13 pop up camper tips and tricks



I hope this helps make your pop-up camper life easier!! Jump to each tip with the links below:

1. Pop-up Gizmos – 00:15
2. Hopkins levels – 01:06 – https://amzn.to/2CaCXir
3. Camco leveling blocks – 01:29 – https://amzn.to/2CajtdD
4. Portable 11-gallon gray tank – 01:48 – https://amzn.to/2Py5jFd
** How to fill on-board water tank video ** https://youtu.be/sYqaDyqLHVQ
5. Carefree awning – 02:33
6. Reflectix rear fridge protector – 03:13 – https://amzn.to/2wCqkaz
7. Voltage monitor – 03:38 – https://amzn.to/2Cb5mVu
8. Hanging shelf and Barbie – 03:57
9. O2 Cool fan – 04:09 – https://amzn.to/2N8HQNk
10. Mirror and LED lights in closet – 04:28
11. Hat hooks – 04:42 – https://amzn.to/2C7nXlg
12. Smoke / LP propane gas detector – 04:48
13. Commercial fan – 04:55 – https://amzn.to/2Py5YGH

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45 thoughts on “13 pop up camper tips and tricks

  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    You would think the manufacturers of pop-ups would build them with that silver stuff on the tops of the canvas from the factory, everyone installs it!

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Thank you mate, it all helps a first timer like myself, and I have a bit of a blank canvas inside so I am keen to know what is important in space available.
    Happy Days and God Bless

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Reflectix panels between the zip up canvas and mesh also help for heat and privacy at night.

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    I like wine and cocktails sometimes and got a 9-12 glass hanging stemware rack for the ceiling above the sink of my Coleman Popup because I like to use real wine glasses sometimes. Glasses are removed for travel. Easy install and very handy. Doubles as a wind chime in windy conditions and glasses will walk right out of the rack. A tiny bungee at end opening cures this problem.

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    A lot of great ideas!! I just bought the same trailer, also have a jeep. Any issue pulling this camper with your Jeep?

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Hi, great tips, thanks for sharing. I do have a couple questions, if you don't mind. Did you waterproof the hooks you put in the ceiling to stop from leaking and how do you have those tall cabinets? Like where do they go when you put your trailer down fully? Thanks!

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Widzę Polską flagę to zapytam po Polsku. Planuję zakup tego typu przyczepy, ale nie znalazłem nigdzie informacji czy namioty nad wysuwanymi łóżkami są odporne na deszcz? Jak dla mnie wydaje się to oczywiste, że chronią przed deszczem ale chciałbym mieć 100% pewność przed zakupem.
    Pozdrawiam z Polski

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Thanks, John, for your helpful, practical tips and lessons you learned. Just might get my dream pop up camper this year!

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Good thinking! Thanks for the tips.
    Just one more:
    propane is heavier than air, so you will want to mount the propane sensor near the floor.

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    what size is the tent trailer,? how does the jeep do putting it did you have to make any changes in the jeep or is it stock.

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Some of these are great ideas but the big concern is, when you are done camping, where does all this stuff go for storage. I used to be a big camper, have owned 2 pop ups and and I worked on them as one of my professions and my thing was just take the basics and things that are easy to stow. We never had any fans, whether big or small, and we live and camped in very hot North Carolina. Just open the curtains and let the wind do the rest. Never was hot in our campers. Great video otherwise and I hope you enjoy your camping experience.

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Quick question since I have basically the same exact camper as you do I’m trying to get an idea of what the bed mattresses are are they one king one queen maybe you can help me out

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    believe your propane detector is way too high up. does bring back memories of oour coleman popup.

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Fans and refrigerators are great if you have electricity. But, we camp up in the U.P. in the state forest. Boondocking in the woods take a little different tack.

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    I am downsizing and begin demo/remodel on the 5th wheel this Sunday! I have to work fast in order to move in by the end of the month. I look forward to following your page for inspiration and any tips or tricks for my full-time life on wheels. I’ll be posting progress pics and videos on YouTube. Check me out in return if you’d like. 😃

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Your smoke detector will work well in that location, however it's a bad spot to put a propane detector for use because propane is heavier than air and will settle towards the floor. Any propane detector should be placed near the floor.

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Wherever did you find all those products, I'v searched the web for ass for our popup

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Nice tips, thanks, noticed the Polish flag, I'm polish as well👍

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Love your tips! My favorites are the Pop-up Gizmos & the O2 Cool fan. We will be trying these out. It gets really hot here in Arkansas!

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    What kind of wheels and tires do you use what size?

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Your setup reminds me of the Camp Host spot at Wilderness Gateway Campground on the Lochsa River (U.S. Highway 12, in Idaho, close to the Montana border).

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    John, I’m interested in how you installed the shelving. Can you give details?

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Great ideas! We now have a small motorhome now, but still have our pop-up in the garage (one of the BEST attributes…no storage fees!). It’s a 1995, Jayco Jay-Series 1206! It was like I was taking a tour or my own trailer, LOL! Even the upholstery is the same!

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    Cleaver camping is a wonderful occupation which I have enjoyed with my family for decades!
    I wish I was out there thinking of new inventions right now! 🙂
    Happy Trails!

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    This pup up gizmos (pugs) are worth the money. They make a hug difference in our Texas heat. I aslo made refletix bunk window covers.

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  • October 31, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    I have that exact jayco. Mines a 94 1206 jay series with the Bathroom ,huge fridge with freezer, that same closet. My canvas is starting to show its age but still works great… I like your tips I need to get those bunk end covers.

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