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Old 02-03-2017, 11:08 AM   #1
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Purchasing a pop up camper for winter use

Afternoon all,

I do a lot of winter tent camping and was thinking
of getting a pop up for some trips. I already have a 35ft class A motorhome but don't dare drive it in Michigan winter conditions. I have a v6 4wd Toyota 4 runner with a 5000lb tow rating.

I have never towed a trailer before, would this be doable if there was snow on the road?

Also what would I expect to pay for a pop up in good condition?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 02-07-2017, 07:59 PM   #2
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As an alternative you might want to consider a small trailer i.e. Casita or teardrop. You do want to have brakes on what ever you buy, a touch on the brake controller can straighten out a slide . I have a large teardrop and went with all season Michelin passenger car tires (load rating for each tire is the same as the weight of the entire trailer) and our Sunbaru Outback H6 does very well.
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A small trailer would be nice also, wider how much different it would be to tow than a pop up? A tear drop.wouod be similar.
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A small trailer would be nice also, wider how much different it would be to tow than a pop up? A tear drop.wouod be similar.
I would think pretty different. My son had that truck and really was limited to an all aluminum frame based setup. He tried to tow something larger based on perception of specs, but it didn't work out, even with lots of upgrades.
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I hear you on that Harry. I have decided not to get one.
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I hear you on that Harry. I have decided not to get one.
There are some all aluminum frame, open floor plan toy hauler trailers that could work. Just don't get carried away with the length and try to get full size tires, as noted previously by Shadowcatche.

Sometimes even a small trailer that can stay packed up with common tent camping items can be really handy, vs re-loading the truck each time. Something small, with maybe 1000 lb capacity. The big challenge that I see with many small trailers is insufficient suspension, which transmits the trailer bounce right up the hitch.
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Sounds good Harry, something like that would be handy for doing stuff at home also.
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