Women-Owned Popups!

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

  1. spearmint

    spearmint New Member

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    Good one! I didn't realize you were the top man! lol
     
  2. PopUpSteve

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    We have to be politically correct, that's "Top Person". <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_lol.gif border=0 align=middle>

    Steve
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  3. threebeachboys

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    Well, I am approaching the 1/2 century mark . . . about 12 years ago, I decided to purchase a small pop-up so that I could take oldest DS to the beach. I am a real "city-slicker" (my prior favorite hobby was shopping) & was totally clueless. But I bought an older used Coleman & towed it w/a Jeep Cherokee. Had a great time with it - did everything by myself most of the time! DH joined us when he could, but really wasn't into it as much. I then found out that while I LOVE the beach, I also loved camping!

    Then along came DSs #2 & #3. . . .purchased a new, small 8' box Rockwood. Again, DH joined us when he could, but mostly me & the kids. Camphosted for 6 weeks for 3 summers in it!

    I now have an '05 Niagara. Still can manage everything by myself. Tomorrow morning I am taking my 2 younger boys & 3 of their friends to the state park for an overnight trip!

    I'll admit it is easier when I have DH and/or my older boy with me, but I can still manage by myself! It may take me a bit longer & I may be featured someday on "America's Funniest Home Videos", but we are having a whole mess of fun!

    Pam
     
  4. jthomas124169

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    I'm a single female and own my own PU. I'll be 50 next summer and yes the Mackinaw bridge and I are about the same age. The bridge turns 50 in Nov and seeing how we camp in northern Michigan my family and friends just can't get enough cracks in about me being the same age as the bridge. I camp M-F from mid June to the end of Aug., I work weekends for Home Depot. I camp with my daughter and her 2 sons and a retired female friend, who likes to cook. I don't like to cook so its nice to have a personal chef along....LOL<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_lol.gif border=0 align=middle>. We have setting up and taking down to a fine science. My friend and daughter are on the foo foo side, I'm not, and the first time they set up the screen house as I was setting up the PU I looked over and saw screen house was upside down! They have gotten much better. Hay Shaenn if you don't mind short, fat, and not into foo foo I'm the gal for you<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle> <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_blush.gif border=0 align=middle>.

    Julie <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_hardhat.gif border=0 align=middle>
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    Edited by - jthomas124169 on August 18 2007 12:19:52
     
  5. slicvickie

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    Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't, shouldn't, might not want to, etc.! If you want to do something bad enough, you will work it out.

    I've just dumped my Class C motorhome and bought a brand spanking, sparkly new 2007 Rockwood 2516G. I hardly even notice it behind my truck, even though it is huge when I open it up! Last weekend I took my DD and a friend, and the weekend before I took my 11 year old DD and her entire scout troop (6 girls) along with one rather (camping challenged) scout leader. Not bad for just turning 50 years young!

    Pup is 7 weeks old and been camping 6 weekends already. This weekend we're off to Duluth with the kayaks on top!
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    I'm even ready to start some mods!<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_wrench.gif border=0 align=middle>

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    Sorry Julie, but Mackinaw is a bit of a trip for me. It would make my morning commute a little difficult.

    Steve
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  7. deedee300

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    Steve,

    How about Canada!!!! Job market is absolutely booming here. I've wondered how someone who loves the outdoors (and cats!) could be single!? Mind you, I'm single too. People are missing out here!

    Me '65 & DD '89 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle>
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  8. PopUpSteve

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    I do like Canada, it's so clean! But Red, White, and Red <img src=../Images/flags/ca.gif border=0 align=middle>. Sorry and no offense to our neighbors to the North but like a blue sky on a beautiful day of camping, I need some blue in my flag too <img src=../Images/flags/us.gif border=0 align=middle>. I honestly can not see myself living anywhere but the US of A. Beside, I'm too old to learn a new language. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

    Steve
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    <i>When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.</i>
     
  9. mkelley7

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    hi - sorry to intrude on the matchmaking going on here, but just wanted to put my two cents in about being a single camping female. spearmint, i too had reservations about owning a pop up, and definitely was intimidated at first by the thought of hitching it to my auto, popping up, maintaining it, etc. but then as i began looking around at some of the bozo's who pull trailers (going soooo fast, driving recklessly, having potentially precarious tie down situations/that is, crap that is ready to fly off their trailers only to possibly land directly on my windshield, etc.), i said to myself, "if these yahoos can figure out how to pull a trailer (to some half-baked degree i suppose), well so can i. you just need to get someone to teach you how to hook it to your tow vehicle and practice. then pop up the trailer a bunch of times in your driveway. your neighbors will love this. take your time when practicing to back up (in a big, vacant parking lot). READ THE POP UP MANUAL FROM COVER TO COVER. it isn't hard, just do like all the other ladies said, and take your time. have faith in yourself, read, ask questions, and take your time. i am sooooo happy i started camping. so are my two boys. we spent 4 weeks camping in northern michigan this summer, and are planning to spend six weeks camping there next summer. i too wish there were more camping females. it seems that all my girlfriends aren't interested in camping unless their spouses come too. too bad for them i suppose. sorry so lengthy - it's just that i wish more women would have the faith in themselves to attempt camping on their own. it is wonderful. best of luck to you!

    mek - camping mom
    ds 12
    ds 5
    sammie- camping dog
    mjs - couch loving, non-camping husband

    Edited by - mkelley7 on September 02 2007 09:39:48
     
  10. deedee300

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    Well, since deciding to sell "the mini" due to back problems (lid too heavy to lift), I'm now contemplating my next purchase. I have decided that I WILL LEARN to back up properly and will get the smallest "full size" pu I can find. I know that I can do it, I have done it before. I just get very flustered when someone is waiting for me to get backed in so they can get by.

