Well folks I am back from my weekend excursion with the new pop up camper. I know I promised this Sunday but I was beat after coming home, cleaning the camper, the grill and going shopping with the little woman. I purchased a 2008 Jayco Jay Series Pop Up floor plan 1007. I took a bunch of pictures which are below. There is a table that does not appear in the pictures because when I took the outside pics...it was inside and when I took the inside pics...it was outside.
The awning in the picture was a pain in the ass to put together. We actually put a small rip in it with the camper door when were putting it up. I had to patch it with duct tape. I say it adds character to the pop up. It is definitly a two person job to get that awning together as well as when it needs to come down.
Above is the Carrier A/C that was included with the unit. That bad boy puts out some cold air. The camper was like an ice box in 90 degree heat, we actually had to turn the unit to low cool and off at certain points...condensation is not a problem as long as you vent the camper which we did by unzipping small sections of the screen coverings.
This unit also came with a 6 gallon hot water heater which is a breeze to start...similar to a normal furnace in your house, light a small pilot light turn it up and away you go.
Park water and electrical hookups above. I used a pressure regulator on the water to be safe. The bucket is catching the water draining from the sink.
Full bed above.
2 burner stove and a AC/LP combo fridge.
Overall it is a comfy unit...we put it through its paces. I have never had one of these so it was a little slow going up and coming down. I imagine you get it down to a science after a while. The quality of the unit seems good...although like I said I don't have much experience with anything else so I really don't have anything to judge it against. I do need to get the stove inside back to the dealer...nothing major there are two screws that hold the top and the bottom together securely and one of then the tab that the screw tightens in is mssing.
The unit came with an external grill that you can hook to the side of the camper and grill with but I don't think I will use that...something about heat and vinyl and aluminum and wood make me nervous as a combination. I imagine I am paranoid but I have a decent grill from my tent camoing days so I will continue to use that. We kept the dinette table outside because it is a bit cramped inside with me, my wife and two dogs trying to all walk around inside.
My wife and I are happy so far with the purchase. You do have to be careful when setting these things up and breaking them down...you can damage them if you are careless. The vinyl tents may rip, you could over crank the lift system or tear the awning like us...but overall they are good for the money. I will say this, it sure as hell beats tent camping in the summer with the SC heat that is for sure!
The fridge can be run on propane only if needed.
The unit has a 23 gallon fresh water storage tank accessible with a 12v pump (battery not included). So the sink will work with no water hookup and maintain pressure.
The battery (not included) should be a deep cycle marine battery and will provide power...not enough to run the air conditioning but beggars can't be choosers.
The unit can be fully utilized when "dry camping"...
...that is all.
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