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With all the new emerging technologies like Cell Phones and Tablets, we are in the process of redesigning the website and forums here.
The highest priority is to make sure the new website is fully responsive so that it can be viewed and used on a desktop, tablet and cell phone. (no tapatalk needed).

What new features and sections would you like to see?


The only Flagstaff/Rockwood pop-up with a slide-out galley--outside eating made easy! Only one owner since factory new. Lots of upgrades, every option available was taken.

Paulsboro, NJ (Near Philadelphia)
Pictures here:

Box Size: 14'
Open Length: 25' 9"
Travel Length: 19' 4"
Trailer Width: 85" (7' 1")
GVWR: 3895
Sleeps: 8
80" x 70" (King)
80" x 60" (Queen)
72" x 50" (Double)

Interior shower with residential-style toilet
Slide-out kitchen area allows a 2-burner stove and single-pan sink on the exterior of the camper--perfect for tailgating or cleaning fish!
Family Style U-shaped Dinette
Dometic 3.5 cu. ft. automatic 3-way refrigerator with freezer compartment
Suburban 19,000 BTU furnace with automatic ignition
1000W microwave
Double-pan sink
Interior 3-burner stove and oven
Exterior propane grill
20-gallon water tank
6-gallon water heater with direct-spark ignition
Outside shower fixture
12-gallon gray water storage tank
12-gallon black water storage tank
Overhead cabinet
Swing-down clothes rack
Heated 5" spring mattresses
Powered roof vent
Stereo/CD with outside speakers
Prep table (hangs outside next to the grill)
1-piece door
12V powered lift system (lifts the roof)
13 Foot Awning
Two 20# propane tanks with automatic switchover regulator
14" aluminum wheels
Spare tire
Electric brakes

Owner modifications/additions
All internal lighting upgraded to LED
3 additional 110V sockets
Battery Master shutoff switch on tongue
Hobby level on tongue
Blackwater hose storage installed on bumper
Electric tongue jack (No cranking)
Fantastic powered fan with exterior cover
Additional battery box mounted - used as tool box
All original factory manuals available

Towing Information
This popup will require Class IV towing capability (5000lb). Due to heavy tongue weight, a weight distribution hitch is highly recommended. Equalizer 4-point weight distribution hitch setup available.

Interested but won't camp any more this season? - I will winterize the water systems for you.
Interested but don't have a tow vehicle to pick it up? - I will deliver the trailer within 75 miles.
Interested but tow vehicle doesn't have a weight distribution hitch? - I will install it for you.

Brand new toy for us, actually for Peter. Gone is our 2007 Sante Fe and 1999 Dodge Dakota. In is the new 2015 Ford-F150 XLT SuperCrew 2.7L Eccoboost with every bell, whistle and gadget we could get while still allowing us to drive it home the same day.

Next weekend it gets its RinoLiner spray tan. By then the new Prodigy P3 brake controller and Truxedo Tonneau cover will be in.

Its name is "Brutus"

General Campfire Discussion / Turn your van into a camper
« on: June 04, 2013, 07:27:56 PM »

Now you can convert any ordinary van into a full-fledged camper van complete with a functional kitchen set, storage area, and even a sleeping quarters.

The German based QUQUQU may have a funny name, but the their Campingbox product is all business for outdoor adventure seekers. This all inclusive box fits right into any standard hatch, and requires absolutely no assembly or modifications to the vehicle. The 2 burner gas stove slides out from the left hand side where there is also room for pots, pans, and of course food. The center area was designed to store your gear, while the compartment on the far right houses water and stainless steel bowls. Now about those sleeping quarters. The foam mattress easily unfolds covering the back seats, providing a cozy bed to sleep at night. Check out the video below to really see this thing in action.

The servers that operate CanvasCampers are located in my office in Hammonton, NJ - which is only 15 miles from Atlantic City, NJ. Hurricane Sandy is expected to make s direct hit on the coast of NJ and the area is already under mandatory evacuation. They are expecting major down trees and have advised everyone in the area to plan for power, telephone and Internet outages possibly as long as 3-5 days.

Though the offices have battery power, generator power, the fact is if the lines to the Internet go down, there isn't much we can do. Our connections are both Cable and FIOS, but they all come into the town the same way (on poles).

We will do our best, but understand if the site becomes unavailable, chances are it will be more than just a few hours outage.

Phil Gordemer
Server Administrator

With the new changes to the forums, and the large influx of new manuals we expect from Somerset RV, Coleman Owners Group and our existing large collection - we have outgrown our downloads/manuals system.

A replacement one, with much a better user presentation and search capabilities is being added, but we have to manually recreate an entry for each one we have. Even with a bunch of us working on it, it is going to take about 2 weeks or so to get them all back online.

We are doing this upgrade live, so as to not take the forums down. Be aware while this process is ongoing, there will be times the links to the downloads area may not work, or not all the files will show up.

If you need a manual immediately while the new downloads section is being worked on, please leave a private message to JoeCamper.

Web Site Suggestions & Comments / Calling all IPad and other tablet users
« on: October 18, 2012, 01:48:26 PM »
In the process of making THIS site and some others that are being planned for the future as Ipad friendly/usable as possible, we are in need of a few owners that would be willing to do some testing for us.

