The Appeal of Pop-Up Trailers

Pop-up trailers are a blend of RV and tent, combining the best of both types. They give you the comfort and security of a travel trailer and the openness of a tent.

Viking Epic Pop-Up Trailers
Viking Epic Pop-Up Trailers Consumers Digest Best Buy

Pop-up trailers, which are also known as pop-up campers, folding tent trailers, and folding campers are lightweight trailers with collapsible (usually canvas material) sides that fold for aerodynamic towing by a motorized vehicle. When set up, they provide cooking, dining, and sleeping facilities for up to eight people.

Pop-up trailers are an affordable way for the budget buyer to get into RVing, a viable first step of RV ownership.

They are lightweight and make a lot of sense to campers especially young families and those looking at upgrading from tent camping to an RV.

Added to the fact purchase prices are much lower than a conventional RV, they provide a wonderful camping choice.

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) is forecasting the industry will ship 10,900 pop-up units to retailers this year and will remain unchanged in 2015.

TrailManor SilverTrail Edition
TrailManor SilverTrail Edition

Although the market for pop-ups has been eroded somewhat following the recession, there are still new pop-up trailers coming out that will continue to attract new customers who have decided that tent camping just isn’t fun anymore. And today’s pop-ups have some definite advantages over their predecessors.

They’re definitely not your dad’s pop-up. Early pop-up trailers were bland—not much more than a wheeled box with a bed and table. They have become a lot easier to set up and take down. Today’s pop-up trailers are much more automated with more power lifts that reduce setup and take down time. When you add to that the incredible number of new features—everything from updated floor plans and fabrics to extra storage and power points, their appeal has been broadened.

SylvanSport GO
Lightweight and easy to manage, the SylvanSport GO can be pulled by even the smallest of cars.

Today, they are much improved and offer more appeal. There are even off-road models with dirt tires and a deck on which to carry an ATV.

Setting up a pop-up trailer is relatively simple and should take about 20 minutes.

Park your pop-up in a level spot. Secure the wheels with a tire locking chock. Raise the trailer tongue high enough to disconnect the tow vehicle. Pull the tow vehicle away and level the trailer.

Release the roof latches, and raise the roof using the crank handle or winch extending the telescoping poles on each corner of the box.

Next, bunks at the front and the back of the trailer are pulled out by hand. Then, the tent material (which is fastened to the box and to the roof) is unfurled, pulled over the ends of the bunks, and attached. Interior support poles for the bunk and the entry door are then installed.

Depending on the configuration and included equipment, several additional set up steps may be required. These steps include hooking up to utilities (electricity, water, sewer), reassembling the dinette, unfolding the sink, turning on systems (water pump, water heater, etc.), making beds and unpacking belongings.

Earlier articles on Vogel Talks RVing have featured several brands of pop-up trailers, each boasting unique features.

Bunkhouse Pop-up trailer
Bushtec Products’ Bunkhouse Pop-up trailers has introduced a new pop-up travel trailer.

The Bunkhouse Camper manufactured by Jacksboro, Tennessee-based Bushtec Products features pop-ups weighing less than 300 pounds that are popular with motorcycle riders.

The TrailManor is a low-profile hard wall trailer that opens and closes with the touch of a remote control. TrailManor’s “tow low/live high” concept appeals to campers desiring comfort and luxury beyond that offered by the typical pop-up trailer.

The Viking Epic Series of pop-up trailers offers eight floor plans in the $9,615-$13,401 price range. Manufactured by Coachmen RV, a division of Forest River Inc., the Viking Epic Series was named a 2014 Consumers Digest Best Buy in the “midrange” category.

Billed as “Mobile Adventure Gear” rather than a trailer, the SylvanSport Go is an 800-pound pop-up trailer that can carry extra outdoor equipment such as canoes and trailers and can be towed by a small car.

Worth Pondering…

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TrailManor Moves Manufacturing to Nebraska

TrailManor began manufacturing travel trailers in Lake City, Tennessee, in 1983.

TrailManor SilverTrail Edition
TrailManor SilverTrail Edition

In 2011, new owners moved the company to Jacksboro, Tennessee.

Earlier this month they announced they were moving the Tennessee manufacturing operations to Nebraska and will consolidate the manufacturing of their classic models with the manufacturing of the new TrailManor Rise travel trailers.

Marketing Director Cleo Jean Eickhoff said that some of the Tennessee employees are currently in Nebraska working; and some may relocate there.

