Originally Posted by Duke_26
One of the very many reasons we upgraded to a travel trailer this year from the pop up that we had for the last 11 years (tenting prior to that) was to reduce the set-up time once we arrived at the campsite.
Most of our camping trips are the typical "arrive Friday, leave Sunday".
With the pop-up it was consistently around two and a half hours to completely set up. Although we have collected many camping items over the years, we decided to have everything dedicated in the travel trailer, even clothes and bedding. We are a family of 4 and do not have any pets that we bring. Kids are younger, so they want to go..go..go.. as soon as we pull in to the site.
Our goal was to have set up time down to about a 1/2 hour with the new travel trailer to maximize our "leisure/family time". Both DW and I have specific tasks that we do once we arrive at the site to tag team the set up process.
OK, so how long does it take for you to set up camp??
I have never owned a pop up, so I can't really say, but the set up items listed seem to be everything except "popping up" the camper. So, however long it took you to get that portion done is how much time you would be saving, but I doubt it took 2 hours. I will give you that your set up list is quite detailed. Here is what my set up looks like in 2 scenarios:
-Once spotted in the site, level side to side, unhitch, level front to back, drop stabilizers.
-Hook up utilities, water, sewer, electric, and cable if we are going to watch "The Walking Dead".
-Extend awning, place patio mats, unload fire wood (daylight/weather permitting)
-Move picnic table, put up my "cooking" table and table top grill. (also daylight/weather permitting)
Scenario 1, left house on time, good commute, arrived in daylight, spotting travel trailer went well, DW and son listening and really helping out: About 30 minutes.
Scenario 2, left house way late, white knuckle commute, passengers spent last 60 minutes saying "I'm bored, are we there yet, or I'm hungry", arrived at dusk, finally spotted trailer, DW and son forgetting everything about RV setup. Setup is still about 30 minutes from the moment I advise them to "kindly" check out the campground, any part of it, EXCEPT the site I am currently standing in......... When the awning is out, it is "safe" to return
My son and I handle all the mechanical type things, the DW will handle the domestic things like covering the table and bench seats with plastic table cloths. My son handles the camping chairs and fire ring things. I just don't consider them set up as sometimes they are left for the next day if it is raining or dark out.
For me, every minute in the truck or setting up is a minute less in my comfy chair by the fire, so we try to get it done quickly and efficiently. The best is seeing my son take charge of his parts, helping me spot the unit, reading the level, adding blocks and directing me up on them, and dropping the stabilizers. Once the chores are done, just kick back and relax till Sun. (And I usually ask for a late check out then so I can putter around a bit longer)