Aug 9, 2023 - Carrie gives a tour of the pop-up camper we will be bringing on our 2-month camping trip that will start on Aug 15 when we leave Corpus Christi, Texas, and head north.
Aug 10, 2023 - Pete drives our 2003 Toyota 4Runner, taking our 2005 Fleetwood Taos pop-up camper on a test ride. Over the past 2 weeks after work, he had changed out the wheels and tires and installed racks on the top to get it ready for the trip.
Aug 9, 2023 - These small pop-ups are built really light so adding a roof was a challenge. Pete explains how he cut a 1x4 inch piece of treated wood to beef up the 4 small sections of the ceiling where the racks attached to the roof. The 2 bolts come through the rack, through the thin aluminum roof, through the treated wood and through a piece of aluminum moulding that was already helping to support the camper roof, then get pressed together like a sandwich with the bolts. The original bolts that came with the rack were too long, so we bought stainless steel 2-inch carriage bolts, washers and nuts from Lonestar Hardware Store just down the highway from our house.
Aug 13,.2023 - Pete and I spent the first part of the day attaching our white Yakima Rocketbox (1990s model) onto the new racks that he had installed onto our Pop-up earlier. Next, he installed a J-hook style kayak rack that we had in storage to hold one of our kayaks. Then, beside that, he installed a tower-style kayak rack that I bought on Amazon last week and just arrived yesterday. Both racks seem to work fine. I especially like the tower rack because it holds 2 kayaks. I wish I had another one like instead of the J-hook rack, but that's what we have.