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Old 04-07-2015, 09:16 AM   #11
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Yes, four people can camp in an 8 footer. It can get crowded but it's no worse than a normal size tent with the advantages of a pop up.

Our first two pop ups were 8 foot boxes and we traveled all over the east coast.

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Old 04-07-2015, 10:10 AM   #12
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Welcome and congrats. You will making great family memories. Enjoy.
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Old 04-07-2015, 10:23 AM   #13
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I think you'll be fine. Like tenting, you'll be living outside most of the time. Even if it is tight inside when it's raining, sometimes that can be half the fun. Playing board games or cards, or just sitting around talking and having fun.

This is just the beginning. After you have it a while you'll learn what you really want in a trailer. Like Jim said above, you'll eventually want something bigger. We went from tent to pop-up, to a 17ft hybrid, and now a 21 ft hybrid with a slide out.

What to look for: obvious signs of water damage, stained canvas, holes in canvas. Look for soft spots in the flooring. Open up all cabinets. The seats are cabinets too, so open those and check the flooring, especially the corners as much as you can get at. You can also check this from underneath. If any of the corners are rotted, the lift system can get bent up and twisted. This is repairable, but its a lot of work to take our the cabinets and seating to get at the floor.

Make sure they open it and close it in front of you so you can verify that the lift system is working smoothly.

Have them turn on everything, heat, AC if it's equipped, water pump, water heater if it has one, etc.

Look the tires and make sure they aren't cracked and/or dry rotted.

Be ready to walk away. There are lots of pop-ups around. If you have a mini-van with a tow package you can tow a 10 ft pop-up, so your options may not be as not limited as you think. We towed a '93 Jayco 1208 with a mini-van and it towed beautifully.

Most of all, have fun!
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:23 PM   #14
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They only thing you're going to have a problem with is what to do with your gear/clothing etc. We have that problem with our 12 and 4 people. But thats really the only problem. One thing you may want to do is get an awning if it doesn't have one and get a screened porch. On rainy weekends/trips it will be a god send as you can then cook outside and have some room to move around.
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Old 04-07-2015, 03:37 PM   #15
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I had a 10 then traded up. It suit us fine. It's not like you spend all your time inside unless it's raining but even then we just sat under the Awning. Sleeping is all that matters and it should do that no problem. As for your clothing etc...
We just kept all that stuff in the truck, or in your case the Van.

ANYTHING is better than sleeping on the ground at some point in your life.

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Old 04-07-2015, 07:52 PM   #16
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Well, the idea of being a pop up owner was short lived!! Thank you all for your kind responses and advice and thanks to a member here in the forum, I am soon going to be the happy owner of a trailer tent!

I was on my way to purchase the pop up but after talking with the kidlets, I called the owner and let him know we decided to go in a different direction ~~ so fingers crossed that it works out! (Don't want to jinx it!)

One way or another, I am going to get my people out on the road!

Happy Camping to everyone!
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Old 04-07-2015, 10:11 PM   #17
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Here is a 1993 8SD. I don't see a problem with 4 adults if you plan on spending most of the time outside.

As for the towing, we have a 1984 Coleman that is about the same size and weight and our 3.4L 4Runner has no problem towing it.

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Well, the idea of being a pop up owner was short lived!! Thank you all for your kind responses and advice and thanks to a member here in the forum, I am soon going to be the happy owner of a trailer tent!

I was on my way to purchase the pop up but after talking with the kidlets, I called the owner and let him know we decided to go in a different direction ~~ so fingers crossed that it works out! (Don't want to jinx it!)

One way or another, I am going to get my people out on the road!

Happy Camping to everyone!
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