Originally Posted by Mike Magee
I owned a popup for one season, and after that experience I feel that a person would be better off carrying a tent in a cargo trailer. Setting up a tent is easier and faster IMO than the popup. If the weather's good, use the tent. If the weather's bad, avoid the hassle and stay in the cargo trailer.
Of course, a nice FG trailer is far better than either of the above. One can eat or sleep in it without doing any setup whatsoever, just walk in and enjoy. Need light
, flip a switch. Need clothes, open the closet door. Want food or a cold drink, reach into the cupboard or the fridge
. Need air movement, flip on the fan. And so on.
A popup is a glorified tent on wheels. But a FG egg is a tiny, sturdy house on wheels... with a better roof than most houses.
Sorry to hear that your experience with a Pop-Up tent trailer wasn't as positive as it is for many, many couples and families.
Just like there are different FGRV camping styles, there is a need for different kinds of camping equipment. Poo-Pooing Pop-Up tent trailers is missing the needs of a significant sub-group of the camping community.
The Pop-Up tent trailer can offer a substantially less expensive alternative, one that easier (even possible) to tow, and also offers more of the "Outdoor" experience that is essential to many campers. And the set-up/take-down time issue is no different than breaking a tenting camp site.
The Green Palomino shown in Post #5 can be erected in about 10 minutes and taken down in 15 minutes, offers inside (tent like?) sleeping for 5, has a kitchen with a stove and a pressurized water system, lots of storage for foodstuffs and clothing and a dinette for at least 4-5 to be inside from the bugs, but outside with all the flaps open.
I have offered my son and his wife a Scamp
13' a Lil' Bigfoot
13' and the Hunter Compact-II 13', but they still prefered the pop-up tent trailers because it's more of a camping experience for them, and that's what they, and their peer group, all enjoy, not being inside a "Tiny House" when wanting to enjoy nature. And TV capacity isn't even an issue for them, as they use mine....
And price is a huge consideration. That Palomino has a street value (after rebuilding) of about $1500. Where can a family find a FGRV, that will sleep 5, for anywhere near that kind of money, much less be towed with a 1500 lb limit TV? Actually, right now, sales of basic tent trailer are way up, to meet demand for light weight
campers for smaller vehicles.
And, BTW, when Judy and I were their age, and back-packing all over the planet, we turned our noses up at those with campers and camping trailers, because it wasn't what was right for us at the time either.