Our start to camping and fishing California began a few years back when my wife and I slowed down on the trips abroad and all the nice cruises and decided that we both wanted to return to one of our first loves in life.
At this point in our lives we were quickly approaching the golden years and didn’t really want to spend any of our so called ‘retirement’ funds, so we found ourselves on a hunt for a fairly inexpensive way to get back into this thing that we loved so much in our past lives; we began searching for the best RV camping in California.
So we started researching our best options for camping and fishing California and found some great, inexpensive ways to camp and comfortably enjoy the great outdoors from the Eastern Sierras to the hills of San Diego County’s Ramona and eastward to the quaint little community of Julian.
What A Concept…
One thing that we both knew for sure was that at this age, we were not going back to sleeping on cots or on the ground, so over many months our search for some of the best options for camping finally led us to a Rockwood 2280, pop-up tent trailer.
Now, this was something that was fairly easily affordable and yet was new enough to have much of the latest technology in tent trailers. It was also something that would fit in our garage, but yet would allow us to sleep 4 feet off the ground on a comfortable mattress. It also included a toilet, a shower, a built-in furnace and a small, functioning kitchenette and was conveniently towable behind most pickups and midsized SUV’s.
More on the Rocky…
If you’re not familiar with pop-up tent trailers, the basic premise is a squarish or rectangular trailer that is enclosed within 6 to 16 feet and stands between 4 and 5 feet off the ground, yet when it is cranked up and extended can be over 8 feet tall and 21 feet long, frequently including a king sized bunk, a queen sized bunk, a dinette, a couch, a toilet, a shower, a kitchen sink, a 3-burner stove , an oven and a mini-fridge.
We also had storage areas under the dinette benches and an outside shower setup. Included under the trailer was a 20 gallon fresh water tank with a water heater. Some units also come with microwaves and air conditioners. Our unit even had built in mattress heaters for those cold nights that we occasionally ran into.
Storing the Unit…
One of the most important features was the fact that we could store this unit at our home and not pay someone between $70 and $135 a month to hold onto it for us making this one of the more inexpensive ways to camp! This unit actually fit in our garage and rather nicely. This meant that the whole trailer was out of the weather’s damaging elements.
After a pretty short time the sun tends to begin breaking down paint, plastics, decals and tires and it truly was a relief to know that our Rocky wasn’t going to suffer damage from the elements, nor was it going to fall victim to pranks in the neighborhood or actually wind up hooked up to some stranger’s pickup in the middle of the night heading for the border.
For having just gotten re-started back into the wonderful world of camping and fishing, this Rockwood pop-up tent trailer really allowed us to experience some of the best RV camping sites in California.
By R.C. Stude