If you’re looking to travel, what’s better, more economical, and fun than a pop-up camper? Sure, traveling by air is quicker, but once you get the taste of traveling in a camper, you will never look back!
The cost for a new pop-up camper varies anywhere between $10,000 and $26,000. Once you’ve made the investment, you know you want to make the most out of your camper, so it lasts a few years.
So, without further ado, here are seven tips to get the most out of your pop-up camper:
1. Use Foldable Crates For Storage
One thing that a pop-up camper lacks is storage. You might want to install additional shelves to the camper or use foldable crates to store your things.
A foldable crate is especially useful because, when not in use, it can be folded up and kept aside without utilizing extra space. It is also useful for keeping items that may spill and cause a mess in the camper.
2. Add Gizmos To The Camper Roof
Your pop-up camper most probably has a thin canvas on top of the tent. This means that it is fragile unless a gizmo is installed on the top. A gizmo does not provide the needed stability to the pop-out tent but also keeps cool inside during the summer months and preserves heat during your winter trips.
3. Park On An Even Ground
One way to make your camper last a long time is parking on an even ground. While this might mean looking around for space, it is worth it.
Parking on the uneven and unleveled ground can cause damage to the camper plumbing and appliances like the refrigerator. It also makes walking and staying inside unsettling. Also, since the pop-up camper has limited space, parking in a tilted place can cause things to roll around and cause damage or a mess inside.
4. Level The Pop-Up
Parking in a leveled spot is the first step, but a second step is to level the pop-up so the tent is leveled and any unevenness does not cause an additional burden on the suspenders that hold it up.
Metal or wooden levelers are also great to level the camper from both sides if you cannot get an even parking spot when traveling.
5. Invest In A Dehumidifier
Since the space is confined, the humidity inside the camper can cause the camper to stink. The humidity can also result in lethargy and an overall sense of discomfort, which is certainly not what you need when you are traveling and enjoying nature.
So, investing in a dehumidifier is a good option to get rid of the humidity and so keeping the camper free from odors.
6. Avoid Parking Under Trees
While parking under a tree may be useful because of the shade, it also has a disadvantage for a pop-up camper. Since the tent of the camper has a fragile roof, any branches or large leaves falling on it may cause damage to it.
Also, bird droppings and leaves may cause staining on your tent roof, which will be hard to clean later on.
7. Zip The Pop-Up When Not Around
When you are off exploring the area, don’t forget to zip up the pop-up. Retracting the tent is recommended if there is sudden rain which may cause your camper to drench, and the water will get absorbed by the upholstery, which will stink after a while.
How To Get The Best Out Of Your Trip In Your Pop-Up Camper?
Your pop-up camper is your best friend when you want to travel on a budget and absorb all the goodness that nature has to offer when you are driving.
Since a pop-up camper has limited space, you will need to pack up foldable chairs to sit out. You can also purchase foldable grills and kitchen appliances to cook outside whilst saving storage space when you are on the go.
You can also invest in foldable bikes to explore the area after you’ve parked your pop-up camper in a safe and even location.
If you are traveling during winter or expecting rain during your trip, taking a space heater and sleeping bags with you can keep you warm through the cold nights. The tent trailer will also be an inlet for cold in winters or during rain, so a space heater and individual sleeping bags are a must.
These tips will help you get the most out of your pop-up camper and your travel adventure in the pop-up. It is best if you invest in foldable items as much as you can to save space in the limited van and not put a burden on the tent trailer.