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Old 05-24-2005, 10:27 PM   #1
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adding popup to the family

Considering buying a popup, preferably an Apache ( i like the solid walls vs. canvas) Does anyone pull a popup for extended family, friends, kids. It is an appealling idea, so mom and dad can have some "us" time at night. Are there downfalls with this setup, i.e- can i park on the same space in campground, provided the site is large enough or do i need two side by side sites. Trying to get the wife excited by this idea. Also, how do the MH of the early years tow things of this nature. Any and all responses would be appreciated. I am in the market for an Apache so if you have one or know someone with one to sell, hopefully in MI, let me know. Thanx!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-24-2005, 10:29 PM   #2
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A lot of campgrounds only allow one wheeled unit per site.

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Old 05-25-2005, 06:36 AM   #3
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We had a lime green 1976 Apache Mesa unit before we got our Airstream and I loved it. We gave it to our neice who is still camping with it. Things to know about Apaches: You must be very careful with the ABS walls as these trailers are 25 to 30 years old so the plastic has become brittle. Also you should check the lift system on any Apache you are interested in, parts are available but it's a fairly big job to replace all the gears and chains. If you haven't done so already check out the Apache trailer website at: http://www.apachepopups.net/
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Old 05-25-2005, 07:21 AM   #4
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We have a Coleman Bayside which we bought before the Airstream. We pull it on vacations as I am to chicken to pull the airstream other than to the camp ground where it stays for the summer. Some camp ground will allow 2 units per site but with added charges. Good luck on hunt for an Apache pop-up.
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Old 05-25-2005, 07:37 PM   #5
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I would go for a more recent vintage popup trailer. I have a '92 Coleman (which preceded the Airstream and is still in my garage) that overall is more robust than the older Apaches and easier to live with. I have experience with the Apaches and the setup and take down is not as easy as the Coleman. The lift system failed twice on the Apache that I used.
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Old 05-25-2005, 08:38 PM   #6
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Oh-Oo. Having a flashback.
I spent at least one week every year when I was a kid living in a '62 Apache.
Alabama or the Carolinas every spring break and upper Midwest every summer. My parents would drag us kids on road trips from New York to Colorado every year. Probably "ruined" me for life. Did the same to mine. I rememeber those hardside Apaches, the were quite progressive for their time.
If you can find one, go for it. I don't think you can go wrong with such a simple and reliable unit.
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I pull a 7 by 8 trailer which holds my three wheel recumbant, my wife's bike and a whole lot of other things. Our kids often join us for weekends and will pitch a tent on the sight if there is room. The state parks hardly ever charge extra but the privates always do. So far no one has ever objected to my trailer. It is light enough that we disconnect it and push it back into a corner.
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I would go for a more recent vintage popup trailer. I have a '92 Coleman (which preceded the Airstream and is still in my garage) that overall is more robust than the older Apaches and easier to live with. I have experience with the Apaches and the setup and take down is not as easy as the Coleman. The lift system failed twice on the Apache that I used.
Prior to my travel trailer days, I owned two Coleman Pop-ups. These were the ones built by Coleman prior to Fleetwood's purchase of this line. At the time the Coleman's were probably the best pop ups on the road, both from an engineering mode and from a quality mode. I remember sitting in storms where the wind was so strong, velcro fasteners around the doors of other pop-ups would pop open. The Coleman gasket around thier doors was very unique and very weather proof.

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Old 05-26-2005, 09:03 PM   #9
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If you happen travel in/near Virginia, I have one. A '77 Apache Ramada. It's in reasonably good shape, needs some TLC from someone who can work ABS. I even have most of the parts to finish the repairs. We found an AS which fit us better. Big difference from a 16' Apache to a 31' Sovereign International. It's much prettier and it still needs a ton of work.
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