Several employees are retiring, some have found positions elsewhere, and TrailManor is working with a local organization to assist others to find employment.

“It was a difficult decision,” Eickhoff said, in a company news release.

“Change isn’t always easy. TrailManor has a much larger facility in Nebraska that is more suited for their business and the State of Nebraska has incentives that make the move promising.”

TrailManor manufactures unique collapsible trailers that offer easy towing and when open have all the amenities of an upright trailer including a full kitchen, full bath, lots of living space and hard side walls for safety and for year-around camping.

The TrailManor: the remarkable folding trailer design that built the company
The TrailManor: the remarkable folding trailer design that built the company

A TrailManor can be towed with a small SUV, crossover or minivan — and can be set up in just two minutes without having to unhitch.

TrailManor Tennessee Service Department

TrailManor’s Tennessee service department will remain in the state at a new location just a few miles from the Jacksboro plant. It is right off I-75 at Exit 134. The address is 160 Lake Lane in Caryville. The phone number remains the same at 423.563.6685.

Plans are to expand the service to other campers as well as the TrailManor units, Eickhoff explained.

TrailManor Nebraska Manufacturing Plant

TrailManor’s Nebraska plant is located at 56251 Highway 84 in Hartington, Neb.  The phone number is 402.316.7288, and can be reached by calling the Tennessee service center.

TrailManor SilverTrail Edition interior
TrailManor SilverTrail Edition interior

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TrailManor Manufacturing Company, LLC

TrailManor was founded in 1983, but the story goes back much farther.

Before the first TrailManor was shipped to a dealer, the design went through ten years of prototypes and testing. It was only after the innovative TrailManor design was thoroughly tested and proven that it was made available to the public.

Founder, William J. Hulsey, has a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering and more than 25 years of experience in developing high technology materials and products. He transferred this knowledge to a dedicated group of current TrailManor employees who continue to manufacture trailers that are light in weight, easy to tow, engineered to last, high in resale value, and fun to use from the moment you leave your driveway.

trailmanor-hdrToday, TrailManor has two locations, a manufacturing plant in Jacksboro, Tennessee, and general offices in Hartington, Nebraska.

The product line has expanded to include both the classic TrailManor design and a new series of Sport models that are exceptionally light, very affordable, and a delight to own.

That’s what you should expect from a travel trailer, and that’s what you get with TrailManor.

General Offices:  P.O. Box 397, Hartington, NE  68739

Manufacturing Plant: 56251 Highway 84, Hartington, NE

Phone: (423) 563-6685

Websitewww.trailmanor.com

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If you wander with open eyes and simple curiosity, you’ll discover a much richer pleasure — the simple feeling of possibility that hums from every direction as you move from place to place.

—Rolf Potts

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TrailManor SilverTrail Edition Introduces Bold New Design

TrailManor has designed “a bold new look” in its new SilverTrail edition, representing ”the biggest visual update for the trailer line in more than a decade.”

TrailManor SilverTrail Edition Introduces Bold New Design
TrailManor SilverTrail Edition Introduces Bold New Design

The SilverTrail edition features gleaming silver aluminum exterior panels with black trim, accented by TrailManor graphics.

Inside, the SilverTrail offers a tan interior with new wallboards, countertops, curtains, upholstery and flooring. There is an optional upgrade from cloth to leatherette sofas and seats.

“More than 30 percent of all new cars and trucks sold are silver or gray,” noted Cleo Jean Eickhoff, vice president of marketing for TrailManor, in a news release.

“The SilverTrail edition goes with this trend to expand our appeal, and provide the thousands of loyal TrailManor owners an opportunity to upgrade to the new edition.”

TrailManor’s retractable travel trailers are unique in that they are hardwall travel trailers that fold down like tent campers for easy towing.

TrailManor SilverTrail Edition Introduces Bold New Design
TrailManor SilverTrail Edition Introduces Bold New Design

Lighter than traditional travel trailers due to TrailManor’s laminated construction, the trailers can be towed with properly equipped minivans, crossovers and small SUVs.

A retractable TrailManor trailer sets up in less than two minutes and owners aren’t required to unhitch. Interiors offer the amenities of upscale travel trailers, including a full kitchen, a hard-wall bath with shower and tub, plenty of storage, and great living space.

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TrailManor Manufacturing Company, LLC

TrailManor was founded in 1983, but the story goes back much farther.

Before the first TrailManor was shipped to a dealer, the design went through ten years of prototypes and testing. It was only after the innovative TrailManor design was thoroughly tested and proven that it was made available to the public.

