Best and Worst Thing About Owning a PUP.

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  1. BikeNFish

    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

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    Don't bother with the Irish Spring. A coworker (J Starsky on the Portal) found a dead mouse in his TT last spring and found that it was eating the Irish Spring he put out as a deterrent.
     
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    Best thing so far: Getting away from it all for a few days with dh.

    The worst so far: Not being to take it further than an hour away (caregivers for family members). Would love to go to places I've only seen out of an airplane window.
     
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    HAHAHA!
    So I did find claw marks in the soap I'd left out, and recovered a body a day later in a trap - should have taken pics.

    Keep in mind, the popup is parked a spot away from that TT, Irish Spring and dryer sheet ablazed and the pup had zero visitors.... in a sea of 9 autos in my yard. So my data is muddy. I won't change what I do in the pup, aside from a trap by the front door I can check. BnF is as worried as you, so I had evil joy by informing him of last winter's visitor.

    Honestly, I think stupid mouse got in and couldn't find the way out, so started eating the only thing he found, a fat based bar of soap. When the pb and bird seed showed up he couldn't help himself. I get it, but got him too.
     
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    We won't be winterizing until late October. Still have 2 camping trips planned and hopefully at least one more not yet scheduled.
     
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    Are you on your knees praying for NO SNOW?
     
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    Haha it would be a really bad year if we had snow in October.
     
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    But not impossible. :(
     
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    When I lived in Duluth, we had snow in Oct through May.
     
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    In the Twin Cities, I don't ever remember significant snow happening before mid-November, and even that's early. People who have been in the area longer than me will point to the Halloween Blizzard of 1991, but that was very unusual. Even light flurries don't happen that early normally.
     
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    Duluth is a whole different world. I went tent camping up there at Nichols Lake.
    The best thing about a popup is its versatility (RV'ing to Boondocking).
    The worst thing is having to op it up to do anything.
     
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    Unfortunately, I remember a few. On October 10, 1977, I was in high school (Woodbury Sr. High) and I remember looking out the window and it was snowing huge snowflakes. Needless to say, it was quite distracting to the entire class. It snowed 2.5 inches that day, then another 1/2 inch the next day. That was the second earliest +1" snowfall on record in the Twin Cities.

    Check THIS out for a little early October Minnesota snowfall history.
     
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    The entire North Shore of Lake Superior is a "different world". The lake's cold temperature creates it's own weather. It can be a bastion from the heat in the summer.

    I traveled the entire length of the Minnesota portion North Shore twice each year for the past five years. One trip in mid-June and one in mid-August. If the wind is blowing in from the lake, it is not unusual for the car thermometer to read in the 50's in August and in the 40's in June.

    The drive up the North Shore and into Canada is one of the most beautiful drives in North America. Highway 61 (National Scenic Byway) hugs the lake for most of the drive. If you have never experienced it, I highly recommend it.
     
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    Heh, I got married on Oct 9, 1999 and it was in the high 70s. Since then, I remember one or two years where it's been cold, sleeting, maybe even a couple snowflakes in the air, but most other years it's also been in the 60s or 70s.
     
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    I'll take it if I can get it!!
     
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    The Best things:
    1) Easy to tow. You can see over it in the rearview mirror, what'ss behind and beside you, too.
    2) It's having a full surround screen room. Get to immerse yourself in natural sites. Flow-through ventilation.
    3) If it rains, you can stay inside a bit, make some coffee, listen to music, play games far easier than in a tent.
    4) Low(er) cost of ownership and usually, storage costs than a full sized trailer. It can work for an apartment/ condo dweller.
    5) Plenty of room for dogs, guests.
    6) Flexibility for using smaller campsites.

    The worst things:
    1) Time to set up. Getting your hands dirty pulling down and pulling back up the stabs, etc.
    2) Never knowing what may break and cost you something, next.
    3) Worrying about things like tires, when does the lift mechanism need lubrication, etc., maintenance
    4) Having to keep and maintain a tow vehicle.
    5) Fear that someday it might decide NOT to pop down completely, and you're stuck with a campsite checkout time and no help. What happens then?
     
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    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

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    I’m reviving an older post because I have another “best thing”.

    It is pouring rain right now as a thunderstorm passes by, and I am sitting comfortably, high and dry in my pup while perusing the Portal!

    How do you beat that?

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    And where are yup camping?? We have a modest chance of rain here today in the UP. Its HOT!

     
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    Just south of Hayward. I can almost cut the humidity with a knife!
     
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    We normally camp there on Lake Namakagon, east of Cable at a NFS site.
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    Positives:
    *Easy to hitch up and tow
    *Doesn't kill the gas mileage

    Negatives:
    *Camping in windy areas - Would like to camp in the Outer Banks but too windy. Would like to sleep at nite not worrying about the wind.
    *Setting up and breaking down - 10 years ago it was much easier! The DW and I are getting older!!
    *Storage - Would like better storage where I don't have to lift seat cushions to find something
     
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