Best Pop Up Truck Camper for Winter Use

#61
All canvas popups are 3 season RV’s. 32* and less and the situation is problematic. When I had a FWC the bed was the biggest and most important problem issue. A good nights rest was what it’s all about. First was the bed comfort or lack of and then after a few nights it was cold damp mattress. Solved with Froli system, works for moisture under the mattress and adds comfort to a popup’s thin mattress.....http://www.frolisleepsystems.com/service.html I sold the FWC/Tundra moved on to a Tiger CX RV but kept the Froli springs which I still use. BTW, Some lite exhaust venting is the key to moisture build up in RV’s.
 
#63
I know this is a little late in the game, but I owned a Hallmark Guanella for 5-6 years, and I spent well over 400 nights in it. I live in Montana and used it year round. I spent a week in -10 to -20 temps during a blizzard up in the Boulder mountains during elk season and other than the water pump freezing, it was a great camper. All I had to do was open the floor where the water pump was housed and eventually it thawed out.

Just keep it vented to avoid excessive moisture and they are good to go.

I miss that camper, and I'll more than likely buy another. They are well built, and yes- you can certainly 4 season camp in them.

This was our base camp for 2 weeks. This was the day before the blizzard rolled in. It was 65deg and overcast. All my friends in the outfitter tent bolted until after the storm. I stayed.


Next morning it was -10 and coming in waves. Eventually we got over 2ft of snow and mega drifts.


My camper buddy 'Double Dutch'.



I routinely traveled with that rig in the dead of winter and went ice fishing up around Ft. Peck or around Canyon Ferry. No problems. None. I carried a 100lb propane bottle in the camper on the floor (strapped) and had at it.
 
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Regcabguy

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#64
I've never had moisture under my bed with the Northstar. I guess due to all the underbed storage. The bed's all made and ready to use.
The coldest
I like the idea of a hard side pop up and am surprised more truck camper manufactures don't build them however I am not all that impressed with the Alaskan interior.

Hallmark has raised the prices on their truck campers. $44000 for a standard pop up truck camper is way too much. I may have to look at either a Phoenix or an Outfitter. I am also open to buying used.
Find yourself a used Northstar. Well built,roomy and plenty of storage and a 6-8" coil spring mattress. Reflectix works pretty well as an insulator and slips under the bed flat.
 
#69
What kind of material is used as sidewalls of the overlandex pop up? It looks very different than the material used in the FWC and ATC campers, and very different than the material used in European pop-ups. And is there a kind of elastic rope used to keep it tight for windy conditions and for keeping the material inside when lowering the roof?

Last few weeks I went with my shadowcruiser to Scotland for some hiking and kitesurfing, and figured out that I have to improve the softsides for making it wind proof... We slept a few times with the roof lowered because the softsides are making a lot of noise and is moving to much. I was afraid it would be teared off the camper some times... Maybe it will improve with a kind of elastic rope/string around the softsides like the overlandex.
And coming winter I want to go to Austria for snowboarding, and the thick softsides of the Overlandex look very well isolated to me.
 
#70
What kind of material is used as sidewalls of the overlandex pop up? It looks very different than the material used in the FWC and ATC campers, and very different than the material used in European pop-ups. And is there a kind of elastic rope used to keep it tight for windy conditions and for keeping the material inside when lowering the roof?

Last few weeks I went with my shadowcruiser to Scotland for some hiking and kitesurfing, and figured out that I have to improve the softsides for making it wind proof... We slept a few times with the roof lowered because the softsides are making a lot of noise and is moving to much. I was afraid it would be teared off the camper some times... Maybe it will improve with a kind of elastic rope/string around the softsides like the overlandex.
And coming winter I want to go to Austria for snowboarding, and the thick softsides of the Overlandex look very well isolated to me.
A hardside option would be nice.

 
#72
Late to the party on this thread but...

I live in Colorado and I have a 1995 Northstar pop up camper that I use year round at high elevation, and I've kept it 70F at night when it's -20F outside. You'll need to insulate the pop up portion. I used reflectix with some velco and store it on the bed as others have suggested. It'll be important to make sure the weather stripping on the door is nice and tight as that can be drafty. Get some reflectix over the roof vent and curtains on the windows as well. Get a good forced air heater and make sure you have extra batteries and extra propane. Running out of either when it's deep in the negatives at night is not fun and I've been there a couple times. Make sure you have either a down blanket or a mummy bag somewhere stored away just in case your heat fails. I have a singe 10lb propane tank as my main source and a spare 5lb tank which can get me through the rest of night if I run out. I have 2 deep cycle batteries at about 12v by 110ah each which is plenty of power.

Get a good heater.
Some campers or camper vans use catalytic heaters because they don't require electricity. These won't work in the rockies. Believe me. They'll keep going out. Forced air heaters are the way to go here.
I use a 16,000 btu heater which seems good enough for my size camper but below -10F it runs pretty much constantly all night to keep it warm. You can also upgrade to a 20,000 btu heater and it's pretty much the same dimensions (at least for dometic and suburban). With any propane heater, make sure it's properly ventilated and make sure you have a good working carbon monoxide alarm. I had an old one that broke and wasn't venting properly and I was very glad I had one. For most of the winter I'll use about 1.5lbs of propane per night in Colorado (quarter tank for a weekend). In the couple of weeks where it gets down below -10F my propane usage can go up to like 4 or 5lbs of propane per night. It's a lot but keep the place warm and cozy.

Be aware that water freezes if you turn the heat off. I've had mine freeze on long cold drives where I didn't heat the camper while driving.

If you really get dumped on, clear the snow off the top before you try to put the top up. An inch or two of fluffy winter snow is fine. If you get several inches of wet heavy spring snow it can be very very heavy on the lift system.

That's pretty much it! Insulate it as best you can and provide plenty of heat. Mine works great with pretty much any weather the rockies throw at me!
 

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