Pop-Up Camper

Rickman

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Recently purchased a new pop up. 1 ton axle, 35gal water tank, 12v fridge, solar set up. Towed it this weekend around town for a couple of hours and it really feels good back there. I'm looking for some feedback, it weighs about 2000lbs. Now the Jeep has 4 wheel disc brakes and a 318hp Golen Stroker. It ran a little warmer, 215-ish on the highway.

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215 is totally fine. Wouldn't think twice about it. I occasionally see 225 with my stroker not towing anything on the highway with the a/c on going up long grades where the cruise almost has it almost floored doing 75 mph when it's in the upper 90's. I used to have a super thick aluminum radiator that would keep it around 210 under all highway conditions but it was so thick it required an e-fan which couldn't pull enough air to keep it cool at slow speeds with the a/c on. Also after the 3rd one started leaking, I gave up and went Mopar. Cools great at slow speeds (with the same e-fan too) but a little warmer at max grunt sometimes on the highway. I chalk it up to the ability of the stroker to make significantly more power (and thus heat) and just chug up the hill as opposed to having to down shift.

I love your trailer and overall setup. I've been looking for the same kind of trailer setup for a while. What model is it based on?
 
215 is totally fine. Wouldn't think twice about it. I occasionally see 225 with my stroker not towing anything on the highway with the a/c on going up long grades where the cruise almost has it almost floored doing 75 mph when it's in the upper 90's. I used to have a super thick aluminum radiator that would keep it around 210 under all highway conditions but it was so thick it required an e-fan which couldn't pull enough air to keep it cool at slow speeds with the a/c on. Also after the 3rd one started leaking, I gave up and went Mopar. Cools great at slow speeds (with the same e-fan too) but a little warmer at max grunt sometimes on the highway. I chalk it up to the ability of the stroker to make significantly more power (and thus heat) and just chug up the hill as opposed to having to down shift.

I love your trailer and overall setup. I've been looking for the same kind of trailer setup for a while. What model is it based on?

It's all built on a 1980 Palomino Shetland trailer. Rear bed is a single, front a double.
 
It's all built on a 1980 Palomino Shetland trailer. Rear bed is a single, front a double.
I really like it a lot too, I would have rather had that than my tent trailer. Yours has more ground clearance and bigger tires, plus it doesn't look like it had to be cranked to raise it up.

The reduced ground clearance and smaller tires of mine really caused me some problems once that partially ripped the back of it off and bent my bumper and receiver hitch when my GPS said an alternate route was better and faster. Turned out that alternate route had me rock crawling in 4Lo at night! :eek: :ROFLMAO:

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Hey, Rickman!

I was diggin' your trailer and Googled "1980 Palomino Shetland" because I was curious what one looks like stock. I think I found two build threads and a video from the guy (maybe you?) who built it into an off-road rig over a decade ago. Anyway, you already may be aware, but if not, you might find these interesting:

https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/offroad-popup-camper-build.354638/page-12
https://www.popupportal.com/threads/1980-palomino-shetland-s3-restoration-offroad-pup-project.32659/
 
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