Founder, William J. Hulsey, has a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering and more than 25 years of experience in developing high technology materials and products. He transferred this knowledge to a dedicated group of current TrailManor employees who continue to manufacture trailers that are light in weight, easy to tow, engineered to last, high in resale value, and fun to use from the moment you leave your driveway.

Today, TrailManor has two locations, a manufacturing plant in Jacksboro, Tennessee, and general offices in Hartington, Nebraska.

The product line has expanded to include both the classic TrailManor design and a new series of Sport models that are exceptionally light, very affordable, and a delight to own.

That’s what you should expect from a travel trailer, and that’s what you get with TrailManor.

General Offices:  P.O. Box 397, Hartington, NE  68739

Manufacturing Plant: 1202 McGhee Lane, Jacksboro, TN  37757

Phone: (423) 563-6685

Website: www.trailmanor.com

Worth Pondering…

If you wander with open eyes and simple curiosity, you’ll discover a much richer pleasure — the simple feeling of possibility that hums from every direction as you move from place to place.

—Rolf Potts

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TrailManor Introduces Duck Blind Edition

TrailManor is taking a cue from a wildly popular TV show centered around ducks by offering a special “duck blind” edition of its trailers that features special camouflage graphics and trim, making the trailers even more appealing to hunters and outdoorsmen.

TrailManor Introduces Duck Blind Edition
TrailManor Introduces Duck Blind Edition

The new graphic package is offered as an option and can be retrofitted to existing trailers.

It is also available on TrailManor’s new RISE truck camper.

“We continually listen to our owners and dealers, and the Duck Blind edition is based on feedback that they provided about new styling and uses for TrailManor trailers,” said Cleo Eickhoff, vice president of marketing, in a news release.

“We want to make TrailManors as versatile as possible, and the Duck Blind edition gives our owners who are hunters another reason to take out their TrailManors for an adventure.”

TrailManor’s ultra-low profile is ideal for getting into the back country by being towed in the retracted position, he explained.

The patented torsion power lift design allows “raising the roof” quickly and easily. There is an added sense of security provided by the hard side wall construction, said Eickhoff.

TrailManor travel trailers are unique in that they are hardwall travel trailers that fold down like tent campers for easy towing. They are also much lighter than traditional travel trailers due to TrailManor’s unique laminated construction, he explained.

TrailManor trailers can be towed with properly equipped minivans, crossovers, and small SUVs, so owners don’t have to buy big tow vehicles. It only takes about one extra gallon of gas to tow a TrailManor 100 miles, said Eickhoff.

A TrailManor trailer sets up in less than two minutes and owners don’t even have to unhitch.  Inside, TrailManors have the amenities of upscale travel trailers, including a full kitchen, a hardwall bath with shower and tub, plenty of storage, and great living space.

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TrailManor Manufacturing Company, LLC

TrailManor was founded in 1983, but the story goes back much farther.

Before the first TrailManor was shipped to a dealer, the design went through ten years of prototypes and testing. It was only after the innovative TrailManor design was thoroughly tested and proven that it was made available to the public.

Founder, William J. Hulsey, has a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering and more than 25 years of experience in developing high technology materials and products. He transferred this knowledge to a dedicated group of current TrailManor employees who continue to manufacture trailers that are light in weight, easy to tow, engineered to last, high in resale value, and fun to use from the moment you leave your driveway.

Today, TrailManor has two locations, a manufacturing plant in Jacksboro, Tennessee, and general offices in Hartington, Nebraska.

The product line has expanded to include both the classic TrailManor design and a new series of Sport models that are exceptionally light, very affordable, and a delight to own.

That’s what you should expect from a travel trailer, and that’s what you get with TrailManor.

General Offices:  P.O. Box 397, Hartington, NE  68739

Manufacturing Plant: 1202 McGhee Lane, Jacksboro, TN  37757

Phone: (423) 563-6685

Website: trailmanor.com

Worth Pondering…

If you wander with open eyes and simple curiosity, you’ll discover a much richer pleasure — the simple feeling of possibility that hums from every direction as you move from place to place.

—Rolf Potts

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TrailManor Introduces 2014 Models

Jacksboro, Tennessee-based TrailManor Manufacturing Co. introduced its 2014 models featuring significant changes, including new exterior styling along additional floor plans in its popular 2417 trailer.

New TrailManor graphics package for 2014
New TrailManor graphics package for 2014

TrailManor has added new slide out versions in its 2417 model.

