Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Camping season is almost here! We purchased this 2007 Fleetwood Arcadia last June and love it. It has plenty of room for family and friends to join us, plus a bunch of comforts that one wouldn't expect in a pop-up. We're counting the days until our first trip of 2010.

My husband grew up camping in a pop-up and has wonderful memories of summers spent in the Poconos. I, on the other hand, grew up spending every summer at my family's cottage on the Elk River in Maryland. Although I was a Girl Scout and a leader (now retired), my family did not "camp". There was no need to since we had a summer home. DH and I had always talked about purchasing a pop-up, but we never took that final step of buying one ... until two years ago.

In the Spring of 2008, we purchased a 2001 Coachman Clipper pop-up. After our maiden voyage weekend of camping, we were hooked. The girls loved the whole experience and couldn't wait for the next trip.

When camping fever hit last Spring, we found a larger PUP that would allow for additional people to join us out on the road. I sold the Coachman (for $300 more than it originally cost) and we bumped-up to the Arcadia high wall model. It looked brand-new and had only been used a few times. High wall models have a full bathroom with shower and a kitchen, plus the dinette area is a slide-out. This monster is 29' feet long when open and sports two king-size bunk ends. In order to tow a larger PUP, we traded-in our Sienna mini van for a new-to-us Toyota Sequoia. The Sequoia seats eight people and easily handles the Arcadia. Travel and camping at its' best and most comfy!

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