Should we get a pop-up?

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  1. verlee

    verlee DIS Veteran

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    I was wondering if you all could give us some advice? (this might get long)

    We have the chance to purchase a nice 8 ft palomino pop-up for $1000 from a family member. (Does that sound reasonable?) We have been tent campers for several years (8). Have no clue about campers. :confused3
    We go camping about 1-2 times a summer but we think we would go more if it was not such a hassle to get the gear packed and unpacked.

    I would like to take the camper on out of state vacations (ideally to FW next summer :thumbsup2) as well as hitting the state/national parks. Is it hard to pull a pop up on long trips? We have a toyota sienna. We would be coming from wisconsin and I am concerned about traveling through the mountains. Would it be hard on the van?

    Sorry for all the questions. :rolleyes:I am just not sure if we should go for it or not. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. We get first shot at the camper so we need to let them know. Thanks in advance for the input
     
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  3. becky1960

    becky1960 DIS Veteran

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    Price sounds good and they easy to pull..
     
  4. southcarolinagirl

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    Sounds good to me, but if you are going to bring it to FW in summer, make sure it has A/C or plan on having one installed.
     
  5. scot@dvcstore

    scot@dvcstore Saratoga Springs Member Approved Advertiser

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    Price seems great and pop-ups generally pull very easy, obviously depending on the size of the trailer and the tow vehicle. You may want to check the towing capacity of your van. Once you know the towing range of your van, there should also be a small metal plate or sticker on the camper that will provide you with weight etc of the camper. Make sure you are in that range.

    I would also invest in a set of new tires for the camper they are more than a couple years old. Pop-up tires are generally 13 or 15 inch and should run about $75 each to replace. Tires can get very hot on long trips especially in Florida. If the tires suffer from any "dry rot" they may not last the long trip.

    Hope this helps.:cool1::banana::rockband:
     
  6. verlee

    verlee DIS Veteran

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    Thanks for the input everyone! So going through mountains is no problem??
     
  7. 2goofycampers

    2goofycampers Sounds like something a camping trip could cure!

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    No problem IF your van can handle the weight.
     
  8. Shan-man

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    Other than occasional sounds from the hitch, and a little sluggishness under accelleration you will probably barely notice the PUp is back there.

    :santa:
     
  9. DaveInTN

    DaveInTN I'm Not The Castle Guy

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    Just one caution...do some research on Toyota's requirements for towing with your Sienna. I used to tow a pup with a couple of minivans (Pontiac and Honda) and both manufacturers required a tow package which included transmission and power steering coolers. I ignored that requirement (as I was brand new to towing and didn't know better) on the Pontiac and had transmission issues. I had the full towing package installed on my Odyssey and towed many miles with zero issues. I believe Toyota has similar requirements but am not sure, so check that out, especially if you plan on towing through hilly terrain. You may already have the necessary equipment, as Toyota did include it as standard equipment with some models (like the XLE) in some model years....
     
  10. gillenkl

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    We have a PUP and we did have to install a tow package and a transmission cooler. Ditto what a previous poster said - consider get A/C installed. Also consider purchasing a set of gizmos from www.popupgizmos.com as they will cut down on bunk end heat.

    We often take weekend trips to local state parks. Once you camp in it a few times you'll have a setup/take down system so I wouldn't worry about that.

    When we go to FW we have to camp 2 overnights before we get there. It takes alot and frankly gets old fast. But we only do that every 2-3 years. I have no problems with a trip that's one day of travel and you setup for a few days and stay there.
     
  11. verlee

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    Thanks for the info. My Sienna can tow 2000lbs and the camper is 1391 lbs. How does that sound? Do you think we would need trailer breaks? I am going to give the dealer a call tomorrow. My bil towed it with a town and country but he did not go far, never out of state.
     
  12. dtum

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    My family grew up in a Palomino. It had hard sides and actual windows in the body when it was up and tent ends. We had it until DD actually got married and it was getting a little run down so DH and I moved up. Sometimes I look back on those days and can't figure how we survived with no A/C at Disney and all the gear we packed...oh my! Great memories though. Good luck.
     
  13. BRDof3

    BRDof3 Humpty Dumpty had a lousy PPO

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    Depends on whether that is 1,391 pounds empty or fully loaded. You van has a tow rating and a gross combined vehicle wieght rating. That last one is the max that the van and trailer are allowed to weigh, combined.

    If the popup is 1391 empty, then there's no way you can load it up with your gear, then put people, gear, and gas into the minivan without going over your weight limits. Even if that is the weight fully loaded you will be at the upper reach of your limit by the time you put people and "stuff" in the van. As for brakes, I believe that any trailer weighing more than 1,000# has to have its own brakes.
     
  14. lovemygrowingfamily

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    That is a good deal for the price. We just traded in our palomino stallion for a palomino stampede. We like it while we fit in it and ours was a 8 foot one. We pulled it behind a chevy venture from northern Minnesota to the black hills through the badlands and all over and it traveled great.

    Hope that helps
     
  15. bama_ed

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    I'll leave the towing advice to some of our gearheads on the board here - they really know their stuff!

    As a pop-up owner, I do want to raise your awareness about 1 issue. An 8-foot box (under the roof) is pretty small. It might be okay for you and the family now. But as the boys get older (bigger) you may outgrow it. But it sounds pretty cheap and since it's family selling it you have someone you can go back to and ask questions.

    Your tow vehicle might be okay now but as you your family grows and you bring more stuff (4 adult bikes on a bike rack for example) you might exceed your tow vehicle limits.

    If you consider this as a starter/short-term opportunity then I'd say go for it. You will enjoy (as we did) not having to sleep on the ground. Then you can see if you want to go bigger (we have a 12-foot pop-up with a slide out dinette) for a family of 5 with 2 teen boys and a DD11 or be seduced by the dark side (a hybrid or travel trailer). This will also give you time to make considerations next time you get a new-to-you vehicle: will its towing capacity be a consideration if you want to upgrade?

    So spend the $1k, use it, take good care of it, sell it if you want to later on. You will have probably gotten over $1k of utility out of it (especially if you take it to the Fort!) :goodvibes

    Bama ED
     
  16. verlee

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    Wow, thanks everyone for the advice. You all are so friendly.:lovestruc

    Just an update..... I called the dealer this am and found out that we should be just fine pulling the 8 ft camper. We can pull 5500lbs. They said we would not need breaks but suggested getting the wheel bearings and tires checked before going on a long trip. The woman I talked with had previously worked at an RV center so she knew what she was talking about.

    So it is looking good. Maybe we will see you all at the fort next summer. I see on another thread that I can call and get my reservation now.:thumbsup2 I am so excited. We were planning a two week trip in a tent but now who knows maybe we will be in our camper!:woohoo:
     
  17. pjhootch

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    Are you sure she said you can pull 5500 lbs? That doesn't sound right at all. Many SUVS are only rated for 4500 lbs.

    I think you could tow the little pup with your Sienna, if you have a tow package with the correct type of hitch and a tranny cooler (and you pack light). However, I can only guess and it isn't even an educated guess :-)

    Pop-ups are a lot of fun so hope you get it all worked out.
     
  18. verlee

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    That is what she said??? Maybe I will call the other toyota dealer in town tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up.
     
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    This is just a side thought to a pop-up or Pup...do you have to carry auto insurance on them. I know for my Class A we are required to have auto insurance. What about travel trailers, pop-ups or Pups, is auto insurance required on them????
     
  21. dtum

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    Yes, we have to have insurance on our 5r and you need it on a PUP also.
     

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