The smallest trailer in the TrailManor lineup, the 24-foot model now comes with three different floor plans, plus two different widths. A Sport version of the trailer is six inches narrower for customers looking for more visibility while towing or a trailer that will fit easily into a garage.

TrailManor 2014 models were available to the public the first time at the America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania, September 11-13.

TrailManor travel trailers are unique in that they are hardwall travel trailers that fold down like tent campers for easy towing. They are also much lighter than traditional travel trailers due to TrailManor’s “unique laminated construction.

TrailManor trailers can be towed with properly equipped minivans, crossovers, and small SUVs and only take about one extra gallon of gas to tow 100 miles.

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A TrailManor trailer sets up in less than two minutes and owners don’t have to unhitch.

Inside, TrailManors have the amenities of upscale travel trailers, including a full kitchen, a hard wall bath with shower and tub, plenty of storage, and great living space.

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TrailManor Manufacturing Company, LLC

TrailManor was founded in 1983, but the story goes back much farther.

Before the first TrailManor was shipped to a dealer, the design went through ten years of prototypes and testing. It was only after the innovative TrailManor design was thoroughly tested and proven that it was made available to the public.

Founder, William J. Hulsey, has a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering and more than 25 years of experience in developing high technology materials and products. He transferred this knowledge to a dedicated group of current TrailManor employees who continue to manufacture trailers that are light in weight, easy to tow, engineered to last, high in resale value, and fun to use from the moment you leave your driveway.

Today, TrailManor has two locations, a manufacturing plant in Jacksboro, Tennessee, and general offices in Hartington, Nebraska.

The product line has expanded to include both the classic TrailManor design and a new series of Sport models that are exceptionally light, very affordable, and a delight to own.

That’s what you should expect from a travel trailer, and that’s what you get with TrailManor.

General Offices:  P.O. Box 397, Hartington, NE  68739

Manufacturing Plant: 1202 McGhee Lane, Jacksboro, TN  37757

Phone: (423) 563-6685

Website: trailmanor.com

Worth Pondering…

If you wander with open eyes and simple curiosity, you’ll discover a much richer pleasure — the simple feeling of possibility that hums from every direction as you move from place to place.

—Rolf Potts

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TrailManor Introduces Three New Models

Jacksboro, Tennessee-based TrailManor Manufacturing Co. LLC introduces three new folding hard-wall trailer models.

The TrailManor 2922 models are based on the company’s best-selling 2720 line, with the addition of a king-size rear bed.

The 29-foot trailers are offered in configurations including front and rear beds; a front slide out model with sofabed; and a front slide out model with a dinette.

“RV buyers have been trending toward larger beds for several years, and TrailManor dealers have received lots of requests for a king bed in smaller models,” noted Cleo Eickhoff, vice president of marketing for TrailManor, in a news release.

“Last year, we addressed this by offering a king bed in our 2417 Sport model. Now, we’re giving dealers three new king bed models at highly desirable price points.”

TrailManor 2922 travel trailer

TrailManor’s entire lineup features hard-wall travel trailers that fold down like tent campers for easy towing. They are lighter than traditional travel trailers due to TrailManor’s laminated construction and can be towed with properly equipped minivans, crossovers, and small SUVs. The company said that it takes about one extra gallon of gas to tow a TrailManor trailer 100 miles.

A TrailManor trailer sets up in less than two minutes and owners don’t even have to unhitch. Inside, TrailManors are equipped with the amenities of upscale travel trailers, including a full kitchen, a hard-wall bath with shower and tub, plenty of storage, and ample living space.

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TrailManor Manufacturing Company, LLC

TrailManor was founded in 1983, but the story goes back much farther. Before the first TrailManor was shipped to a dealer, the design went through ten years of prototypes and testing. It was only after the innovative TrailManor design was thoroughly tested and proven that it was made available to the public.

Founder, William J. Hulsey, has a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering and more than 25 years of experience in developing high technology materials and products.

He transferred this knowledge to a dedicated group of current TrailManor employees who continue to manufacture trailers that are light in weight, easy to tow, engineered to last, high in resale value, and fun to use from the moment you leave your driveway.

Today, TrailManor has two locations, a manufacturing plant in Jacksboro, Tennessee, and general offices in Hartington, Nebraska.

The product line has expanded to include both the classic TrailManor design and a new series of Sport models that are exceptionally light, very affordable, and a delight to own.

That’s what you should expect from a travel trailer, and that’s what you get with TrailManor.

