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Old 10-29-2018, 09:14 PM   #15
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There are some really nice pop ups available that youd love over tent camping. However, Im not sure theyd do well in those temperatures.
The difficult part is your very limited by your tow vehicle. Getting drug around by a swaying travel trailer can be terrifying. Your vehicle would be best suited to pop ups as far as towing comfort goes.
If you plan on upgrading the truck, do that first then you can size the trailer based on the new truck.
One warning though. Its addicting. 10 years from now you may be back here asking about a new 40 fifth wheel and duelly one ton truck......
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:41 AM   #16
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Just went TT

Earlier in this thread I posted about a new Flagstaff pup I had purchased. Today I traded for a Coleman Lantern 202 RD TT. I just took a three week road trip that involved a lot of overnighters. Stting up after a six hour driving day and taking down the next morning just got to be too much of a drag on my 67 year old body. Part of my trip was in CO where it hit 15 degrees at night. I stayed warm enough, but was sucking down propane at the rate of a tank a day. Pup's are drafty and I could see the curtain over the door blowing from the wind with the door closed. Because of all the time it took to setup in the afternoon, I never really got to enjoy any of the sights where I was overnighting. I'm going to enjoy the comforts of this TT.
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We camped in popups with our two boys until the older one was in college and I know what you mean about cold weather camping. We didn't do that much cold weather camping and lived in the western NY area.

If you really want to stay with your current vehicle, you can get a popup with a toilet or wet bath and use electric blankets and a furnace. But if you do a lot of cold weather camping, you would love a trailer. You have a toddler, so consider if you plan to have any additional children. If so, try to purchase a large enough trailer so that you can keep it for quite a few years and not outrow it.

If you're going to get a new truck, consider getting a 3/4 or 1 ton truck so you have the capacity to tow a larger and heavier trailer. If you can swing it, try to get a true 4 season trailer such as Arctic Fox or Lance and you would really be setup for cold weather and mountain camping. The extra insulation in a 4 season trailer will make it much more efficient when running the propane furnace and double pane windows avoid having the condensation problem of single pane windows. Over the long haul, if you buy the right rig now, you can keep it for 10 years or longer and avoid spending more $$ because you need a bigger rig as the kid(s) gets bigger.

Whatever you do....keep camping! Our best family memories are traveling and camping! Although we moved up to a travel trailer and now a MH, I still miss sleeping under canvas on a nice cool evening and looking up at the stars.....or watching the skunks cross under the bunk end!!
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