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After much thought, I am starting to consider a pop up again...

Good lists to make. Here are my thoughts:

Re: Safety. Yes, a hard-sided camper feels safer in some conditions. However, you have a higher profile during all your driving time. Also, you can't open a hard sided camper up to the breeze and the night sounds the way you can a pop-up.

Course, that also means you're more exposed to ambient sounds.

Re: 'Pick up and go'. Since you have to open the travel trailer to pack it, you get a good, forced inspection before you go. Growing up, we never scuttled a trip in the pop up, because Dad always knew beforehand whether the trailer was working. But my folks have scuttled several trips at the last minute due to unforseen mechanical failure.

Something you haven't mentioned... with a trailer, you can drop the trailer and have a separate vehicle to drive around in. If you envision driving to a place and staying put, that's not an issue. But if you want to go someplace, set up camp, and then drive into town for a steak or grocery shopping, that's something else.

This summer, I took a pop-up on a trip and was seriously drooling over the campers... but that was really for just one reason: air conditioning. And I know many popups have that available now.

- KK
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