General Offices:  P.O. Box 397, Hartington, NE  68739

Manufacturing Plant: 1202 McGhee Lane, Jacksboro, TN  37757

Phone: (423) 563-6685

Website: trailmanor.com

Worth Pondering…

If you wander with open eyes and simple curiosity, you’ll discover a much richer pleasure — the simple feeling of possibility that hums from every direction as you move from place to place.
—Rolf Potts

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TrailManor Now Building Trailers in Tennessee

The cantilevered TrailManor—a mix between a folding camping trailer and a conventional hard-sided travel trailer—is now being built in Jacksboro, Tennessee, with new owners Robert J. and Cleo Eickhoff, according to a news release.

”My husband has been associated with TrailManor for 18 years as a factory rep,” said Cleo Eickhoff, marketing director for TrailManor Mfg. Co. LLC, with headquarters in Hartington, Nebraska.

The couple moved into an ownership position after William J. Hawlsey, founder of now defunct TrailManor Inc., had health issues. ”That coupled with the fact that the economy had taken a downturn, TrailManor just suffered terribly,” Eickhoff said. ”We moved from Nebraska to Tennessee to try to help Bill, but it just didn’t work.”

TrailManor Inc. then located in Lake City, Tennessee, stopped production in September and the Eickhoffs bought the company’s assets two months later and began manufacturing TrailManor travel trailers in a different factory in Jacksboro.

While continuing to build the TrailManor, the company has introduced three TrailManor Sport floor plans in 16- to 24-foot lengths that retail starting at $16,797—which is about $9,500 less than the traditional TrailManor.

The TrailManor: the remarkable folding trailer design that built the company

The TrailManor 2417 Sport features the classic folding TrailManor design. It has a king sized bed on one end; a double bed on the other, so there’s plenty of room for family. It also features a full kitchen with sink, 3-way refrigerator, and an innovative portable stove that can be used either inside the trailer or outside if you want to enjoy the outdoors. The 2417 also has a cassette toilet option.

The TrailManor 19 RD SportDeck is built on the same frame as the 2619, so it has exceptional strength. The value of the model is enhanced with more standard equipment including twin gas bottles, Fantastic vent, and a slick new European style sink and two-burner stove. Then we added 15 inch tires and alloy wheels, a coated back deck, sturdy new folding steps, and a convenient outside shower. It even features a hardwall bathroom and our popular dinette floor plan.

The new TrailManor 16 RD SportDeck is the lightest TrailManor yet. Its compact design makes towing behind smaller vehicles simple and stress-free. And it still offers plenty in the way of amenities. There’s a two-burner stove, sink, and refrigerator. You can even add a bathroom option, or opt for more counter and storage space. The dinette floor plan offers room for relaxing and meals, and it is an ideal choice for couples who love to camp at a moment’s notice.

TrailManor has 30 dealers nationwide and currently employs 24 people in a 22,000-square-foot factory in Jacksboro. The company plans to start building the traditional TrailManor Elkmont travel trailer, which had been discontinued, in a factory the couple owns in Hartington, perhaps as early as summer.

”We were fortunate that the base core of employees moved to Jacksboro with us,” Eickhoff said.

After opening the factory in Hartington to build the Elkmont, TrailManor, and TrailManor Sport will continue to be built in Tennessee, Eickhoff said.

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TrailManor Manufacturing Company, LLC
TrailManor was founded in 1983, but the story goes back much farther. Before the first TrailManor was shipped to a dealer, the design went through ten years of prototypes and testing. It was only after the innovative TrailManor design was thoroughly tested and proven that it was made available to the public.

Founder, William J. Hulsey, has a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering and more than 25 years of experience in developing high technology materials and products.

He transferred this knowledge to a dedicated group of current TrailManor employees who continue to manufacture trailers that are light in weight, easy to tow, engineered to last, high in resale value, and fun to use from the moment you leave your driveway.

Today, TrailManor has two locations, a manufacturing plant in Jacksboro, Tennessee, and general offices in Hartington, Nebraska (with a manufacturing facility planned there during 2012).

The product line has expanded to include both the classic TrailManor design and a new series of Sport models that are exceptionally light, very affordable, and a delight to own.

That’s what you should expect from a travel trailer, and that’s what you get with TrailManor.

General Offices:  P.O. Box 397, Hartington, NE  68739

Manufacturing Plant: 1202 McGhee Lane, Jacksboro, TN  37757

Phone: (423) 563-6685

Website: trailmanor.com

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