Adventures In Glamping: camper acquired!

I know, I know. I'm way behind on the posts I promised. Mermaid party? Luau party? Harry potter sundresses? Tremaine sister costumes?  I'm a bad blogger.  What's the hold up / what's my big distraction, you might ask?

Welllllll.... we spontaneously decided to buy a pop-up camper and I've been busy learning all about this new trend of "glamping".  What is glamping?  According to wikipedia: 

  1. Glamping is a portmanteau of glamour and camping and describes a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with "traditional" camping.

That's not exactly our aim, but I did fall down the rabbit hole of Pinterest camper makeovers and have been hard at work re-organizing our modest little camper's interior. To me, glamping is all about intentionality: not settling for the default interior design (why do all campers have itchy fabric anyway?) and instead letting your camper reflect your family's aesthetic. What is our family's aesthetic?  Well, I'm still figuring that out. Suffice to say, since my husband will be camping with us, it's not likely going to be a princess interior, though I do think a pink sparkly interior would be unto make!

Growing up my mom and I camped every weekend throughout the summers. My aunts/uncles/cousins also camped though we didn't camp together all that often. I think I learned a lot of valuable life skills from my childhood camping days, and at the very least it forces everyone away from our electronics-saturated home for a few days!

My husband, on the other hand, grew up near the ocean and while he's a big proponent of outdoors time he is new to the whole camping thing. It was quite an adventure camper-shopping with him! He was asking the most newbie of newbie questions! It was nice knowing more than him about something transportation-related! 

I'm still amazed that I was able to sell him on the idea of a family camper. We took the girls tent-camping two summers ago and it was fun but really labor intensive. I was not keen on all the set-up time required to tent-camp. We also can't fit the kids and the tent and all the camping gear in my hatchback, so we were looking at needing to either take two cars or buy a pull-behind for the gear in which case a small pop-up became the obvious choice in my mind.

It's amazing how far pop-up campers have evolved since I was a kid! Slide outs, whaaaaat?? We did have a few limitations with regard to size: my hatchback maxes out at 1500lbs which is really small for modern pop-ups. We will need to upgrade our vehicle in the future but I didn't want to do that just to go camping this summer. So, we found a tiny used Rockwood that was under $2k. It fits us for right now while the girls are little. If it turns out that we are not a camping family we haven't sunk too much money into it (hopefully we could resell it and recoup most of the cost). On the other hand, if we get addicted to camping then in a few years when we upgrade our vehicle to a full SUV-sized thing, then we can also upgrade our camper to something with all the bells and whistles. It's also easier to justify reupholstering and reappointing the interior when it's old and dingy, amiright?

So, here it is, our new-to-us 2002 Rockwood Freedom pop-up. 

Alterations we've made so far: 

We only just had the camper delivered this weekend (and have yet to install a hitch to the Toyota Matrix!) but I didn't waste any time in ridding myself of pieces that I think are unnecessary. Remember we're not thinking of our pop-up as a mini-RV so much as a self-contained tent. Sink? No thanks. That was the first thing to go. My husband took out the whole upper cabinet and shed a whole bunch of weight from the camper. Gas grill? The whole point of camping is cooking over an open fire, right? As goes the grill, so goes the propane tank and a whole bunch more weight. And, lastly, the "U" seating was just a family fight waiting to happen with everyone kicking everyone else's shins.

Farewell shin kicking! Look at all the legroom we have now!

Farewell shin kicking! Look at all the legroom we have now!

Farewell totally unnecessarily big cabinet for a tiny unnecessary sink!

Farewell totally unnecessarily big cabinet for a tiny unnecessary sink!

Right now I'm in interior-design research mode. I've started this pinterest board for inspiration! We're leaning toward a campy aesthetic for our camper--- I'm thinking hipster fox prints, with accent s'more pillows that I happened upon this weekend at the village wide garage sale! 


Some fabrics I'm considering for the cushions and curtains.... 

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Thoughts? Do I have any readers out there who are campers also? I'd LOVE some suggestions!

Stay tuned for more! :-)