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Yellow Whale 05-21-2013 05:45 PM

Jeep camping
 
Show us what a camper looks like behind a jeep . We are thinking about getting a pop up.

rfortune 05-21-2013 06:06 PM

A buddy of mine just towed a pop up behind his TJ 6 cyl. through the north Georgia mountains (Helen and Hiawassee) with no problems. And to top it off he has no front sway bar because his discos are bent so badly he can't connect the links.

You should be fine pulling it in TN.

the Kolector 05-21-2013 06:09 PM

I have been interested in getting a popup as well. We would be taking 2 vehicles so the van could carry the majority if stuff we would take. We always camp at sites with modern conveniences so we wouldn't need a shower or toilet.

DozerJeeper 05-21-2013 07:25 PM

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Here's our pop up. The first picture is low because all of our travel gear was still in the back of the Jeep (We crossed a couple states to pick it up). The second picture is more accurate to how it sits.

Banditt135 05-21-2013 07:56 PM

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Rtone1583 05-21-2013 10:34 PM

Off your topic but, set up for tent camping.

Rack has enough space for the compressor and air tanks (hard mounted) plus my camp kitchen, stove, four camp chairs, and two tents without anyting being double stacked.

Leaves room inside for two coolers, 10lb propane tank, sleeping bags and other small stuff without the back window being totally obscured as well as spreading the load out a little bit. Cost of the rack, compressor, tanks, misc. parts and labor came in at about $4K.

http://www.quadratecforum.com/pictur...&pictureid=209

Michel347 05-22-2013 10:09 AM

Here is ours.

http://imageshack.us/a/img839/2267/jeepboler2.jpg

Dunkin_D 05-22-2013 10:31 AM

Anybody use a tent that attached to the back of the jeep? Also anybody have a cheap grill that attached to the hitch?

I am going camping a few times this summer and I dont need a camping trailer and was looking into getting a tent that attached or just a stand alone one.

Kssting 05-22-2013 11:58 AM

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We looked into the hitch mounted grills and there are some nice options out there but we couldn't find a cheap solution.

Here is our popup.

Rtone1583 05-22-2013 12:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Dunkin_D (Post 3781354)
Anybody use a tent that attached to the back of the jeep? Also anybody have a cheap grill that attached to the hitch?

I am going camping a few times this summer and I dont need a camping trailer and was looking into getting a tent that attached or just a stand alone one.

My secondary tent is one that attaches to the back of the Jeep. I think it's right at 10'x10' so the floor space is decent and the head space is pretty good but attaching it to the Jeep isn't worth it in my opinion.

You've got to set the tent up in an area where you have access to opposite sides of the tent, one side for walk in/out and the other for the Jeep hookup. I haven't had a situation that worked out for this in the places I go camping. Plus all that extra material for the Jeep dock makes for a hassle in setup, take down and storage. The tent packs down to approximately 24"L x 12"W x 8"D. Not sure how much it weighs but it definitely isn't light. Also, the only thing the dock can be used for is dry storage. The way it is made, the material bunches up around the exhaust so there is a fire hazard as well as CO poisoning hazard. And if you should want to take a day trip away from the camp site, it's not that quick and easy to disconnect/reconnect the dock to the Jeep.

I've got a Coleman 8 man tent for my primary that packs down to a 6"x6" or it might be a 8" x 8" square that is about 3.5 to 4 feet long and weighs about a quarter less than the Jeep tent. I picked this one up on sale at Cabela's for $130 about two years ago.

Long story short, you can find better tents at a better price than the Jeep tent.

Rtone1583 05-22-2013 12:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Kssting (Post 3781682)
We looked into the hitch mounted grills and there are some nice options out there but we couldn't find a cheap solution.

Here is our popup.


I looked into those a few years ago when they were Coleman branded. Are they still available new under a different brand? How have you liked it? Has it held up well? Have you actually been able to take it off the beaten path?

Dunkin_D 05-22-2013 12:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Rtone1583 (Post 3781699)
My secondary tent is one that attaches to the back of the Jeep. I think it's right at 10'x10' so the floor space is decent and the head space is pretty good but attaching it to the Jeep isn't worth it in my opinion.

You've got to set the tent up in an area where you have access to opposite sides of the tent, one side for walk in/out and the other for the Jeep hookup. I haven't had a situation that worked out for this in the places I go camping. Plus all that extra material for the Jeep dock makes for a hassle in setup, take down and storage. The tent packs down to approximately 24"L x 12"W x 8"D. Not sure how much it weighs but it definitely isn't light. Also, the only thing the dock can be used for is dry storage. The way it is made, the material bunches up around the exhaust so there is a fire hazard as well as CO poisoning hazard. And if you should want to take a day trip away from the camp site, it's not that quick and easy to disconnect/reconnect the dock to the Jeep.

I've got a Coleman 8 man tent for my primary that packs down to a 6"x6" or it might be a 8" x 8" square that is about 3.5 to 4 feet long and weighs about a quarter less than the Jeep tent. I picked this one up on sale at Cabela's for $130 about two years ago.

Long story short, you can find better tents at a better price than the Jeep tent.

Awesome - thanks for the great information. You helped me make up my mind.

Kssting 05-22-2013 12:18 PM

There is a company (Somerset) that is making a newer version but they aren't as rugged as the older models. Ours is a 2008 Fleetwood E2. The trailer has been great. We haven't had a single issue with it. We have taken it to several places around Utah and have taken into a few remote spots. Ours is the E2 and if I was going to really take it back country I would rather have the shorter E1.

