Does such a thing exist? Super simple, rugged, pop up camper.

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  1. dbhost

    dbhost Active Member

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    Okay so I got to thinking when I came across the thread for the double duty tent trailer.

    Does such a thing exist?

    Is there now, or has there been a simple, fold and go tent trailer that simply provides a platform for true queen size beds, protection from the elements, and a way to keep it warm and / or cool depending on the time of year.

    What I am picturing in my head is someting like a blend between a Double Duty tent trailer, and a roof top tent.

    The drawbacks I see to the Double Duty are...

    #1. Long, drawn out, difficult process for setup, eliminating the purpose behind it, might as well just go with a good tent.
    #2. No provision for AC. Might as well use a tent with an AC boot.
    #3. The sleeping platforms are sized for twin size beds. Not exactly great for couples...

    The requirements I would think would be.
    #1. Small / Lilght.
    #2. Super simple setup, just level it, flip it open, plug in and make your bed.
    #3. At least one real queen, if not king size bed.
    #4. Absolutely minimal cost. Say no more than $3K new.
    #5. Protects from the elements.
    #6. Not absolutely necessary, but maybe some cabinetry for storage,

    The idea here is does anyone make a basic trailer that you can stop, set the leveling jacks out, flip open, plug in, turn the AC on and go to bed? An interim step between a tent, and a fully loaded pop up. I am thinking of a quick, and easy to use, set up, and town step up from tent camping, that can be towed behind something like a Chevy Malibu (1K lbs tow rating).
     
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    I think thats a travel trailer ;)
    I've seen pop up tear drops that might fit the bill (only one bed though) .
     
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    You're asking for a bare bones tent in a box and then you want heat, A/C, and queen beds?
     
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    For a couple the Viking Express 9.0 or 9.0TD would be an excellent glamping camper that's about as basic as it gets yet still offers luxuries such as A/C. [A]

    http://www.coachmenrv.com/camping-trailers/viking
     
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    Yeah. That's pretty much it...

    Although I mistyped, only 1 queen bed required...
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I just saw something a while ago called the Coachman clipper 9.0 which is a pretty basic camper with only a single double bed. It's like a cross between a TT and a teardrop camper. It's almost as simple as parking, leveling. Although the roof lifts up a bit so it gives you headroom. Another very small basic camper is called the cricket, however I think their is a little setup involved with that.
     
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    Dude- that clipper 9.0 is slick! That is totally what youre looking for!
     
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    You just missed it. Livin Lite Quicksilver 10.0. Thor shut down production this year.
     
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    Sounds like you need a small box trailer with a hole cut in the side for a AC and a mattress thrown on the floor.
     
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    Perhaps you missed my post about the Coachmen Viking Express 9.0 & 9.0TD - same trailers. And the bed isn't a double, it's 54" wide, a bit narrower than a queen bed but certainly workable for most couples.
     
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    You're definitely getting warmer but I was looking for something that didn't necessarily require a ladder to climb into
     
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    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    Look into Aliner aka A-frame campers.

    Some have an electric lift, so pop the latches and push a button!!

    Screenshot 2019-06-10 at 8.41.39 PM.png
     
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    YES - Aliner (with optional AC).
     
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    Edited my original post to clarify the requirements. Aliners are great, but not what is rattling around my head. I am thinking something FAR simpler, and FAR less expensive...
     
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    Actually price isn't horrifying. It's pretty steep for what it is, but if it is a quality product it might be worth it. HOWEVER, I don't see the AC checkbox being checked... Or is the AC that soft cover on the left side of the trailer toward the front? Assuming that is something like a 5K - 6.5K BTU window unit AC, throw a little 1K inverter generator like the little Sportsman, and you have a comfortable little way to camp and travel for couples.

    Actually looking at the Livin Lite website, it looks like it DOES fit the bill perfectly!

    https://www.livinlite.com/products/quicksilver-tent-campers/6.0.html

    This thing, assuming it could be modded for a touch more ground clearance, this could really fit well with Jeepers that want to do the off road touring without using a tent...
     
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    So... The point behind this thread was simple. Assuming used is in too poor shape, and new is too expensive for some folks coming up from tent camping, or even too heavy for the TV to handle, what options were there that would provide a comfortable environment that is off the ground.

    While I am NOT thinking of myself, there is SOME possiblity down the road but not super likely. My goal is to rebuild the engine in my F150 4x4 5.4L 3Valve (or at the very least redo the timing set and unload this thing and get a Silverado, I HATE the 5.4!).

    Anyway, the purpose here is a have a relative with similar health issues to mine, that can't physically tolerate the setup / teardown of a tent, and a camp kitchen etc... and they drive an older 4cyl Jeep Wrangler. (Tow rating of 1K lbs), their other car is a 2007 Chevy Malibu, again, 1K lbs tow rating... They want to camp off the ground, in AC with minimal setup.

    Assuming no bathroom facilities. are needed, such as when camping in a state park campground, cooking can be done with a simple EZ Up over the picnic table, and a butane backpacking stove. Lightweight, cheap, effective...Okay the EZ Up isn't lightweight but I digress...

    It's just good to know that there are options that are doable with lower spec TVs...
     
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    Umm.......


    Which one is it? Off roading with the Jeep, or towing with the Chevy Malibu?

    Actually, they have a factory off-road package, so if you bought new, you wouldn't have to mod it. (But if your throwing Jeepers, they usually go "beyond" off road (Looking at you Rock Crawlers))
    *EDIT* You caught me with a late post, you've explained this already.

    Yes, it has an AC.

    As for well built...
    https://www.livinlite.com/products/quicksilver-tent-campers/features.html

    The big selling point is that it has no wood.
    • All-Tubular Aluminum Frame
    • Vacuum-Bonded Walls Laminated w/Composite Material – 3 Tier Glue Process
    • Marine-Grade Vinyl Cushions
    • Aluminum Cabinetry
    • Composite Material throughout (water & mold resistant)
     
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    Yeah I would think a different approach to rock crawlers. I am thinking folks that drag their trailers down fire break roads and logging roads, that sort of stuff... Rough terrain, but not abolutely destructive...

    Obviously they aren't going to slam the Malibu down a logging road, at least I would hope not, the point was that both of their available TVs has pitifully limited tow ratings...

    Heck, I almost wish they made that thing in a slide in pickup camper configuration... Plain, simple, ultra light, just what you need.

    An attached awning might be a nice addition, but not super necessary...
     
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