Just sold my popup, bought a TT

eagle

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May 2, 2017
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Three years ago, I bought my first popup, a 1992 Coleman Arcadia. I bought it for super cheap, to find out if we'd like popup camping. We loved it, so a month later I bought a 2006 Fleetwood Graphite. Sold the Fleetwood just last week, in favor of a tiny bunkhouse -- a Keystone Summerland Mini 1800BH. With the popup, we were still close to tent camping -- we cooked and ate outside, and we only changed clothes and slept inside. We want to continue to do this with the TT, but we'll have to see how it goes.

I've also upgraded our tow vehicle -- we pulled the popup with a 2008 Honda Odyssey EX. We're pulling the 1800BH with a 2009 Chevy Suburban Z71. The Suburban pulled our popup like it was nothing (it was about 85% of the capacity of the van, and about 25% of the capacity of the Suburban). The Suburban pulls the 1800BH pretty well too -- it's about 50% of the tow capacity, and about 80% of the hitch weight capacity.

We specifically got a small bunkhouse because we have 3 children, and because we want to keep that small camper feel. We have no desire for a 30+ foot trailer.

We'll see how it goes. So far I'm liking the easier setup. Hopefully we can keep that outdoor camping mentality.
 

nineoaks2004

Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday
Oct 15, 2006
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Dukes, Fl
Welcome to the dark side, you will love the conveniences, good luck with the and the option of cooking inside or out (depending on weather and your wishes)
Good Luck and keep on camping
 

eagle

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May 2, 2017
71
Thanks, we're super excited. I'm just getting too old for the constant up/down of the roof.... looking forward to much easier setup.

I don't have many pictures yet, but here's what I have so far. We wanted to stay with something small, and this is about the same size as our pop was when expanded. It's wider, so there's a little more room between the kitchenette and dinette, but overall it's about the same size as the Fleetwood.

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Sjm9911

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May 31, 2018
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Nj
I cant see the pictures. Try pisting them in the thread with the upload a file button!
 

Spridle

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Jun 6, 2011
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Jealous. I'd really like a hybrid. Part of my struggle is single axle or tandem. My tandem axle trailer tows SO much better than the coleman even though it's twice the weight. But if we go hybrid, it's gotta stay small. I still want to be able to get it in tight spots like the pup.
 

eagle

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May 2, 2017
71
Yeah, staying small was a requirement for us. We started all of this last July, when we met a family at a campground in Kentucky -- they had a hybrid and showed it to us. Then my sister-in-law had a hybrid for sale, and we were interested in that, but we only had the van at the time, and she sold it before we got the Suburban. We have been looking for a new trailer since August, even though we only traded the van 3 months ago. Trading the van on the Suburban really opened up the possibilities for us, and we finally found what we wanted in this Keystone. Truth be told I really wanted a Micro Minnie Winnie 2100BH, but I couldn't afford that. Another favorite was the Apex Nano 193BHS, but again, price was an issue. Found this Keystone used and in great shape, and it's so similar to those others that we decided to jump at it.
 

kcsa75

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Sep 9, 2013
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Kansas City
Congratulations. We bought our TT in the fall of 2017 and have really enjoyed it. The only thing I really miss is sleeping in the Pup. I really enjoyed falling asleep to the sounds of the night and waking up to the birds singing in the morning. We sleep with the windows open in the TT but just not the same.
 

neighbormike

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Oct 6, 2012
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we cooked and ate outside, and we only changed clothes and slept inside. We want to continue to do this with the TT
No reason to change the way you camp, you just changed what you sleep in! I did the same when I bought my tt... I camp outside. I just now have the ability to do so more easily [:)C]
 

eagle

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May 2, 2017
71
No reason to change the way you camp, you just changed what you sleep in! I did the same when I bought my tt... I camp outside. I just now have the ability to do so more easily [:)C]
Exactly -- the popup made camping much easier than car camping, and we hope that this small bunkhouse will make camping even easier than the popup did. I'm getting older, and the setup of the popup was wearing on me. The setup of the TT is: tongue down, decouple, then zip zip zip zip on the four corner stabilizers, then plug in.

We're looking forward to going camping next weekend.
 

West Coast Canuck

Jumped to the dark side ......
Mar 3, 2005
1,677
Congrats!, we bought a new Jayco X213 back in 2012. It is a 21’ with a rear King bed hard wall slide out that expands it out to 27’. It’s GVW is 5500 lbs and pulls well with my truck even on hills. Drawback is the fuel consumption but that is to be expected.
 




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