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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
We recently purchased a pop-up camper and quickly realized that the camping book world revolves around tents and RV's. There was very little material for those middle-of-the-road campers who wanted something better than a tent but not anything huge. I could not find much information other than a few websites with tidbits or pockets of information. I wanted checklists, to-do's, packing information, towing instructions, and help on living under canvas with a family in a pop-up. Mellody Allee has filled this voice very nicely with her book.

It is an unassuming publication, broken down by chapters into food themes giving us bite sized morsels of information that are easy to digest and sensible. Her book is full of practical advice for beginners but I suspect that even experiences campers will find tasty nuggets of help in the extensive receipt or first aid sections, as well as the comprehensive checklists for a trip. Allee provides equipment ideas and tips based on her personal history of camping and along with detailed photographs, gives the reader excellent references to topics on a wide continuum of interests.

This book is easy reading and jam-packed with good, solid, well-tested and tried advice. It will be a permanent fixture in my camper's toolbox as I do not want to leave home without it. The first aid section alone is worth having along. Her lists on the order to put up and take down a pop-up are thorough and saved us a lot of trouble as our camper manual's instructions were very simplistic. Her writing style is conversational and she passes on many of their tent-trailer experiences, good and bad, that I found insightful and interesting to learn from.

This book is wide-ranging, covering topics from pets, children, games, lots on first aid, practical and easy recipes, camper interior and exterior maintenance, winterizing, packing, unpacking (her fridge secret is great!), the excellent rolling pantry, and so much more. She keeps her advice simple and clear. I took this book with me for our maiden voyage trip this weekend and reread most of it -and found more juicy kernels of information that I could now use as we had gained a little more experience. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a camper or tent, or who is thinking about getting a camper - you will not regret the purchase.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2011
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This book is very seriously the "Guiding Light" for any new Pop Up camper owner. I bought the book because we had just gotten a used Pop Up camper and knew nothing about how to get started outfitting it. This book is getting me at least 90% along the way with fewer mistakes and wasted time and money than I would have used otherwise. The stories are great and the writing style is completely down-to earth. The "checklists" however are the saving grace. The author has given us about 15 ot 20 checklists from how to evaluate campground choices to getting your hamper ready. I would have never thought of so many things she has laid out in straight-forward form and I would have forgotten lots of things that would help make early camping experiences more pleasant.
I would highly recommend that any new Pop Up camper owner buy this book and keep it with them through all their first camping trips, adding to each checklist to make their own personal version of each list. For more experienced campers who could still use some organization help to make trips easier, this is also a book to buy.
My biggest surprise is that this is the only book of its kind out there since there are many Pop Up camper owners. I'm personally very grateful to the author for taking her time to write this book that can help so many people have a lot better time going camping.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
I just finished this book and wow! Loved it. Had lots of great information on the whole pop up camping experience. Loved all of the check lists. I wish I would have had this book before we started camping, would have saved us a lot of needless investigating on what to take and not to take. Got alot of wonderful ideas to use next camping season. The recipes were great, even tried a few and will definitely incorporate into future camp outs and may be even some at home. We are thinking of trading up in camper experience already after one year, but I will be using this book even after that. Thank you for writing such a helpful book on the whole outdoor camping experience. I showed to my mother and she even liked the book...she has been living in a 5th wheel for 3 summers now.
Thank you for writing such a wonderful book! Will definitely share with others. And recommend buying! Wish all camp stores carried it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2012
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A very well written book by a knowledgable lady. She has many good ideas-even one idea that I had not thought of and will use. Much better for the beginner than the experienced camper.

One complaint is that she did not specify what and how much stuff she stored in the van. It seems to have been a good bit-far more that can be put in her camper. This is important to someone who is using a mini-van as the tow vehicle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2010
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I found this book to be interesting and entertaining. I am not a camper and some sections found me lost and knowing I would need to be in the action to understand. Other areas, made me feel like I was camping and even tugged at me to give it a try. The author made me feel like there would be a--peace and quiet--that is needed in our lives today, and I could almost smell the smoke and taste the food. Some parts of the book, where she told stories were downright funny and had me laughing so hard I cried. I even went to work the next day and repeated them to my co-workers. If you are into, or beginning to get into camping, I feel you will find this book a treasure. If you don't think that camping is your thing, read the book, you may just change you mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2011
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Couldn't put it down! It's jam packed with helpful insights, info, suggestions, invaluable check-lists, recipes and personal stories. I especially enjoyed where she talks about us as being voyeurs with other campers. We have enjoyed hours of entertainment watching others set-up. We also like to take a stroll around the CG to see what others have, how they have set-up outside (or not) and look for ideas we can use. The book is a quick read and a must have for newbies as well as seasoned campers. I highly recommend it. It makes a great gift too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2011
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The author has filled this guide with anything and everything you would ever need to know about your pop up. She shares her military experiences, photos and great sense of humor. She covers everything from bugs to bloody mary recipes! I highly recommend this book, especially for the newer pop up owner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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We are total newbies at camping and decided to try our hand at it with a used 2009 Coleman pop-up. The camper does have most of amenities of home (and more space than some hotel rooms in Europe I stayed in) and getting it stocked with practical items and ready for our first outing was very easy following the many helpful checklists included in the book. The advice likely saved us from making many irritating mistakes that would have cost us time and expense.

While experienced campers will get less out of this book than we did, it was definitely a good starting point for us. I also enjoyed that the author shared her camping stories and experiences, many of which had me laughing out loud.

Recommended!

CFH
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2012
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I really wanted to like this book, but it's not for me (or you, if you really want to know tips specific to popup camper camping.) Too much of the book is devoted to general outdoors topics such as plant / animal identification and green camping. I'd day only about a quarter of the book is about packing all your stuff for a great trip or really useful accessories, etc.

I've found much more useful information on popup specific websites.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2010
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Very nicely done handy-dandy go-to book for newbie PUP tent trailer owners. It's given me a wealth of information on what we will need and what to expect from the joys and trials of PUP tent camping. Nice read and good flow of ideas and information.
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