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Converting an old pop-up?
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Just curious - has anyone taken an old pop-up camper, ripped out the tenting and crafted folding walls on four sides that would track into the roof? I saw a couple on youtube that had just built hard walls but it did not collapse.  I had a dream last night that I made one with folding walls. Worked FAB in my dream of course. Yeah, it would be a squarish box unless you could also develop folding walls for the pull out ends (and a roof for those too). Hinges are marvelous things though Smile

Did not see any mention of pop-up conversion in the site links above.
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Are you talking about a pop-up tent trailer? Or a pickup mounted pop-up slide-in camper?

With the tent trailers, each end is usually a bed, so, flat and straight sides would remove those, but would still work if you then used the dinette for the bed.  Interesting idea...would this be done with the intent of insulated walls, vs the more exposed (canvas enclosed) sleeping area?

With the pickup mounted slide-in pop-ups...those tend to be expensive, and are lower profile to cut wind drag. 

Back in the early 90's, I bought an old used pop-up tent trailer and used it for years...great little trailer...I wish I still had it!
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I lived in a hard sided popup trailer for about a year. The beds were still canvas but the walls were collapsible panels. It was very comfortable. I could see if the canvas rotted away just closing them off. I think it would be fine. I think to retrofit a canvas wall one would be a lot more work.


   
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I meant the tent style pop-up with the beds on each end. I had a small one too, loved it, but imagine it would be hard to use for full time as it was so subjective to wet weather misery. I had to give mine away a few years ago after mice colonized in it and the guy who took it converted it into a utility trailer.

They are for sale everywhere around here (northeast), and some are give away, again, due to mice/mold/age etc. Dumps won't take them here. So if you could gut and then create sturdier, more water proof walls that fold up/inside for traveling..well, it might be interesting
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One of the problems encountered in doing something like the fold up walls you are contemplating it getting a good weather proof seal between sections.

Just something to keep in mind in the planning stages!
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(12-05-2017, 02:02 PM)mr_elijah_gardne Wrote: Photo from google image search. Mine was very similar to this.

Aha! Did not know hard sided pop-ups even existed! thanks for the image, was kind of what I had been thinking, except I would do away with the end beds and just have four walls. Some of the larger pop-ups have fairly large boxes to begin with.
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And Now, for Something Completely Different

http://www.duckworksbbs.com/product-p/ww-slidavan.htm
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(12-05-2017, 02:27 PM)John61CT Wrote: And Now, for Something Completely Different

http://www.duckworksbbs.com/product-p/ww-slidavan.htm

wow! even better than folding! thanks!
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(12-05-2017, 02:30 PM)tav-2020 Wrote: wow! even better than folding! thanks!

tried to re-edit and add to this but it went poof into the ethernet....
so I could see using the original lift mechanism and beams of the pop-up to make the slide happen, and replace the original roof with the upperhalf unit...great food for thought, thanks again!
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(12-05-2017, 02:27 PM)John61CT Wrote: And Now, for Something Completely Different

http://www.duckworksbbs.com/product-p/ww-slidavan.htm

Like the old Hi-Lo trailers....

Everything old is new again...

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