Looking for a pop up camper for family of EIGHT

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  1. ThatKevin

    ThatKevin New Member

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    Any suggestion on what used pop up camper to look for? Budget is up to 10K
     
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    That will be tight! Ages? Pop up and a tent or 2?
     
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    Hello and welcome from Minnesota!

    Wow, that's a tall order to get eight into a pup, but not impossible. I would suggest a high wall pup with a slide out. A $10K budget might also get you there. I would also suggest that as the kids get older, buy a small tent to set up next to the pup. And don't plan on everyone eating around the table inside the pup.

    My pup has this layout:
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    Technically it can sleep eight when you convert the dining areas into beds. It is not a high wall.
     
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    Welcome from Wisconsin! I agree with both of the above!
     
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    We have a 2006 Niagara HW that has kings on both ends. We comfortably sleep an adult, a teen, and a small kid in a king. So if at least some of the kids are small, that could work. Keep in mind that a dinette that turns in to a bed is usually shorter than a normal bed. Best for kids up to maybe age 10 or 11. Some models have a dinette and a sofa bed. You will definitely need a big PUP! Good news is that $10k is a very healthy budget for a large used PUP.

    Here's something I found in a quick search that might fit the bill (just an example, of course too far from you!):
    https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/2016-Forest-River-Rv-Rockwood-Premier-2317G-5004776794
     
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    My westlake is similler, but no slide out dinette. Its big for a pop up, 8 people in it, i wouldn't do it unless small kids, and a outdoor area, so maybe add a room . Plus a tent for middleage kids and a pop up room. My pop up screen room can fit 8 easy for eating. Next is the outdoor cooking set up, as there will be no room in the pup. Its possable, just need to think ouside the pup!
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    A large camper with a slide out may be your best option. I have Fleetwood Utah which has two king beds, a dinette table that turns into a bed and the couch folds down into a bed. If two of your kids are small enough they could fit on the table bed. The couch is really only big enough for 1 so if you can fit three kids on the king bed that leaves the other bed the the other 2. The larger campers have a gross weight of over 3600 or more so you will have to have a large enough vehicle to tow it. Also keep in mind that you have to go by your vehicles payload numbers as well as tow rating and keep in mind your passengers count as payload.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    mod5693.jpg a picture of my floor plan. I personally like this floor plan better as people have walking space and people can eat at the couch and still be together.
     
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    Greetings! Welcome to the forum from Midway USA.

    Good luck on your search. With a little creativity and patience you'll find something that works for you.
     
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    8 people in one vehicle while also towing a trailer is a tall order so what are you intending to tow with? [?:~{]
     
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    Here's one. Only used once.
     
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    Omg , forgot about that one!
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Welcome from N/W Fl panhandle good luck in the search and happy camping
     
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    Great BB episode! That camper really took a beating when "Mr. Howel" towed it into town while still setup! [LOL]
     
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    I suggest renting one first or having some sort of advanced "training". Although it is not impossible and it can be done (considering 4-6 kids + adults), keep in mind that basically, all of you are going to sleep in the very same room and the room is quite small. It will be very cozy. I guess you know that.
    Anyway, if you have a chance to borrow a large unit or to rent one, I will suggest to give it a try first. At worst, just get together at home and try to spend a night+ breakfast in 150sqft room.
    As many suggested, you must have at the camper an extra tent, add a room etc. you must move the center of activities outside, able to stay there and have a roof, gazebo etc.

    Also, not sure about your camping history, but given the number of the participants, I would take a look into tents. For a fraction of the cost of a popup, you can go for very good quality tents able to accommodate your needs. We are talking here about big tents, with multiple rooms etc. Go for the good ones. Match this with good self-inflatable mattresses (thermarest type), good sleeping bags and you get a winning combination.
    Get the cheap tents, the $20 air mattress and the $25 sleeping bag and you are going to have a bad experience.
    You can go for one or two tents (keep in mind that some campgrounds limits the nr of ppl to 6, though I guess you may get a break giving the fact it is a single family)
     
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    Welcome from Oklahoma. Good luck in your search.
     
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