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Old 03-01-2012, 08:54 AM   #1
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Considering New Popup


Been looking at the Sport Series 8 and 10 for our family of 3. I am impressed with the quality and appearance. However, never owning a popup (had a class B), I have some questions that this forum could possibly help with.

With the furnace, does the trailer really stay warm on colder nights (don't plan on winter camping)?

Does the trailer hold up well over the long run. It looks fairly well made ...

How easy/hard is it to get warranty work done as needed? I like the 2 year warranty.

Also looking at the 8 vs the 10, other than size, any real big differences. They both seem to have the same options.


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Old 03-01-2012, 09:16 AM   #2
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"How easy/hard is it to get warranty work done as needed? I like the 2 year warranty."

That depends on your dealer/or dealers in your area more than anything else. I have no problem getting warranty work done on my 5er at the dealer I purchased it from. Could be a different story if I tried to get work done at another dealer. Customers usually have first priority.

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Old 03-01-2012, 09:18 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum, Wannacamp! Keep in mind I have never owned a popup, but I`ll give it a try. I do own and use several tents though.

1. Furnace should do a decent job, you can also add a small ceramic electric heater when electric hookups are available. There are things called "PopupGizmos" you can put over the tent ends to help retain heat in Winter and cool in Summer. I have friends who use a hybrid and have camped in the 20`s at night in comfort. Sleeping bags can also add comfort on chilly nights.

2. I have seen popups well over 20 years old in good shape. As with anything they need proper maintanance and TLC. One big thing is to make sure the tentage is always stored dry. If you break camp in the rain, open it up when you get home and dry it out.

3. Warranty work should be fairly easy, provided you have a decent Jayco dealer/authorized service center to deal with. Dealers can vary greatly in their after the sale service. One way or another though, you will find someone to do warranty work if necessary.

4. I Can`t help you with the question about the 8 or 10.

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Old 03-01-2012, 01:59 PM   #4
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2X on the ceramic heater. I set it on the floor and set it to a pretty low temperature then set the furnace to a little lower temp. Furnace never comes on. Keep in mind that I have a hybrid. About a half-hour before we get up I will bump up the temp a bit to warm things up a little.

2X on pop-up-gizmos (got 'em). Some folks have cut reflectix to fit in the zip-up windows on the tent ends (that's on my DO list). All these should keep the insides a little warmer.

The coolest we've experienced so far was around 29F with about 10-15mph wind. We were comfy.

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WARNING! We (the bride and I) were first interested in a PUP and we chanced to look at a hybrid. Well, the rest is history.........

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Old 03-05-2012, 04:12 PM   #5
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Insight from an "8-er"...

Heater...works well for the size of our pup...."toasty" comes to mind. Actually, it could heat a camper twice the size easily.

8 ft floor space...hmmmm...with me, the DW, and the wienerdog, its cozy. We can move around, with minimal problems. With three adults, there might be some elbow-clonking in there, but if at least one person were seated at the table or on a bed, all is well.
On your next trip to the dealer, all three of you need to be in both campers at the same time to get the best judgement of space. Granted, most the time, you all won't be trying to occupy the main floor area of the camper anyway.

Bonus on the 8 footer- no trailer brakes to deal with, and a lighter, easier towing camper.
(Easily moved under people-power too in the driveway)

Our pup is far out of warranty, but it is easy to work on/maintain, easy to get parts for, and make simple repairs.

Hope this helps!
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:51 PM   #6
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I would suggest the 10 foot box. My wife and 2 girls and I had a 1007. Perfect size for a young family
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Heater: yes will keep nice and warm, however the colder it gets the faster the heat escapes and the more propane you'll burn through. At 29 deg. last fall the heater in our 1007 ran probably 90% of the time at night. You'll also feel "cold spots," e.g near floor, bunk ends. Small fan to circulate warm air helps. I plan to invest in popup gizmos for this fall.

Re: box size, depends on how much you plan to be in it. We (fam. of 4) spend as much time as possible outside and use ours only for sleeping and eating if inclement (we cook and wash outside regardless). I'd think an 8 ft. would be good for an outdoors-minded family of 3. Significant pluses on towing and parking it, as noted earlier.

Warranty work: depends much on the dealer, ours is great.
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:21 AM   #8
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no info about the popup but welcome from northern california, happy camping!
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:37 AM   #9
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As far as the furnace, we have camped in 20 and 30 degrees, it is toasty and cozy knowing it's so cold outside, and our little home away from home is so warm. We also use mattress pad heaters, we found them at the local thrift shop, I.e. Good Will, they cost us $5, much cheeper than the manufacturers version, they run about 80$ at Target. Between the furnace, the mattress heaters and a typical bed comfortor, a guy can sleep in just his boxers
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:40 AM   #10
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All options

I would decide on a style, then explore all makes. I personally would buy a Rockwood product over Jayco. You pay a bit more, however the quality is much higher in my opinion. Would also look for something 2-3 years old as opposed to buying new.... Just my oppinion. Did the new thing and way overpayed, shabby quality and subpar local dealer.. Will never make those mistakes again.

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