Dave Solberg

All About Pop-Up Campers

Dave Solberg
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  • In-depth Instruction; over 149 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
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  • Available for purchase: $39.99

Pop-ups have become very popular due to the ease of towing. They have a wide variety of floor plans and have really changed over the years. Now they have slide outs, full bathrooms and more. More amenities means that they will take a little more to get them set up. In this class, we will walk you through everything there is to know about your pop-up from backing into the campground, chocking the wheels, stabilizing and connecting it.

We’ll teach you how to check the pedestal voltage and polarity, connecting to the water system and drainage as well as how to set up the insides as well as how everything works. The first step though is to show you how to get into the campground and how to back in properly.

Typically, when you check into an RV park and you have a pop-up unit, you will find often they will tuck you away in one of the more remote and harder to get to sites because the larger coaches need the bigger sites. In this segment, we will discuss tips and tricks on how to back in and how to properly set up your pop-up both the outside and inside.

Buying and RV can be a little overwhelming with so many types, brands and floor plans out there to choose from. A pop-up is fairly inexpensive, and you can purchase one at a reasonable price to start out with as you figure out if you like camping and what your future needs will be.

One of the most important considerations when buying any RV is weight and what kind of towing and carrying capacity your tow vehicle has. This class will review weight capacities, weighing your truck and trailer as well as when you need an auxiliary braking system.

In this session, we will also cover measuring the RV to make sure you have a place to store it, floorplans and things to consider when choosing the right floorplan for your family size and camping style as well as when a pop-up is not the best choice of camper.

If this is your first venture into an RV, it's important to get the proper hitch that can handle the weight and set it properly. Receiver type hitches are the most common on travel trailers and pop-up campers and consist of a ball on a metal bar that inserts into the receiver on your tow vehicle. Hitches come in different classifications. The classifications correlate to towing capacity and tongue weight. Typically, on a pop-up you are not going to need a big capacity, but tongue weight can be affected by how much stuff you put in the front storage area or on the front frame of the trailer.

In this class we will review towing classifications what weights you need to know and other considerations relating to your hitch set up.

Before you hit the road on your first maiden voyage, it is a good idea to take a little bit of time and understand how the systems work and know some of the tools and accessories that you might want to bring with you. In this session, we will review considerations relating to your fresh water system, your wastewater system, electrical system, tires and propane systems.
Often when we purchase a new camper, the walkthrough at the dealer is really short and does not cover everything you need to learn about the camper, especially if you are a first-time buyer. In this session, we will discuss how to operate all of the systems inside the pop-up camper.
Surveys show that over 75% of RV’ers travel with pets and a lot of times it is the reason that they are buying an RV. They don’t have to worry about flying or pet friendly hotels. Having your home on wheels means you can take them with you but there are a few things that you need to be prepared about especially with pop-up type campers. In this class Dave will review many of the pet considerations and tips and tricks from his years of experience of traveling with pets.
There is some maintenance that is required even on pop-up trailers to keep the unit looking good for years to come. In this segment, Dave will discuss the various maintenance items and things to look for each season as you bring it out of storage.
So, the camping weekend is over and its time to disconnect and fold the pop-up down to tow it home. It can be easy to tear a canvas top if you aren’t watching. In this session, Dave will walk through step by step how to take a pop-up down carefully so that you don’t cause any damage to the unit as you go.
In this bonus session, learn more about Dave as he reminisces about some of his memorable trips and camping experiences over the years.
10 Lessons
2  hrs 29  mins

More and more people are migrating to pop-up campers because they are an inexpensive way to get into camping and tow them with just about any kind of vehicle.

This instructional class will provide you with the information you need to understand how to set up a pop-up, from backing into a site, chocking the wheels, connecting the water, sewer and electrical as well as properly setting up the walls and pop outs and the take down procedure when the camping trip is over.

You will also learn what to look for when purchasing a pop-up, such as a floorplan to meet your needs, what kind of weight your vehicle can tow, where you will be able to store the unit once you have it home, and the options such as air conditioning that you will need.

Often, new pop-up owners will be towing for the first time so we w,ill also have an informative segment on hitches and other towing basics for proper set up of your new trailer.

Since you will also likely be getting ready to head out on your first camping trip with your new trailer, we also have a segment dedicated to things to know before you head out on your trip. In this segment, we will cover understanding how things work inside your new camper and review some of the accessories and items that you will need for the road. This section is chock full of expert suggestions and tech tips.

This class will also instruct you how to operate the inside of your camper. From 12-volt systems to appliances, RV’s can be very complicated. Learning how to work the various systems and devices is an important step to having a successful first outing in your new camper.

Did you know that 75% of campers travel with their pets? Most times the reason people buy an RV is so they can.

Our class will talk about considerations for your pet if you plan on taking them with you on the road.
Regular maintenance is an integral part of owning an RV and in this class, you will also learn about proper camper maintenance and recommendations on many of the RV systems.

Finally, we will review proper take down of your new pop-up camper when it is time to head home from your camping adventure.

In addition to the detailed instruction you will receive, this class will provide you with some downloadable resources and helpful information to keep, including a class guide you can follow and use as a reminder of the key points of the class instruction

Thank you for joining the class!

Dave Solberg

Dave Solberg is the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club. For over 25 years, Dave has conducted a wide range of RV maintenance and safety seminars, developed dealer and owner training programs, written RV safety and handyman articles, authored an RV handbook reference guide and logged over 100,000 miles on the road in an RV.

Dave Solberg

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