Officially moved to the "Dark Side"

teejaywhy

Super Active Member
Jul 19, 2011
1,426
A bit late with this announcement, but our popup is sold and we now have a 23' Travel Trailer. I had not checked in to the Popup Portal for some time, but apparently a recent registration to another site (RV Life?) started generating email messages linked to the Popup Portal. So I returned to browse some topics and see if any of the friends from years back are still around.

Main reason for the change is we are now retired and have transitioned from weekend campouts and week-long visits to a single destination, to more of a "travel" mode where we are taking longer trips and often just overnighting in a spot on the way to somewhere else.

We had 14 great years with our 2005 Jayco Baja 10Z. Many trips to the Arizona high country, Colorado and California. The popup is a wonderful camp style, we especially liked the ability to unzip all the windows and let the breeze blow through. Very much "camping."

But after a couple of longer trips that involved overnights, we realized that the popup is not ideal for this style of travel. After many years of contemplation, we pulled the trigger on a new 2019 Nash 23D in September 2019. Gosh, been 2.5 years already. We have traveled to Oregon, Colorado, Ohio/Kentucky/Tennessee and are planning to visit Yellowstone/Grand Teton in September of this year.

So here is a shout out to @PopUpSteve, for a great site and many years of shared comaradarie. The highlight being the 2012 Arizona Spring Rally where we met a whole BUNCH of popuppers including PopUpSteve in a special guest appearance.

So here are a handful of pics of the old popup (now getting loving use by a former work colleague) and some pics of the new TT.

2012 Arizona Spring Rally:
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The Baja 10Z and full glamping setup:
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Carlsbad State Beach CA overlooking the ocean:
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The new TT - Grand Mesa CO:
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Meeman-Shelby State Forest - Memphis TN:
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Washburne State Park OREGON:
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jmkay1

2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah
Oct 10, 2013
7,503
Northern Virginia
2019 Nash 23D
Had to look this up never heard of the Nash before. Looks like a very nice looking camper. The video I saw shows the bed cushion folds up behind the couch kind of curious about this. Is yours like this? Anyway congratulations and welcome back to the portal. You can see others on here have also gone to the dark side as well.
 

teejaywhy

Super Active Member
Jul 19, 2011
1,426
Had to look this up never heard of the Nash before. Looks like a very nice looking camper. The video I saw shows the bed cushion folds up behind the couch kind of curious about this. Is yours like this? Anyway congratulations and welcome back to the portal. You can see others on here have also gone to the dark side as well.

The "Sit and Sleep" is an option - from what I can tell, a sofa that folds out to a bed. We chose the straight queen bed.
 

kitphantom

Super Active Member
Platinum Supporting Member
Dec 26, 2009
13,660
Albuquerque, NM
@teejaywhy - I dreaded learning how to dump the waste tanks. It is no where near as bad as I feared. My poo-adverse, sometime camping, buddy watched me do it last year, and admitted it wasn't so bad. (She wants a trailer of her own someday, I told her places to stop in and have someone dump for her were extremely few and far between.)
Mu biggest issue has been handling the connections with small, arthritic, and cranky hands. We finally have a fix for the two main connections, I'm
good.
 

DiamondGirl

Adventures with KODI in AZ
Jul 2, 2016
1,335
AZ
Welcome back and to the Darkside. It’s a nice trailer. I found a used unit but it was gone before I could tour it. They were going fast like HOT CAKES back in 2020. Can’t wait to see all your new adventures. Maybe we’ll meet up sometime in the pines.

Happy Camping…[put&hy]
 

teejaywhy

Super Active Member
Jul 19, 2011
1,426
@teejaywhy - I dreaded learning how to dump the waste tanks. It is no where near as bad as I feared. My poo-adverse, sometime camping, buddy watched me do it last year, and admitted it wasn't so bad. (She wants a trailer of her own someday, I told her places to stop in and have someone dump for her were extremely few and far between.)
Mu biggest issue has been handling the connections with small, arthritic, and cranky hands. We finally have a fix for the two main connections, I'm
good.

Just an fyi, I briefly considered this waste hose system (before going with the standard Camco Rhino flex hose): The "Waste Master" uses a cam lock connector (requires modification to your drain outlet). No personal experience, but maybe easier than the twist-lock style?

https://store.lci1.com/waste-master-20ft-hose-kit-and-cam-lock-connector-359724.html
 

firepit

Super Active Member
Feb 26, 2020
2,698
A bit late with this announcement, but our popup is sold and we now have a 23' Travel Trailer. I had not checked in to the Popup Portal for some time, but apparently a recent registration to another site (RV Life?) started generating email messages linked to the Popup Portal. So I returned to browse some topics and see if any of the friends from years back are still around.

Main reason for the change is we are now retired and have transitioned from weekend campouts and week-long visits to a single destination, to more of a "travel" mode where we are taking longer trips and often just overnighting in a spot on the way to somewhere else.

We had 14 great years with our 2005 Jayco Baja 10Z. Many trips to the Arizona high country, Colorado and California. The popup is a wonderful camp style, we especially liked the ability to unzip all the windows and let the breeze blow through. Very much "camping."

But after a couple of longer trips that involved overnights, we realized that the popup is not ideal for this style of travel. After many years of contemplation, we pulled the trigger on a new 2019 Nash 23D in September 2019. Gosh, been 2.5 years already. We have traveled to Oregon, Colorado, Ohio/Kentucky/Tennessee and are planning to visit Yellowstone/Grand Teton in September of this year.

So here is a shout out to @PopUpSteve, for a great site and many years of shared comaradarie. The highlight being the 2012 Arizona Spring Rally where we met a whole BUNCH of popuppers including PopUpSteve in a special guest appearance.

So here are a handful of pics of the old popup (now getting loving use by a former work colleague) and some pics of the new TT.

2012 Arizona Spring Rally:
original.jpg



The Baja 10Z and full glamping setup:
original.jpg


Carlsbad State Beach CA overlooking the ocean:
original.jpg


The new TT - Grand Mesa CO:
original.jpg


Meeman-Shelby State Forest - Memphis TN:
original.jpg


Washburne State Park OREGON:
original.jpg
And you have the right TV....It's refreshing
 

cjm0mmy

Member
Aug 22, 2012
70
Western NY
@teejaywhy - I dreaded learning how to dump the waste tanks. It is no where near as bad as I feared. My poo-adverse, sometime camping, buddy watched me do it last year, and admitted it wasn't so bad. (She wants a trailer of her own someday, I told her places to stop in and have someone dump for her were extremely few and far between.)
Mu biggest issue has been handling the connections with small, arthritic, and cranky hands. We finally have a fix for the two main connections, I'm
good.
My husband has small hands and I have arthritic hands so sometimes removing the caps to dump is tough. On another site, oil filter pliers were recommended to help remove the caps. Bought this one from amazon ASAP.
 

kitphantom

Super Active Member
Platinum Supporting Member
Dec 26, 2009
13,660
Albuquerque, NM
We have something called PVC pliers, which work great, except they too are too large for me to use one-handed. Courtenay made me a jig, basically a board with a slot in it that goes over the extension on the drain extension. That keeps it from rotating in either direction, so I have both hands to use to hook and unhook th ehoses and caps there. At the drain end, I discovered that the elbow into the sewer drain holds things steady there.
 




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