Yellow Whale 05-23-2013 07:59 PM

Jeep camping
 
Good reply's if ever thing works out on the pop up I will post a pic.you got a pic post it

Steeljag 05-23-2013 08:49 PM

No ACs on those campers? You gotta have AC.......lol.

At least here you do!

scottmphoto 05-24-2013 12:01 AM

I'm going to order a Manley ORV this week...

socool79 05-24-2013 12:08 AM

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Here's my new tent trailer, maiden voyage this week end. So far can't even tell its back there.
6 SPD with 373s

Attachment 252962

scottmphoto 05-24-2013 12:10 AM

What model/make is that? Looks cool!

Suebabe 05-24-2013 12:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Michel347 (Post 3781290)

Cute trailer! Was your tow pkg on the jeep installed at the factory or did you have it done after?

Sue

Rtone1583 05-25-2013 11:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Kssting (Post 3781763)
There is a company (Somerset) that is making a newer version but they aren't as rugged as the older models. Ours is a 2008 Fleetwood E2. The trailer has been great. We haven't had a single issue with it. We have taken it to several places around Utah and have taken into a few remote spots. Ours is the E2 and if I was going to really take it back country I would rather have the shorter E1.


Thanks for the info. Took a look at them today. Can definitely see a difference between the original and the Somerset.

All things considered, especially with your personal experience, do you think it would be a good (or better) bet to look for a used Fleetwood E1?

Kssting 05-25-2013 12:13 PM

It really depends, we considered an E1 but we wanted the extra internal space and bathroom along with the larger front deck so we bought the E2. If I was to spend more time back country without the wife I would rather have the E1.

We have an equalizer hitch and brake controller and the trailer feels great behind the jeep. I am also thinking about building a door rack on the trailer deck so I can store the doors safely.

rebelman 05-25-2013 12:27 PM

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Originally Posted by socool79 (Post 3787627)
Here's my new tent trailer, maiden voyage this week end. So far can't even tell its back there.
6 SPD with 373s

What popup camper is that, I was thinking of getting something similar?

Michel347 05-27-2013 09:21 AM

@ Suebabe:

I took my JK with 3.73 gearing, this was already there, and then ordered the Mopar Hitch and wiring kit (7 pin as I installed a brake controler), took me 2 hours to install, I was taking my time, could be done in 1 hour.

That trailer is an old 1973 Boler.

It is light enough that when we bought it in '96, we had just a Dodge Neon at that time. But 3 weeks after that I changed for a '96 Cherokee Country, raised the trailer by 6 inches with a new axle, then restore and repaint. All in all it didn't cost me more than 3000 $.

When we got it.
http://imageshack.us/a/img26/3595/boler991.jpg

After restoration.

http://imageshack.us/a/img705/263/pict0107w.jpg

MBeshada 05-27-2013 09:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Michel347 (Post 3796593)
@ Suebabe:

I took my JK with 3.73 gearing, this was already there, and then ordered the Mopar Hitch and wiring kit (7 pin as I installed a brake controler), took me 2 hours to install, I was taking my time, could be done in 1 hour.

That trailer is an old 1973 Boler.

It is light enough that when we bought it in '96, we had just a Dodge Neon at that time. But 3 weeks after that I changed for a '96 Cherokee Country, raised the trailer by 6 inches with a new axle, then restore and repaint. All in all it didn't cost me more than 3000 $.

When we got it.
http://imageshack.us/a/img26/3595/boler991.jpg

After restoration.

http://imageshack.us/a/img705/263/pict0107w.jpg

Now THAT is cool!

Michel347 05-27-2013 10:33 AM

On these you can see how much ground clearance I got (11 inches), can take it to remote fishing spots, it's only 13 feet long from back to tongue.

http://imageshack.us/a/img7/3143/boler6.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img693/3489/pict0032nt.jpg

socool79 05-27-2013 10:43 PM

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Originally Posted by rebelman (Post 3791880)

What popup camper is that, I was thinking of getting something similar?

It's a 2013 Flagstaff 176LTD it's 8' all folded up 1400 lbs dry . About 18' opened up 9' tall. Fits in my garage set up.

Attachment 254545

bvanfossen 05-27-2013 10:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Michel347 (Post 3781290)
Here is ours.

Very neat camper!

Anyone tugging one with manual and 3.21's?

rebelman 05-28-2013 10:38 PM

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Originally Posted by socool79 (Post 3798699)

It's a 2013 Flagstaff 176LTD it's 8' all folded up 1400 lbs dry . About 18' opened up 9' tall. Fits in my garage set up.

Thanks for the info, I'm going to check one out.

Heat Miser 05-30-2013 08:31 PM

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Originally Posted by bvanfossen (Post 3798744)
Very neat camper!

Anyone tugging one with manual and 3.21's?

I don't have a travel trailer yet, but will get one soon. Right now, I have an M101A2 (decommissioned military trailer) that weighs almost as much as the Flagstaff mentioned above. I have a 2011 6-speed with 3.21s. I've had no issues towing this trailer loaded with camping gear or when moving my fiancee (now wife) from the east coast of Florida to the west coast. If you live in a mountainous region, you might want to get another opinion. Basically, I downshift when I need to; no worries. I hope this helps.

jkjeeper06 05-30-2013 08:36 PM

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Originally Posted by bvanfossen (Post 3798744)

Very neat camper!

Anyone tugging one with manual and 3.21's?

You're in luck having a 6 speed with the 3.21 instead of the auto. It makes it much better on any hills as you can prepare by preemptively downshifting. I did a little over 2,000 on my 2008 with 3.21 and a 6 speed. It did it fine and that was pretty hilly. I dont get great gas mileage towing, but who does


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