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Old 11-05-2014, 01:34 PM   #1
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:37 PM   #2
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:18 PM   #3
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They are very attractive.

I wish someone would build a hardside popup similar to the Hi-Lo out of molded FG.
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Old 11-08-2014, 11:52 AM   #4
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We've discussed the Ranger here before. NEATO! Gotta have the hot rod or street machine as the tow tho...
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:24 PM   #5
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I wish someone would build a hardside popup similar to the Hi-Lo out of molded FG.
Here is an all-molded-fiberglass hardside popup made in Britain in the 1960s, with a video of it being erected:

portafold - YouTube

The portafold was fairly light, as this video demonstrates:

http://youtu.be/OGM3LlRp8B8
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Apache also made a hard sided pop up.
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:00 PM   #7
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Yeah, but when I speak of a Hi-Lo type popup, I'm envisioning one piece molded FG top/sides that fit over another one-piece FG bottom/lower sides. No seams but for the belly seam, which would have a gasket to keep out the weather when set up. That would be a pretty neat rig.
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What with draft (side taper) requirements in a mold it could be difficult to make a pop-up FGRV in which the top half could telescope over the lower half.


FWIW: The Hi-Lo trailers are deceptively heavy, I mean really heavy.
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In general, things with mechanical/moving parts are going to be heavier that things without moving parts on the same footprint. In addition, the top half of the Hi-Lo has to be oversized to fit over the bottom, and both halves likely need additional reinforcement to overcome the inherent floppiness of an open box. Added weight negates much of the aerodynamic advantage when towing. A friend had one for a number of years and liked it, but I thought it was kind of ugly.

The Apache hard-side pop-ups have a loyal cult following, but aren't the sides plastic rather than fiberglass? Therein lies the problem- don't think you can fabricate plastic in your garage. I'm guessing the one in Britain is also plastic.
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Apache also made a hard sided pop up.
I talked to the owner of one on Thanksgiving weekend. It turns out it was a 1979. You don't see to many tent trailers of that era. Sure speaks to being molded, whether fiberglass or plastic.
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Just like with our FGRV's it all depends on how well they are taken care of by the owners. Here's two examples, both have original interior and tent fabric intact. The Palomino tent looks "as new".


A 1983 Starcraft
1983 StarCraft 14 Foot Photos by advocateone | Photobucket


and a 1988 Palomino:
1988 Palomino Pop-Up Trailer Photos by advocateone | Photobucket


But yes, I did look at a lot of abused and neglected units before buying these for $400 & $350 respectively.
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Yep, it all depends on how it was cared for.....

Here's a picture of my Kennedy-era 1962 Trade Winds camper. Sold it a couple of summers ago to get something a little newer.

Now I have my Nixon-era Compact Jr.

The Trade Winds was very nice, drew a lot of praise in the campgrounds.

But I wanted something a little more comfortable.


Vintage campers like this have no lift system and are very light.


I used it for a few years and sold it for more than I paid, another plus for vintage campers.


The newest camper I ever had was from the Reagan-era!
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We've discussed the Ranger here before. NEATO! Gotta have the hot rod or street machine as the tow tho...
Maybe I should put a trailer hitch on my '74 Corvette. Then I would have an FGTV as well
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In general, things with mechanical/moving parts are going to be heavier that things without moving parts on the same footprint. In addition, the top half of the Hi-Lo has to be oversized to fit over the bottom, and both halves likely need additional reinforcement to overcome the inherent floppiness of an open box. Added weight negates much of the aerodynamic advantage when towing. A friend had one for a number of years and liked it, but I thought it was kind of ugly.



The Apache hard-side pop-ups have a loyal cult following, but aren't the sides plastic rather than fiberglass? Therein lies the problem- don't think you can fabricate plastic in your garage. I'm guessing the one in Britain is also plastic.


A friend just bought an Apache. It's made of ABS Plastic. We both thought for a moment it was fiberglass also


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