Women-Owned Popups!

Discussion in 'Camper Pre-Purchase Questions' started by spearmint, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. spearmint

    spearmint New Member

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    Are there any?

    I am considering buying a small one (have car to tow it) but after reading many of the messages ont he forum, I am wondering if I can handle the maintenance myself - repairs, winterizing, cleaning, etc.

    Any thoughts?

    There ought to be a folder here for women owners lol!
     
  2. mercman

    mercman Go Ahead, Be That Happy Camper!

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    I imagine you will do fine with it. There relatively easy to use and maintain. Hardest part is cranking it up IMO and even that shouldn't be a decisive factor(unless you have a bad back)I say go for it. Life is too short to worry about the small stuff.
    Enjoy.

    Chris

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    Nights Camped 2007 ~ 12 and counting!
     
  3. Campsnoopy

    Campsnoopy New Member

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    Welcome Spearmint,

    I am a single female and I bought my pop-up two years ago...best thing I ever did. I find the up keep is not so bad. I have not done and major renovations like many have but I have kept it in great condition. I don't use the sink or the stove inside so I don't have much "winteriziing" to do. I do put bounty sheets inside and shut it down for the winter. I also put sheets in all of the possible openings when it is closed. I cover it with a tarp so the snow does not melt and seep inside.

    good luck and I hope you enjoy.....

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  4. PaulasPup

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    Hi Spearmint,
    I am like you. I wanted a camper so badly. So I researched some and in May bought a small 1996 Starcraft Meteorite. It is a 8 ft box, with a double size bed on each side, and surprizingly...lots of room in the middle. I was worried about the hitching up, cranking up and all that too. But I have found that I am able to do it all myself much better than I dreamed! I took it to a dealer to be serviced, wheel bearings packed, new vent put on top, etc....greased lifters, etc. But other than that I think I can do most other things. I camp alone with my dog so far (unless someone else comes along in the future..haha).

    Anyway, make sure your vehicle can handle what you get, take it easy on the road, and you'll be fine. I had to get comfortable with a routine of hooking up and making sure I had everything attached properly, etc. The only thing that really was hard to learn was the backing up into spaces. It gradually is getting better, just takes practice.

    I figured if I wanted to camp, I better learn how to do it on my own. Used to camp many years ago in a tent with family, but this PUP stuff if all different with the setup.

    Have fun!

    Paula-'48 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_kisses.gif border=0 align=middle>
    my boston terrier 'kid'-Chance <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_hotdog.gif border=0 align=middle>
    Starcraft Meteorite '96 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle>Mazda Tribute '06..this will be my first season with NTM pup
     
  5. josephm

    josephm New Member

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    Hi there Spearment,
    We have a mid-sized(10ft. box)and my wife can set it up alone. If you are thinking of a NEW camper I would recomend a Rockwood 1640Ltd. It is only 11 1/2 ft in the closed mode(8ft.box)and only weights 1353lbs unloaded, and even comes with HEATED beds as standard.I've seen 07 models go from 4995.00 to 5300.00 well equiped,stove,furnace 3way fridge. The Viking compers have a waist high lifting system that saves the back.
    Good luck and SHOP AROUND ! Joseph & Diana

    Pappy
     
  6. campinglady01

    campinglady01 New Member

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    Oh yes I think you will do fine. Just get out there and do it!!!
    Take it slow and easy at first. I had my doubts in the beginning also ( I still dont like interstates)But I have overcome the fears and only looking at great times ahead.
    You can do it!!!!!!!!!!


    pskrakeel
     
  7. candleems

    candleems Member

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    I own my own, too! It just took practice. I can actually say I'm pretty good at backing up now, too!

    Have fun!

    Barb '74, DH '63, DD '02
    York, PA
    2004 Kia Sedona, 1994 Jayco 1006ST
     
  8. Luv2ridebikes

    Luv2ridebikes New Member

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    We've been to 2 GLPUC campouts this year. There were singles (female) at each campout. I know other single women in the club that have camped with us as well. If camping appeals to you, give it a go!

