This family vacation and these photos are from our 2 week vacation out to California and back in 1994 when we drove our pick-up towing our pop-up.
Of all the memories we have over the past years as a family, I think this one family vacation maybe holds the most vivid recollection for everyone as a 2 week adventure that we all enjoyed. If you ask our children what they got for Christmas or a birthday they would be hard pressed to remember specifics. But, if you ask them about the family vacation to California and back in the pop-up, you better pull up a chair and be ready to listen for a while.
I took the time to repack the bearings in the small wheels of the pup-up because they would be spinning at a rate of about 3 to 1 of the wheels on the truck. I also engineered a gear/belt mechanism that allowed me to use a drill motor to raise and lower the camper. It had a large and heavy air conditioner on top and I didn’t really like the idea of cranking and lowering by hand every day for 2 week. This idea made it much more enjoyable after a long day of driving to get setup. The last modification was to build my own truck bed cover ( trunk lid ) to cover our items that wouldn’t fit in the camper.
The poor quality photos are screen shots from video that was taken by the wildly popular VHS cam-corder we had at the time. We didn’t have much money then, but we sure had fun. The following images are a peek into one of our family’s favorite vacation experiences. We travelled from North Alabama to California and back in our Silverado pick-up with our 1980 Coleman pop-up in tow.
- Highlights: We almost ran out of gas in Utah ! We had 2 blow-outs on the pop-up’s small tires. The deck I made to cover the bed of the truck – blew off. When Arizona signs say “wind advisory” take them seriously!