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Pulling a Pop Up

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Offline Jimbow

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Pulling a Pop Up
« on: December 21, 2013, 08:49:37 PM »
I will be pulling my 12' pop up trailer behind my 2WD F-150. My current plan is arriving next Friday and hoping for one of the Pine Canyon sites. When we were there last spring break and in August it looked doable. I saw a couple of pop ups out there. (damn I'm getting soft). Of course need to put together Plans B, C, and D but am a little lost. K-Bar seems too close to the park road and too open of the camping experience I am trying to put together, but easy enough to get to. I'd also prefer to avoid anything too close to the river.

My wife and I are guiding my daughter, our daughter in law, and son on their first trip to the park. I'd like to avoid the Basin or RGV campgrounds.
Everything is in walking distance if you have enough time.

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Offline Al

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Re: Pulling a Pop Up
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2013, 09:33:25 PM »
Unless there has been recent rain, an easier drive would be from River Rd. East to one of the site up to and including Mariscal.  There are a couple of draws and S turns going to Pine Canyon that would be more challenging than River Rd. East. I have driven both numerous times but never hauling a trailer.

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Offline Jimbow

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Re: Pulling a Pop Up
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2013, 10:13:23 PM »
I've been reviewing the sites here, I'll go back and look at a few of those, thank you. One other factor are some of the areas we want to take the "kids" (22, 25, 26). Something "central" would work better.

If it was just the wife and I we could plop down anywhere and have places to explore.
Everything is in walking distance if you have enough time.

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Offline Al

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Re: Pulling a Pop Up
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2013, 10:30:24 PM »
Makes perfect sense.  Take it easy and you should be fine. Pine Canyon sites are easy in and out with a truck.  Be sure and report back, please. 


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Re: Pulling a Pop Up
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2013, 11:26:07 PM »

I will be pulling my 12' pop up trailer behind my 2WD F-150. My current plan is arriving next Friday and hoping for one of the Pine Canyon sites. When we were there last spring break and in August it looked doable. I saw a couple of pop ups out there. (damn I'm getting soft). Of course need to put together Plans B, C, and D but am a little lost. K-Bar seems too close to the park road and too open of the camping experience I am trying to put together, but easy enough to get to. I'd also prefer to avoid anything too close to the river.

My wife and I are guiding my daughter, our daughter in law, and son on their first trip to the park. I'd like to avoid the Basin or RGV campgrounds.

Whatever you decide please report back how it goes. There is a forum here with a topic for each back country road site and knowing which ones could accomodate a rig like yours would be very helpful. I also have a small camper that i would like to use from a backcountry site.   Actually, my wife and I have been thinking about doung the river road over 3 or 4 days with our little camper.   I'd like to split it into 3rds and camp twice along the way with some side trips and day hikes.
-- Kevin (W5KLT)

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Re: Pulling a Pop Up
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2013, 11:44:36 PM »
Having never pulled a pop-up, I have little to offer in the way of advice other than this observation:  Pine Canyon road (and others like it) is very narrow in spots. As you are driving in or out, keep an eye up ahead for dust in the air, indicating another vehicle may be coming your way. In lots of sections, there is not enough room for two vehicles to pass each other, so one of them has to back up to a wider spot. I'd imagine this would be extremely challenging with a trailer.

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Offline DuneYeti

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Re: Pulling a Pop Up
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2013, 04:16:12 PM »
   We were in there last month (before the snow storm) and it would have been no problem for a 2wd truck and a pop-up.  Don't know about current conditinos. 
   The hike into the canyon is well worth the trip. 
   About a quarter mile from the end of the road we noticed a bicycle laying beside the road, nobody around, when we got to the pouroff we found the rider, he had ditched the bike and hitched a ride from one of a group of induro bikes.
"The less you want, the richer you are."

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Offline RWZ

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Re: Pulling a Pop Up
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2013, 04:25:12 PM »
If you want some place central with plenty of room, I would try Rice Tank.  It has plenty of room for a pop up, though I have never used one there, the roads to it are decent, and it is close to the PC sites you were mentioning.   It also has great views of the Chisos and Elephant Tusk.

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Offline catz

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Re: Pulling a Pop Up
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2013, 10:53:29 AM »
I second Rice Tank.
Wake me when it's time to go.

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Offline Jimbow

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Re: Pulling a Pop Up
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2014, 09:16:32 PM »
I will also post a short note in each campsite thread but the short answer was Pine Canyon worked out just fine. There are a couple washes where I dragged my hitch even when I wasn't towing the pop up. We stayed at PC1 for three nights then moved to PC2. I did a solo move while my wife, daughter, step son, and daughter in law hiked the Pine Canyon trail. Met KevinT while I was finishing packing up.

This was my 22 year young daughter's first real camping experience and first even trip to the park. She has informed me that I will be returning to backpacking this year. She has plans on Emory, South Rim, and later the OML.

The one issue was the wind. I'd have preferred being in my BPing tent instead of the popup when the winds started howling through the canyon.

I checked Rice Tank and getting six days was a chore. It was booked for the start and end of our trip and I didn't want two moves in six days.
Everything is in walking distance if you have enough time.

 


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