Thinking about buying a camper

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  1. Regulator623

    Regulator623 12 pointer

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    The wife and I do a lot of camping each year, but the sleeping in a tent is starting to get rough on the bones...I'm looking for some opinions on getting one of the nicer pull-along campers...are they a money pit to own?
     
  2. DH13

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    To me not a money pit at all. 5 years now been camping in one after using a tent. Me and my Cuz would go to Ky lake and tent camp for a week in a tent. But 5 years ago my wife retired and she was ready to go camping and fishing. I told her you wont like it in a tent. She said well lets go look at campers. So we did. Found a good used one and bought it bumper pull 24 foot one slide out. Stayed a month in it for 4 years at lake. January this year we traded it in on a new one. They gave us trade in value on the old one more than we gave for it 4 years ago. Bought a 2018 30 footer 2 sliders. Stayed a month again in it this spring. SO WORTH THE MONEY and BEATS A TENT.
     
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  3. Regulator623

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    If you do not mind me asking...about what does the annual upkeep run..insurance, tags, taxes, etc.?
     
  4. DH13

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    It isn't bad. I will look it up and get back to ya. Worth the cost to us.
     
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  5. carnivore

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    I would strongly suggest buying used. Lots of 2-3 year old campers out there that people barely used and decide to sell for much less than they paid.
     
  6. Regulator623

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    That's what I'm finding out...
     
  7. xbokilla

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    I got a little Apache pop up that you can see if you look at an older thread “Anybody Camping”. We don’t camp a lot but just getting up off the ground makes a big difference sometimes. No way would I ever get my wife to go if it were a tent on the ground. We are actually taking it out for a night this weekend. Good luck. Agree with above on a nice used one.
     
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  8. DH13

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    That's what we did. Bought a 2005 Forrest River. Kept it 4 years. Then bought a new one
     
  9. bgkyarcher

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    If you don't mind me asking, what price range would that be? How many did it sleep?
     
  10. DH13

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    The 2005 we bought it 2013 for 5 grand. Had a slide out 28 foot long. It slept 6. Bedroom couch folded out and kitchen table made a bed. We traded it in for a new 2018 30 footer dealer gave us 5500 trade in value on it. BUT ONE THING TO LOOK FOR IN A CAMPER. STORAGE SPACES. Got to have room to store things put things you need in the camper.
     
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  11. carnivore

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    Do you find it easy to keep the canvas in good shape or is it a PITA? Dad always made sure it was aired out and dried out in our garage after we got home from a trip before putting it up and that seemed to make a huge difference.
     
  12. xbokilla

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    The guy I bought it from had replaced the canvas tent top once so it’s in decent shape. The canvas storage/travel cover that was on it got rough and got hard to stretch and snap so I broke down a few years ago and had a bigger roomier cover made for it. I need to garage park it to keep it out of the elements but don’t have that capability right now.
     
  13. carnivore

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    Lol, I have 4 garage spots and the only vehicle that stays inside is the tractor. I clean up everything twice a year and with a month life happens and the vehicles end up back outside.
     
  14. xbokilla

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    I live in Lex and the thing that drives me the craziest is no storage. I have my trailer and 4 wheeler in my garage and the rest is a mess! I need man space!
     
  15. ptbrauch

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    I had a pop up for a few years. Then I got to thinking and realized that it was really just a glorified tent. So I went back to tents and invested in some nice cots and sleeping pads. This way, I'm still off the ground and storage is not an issue.
     

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