New to the pup world. Can’t wait to get started!


New Member
Feb 4, 2023
Hi! Name is Holly hailing from the Midwest! I’m a current tent camper but going to pick up my brand new pup this weekend. Can’t wait! Let’s get some warm weather this way so I can take it out soon.

I have a six year old son named Cooper that loves to camp with me and he can’t wait either. I picked him up from school last week and he asked, “when can we go camping?” My response was, “when it’s not 5 degrees outside!!” 😂 so yes, we are very excited to start our camping adventures this year!

We’ve mostly just camped around Iowa but I am looking forward to expanding around the Midwest now that we have a camper to haul around our camping supplies!

Looking forward to hearing from all of you and learning all the ins and outs of owning a pup!

Happy camping!

Ps. Please enjoy this picture of Cooper living his best left eating s’mores 😊


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West Coast Canuck

Jumped to the dark side ......
Mar 3, 2005
Congrats, Adventures awaits…we were so thrilled to get our first new tent trailer, had to sell after a couple years but we found a newer version a few years later. Kept that one about 10 yrs and then we went dark…pulled the trigger on a new travel trailer after going to the early bird RV show. A week later we brought home our Jayco X213. we have grandkids now and they love the bunks


Super Active Member
Jul 17, 2014

Set it up in your driveway and spend a night, or at least a good portion of the day using it. "Camp Driveway", is how we refer to that practice. It's an excellent dry run. Take note of all the setup and teardown tips you learn in the comfort of your own driveway, as well as items you "left behind" in your garage, or needed to borrow from your garage, so you know what finishing touches you need to put in place before your first real trip.

For your first real trip, find a campground as close to home as is practical. For me, that's 6.5 miles. Reserve it. If the campsite is supposed to be available at 2pm, get there at 2pm and set up with full daylight. Go for a hike or just a walk around the campground. Take your time cooking a dinner. Have a fire in the fire pit. Roast some marshmallows. Settle in for the night.

The point is to get a couple of easy trips out of the way to begin with. You learn a lot on those easy trips; all the things you forgot, the tow characteristics of your vehicle and trailer, setup / teardown steps, and a lot more.

After you've done that you're ready for whatever adventure you and your 6 year old can plan!


Super Active Member
Silver Supporting Member
Nov 30, 2012
Welcome! We love Winter Texans. Great camping from mountains to oceans.


2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah
Oct 10, 2013
Northern Virginia
Welcome from Northern Virginia. When you go get your popup I suggest to video The setup procedures etc. Some popups are sensitive to order. i Failed to do that myself and found myself sitting at the campground months later searching You Tube and the manual trying to figure things out. Practice,practice, practice and small moves is key to backing the popup up. Best to find an empty parking lot and maybe a couple empty boxes and practice. Best of luck, have fun when you get to finally take it out. I can tell you this winter will now feel like forever once you get the camper home and can’t use it.