Living in Alaska, our family loves to go camping and fishing. We used to have a 19 foot self contained camper trailer, but after using that for two years we downgraded to the wonderful world of pop up campers.
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With the first camper, we really didn't feel like we were truly camping. The interior was very cramped, there weren't many good sized windows, and we had to have a gas guzzler truck to pull it!
Now that we have, in some peoples opinion, taken a step backward and purchased a pop up, we are truly happy with our camping experience. It gives you the "feel" of tent camping, but the luxury of a trailer.
The WestLake has so many wonderful features! It has for your comfort:
* 155 feet of space
* shower and toilet (and outdoor shower - nice for cleaning fish)
* hot water faucet
* stove for both indoor and outdoor cooking
* table for eating - makes into a bed
* two good sized pull out beds
* ample storage
* lots of windows!!
It is actually an astounding 26 feet when opened up. These units are incredibly roomy. In fact, we looked at the 33 feet motor homes that cost tons more money, and they were cramped in comparison.
If you like to camp, but still want some of the comforts of home (I do not like "roughing it"), then consider a tent pop up trailer. They are easy to tow, insurance is not very pricey, they are low maintenance, and they are a lot of fun! Once you have put one up, they go up quite quickly. My hubby and I can put ours up in less than 10 minutes. Quicker than putting up some tents. You simply crank up the top, then pull out the beds that are on each end. Once the beds are in place, you can enter the camper and put the cabinet with the stove in place, as well as secure the door (which is connected to the ceiling during it's stow-away position).
Each beds at each end of the camper are large, thick foam beds, with privacy curtains that slide across the ends, so you can get dressed (or undressed) in private. Likewise, there are curtains on all of the windows, which are made of vinyl, and have zipper closures with screens behind them. These screens make for a nice airy camper tent on a hot day!
The fridge is a box fridge, and it's not very large. Sometimes we take an extra cooler along and store it on one of the beds. The fridge does work great for those perishables like milk, mayonnaise, etc. Cabinet storage could be better, but our trailer didn't really have all that much storage either.
Pulling this camper is done with a small truck, and it is easier to move in and out of camping spaces. It certainly will fit in spaces that large motor homes would not.
There are, however, a few things to keep in mind. If you are out camping and it rains, you should dry off what water you can with a towel, and then when you get home, open it up and let it really dry out. Otherwise you run the risk of getting mildew on the canvas.
The other concern is security. Although the door locks, remember this is still a tent camper, and if somebody really wanted to get into your tent, they would have no problems doing so. For that reason, I never keep my purse or anything very valuable in our camper if we go on a hike or are away from our campsite for any length of time.
If you don't like roughing it, but want to get away and enjoy the great outdoors, a tent camper might be just what you are looking for!
We sold this after many years, and still got a nice chunk of change for it. Coleman campers really seem to hold their value well, and the camper was in very good shape years later.
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