There’s only one way to get your popup camper’s roof cranked up or down and the socket for the lift system is often quite proprietary. For this reason, I always carry an extra crank handle in case the original was left on the camper and then rattled off during transit, or simply got left behind either at home or the campsite.
My long running search for the perfect bike rack ended last month when I received exactly that from 1 UP USA. American made by a small company in Wisconsin. All-aluminum construction with none of the easily breakable plastic parts used by most manufacturers. This review is specific to the roof tray version, but I’ll touch upon the hitch-mount product that I later ordered.
Hitching a popup camper behind your vehicle can sometimes force bikes and other gear to your tow vehicle’s roof rack. Or, perhaps you have a rack for kayaks and other items on top of your popup camper’s roof. In these situations, we put these “Look Up Dummy” static cling stickers on the windshield as an effective reminder before backing into the garage or driving under an overhang!
Here are some things to consider when deciding to rent or purchase a popup camper, including a price breakdown when long-term ownership is considered.