    Steve& Deb (the boys are grown & gone)
    Aspen & Riley (the 4 legged children)
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  9. mooskie

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    I own my own also. I do have a "bunk mate" but I put it up and take it down. I'm not sure if he knows how to do it alone. He helps tuck the canvas pulls it most of the time. I have taken it out alone with my grandaughter (6) and did just fine. If you don't get one with a water heater there is very little winterizing to do.

    mooskie
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  10. crabbyabby

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    Hi Spearmint,

    I am a single parent (female). I bought a pu last winter and just love it. My son is disabled so he can't really help with set-up but it only takes me about 30 min's start to finish. Much easier than setting up a tent by myself. I take my pu to Camparama for tires, wheel bearings etc. but I am able to handle other issues myself. As for towing, it tows easy but I too have trouble backing it up. Most campground managers are very nice and will back it for you if needed. So far we have been lucky with pull-through sites. Before you buy one, please consider your tow vehicle. Take your car to the dealer and find out how much you can tow, and remember that weight is for the camper and all the stuff you take along. Have fun and let us know what you decide!!!

    Abby
     
  11. happpybooker1

    happpybooker1 New Member

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    It's just me & my son & I do all the hooking up/unhooking, set up etc. myself or with son's help. I've BRIBED my brother into doing a few mods for me, & talking me through some others but since I live in TX there's no 'winterizing' to be done -- LOL! We go out at least once a month during the school year & take at least 3 week-long trips during the summer. We love it!

    Me (mature) <img src=../Images/flags/us-Texas.gif border=0 align=middle>
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    36 nights camped in '06!
    31 nights camped in '07 (so far!)
     
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    I am a widow & have been pulling and setting up for the past 2 years. Just take your time you can do it!!
     
  13. Vic Kessler

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    We live in Michigan also.We bought a new Rockwood 1640 LTD from Lowery's RV in Davisberg Mi got a good deal $4500. My back is not so good But this PUP sets up easy It takes 45 turns on the front crank to get it all the way up. I'm in the process of installing a power lift winch on it now.Then I'm sure the DW could set it up by herself.And she is 61
     
  14. Sputster

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    I think that a woman with a PUP is a good thing... Improves the already magnificant scenery <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle>
    Somethin tells me I'm in trouble now.<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>


    Sean, Carol,
    Bambi and Mia (our two min pins)
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    '04 Flagstaff 625D

    Edited by - Sean Ware on August 14 2007 15:49:10
     
  15. deedee300

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    I'm a single gal and I used to have a small PUP and had no problems with it, except when it came to backing it in to the site. I really did try, I practiced and practiced some more. Usually ended up with a kind stranger backing it in for me. Finally gave up and sold it to my brother.

    I bought a Kamparoo Cub which was light enough to push around by hand by myself! But, it only slept two. Usually that was not a problem, but if my DD wanted to bring a friend it was. So after much searching on the internet I purchased my current mini PUP. It will sleep four, but sleeps two really comfy! You can push it around by hand too. It is so light you hardly notice it when you are towing.

    Since you are State side, maybe you should check out the Aspen Ambassador. There is a link to it on the main page. The Aspen is what I originally wanted but the Canadian $ to the US $ wasn't so great back then, also the trip was quite far. These pretty much have zero maintenance. Just really looking after the tires & bearings.

    I now can camp without the worry of backing in!!!

    Me '65 & DD '89 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle>
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    Edited by - deedee300 on August 17 2007 08:48:36
     
  16. PopUpSteve

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    I'm sorry but I have to say it, "WHERE ARE ALL THESE SFCs (Single Female Campers) WHEN I GO CAMPING?". <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle>

    Good catch here ladies. I not only have my own camper, but a web site too. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_lol.gif border=0 align=middle>

    Steve
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    HI and I would not worry too much about setting up, coz the only time I had to try to set up alone, one of the park rangers came over and cranked for me. Now, I am not a beauty, just looked a bit haggard I guess. LOL.... Usually DH cranks and then I finish setting up. But, a woman can do anything a man can do, may take a little longer, but, it still comes to the finish. Have fun!!

    DW Bobbie
    DH Sonny
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  18. spearmint

    spearmint New Member

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    Well, as soon as I get a popup, I might be one of them! lol

    What is your web site address?
     
  19. deedee300

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    I don't see a lot of SMC's when I'm out. Maybe we need to have a single's camping rally!:)

    Me '65 & DD '89 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle>
    2004 Saturn VUE <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle>
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    SFC / SMC, guess I need to start a new forum. I'll have to restrict that one. And spearmint, welcome to my web site, here's the address: www.popupportal.com <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

    Steve
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