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Offline mncricket

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Canvas pop up or hard side pop up?
« on: March 27, 2012, 01:02:13 PM »
Hopefully this is in the right area....we just got a canvas pop-up....then I came across a hard sided popup - I didn't know those even existed....the canvas one we got has almost every option and is a year newer (but was also used more).  The hard sided one is pretty basic and only used a couple times a year...but I'm still intrigued...are there any huge pluses to the hard sided ones? 

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Re: Canvas pop up or hard side pop up?
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2012, 09:12:32 PM »
I have a hard side Aliner.  Most soft side pups have much more interior room and is considered a family camping trailer. The Aliner is much more of a travel trailer for usually not more than two people. Setup time on the Aliner is about a minute and no wet fabric to fold up when leaving. We rarely stay more than two days in one spot. Since I'm a traveler and not a camper, the quick setup and fold down really works well for me.

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Re: Canvas pop up or hard side pop up?
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2012, 09:40:55 PM »
A liner or actual regular hardside pop up like a Palamino or Apache ?
Advantages to both and disadvantages. Palimino hardside was heavy and work putting up but also nice when up, Apache was great in their day .
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Re: Canvas pop up or hard side pop up?
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2012, 09:54:51 PM »
I have a hardsided Apache.  If you're asking about "us", ask away.  I'll answer with what I know.
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Re: Canvas pop up or hard side pop up?
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2012, 10:17:33 PM »
The one I found and was referencing was a Palomino...I didn't know Apache made one!  The A-liner isn't nearly big enough....I'd go crazy in that with two kids (if we could even all fit!)

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Re: Canvas pop up or hard side pop up?
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2012, 11:08:35 PM »
I own an '87 Palomino hardside and enjoy it.  It is a bit hard to put up, haven't tried without at least two others, but prefer four, one on each corner.  It handles high winds fairly well, but it does wiggle a bit in winds above 40-50 mph.  Last year while the pup was in the backyard, an 80mph gust picked it up by the tongue bunk end shifted it about three feet and dropped about eighteen inches.  The pup held up very well, with no damage.

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Re: Canvas pop up or hard side pop up?
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2012, 09:22:18 AM »
We looked briefly at the Palomino hard sided campers.  I really like the idea.  But my wife walked in and had to get back out immediately, she felt claustrophobic.  I think that she's over sensitive, but something to think about.
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Re: Canvas pop up or hard side pop up?
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2012, 09:30:19 AM »
If a hard sided popup weights almost as much as a travel trailer, and has about the same amount of room, what's the bonus to a popup?  Just the lower clearance? 
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Re: Canvas pop up or hard side pop up?
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2012, 09:53:45 AM »
There's a HUGE difference in gas mileage between a popup and a travel trailer. 
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Re: Canvas pop up or hard side pop up?
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2012, 10:06:31 AM »
My 87 Palimino pulled like any pop up, didn't seem heavy at all, I now have a larger highside that is heavier but still pulls great. TT's have a blunt front that saps milege ALMOST as bad as 5th  wheelers ! Keep low if you can mileage will be way better.
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Re: Canvas pop up or hard side pop up?
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2012, 11:17:23 AM »
I guess I'd go with the canvas if it's easier to put up!

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Re: Canvas pop up or hard side pop up?
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2012, 12:14:30 PM »
Personally, I prefer soft sides as it's pretty much 360* windows to the great outdoors.  Hardsides make me claustrophobic, and I don't feel like I'm camping.  I'm a long time tent camper and loved everything about tent camping except for the sleeping on the ground part....a soft sided p'up is the perfect alternative for me.
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Re: Canvas pop up or hard side pop up?
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2012, 12:40:29 PM »
I've had both now. I find my Palomino hard side MUCH easier to put up and down. No kneeling down and cranking, stopping on the way down to tuck canvas in, no reaching up and fastening/unfastening the door (while it opens from the door frame and hits me in the head), no trying to get the canvas to attach to the door frame... It's better insulated for heating and  cooling. Also I feel much more secure, once the sides are in place, there is no way that the roof can just come crashing down on me and my family.

For canvas, there are bigger windows, which I do miss.

Do all Palomino hard-sides have the exterior lift mechanism? That would be another thing to consider the pros and cons of.
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Re: Canvas pop up or hard side pop up?
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2012, 01:10:38 PM »
My TTL  1987 had the outside lifting arms, while I could do it in 87by myself, I sold it 17 years later as I then needed help. I went to a powered up highside. I miss the hardside and felt more secure and warmer on cold trips
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Re: Canvas pop up or hard side pop up?
« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2012, 05:13:03 PM »
Palomino started using the crank pulley system somewhere around the 1990 models. Before that, they had 2 different lift arm set ups.

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