    Steve, when I do get my new pu the first thing I'll say is "Beauty, eh?!"

    Me '65 & DD '89 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle>
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  11. jthomas124169

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    Shaenn, some people are soooooooo picky. Mackinaw is to far, the flag has no blue in it. What do you want someone who lives near you? <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

    Julie <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_hardhat.gif border=0 align=middle>
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    Edited by - jthomas124169 on September 03 2007 11:26:46
     
  12. jthomas124169

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    There is no reason that a woman can't own a PU or camp on their own. The hardest part is raising the roof and if you get a drill with a socket Gennie it easy, even with out the drill its not that hard, just take breaks when you get tired. As far as hooking up, driving, and backing up women can do it just as easily as men, as far as it know, (now how do I put this as to keep this G rated, OK how about,) the guys don't use their out door plumbing for hooking up, driving, backing up and setting up the PU.

    Julie <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_hardhat.gif border=0 align=middle>
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  13. RkyMountainRose

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    I'm divorced with two kids, and I'm 30 years old. I LOVE to camp, and I refuse to "not" do something just because I don't have a guy to do it with me. I don't like missing out, and I don't want to look back in a few years and be sad because I didn't get to do the things I wanted to. Besides, I feel like I am being a good role model for my daughter, showing her that us girls can do things without a man around.
    I'm lovin' it!

    Rose '77
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    "Well behaved women rarely make history."
     
  14. PJJ

    PJJ Our "Spirit Healer"

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    All I saw was "women owned". That's me!! After over 50 years camping and backpacking all over the west, I am now in New England and LOVE my little Fleetwood Taos popup!!

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Camping"> Just the two of us

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> "Spirit Healer"
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    That's me,too. I've never thought that there was
    anything that I couldn't do because I'm a woman. I built the backyard fences,added on a room, ect. What slows me down more is aging or kids pestering.Anything is worth a try!

    1997 GMC Jimmy,1978 Coleman Concord
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  16. jthomas124169

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    Cabinlady, I agree with you 100%. I've also added a room onto my house by my self, ran my own construction company, was maintenance supervisor for 200 town houses, and now work for Home Depot. You name it I can do it.

    Julie(58) DD(81) 2 DGS(98)&(02) DF(42)
    I'd keep playing. I don't think the heavy stuff will come down for a while.
     
  17. pixel

    pixel Campers: Nature's way of feeding mosquitoes. Unkn.

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    My kids gave me the pop up (with help of the DH) for mother's day. I tow it everywhere, back it up into the spaces, and set it up all by myself. I do all the repairs for it as well. My DH works too much, so it falls on me. Although, I am not complaining. I like it. It is even titled in my name.



    The name of our pup is: 'From the PUP's" (from the "Kids")

    Pixel

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    I am a female camper, and bought the popup when my rheumatoid arthritis didn't allow me to packup, set up a tent, etc. When looking for the Popup, I wanted AC and a potty, and ended up buying a Fleetwood Niagara, which I love. When buying it, I tried to look 5-10 years into the future - would health issues prohibit camping, would I need to sell it, etc.? So, got all the amenities I could figuring it better to have and not use than not have an want/need. Plus, figured it would be good for resale should the need arise.

    I quickly learned to hook up solo (bought a 'Couple-mate'), tow, back in (practiced in empty school parking lot on a Sunday morning), and set up. I did buy a socket Jenie, but could not afford the cost of the non-electric drill, so bought a heavy duty electric drill which has been a life saver when I'm too pooped to crank manually.

    I've never felt that owning a pup towing, setting up to be a 'man thing'. And, there are few things that I won't try to do myself. I have found that by reading all of the owners manuals and amenity user guides, I can and have done most of the maintenance myself. No reason a woman can't!
     
  19. LynnAllen02

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    Steve: You don't see them, I told them to bring two chairs and a pair of workboots for by the steps of the Pup! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_lol.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Laugh Out Loud"> <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_lol.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Laugh Out Loud"> <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_lol.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Laugh Out Loud">

    DH and I do all the projects together, I think the winterizing could be done by a female, I have not done it by myself, but think I have the physical strength to do the job.

    Packing the wheel bearings and fixing vents and stuff like that I think I would not be able to do. I read the directions, understand the job and help where I can, but there are just some things I am not strong enough to do.

    But I do think there is plenty of information on here and other resources so that if a woman wanted to do these things a woman could do them!

    But a mechanic in the background willing to help you wouldn't hurt. And I don't think that mechanic has to be a dealer, packing wheel bearings and adjusting brakes and changing out vents can be done by any one, not just a dealer!

    Maybe someone else will chime in with a way to do the jobs I think I couldn't do!!!!

    Good Luck,
    Lynn

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    I bought my camper this year after struggling with a caravan .I love it and have plenty of room for my grandchildren,I am only single when camping because my other half is a wimp, but that doesn't stop me having a great time,there doesn't seem to be a lot of single campers ? .
    I don't have any problem except threading the awning through on my own even befor raising the roof ,but I'm going to try a hook on the end of a bamboo pole,I believe where there is a will there is a way

    Doreen
     

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