Making the Most of Your Pop-Up Camper Tent Trailer
Lightweight pop up tent trailers are some of the most popular of all pull-behind camping vehicles. They are less expensive than full-sized camper trailers and can be towed behind even lightweight vehicles.
They offer a comfortable alternative to traditional tent camping and allow travelers to take along a lot more gear than a vehicle alone can accommodate. Even small pop up tent trailers make it possible to plan family camping trips that can last several days. Your new pop up tent trailer allows you to camp with greater ease and comfort and will serve your family well for many years.
Your new pop up tent trailer opens up many exciting possibilities. As you become familiar with the basic function of your trailer you can begin to explore the many ways that this camping accessory can be used.
Camping with your trailer
Pop up tent trailers can be taken camping to just about any campground that offers reasonable access roads and a flat surface for parking. Since many lightweight pop up tent trailers lack the extensive wheel matrices that vehicles have, they cannot handle the unimproved roads that characterize so much of back country camping. Though your trailer can stand up to all kinds of conditions, most owners feel it is best to stick to managed roads and campgrounds. One good resource for camper-friendly camping is the Trailer Life Directory at http://www.trailerlifedirectory.com/. This website allows you to search for a particular campground by name or location. You can also use the directory to view upcoming RV and camper events; these are perfect opportunities to rendezvous with experienced camper owners and get first hand recommendations for future destinations.
Another excellent resource that all owners of small pop up tent trailers ought to know about is the National Park Service’s directory. This website is well-managed and includes updated alerts that keep prospective visitors informed of road construction, area closures, severe weather warnings, and other valuable information. You can begin to explore American national parks by visiting http://www.nps.gov/index.htm. Within the directory listings for individual parks you can find a section dedicated to RV camping. Even though pop up tent trailers are considerably different than RVs, the owners of each share certain considerations; reading through the sections on RV camping will give you a good idea of the road quality and whether or not the available camp sites are appropriate for used pop up tent trailers.
Reasonably level ground is an important consideration for people camping with pop up tent trailers. In the initial stages of preparing your camper for use, small legs have to be extended from the bottom of the trailer to support the camper and stabilize it. Though some degree of adjustment is possible on many campers for your comfort and safety it is recommended that you seek out the most level ground possible before setting up your camper. This is true for pop up tent campers pulled behind vehicles and the smaller ones suitable for use with motorcycles.
Meeting other camper owners
All across the country there is a group of people who relish the open road, who have chosen to make travel and exploration an important part of their life. RV and camper enthusiasts are often on their own, choosing to explore the campgrounds of the United States alone or with a couple close family members. However, a few times a year these independent spirits come together for an RV rendezvous. These get-togethers take place at campgrounds and RV-friendly sites across the country and offer the perfect opportunity for socializing, catching up with old friends, and meeting people new to the camper lifestyle. These meet-ups take place in across the country throughout the year and people bringing pop up tent trailers are welcome to attend. This is a great way to learn about lesser-known camping destinations and to swap stories with other experienced campers.
Many of these get-togethers correspond with other major cultural events taking place in the same location. Campgrounds in states like Texas and California often organize RV meet-ups that take place during the same weekend as major music festivals; this gives campers an opportunity to attend some of the biggest and best festivals in the country all from the comfort and convenience of their RV or camper trailer.
Decorating for comfort and style
Camping with a tent trailer offers something that traditional tent camping just cannot – the opportunity for decorating! Of course, you do not want to clutter your useful space with items that have no functional purpose. However, many of the items used to decorate camper trailers are highly functional and have the potential to improve the look of your camper and make it more comfortable.
Bedding is perhaps the easiest way to start decorating for comfort and style.
Since even small pop up tent trailers offer increased insulation against the cold, you do not need to rely solely on cold weather-rated sleeping bags for warmth. You can select blankets, pillows, and bedding that suits a more personal style. You can easily find themed bedding sets, so if you have a particular decorating scheme that you would like to express, a special bedding set is a good place to start.
Unlike RV-style campers, used pop up trailers do not offer a lot of space inside for storage when the trailer is packed down for transport. This means that you will have to restrict yourself to decorating the items that are already present inside the trailer. One easy project is creating custom slipcovers for the bench cushions. Durable nylon-backed fabric is inexpensive to purchase, resistant to staining, easy to wipe clean, and can be laundered in any standard washing machine.
Curtains and mini-blinds are other easy additions that increase the comfort of your trailer; they pack down flat when the camper is folded back up for transport. Curtains can be sewn to fit windows of any shape and size. Mini-blinds may need to be trimmed to fit the small windows of a camper. There are many DIY window blind tutorials on the Internet and most packaged blinds come with instructions detailing how to size your blinds for a custom fit.
Another easy decorating idea is to customize the outside of the trailer. Any auto body shop that does custom vehicle painting can apply decorative elements to the outside of a camper trailer. These embellishments range from swirls and stripes to elaborate airbrushed gradients and images. The sky is the limit when it comes to custom bodywork!
Lightweight pop up tent trailers let you enjoy all the pleasures of trailer camping without spending a lot of money. All you need to do is hitch it to the back of your vehicle and you are ready for the open road. As you explore the many things you can do with your tent trailer, you will find even more ways to enjoy this wonderful style of camping.