New Guy looking for a very small Pop-Up

Discussion in 'Camper Pre-Purchase Questions' started by Bob Miller, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. Bob Miller

    Bob Miller New Member

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    I'm both old and new to pop-ups, but very old to RV's in general. Our first was a 25' Airstream we full timed in for a year in the late 70's then, when kids started arriving, a Starcraft we pulled behind our Mercedes 220D back in the early 80's. Then a number of Toyota Sunraders passed through our hands. Now our current "fleet" includes: 2013 Coleman Hybrid (For Kids and Grandkids to use), a 1994 13' molded Fiberglass Lil' Bigfoot for local camping trips and a 1973 13' Molded fiberglass Hunter Compact-II, with a pop-up roof, for longer trips. I have been repairing and restoring molded fg RV's for years, mostly Toyota Sunraders, Scamps, Hunters etc.

    Now we are looking for a small 2-3 bed pop-up camping trailer that we can tow into more remote areas than the fg rigs can go into. So far I have seen the Coleman Colorado and the Starcraft 14, either of which would work out just fine. As I have been rebuilding and restoring, I am more interested in something needing redoing so I can make it "Ours", than in a cream puff. Any suggestions or leads are appreciated. We live in the Diamond Bar/Riverside area of SoCal.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    [:D] Welcome from Connecticut, happy and safe camping, enjoy and have fun. [CP]
     
  3. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Consider the off-road models made by Coleman/Fleetwood or Jayco.
     
  4. GWolfe

    GWolfe New Member

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    Welcome to the Portal. I would love to see some pics of your little TTs.

    Most of the small/8' pop ups will have three beds, one being the dinette, that you could pick up and modify to your likings. Craigslist is a great place to start.
     
  5. heathdavis

    heathdavis New Member

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    Jayco makes a "Sport" model that is supposed to be off-road friendly or so I've heard. Look at the Jayco website for pics--http://www.jayco.com/products/camping-trailers/jay-series-sport/floorplans-specs

    We have an old 7.5 foot Jayco. It has the exact same layout as the new 8 foot Jayco Sport. It's a great size for two. (With three in our family it gets a little crowded but that's OK with us.) I have been impressed the the quality of this PUP and how well it's survived over 31 years. The nice thing about a small Pup is that it's easy to tow, especially on hills, and you can get it up narrow roads and into small campsites.
     
  6. Bob Miller

    Bob Miller New Member

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    Here are some pics of my current Pop-up
    It is a 1973 Hunter Compact-II
    NOTE: You will have to copy and paste the entire URL and it will work.....

    http://s363.beta.photobucket.com/user/advocateone/media/Hunter%20Compact%20II/P1010444.jpg.html?filters[user]=80570315&filters[recent]=1&filters[publicOnly]=1&sort=1&o=0#/user/advocateone/media/Hunter%20Compact%20II/P1010444.jpg.html?filters%5Buser%5D=80570315&filters%5Brecent%5D=1&filters%5BpublicOnly%5D=1&sort=1&o=0&_suid=13551701729370027250504885030058

    Hope the link works, if so I will put up anoter.
     
  7. fmbhappycamper

    fmbhappycamper PuP Power

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    Hello and Welcome from Florida, Craigslist/ebay for Pups [8D]
     
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    GWolfe New Member

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    The link worked, that is one cool little trailer Bob.
     
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    campyman New Member

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    Welcome. I like that trailer!
     
  10. sg1215

    sg1215 my God, my Country, my Family, my Friends, myself

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    Hi Bob:
    I'm thinking of selling my Columbia. I'm from Rialto, Ca.

    skip
     
  11. Camp-N-Nuts

    Camp-N-Nuts KrustyKamper

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    The link works when you copy, then paste the whole thing in the address bar! [;)]
     
  12. BigBaron

    BigBaron Dreaming of Tommy's chili cheeseburgers...

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    Those are neat trailers!
    Any 8' box trailer should do the trick. You can "flip" the axle and add 13" wheels if you want more ground clearance.

    Then again, you could go crazy like this...
    [​IMG]
    I love this trailer! I wish I could remember whose it was...
     
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    BarbaraFaith New Member

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    We bought the Jayco sport 8 this spring. Haven't used it off road, though. We had a single bed in the back, a double bed in the front, and the dinette makes into a bed, which we don't use.
     
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    Camp-N-Nuts KrustyKamper

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    Weird, our 8' has 2 double-beds? (each bed is 48X70)
     
  15. BigBaron

    BigBaron Dreaming of Tommy's chili cheeseburgers...

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    The Starcraft 1701 above has a queen and a single. Weird how they are all different...
     
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    Camp-N-Nuts KrustyKamper

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    If you can fit-it...more is better! [;)] That was my point...why just a single? (just a rhetorical-no need to reply) [2C] [:D]
     
  17. Bob Miller

    Bob Miller New Member

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    GOOD NEWS... The hunt has ended.
    Today we bought a very nice condition Starcraft-14, exactly what we wanted. The seller is a NPS Ranger in the Santa Monica Mt's
    Exceptional price and very good condition, except... I now have to find out how to replace one of the lifting cables. Any suggestioms will be appreciated.

    Thank you for all the help....
    Bob Miller
     
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    Camp-N-Nuts KrustyKamper

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    Bob Miller New Member

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    Thanks for the tip.
    My Starcraft is a 1983 Venture 14, does anyone know where parts for the lift system are available?

    Thanks
     
  20. BigBaron

    BigBaron Dreaming of Tommy's chili cheeseburgers...

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    I've seen several threads on replacing cables. It's not that complicated. I'm on my phone, so I can't search for them. Will search and post links...
    Where are the pics of your trailer? ;)
     

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