Hey All, Stumbled across the forum when I started doing some research on pop up campers, as we were given the opportunity to acquire one for a nice price, a few months back. I had done some van camping with my family back when I was a child. And we eventually moved up to a really old pop up, which may have been a Starcraft, if I were to guess, based on memory. Used that for a few seasons before my parents decided to purchase a brand new one for the family. This was in 1983, and the family got a Palomino. There were 4 of us, and we camped a lot of MN State Parks for several years. Time went on, my sister and I grew up and moved out, and my Mom and Dad continued to go on occasional camping trips with the Palomino. Early 90's, I bought myself a 2-room tent. I was young, and it provided a get-away with friends occasionally. It was nice to still be camping, but priorities when camping with friends and when youre in your early 20s are different than later in life. Skip forward a few years, probably '97 or '98 by the time, and my father had passed away. My Mom decided that she just wasn't going camping by herself anymore, and was looking to get rid of the camper. I don't recall the specifics, but I'm thinking that it might have had some sort of spring-loaded lift mechanism, but whatever it was, she was not thinking that setting up alone was something she ever wanted. The offer was made to my wife and I, if we wanted the camper. Being recently married, and not really thinking we had time or money for it, we declined. Spent the next few years regretting that decision, as the Palomino was still like-new inside, curtains still had original creases, and 'clean' was an understatement. My wife had not camped, coming from a large family of farmers, there was too big of a group, and no time to get away. She was interested in the old camper, but not super-motivated. So my wife and I were finally able to go tent camping, and purchased a newer multi-room tent. Had a couple outings using that, which were OK. Yet we still found ourselves more often than not, too busy to get away as often as we would really like. Earlier this summer, had an opportunity to acquire the Jayco Eagle 8SD, from a co-worker that was not using it any more, and sort of setting up for a bigger travel trailer. The Jayco has suffered a small amount of mouse-damage as it sat in their farm shed for the past few years. Thankfully, they had done a fairly good cleaning job prior to showing the trailer to us. I found solid floors, and several small holes in the canvas, nothing too worrisome. So we pulled the trigger on the deal, and hauled it home for a more thorough cleaning, as well as some canvas patching. Still not sure just how often our schedules might allow us to get away, but we were starting to get more and more excited as we continued to clean up the pup. We were able to get 2 weekends worth of camping in, early fall, before the weather turned cold and the area campgrounds began to close up for the season. But we both have really taken to our new-to-us pop up camper, and are anxiously looking forward to the next opportunities we will have in the spring, to get out and camp more. In the mean time, I have been browsing thru the various sub-forums, getting modification and maintenance ideas to improve our camp experiences. Ive got a little to-do / wish list going already. Looking forward to conversations with the rest of the forum members!