Livin' Light debate
      http://popupexplorer.com/forum/index.php?topic=89398.0

      http://www.livinlite.com/qs10owners.php

      https://youtu.be/F5nPiLOk98w

      http://www.popupportal.com/index.php?topic=67877.0

      8.1: http://www.rvtrader.com/New-and-Used-Livin''-Lite-Pop-Up-Camper-For-Sale-On-RV-Trader/search-results?make=Livin%27%27%20Lite|183324084&type=Pop%20Up%20Camper|198071

      Rent/Buy

      RV Share site: https://rvshare.com/ 

      Ruby's RV in S. Maine. 207-671-2236. 55.00 per night - $330.00 per week https://www.outdoorsy.com

      Seacoast RV; 729 Portland Rd. US Route 1, Saco, ME 04072 ,(800) 718-5884

      Rent: Bow, NH 03304
      http://www.northeastrv.com/rv-rental/camper-rental/

      http://www.coldspringsrv.com
      530 S. Stark Hwy, Weare, New Hampshire 03281 (888) 277-8948

      426 Middlesex Rd, Tyngsboro, MA 01879
      cruiseamerica.com

      27 Lawnacre Rd, Windsor Locks, CT 06096
      longviewrv-hub.com

      1629 NY-7, Troy, NY 12180
      imperialtrailersales.com

      Mekkelsen RV2419 US Route 2 E. Montpelier, VT 05651 http://www.mekkelsenrv.com/
      Rents for $320 per weekend/ 3 nights.
      Sells: http://www.mekkelsenrv.com/Popup-Trailers

      Parts

        • Repair: http://www.hannarv.com/P/PopUpCamperCottonCanvasRepairKitBeige/22778
        • Bear Creek had forum discussions and canvas replacements
        • http://www.canvasreplacements.com

        Slush Links

        Vermont RV

        169 Marlboro Rd.

        Brattleboro, VT 05301

        Phone: 802-254-4881

        Fax: 802-254-3838

        E-mail: vtrvsales@gmail.com

        We're ready to try pop-up tent camping.