With Ipads and new tablets coming out, screen layouts and embedded videos are in issue. We are hoping to make this system as accessible as possible, but we don't want to make live changes here that might break things for the others in the process. The target for the tests will be Microsoft Surface Tablets (released in the next 30 days), Ipads, Tablet users,

If you are interested in assisting (We will be make changes in a dummy test site) when we get to that specific test point, let us know.

What's Cookin / Food you make more at camp than you do at home....
« on: October 01, 2012, 12:24:59 PM »
For us, it is SOS (Creamed Chipped Beef) served over freshly baked biscuits.

Hardly ever make it at home, but its a camping staple.

What's Cookin / What is your favorite Adult Beverage while camping
« on: September 30, 2012, 04:19:57 PM »
True Gin Martini
3 1/2 parts Gin (Tanquarey or Hendricks)
1/2 parts Vermouth (Martini & Rossi)
2 olives and 1 onion
Serviced in an ice cold martini glass (if it isn't a martini glass, then we don't bother)

Or if the above is not available, then a glass of Zinfandel or Merlot wine (again in a real glass)

Off Topic / Happy Birthday to the Mayor
« on: March 31, 2012, 01:38:57 PM »
Happy Birthday Joe...

The Group Rally Zone! / PotLuck Dinner Themes
« on: February 10, 2012, 12:42:44 PM »
Many of the members here are regulars at the Camping Rallies, and is customary there is usually a Saturday Evening Potluck Dinner. But lets face it, after a while, it gets a bit old. We have in the last few rallies been adding a Theme to the dinner that has been getting people motivated to try different things. I was very proud of the lengths people went to for the "Purple" theme dinner at Raystown Lake last year.

I would like to take the themes to the next level and want to get some suggestions. Listed below are some Theme ideas Peter and I have done in the past. See what you think would work for our next event and add some of your own.

Trailer Trash - This is a tongue and check takeoff since we all have "trailers". We did a Twinkie appetizer and a Velveta dip. This one works for a "appetizer" or game night, rather than a meal or in the case of a dinner, you provide 2 items, one fun and one normal.

What would Elivis Do (for dinner)

High School Cafeteria

Alphabet Soup -  With 26 letters to choose from, pick one and run with it! Things that start with "C" may become a creative cornucopia that can include chili, chowder, chicken, carrots, cauliflower, calamari, chips, cucumbers, corn, couscous, cake, coconut, cookies, curly fries, chocolate and candy.

The Last Meal - Choose any item to bring… as long as it begins with the first letter of their last name. Sarah Smith can bring spaghetti, Barbara Brown can bring buffalo wings, Mary Martin can bring mud pie and so on….and so on.

April Fool's potluck--all the food looks like one thing but is really something else. (For example, angel food cake sliced like bread with a spread in the middle that looks like ham salad or chicken salad.)
Red-White and Blue - every item must have all 3 colors.

Nice to see a commercial about camping, even if it is from the "Wal.."

I almost spit up my coffee on this as I have had this exact thing happen to me.

Walmart Camping Trip Commercial Small | Large

Appliances / AC hold down bolts - you might be surprised
« on: September 27, 2011, 11:53:10 AM »
Found out the hard way that just because your trailer is new doesn't mean the air conditioner bolts are tight.

With all the Friday rain here on the east coast, opened up the trailer to a huge puddle on the floor. Took the inside cover off to find that of the 4 bolts that hold it to the roof, only the front 2 were tight, the back 2 were set in place but never tightened (They were sticking out 2 inches from the roof)

Never saw the problem before as we always stored the trailer nose high and covered with an ADCO aqua-shed cover.

So, add checking the AC bolts to your checklist even if you haven't seen a leak.

Pop-Up Campers / Beds first or slide first
« on: July 15, 2011, 03:51:33 PM »
We upgraded to a Flagstaff HW27KS Highwall with slideout. I think the dealer gave use the wrong instructions when they demo'ed when opening to pull out the slide first, then the bunk ends and when closing, bunk ends first, then the slide.

When I look at the slide there are wheels on the top ends of them and I see when looking inside after closing, they are support the bunk ends.

So (forgetting the need to pull out the slide canvas before open and closing), I think it needs to be:
Setup: Bunks ends out first (So it can use the roller for support), then pull out slideout
Breakdown: Push in slideout, then push in bunk ends.

A check of the Forrest River forums has it both ways...

Electric / Bathroom light switch - rewire somehow
« on: June 22, 2011, 11:38:48 AM »
I have a highwall Flagstaff HW27KS. The bathroom has its own seperate light and there is a switch for it on the outside of the door (Thats good). But the stupid part is, its gets is power from the main cabin lights. So when I am ready to go to bed and I click the main wall switch for all 6 overhead lights, then the seperate bathroom lights doesn't work.

The only way to make it work is not use the main overhead light switch and turn each one off manually, then I can use the bathrooom switch. Thats defeats the purpose of having a wall switch for all the overhead lights.

What I need to do is put the bathroom light and switch on a different power line, so they remain seperate. The big issue is all the wires are fished through the walls and the converter is clear on the other side of the trailer (Same side as the slideout). There isn't anything close on thats side of the trailer that is 12V that is not an overhead light.

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