most comfortable popup camper - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 08-05-2013, 07:19 AM   #1
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 298
most comfortable popup camper

first, let me state that i've searched the forums for info and found some helpful, but my question is a bit different.

I have an 08 JKU and also have a Subaru Tribeca, both have 3500 lbs max towing (i have superchips and transmission cooler, tribeca also has transmission cooler)

I'm looking for the most comfortable popup camper (or ideas how you made your camper super comfortable). Something comfortable that someone with back problems (herniated disc, compresses disc, etc) will have no issues sleeping on (obviously tent camping is out of the picture).

Aside from the comfy bed, I strongly prefer one with heat and a/c (this is option on most that I've seen and probably not an issue with the right amount of money).

Normally this camper will be used for mostly 2 people, but up to 4 or even 6 would be OK if that's what I takes to get what I need/want.


Thanks in advance.

DM6156 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-05-2013, 07:22 AM   #2
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 615
How about a teardrop trailer?

zenman is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-05-2013, 07:45 AM   #3
Jeeper
 
tae73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Mid Missouri
Posts: 409
Images: 1
I have a coleman cobalt its small enough to pull behind a 2dr comes in at 1350lbs. The bed wasnt the most comfortable but I added a 3" foam pad. Check out www.popupportal.com
tae73 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-05-2013, 08:12 AM   #4
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 298
Quote:
Originally Posted by zenman View Post
How about a teardrop trailer?
That's an option as well, as long as it meets the comfort and weight requirements. I didn't specifically mention these as they are generally heavier and the lighter ones are generally more expensive than popups.
DM6156 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-05-2013, 08:15 AM   #5
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 298
Quote:
Originally Posted by tae73 View Post
I have a coleman cobalt its small enough to pull behind a 2dr comes in at 1350lbs. The bed wasnt the most comfortable but I added a 3" foam pad. Check out www.popupportal.com
I will check it out, thanks.

I was thinking at a minimum I can swap out the foam bed or add a memory foam pad or possibly a mattress - I have a queen size in my spare bedroom my family raves about being the best mattress they've slept on.
DM6156 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-05-2013, 08:34 AM   #6
Jeeper
 
tae73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Mid Missouri
Posts: 409
Images: 1
You just have to be mindful how thick it is, after adding mine it made closing it up a little tougher.
tae73 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-05-2013, 08:45 AM   #7
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 298
Quote:
Originally Posted by tae73 View Post
You just have to be mindful how thick it is, after adding mine it made closing it up a little tougher.
good point! thanks for the reminder.

I've contacted a local dealer to get some more information. They have some small pictures and not much details on their website. One model I found seems to be a dealer specific model (I didn't find it on vendor website).
DM6156 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-05-2013, 08:49 AM   #8
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 86
Im sure alot of new pop ups are coming this way now, but our forest river palomino has heated memory foam mattresses. Ive slept fantastic on them every time weve gone camping. The camper came standard with heating and wired for A/C.
DozerJeeper is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-05-2013, 11:35 AM   #9
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 156
We just picked up an older Fleetwood popup. My thoughts:
- With a bad back you could require some assistance opening and closing it up. Sliding the beds in and out can requiring some force.
- The foam mattress isn't fantastic. If you upgrade you'll need to make sure the new one will fit. There is just enough space on ours for the top to close.
- When I tent camp I'll bring an aerobed. I sometimes thing this thing's more comfortable than my bed at home.
OffRoadWarrior is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-05-2013, 02:43 PM   #10
Jeeper
 
unusedusername's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 341
Quote:
Originally Posted by DM6156 View Post
That's an option as well, as long as it meets the comfort and weight requirements. I didn't specifically mention these as they are generally heavier and the lighter ones are generally more expensive than popups.
Teardrops are not heavier then popups that I have seen while empty. They may weigh more loaded though as you really cant "load" a folded pop up. Teardrops are smaller though as the interior is just a bed.

I found that pricing between the two is similar as well, if you compare by feature, although teardrops are much harder to find used.

If you get heat/ac do you plan to power it from shore power or are you bringing a generator? Will you want the generator built into the trailer so you won't have to lift it?

I've never seen a popup with a built in generator... I have seen a generator mounted to a roof rack on a teardrop...

Also, popups require a non-trivial amount of work to open them, unless you find an automatic open/close one ($$$). Opening and closing them requires some back stretching and pressing... Might be a concern...
unusedusername is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-05-2013, 06:28 PM   #11
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: MI
Posts: 256
Quote:
Originally Posted by OffRoadWarrior View Post
- With a bad back you could require some assistance opening and closing it up. Sliding the beds in and out can requiring some force.
Maybe try out Livinlite. They make the Jeep Mopar trailers.

The 13' version of their RV is 3000 lb GVWR which would be towable by both of the OPs vehicles.

With the queen bed version, you could put a real mattress down that meets your needs.

You can also upgrade to 15" "off road" wheels and luggy tires.

Camplite 13QBB Automotive Travel Trailer Overview | Livin' Lite RV
J_Westy is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-05-2013, 07:28 PM   #12
Jeeper
 
fireron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 228
How about Aliner? In some Nat'l Parks you cannot enter with a pop-up canvas trailer. With these you can.

