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Our two-year journey choosing a pop-up camper

My wife Sue and I have spent the past two years visiting many types of camper facilities in our quest to find the perfect camper for our needs. We’ve toured the factories at Sportsmobile, Four Wheel Camper, XP Camper, EarthRoamer, Hallmark, Outfitter, and Phoenix, and we visited the Overland Expo last year.

In the process, we’ve documented and written up each of those experiences in separate posts to provide you with an insider’s guide to purchasing a camper. Our goal was to do the hard legwork ourselves so you wouldn’t have to, and to document what we saw with honesty and transparency. In this post, I’m summarizing what we’ve learned in this two year journey. Hopefully, you’ll find this guide a useful tool in your decision making process.

First, a bit about us and our priorities:

We have been looking for a camper we can live in for an extended period of time (6+ months) while also having a vehicle we can still use as a daily driver. We’re looking for a camper that we can easily take on weekend or week-long trips, as well as a vehicle that we can take offroad on medium-difficulty trails (like that hard-to-reach deserted beach).

VIDEO: Tour of my RV

On Tynan

I just got my amazing new camera, the Panasonic GF1, so naturally I wanted to put it to use and make a video. Make videos with that thing is a ton of fun, so expect more videos soon (skateboards and mopeds coming up soon).

The first video is a tour of my RV, including a couple of the modifications I've made to it. Things change fast, though, as you can see from the photo above. The moped and Aeron aren't in the video.

I have a bunch of upgrades I'll be doing around Thanksgiving, so I might post a short video update then. I'll be putting in wood floors, maybe granite countertops, and removing a bunch of heavy items (awning, heater, air conditioner).

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