It’s been exactly one year since we purchased our popup. That blows my mind. Slow down, time! We have definitely broke in the popup and it has the miles to prove it. Just for fun I am going to recap all the places it’s been this year, as well as a few lessons we’ve learned.
Our first trip was to the Triangle T Guest Ranch. We had a blast, but it was too cold and we left after one night. Waking up to a temperature of 19 is no bueno. Popup walls are really no different than tent walls. They do not do any better of a job keeping out the cold.Our second trip was to Catalina State Park where we learned the importance of carefully reviewing campsite specs prior to making a reservation. We were so excited by the thought of camping with electricity that we brought our coffee pot rather than instant coffee. When we arrived at our campsite we learned I had selected a site without electricity. Fortunately we were not too far out of town so we were able to buy instant coffee packets to get us through the weekend. We also learned to pay attention to the direction the campsite faces because it’s a little awkward when the door opens into the bushes. Our third trip was to Lost Dutchman State Park. Aside from the camper top starting to peel off as we were driving down the highway, this was a perfect trip.
(In case you are wondering, we stopped and bought a roll of duct tape to patch up the roof and then continued on our merry way. Another good reminder as to why you should always have duct tape in the car.)Life got busy and we had to take a break from camping for a couple of months. During said break The Husband performed a much needed repair to the camper roof. For a number of years Coleman popup camper roofs were made from ABS plastic and they have had tons of cracking issues. Our roof cracked all over the place and The Husband had to fix the cracks and recoat the roof. It held up for a while but unfortunately it is starting to crack again. 🙁 The cracks are currently covered in white duct tape and that’s doing the trick for now. Next up was our summer road trip. The first leg of the trip was to Bryce Canyon National Park. We had so much fun in Bryce and at this campground. I wish we could have stayed longer. The second leg was to Arches National Park where we learned that heat and camping do not mix. We knew this but we needed to be reminded. We had an amazing campsite though. The last leg of the trip was spent in Durango, CO. We had a nice time and made the most of our last minute change of plans. We were once again reminded of the importance of being flexible. Later in the summer we spent a weekend at one of our local mountain campgrounds. It was the perfect weekend and we had a great spot. We really had a hard time leaving. We attempted another camping trip to a local campground and it was nothing short of a disaster. This was a character building experience to say the least. I will spare you the gory details, but in short, the campground hosts messed up the reservation and then once we got that squared away the camper tongue jack broke. (The tongue jack is what raises and lowers the camper off and on the tow vehicle. If it doesn’t move neither does the camper.) Fortunately it broke while the camper was still attached to the tow vehicle but at that point we had no choice but to head home. This goes down as the shortest trip ever and one we hope to never, ever, ever repeat.
One of my favorite trips was to our local mountain for some camping with our popup twin! These particular friends are the reason we have our popup and it was cool that we were able to camp with them. The popups looked so cute next to each other. ❤️And to round out the year we tried something totally different over the weekend – we took the camper to the NASCAR race in Phoenix! I had planned to get a picture of our camper in the sea of 6,000 campers but race day was really chaotic and I forgot. We had a great time and camping at the track is an experience like no other. My only complaint, particularly in a popup, is all the generator noise. It didn’t bother me until I tried to go to sleep. I’m sure the parties going on all around us probably didn’t help either. The Husband and kids had no problem sleeping though so I guess I’m just special. 😉 The race ended up being delayed by six hours due to rain and I was so happy we had our camper to retreat to. I took a nap, we ate dinner, and then we headed back to the track once the rain quit. Since I forgot to take a picture of the popup here’s a family picture at the track. All in all, I consider this year a success and I can’t wait to see what the next year holds!