Aliner - The original A-frame travel trailer
fireron is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-05-2013, 07:48 PM   #13
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 270
Cricket Trailer

Im looking at getting one of these.
msubrave is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-06-2013, 05:54 AM   #14
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 298
Quote:
Originally Posted by OffRoadWarrior View Post
We just picked up an older Fleetwood popup. My thoughts:
- With a bad back you could require some assistance opening and closing it up. Sliding the beds in and out can requiring some force.
- The foam mattress isn't fantastic. If you upgrade you'll need to make sure the new one will fit. There is just enough space on ours for the top to close.
- When I tent camp I'll bring an aerobed. I sometimes thing this thing's more comfortable than my bed at home.
It's not my back that's bad, so I'm good with doing the manual labor part.

The issue with tent camping is getting up/down from a ground either using sleeping bag/pads or air mattress.
DM6156 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-06-2013, 05:56 AM   #15
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 298
Quote:
Originally Posted by unusedusername View Post
Teardrops are not heavier then popups that I have seen while empty. They may weigh more loaded though as you really cant "load" a folded pop up. Teardrops are smaller though as the interior is just a bed.

I found that pricing between the two is similar as well, if you compare by feature, although teardrops are much harder to find used.

If you get heat/ac do you plan to power it from shore power or are you bringing a generator? Will you want the generator built into the trailer so you won't have to lift it?

I've never seen a popup with a built in generator... I have seen a generator mounted to a roof rack on a teardrop...

Also, popups require a non-trivial amount of work to open them, unless you find an automatic open/close one ($$$). Opening and closing them requires some back stretching and pressing... Might be a concern...
I'm ok with using a small generator. I thought the furnace was gas (propane) powered? My uncle had one when I was younger and his was propane powered I don't know what powers the A/C. Is it electricity?

It's not may back that's bad. So moving around a small generator, opening/closing the popup isn't an issue.

I haven't found a single used tear drop.
DM6156 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-06-2013, 05:57 AM   #16
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 298
Quote:
Originally Posted by fireron View Post
How about Aliner? In some Nat'l Parks you cannot enter with a pop-up canvas trailer. With these you can.

Aliner - The original A-frame travel trailer
I will check it out.

You can't enter or can't use it in some camp grounds? I know some area's of yellowstone are hardsided campers only.
DM6156 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-06-2013, 08:22 AM   #17
Jeeper
 
Emcom Jeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by DM6156 View Post

I'm ok with using a small generator. I thought the furnace was gas (propane) powered? My uncle had one when I was younger and his was propane powered I don't know what powers the A/C. Is it electricity?
.
Furnace uses propane to generate heat but uses 12V to run the fan to circulate heat. Your battery will be sufficient for limited heater use. Anything more and you will want shore power or generator.

The AC will need AC power. 20Amps.
__________________
-Marty
Attleboro, MA
08 JKU
Emcom Jeep is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-06-2013, 08:35 AM   #18
Jeeper
 
hipshot33's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Near Houston Texas
Posts: 331
I had a palomino hard sided popup for years ... loved it.. east to haul and set up.
__________________
We may lose and we may win, Though we will never be here again.
hipshot33 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-09-2013, 07:29 AM   #19
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 298
Quote:
Originally Posted by Emcom Jeep View Post
Furnace uses propane to generate heat but uses 12V to run the fan to circulate heat. Your battery will be sufficient for limited heater use. Anything more and you will want shore power or generator.

The AC will need AC power. 20Amps.
Good to know! thanks for the info! I'm ok with a generator or plugging in at a campground.

My oldest brother's father-in-law had a popup conversion van, it had heat (don't know if It had A/C only used it in fall), stove and fridge.. all propane powered. My uncle had a popup , but I was a child and didn't care at that age what it used
DM6156 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-09-2013, 09:06 AM   #20
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: South Phoenix
Posts: 298
Quote:
Originally Posted by msubrave View Post
Cricket Trailer

Im looking at getting one of these.
This is pretty cool if you don't have kids. I however have two younger ones so will need something a little more functional.

I'm loving the livinlite ones.
__________________
2012 JKU Sport Silver - Max Tow, Trac-Lok LSD, Auto, Sport S package, Hardtop.

MODS: See garage, bunch of fun stuff underway.
BacaraJKU is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-16-2013, 03:13 AM   #21
Jeeper
 
onetraveller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Alaska
Posts: 724
I have the Jayco 8' sport. It pulls easily and is fine for a couple or for two buddies going fishing. It feels a bit cramped with my 3 year old on a rainy day. I'd recommend either a 10' or 12' depending on how big your family is.

My battery charges from the tow vehicle. (You'll need to install the Mopar 7 pin harness and I also recommend adding a trailer brake controller.). The propane tank easily lasts a week with stove and light furnace use. Moving every couple of days keeps the house battery charged. I don't have a generator. I also don't have AC.

Be aware that you can't open the rear gate very far with the camper attached as the jeep's spare gets in the way.

The Ranch 9000xl shocks are pretty handy when towing. Crank them up for a little added control. You can also add a set of Firestone load helper airbags inside the rear coil springs if you end up loaded a little on the heavy side. Or install a set of the poly performance progressive coil springs.

Mike

__________________
2013 JKU Sahara, Commando Green - 2.5" Franken Lift - Rancho 9000xl shocks - 275/70r18 Cooper ST Maxx in summer - 265/70r18 Bizzaks in winter

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/re...ho-627602.html
onetraveller is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:43 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC