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momof4
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by momof4 on June 7th, 2010

We are looking at taking a long road trip -- weighing the options between a pop up camper and staying in hotels along the way.

Renting a pop up is super pricey for some reason. Buying one is not that bad. We are thinking of buying and selling it after the trip. Anyway... those of you with experience in this type of lodging, what other costs are there with using one? I know there will be campsite charges. What do those usually run? What other costs?

Does anyone here have one for sale?

Any advice is much appreciated!
Thanks,
felicia
 
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sloneycho
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by sloneycho on June 7th, 2010

Oh Felicia. Between "The Long Long Trailer" and National Lampoon's "Vacation" I'm just giggling like a school girl on a long family vacation.

Sorry I don't have any advice. I've always gone the hotel route on road trips -- even as a child in a family of six.

-steve
 
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Melanie Walter-Mahoney
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by Melanie Walter-Mahoney on June 8th, 2010

Felicia-
I would love to talk with you about trailer travel. Please feel free to call me or come by our house on TM; you know where we are. I even have a trailer you might want to borrow. That goes for others.

Melanie W-M
 
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David H.
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by David H. on June 8th, 2010

Felicia,

Friends don't let friends buy/use pop-ups!

I have just a few words about the "pop up" experience and idea: don't do it! Here's the thing you should think about. Setting it up and taking it down is not fun (but easier) and it gets old after the first couple of times. I remember thinking after the 2nd or 3rd time, "what the hell was I thinking". You have to also think about the "potty situation" if it comes with it. You'll need to empty the tank and or find parks with dumping stations (they don't all have them). That can be problematic. If you get a pop up without one, then you have to use public bathrooms (not all parks have them). Sites depending on features (electricity, water, dumping stations, etc.) can run anywhere from 25-40 dollars per day, more or less. I've paid up to 45 in some places. Some places take reservations; some do not. If you get tire trouble, it can be hours to get help to get it fixed. This happens a bunch and it's not a great experience.

There is so much to think about: I've only named just a few issues. I say if you're into a adventure and don't mind thinking through all of these kinds of simple problems to solve, go for it. Otherwise, do hotels. Honestly, you can enjoy yourself much more and it will probably be cheaper in the long run AND, more importantly, less stressful!!! David
 
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John Guest
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by John Guest on June 8th, 2010

Felicia: My advice idol, Matt Foley, previously well-known motivational speaker on SNL, probably said it best regarding use of pop up trailers - - - "before you know it, you'll find yourself living in a trailer down by the river . . . eating government cheese." I vote for hotels. John
 
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momof4
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by momof4 on June 8th, 2010

Okay, after laughing hysterically at y'all's responses... we are thinking hotels are our friends :)

We were trying to save a little dough and add a tiny bit to the adventure side, but it sounds like we won't save any money and will add way too much to the adventure side!

John, lawd knows I don't want to live down by the river and I bet gov't cheese is not organic :) Thanks for reminding me of that hilarious skit!

And David, I had not thought of the "potty situation" you referred to -- that is a deal breaker for me. Ew.

Those who know me well know I am a city girl at heart. I think small town motels will be about as outdoorsy as I want to get.

As usual, Mueller rocks ~
Felicia
 
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Joe Zabreznik
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by Joe Zabreznik on June 9th, 2010

Felicia,

If you remember Karen, Zoey and I took a two month road trip last year with a 16' hard sided trailer. We have plenty of advice if you want to come by and chat sometime. We've also owned three Airstreams (2 trailers & and one of those cool old Airstream Motorhomes that look like their trailers) so we have plenty of experience with regard to camping, parks, dump stations along the way, boondocking, etc. On our last trip we mainly stayed in the trailer but when we found we got cabin fever we rented a hotel and strectched out a little.

Joe Z.
 
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sloneycho
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by sloneycho on June 9th, 2010

Wait. I do have a piece of advice. The last U-Haul I rented was a 26 foot "Super Mover." I managed to destroy a business' $3000 street sign with it. Normal auto insurance doesn't cover vehicles over a certain weight, even if you have rental coverage. So take the insurance from the rental company, or talk to your agent first!
 
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tj1407
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by tj1407 on June 11th, 2010

Jay and I took Lauren and Orion (Ty wasn't born yet) on a 1 month road trip with a pop-up. We actually loved it, we got quite efficient at putting the thing up and down. Everyone had their job and it was nice to be able to relax in it afterwards. Ours did not have a potty, so we just didn't deal with that. I wouldn't do it to save money though, since you will probably break even, although having all our own food and doing our own cooking I"m sure saved us some. Have fun! - Torie
 
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