Where are the pups?

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  1. DJS12354

    DJS12354 Well-Known Member

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    Leaving Thursday morning for Detroit and will take another survey!
     
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    There was one other PUP at the CG we stayed at over Memorial Day weekend. We probably saw about 6 or 8 others while we were on the road.

    If Craigslist here (Seattle-Portland-Vancouver BC area) is any indication, the demand for pop ups has definitely increased over the past couple of years. Seems like one is going to pay up to have anything that is close to camping ready.

    We smiled when we saw what the $1900 we paid 2 years ago would get us today:

    https://bellingham.craigslist.org/tro/d/tent-trailer/6609181202.html
     
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    We see a few here in our area but not that many. I think right now in a 300 mile area I have seen 4 for sale.
     
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    Carbondale PA to Alliance OH stretch today and saw no pups. Quite a few other types, but not a pup in sight.
     
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    On our way from NC to GA tonight and saw just one on 95 headed north.
     
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    Alliance OH to Farmington Hills, MI. Saw 1 pup!
     
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    I was actually pleasantly surprised on our drive home from the beach yesterday. We passed several pups along the way, maybe as many as 10 over the 9 hour drive. And most of those were in the first stretch just outside Myrtle Beach with them on the way there. The biggest shock though was how many didn’t have air conditioners. In South Carolina in the summer :eek:
     
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    When we were at the dealer last week they sell a small hard side camper for $11K.
    The pop ups are just over $12K.

    That is the main reason you don't see as many pop ups.
    The hard side is so cheap inside tho, plus the added wind drag. I'd rather have a pop up.
     
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    Spent the weekend at Wild River State Park in MN. Didn't make a point of canvassing all the 5 loops, but of the ones we did, I saw 2 other pups besides ours. I'm convinced that the hybrid has replaced the functional spot formerly taken by the pup, as we saw a lot more hybrids. Of course there were the bigger TT's (and some very small ones) as well. The really big rigs can't really fit into this campground.

    I think the decline of the minivan has also spelled the decline of the pup. One of the other pups we saw was also pulled by a minivan. The pup is the perfect camping trailer for a minivan, whereas most TT's and hybrids need a bigger vehicle to tow it. As people have replaced their vans with larger SUVs they have no need to limit the towing capacity so there's really little need to not just get the TT. As for me, we love our now year old Pacifica, and our pup suits our camping needs just fine.
     
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    Will be interresting to see pup count tomorrow. We will be driving straight through from Farmington Hills, MI to Carbondale, PA. Will be making a stop at the dealer where we bought our pup to buy a gasket replacement in our pup's roof vent.
     
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    Gee, we've camped at Wild River State Park in WI. I didn't know there was one in MN too!

     
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    We can't say pop up's numbers are going up or down. Nonetheless, they fill our camp needs at this point.
     
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    One of my local dealers ordered none this year, the other ordered 6.
    They won't bother with them if they can sell $11K hard campers by the dozen.
    I don't even know how many of those they had on the lot. Quite a few.
     
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    Saw no more pups as we finished up our drive home. Expect to see a few this weekend!
     
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    We just got home today from our local campground, it was almost full with maybe 5 or 6 of the 70 spots open and including us there was 3 pups that I saw. I think TTs and motor homes are more common because most people want a home away from home, we went with a pup because we wanted a tent with AC.
     
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    If I was going to use an RV a lot, I'd want a Class C, or even one of the larger Class B rigs.
    Eventually that may be what we do when I can travel more for leisure.
    Right now, I'd rather have a pop up.
     
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    I will see 3-4 a day pass through Elkins, and bout the same number of TT's
     
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    Apparently, lots of PUPs have decided to spend the summer in the Cascades. [:D]

    On our trip this past weekend, we saw about 15 on the road- everything from brand new to vintage 1970's. There were also two others in our little corner of the campground.
     
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    Just got back from the Black Hills, where every third vehicle on the road is a camper :) We saw a few pop-ups, but it was definitely the minority. We camped at Stockade Lake South in Custer State Park for a few nights, there was one or two other pop-ups there plus a pretty large a-liner. Then we moved to the much bigger (read "huge") Mt. Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch. We didn't tour the entire facility (again, it's huge) but there were several other pop-ups there. But "several" out of hundreds, maybe 1000 campers we saw over the few nights, definitely made us feel like a minority.

    But that's ok, we like our camper and will continue to use it.
     

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