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RV and Pop-up Reviews

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RV / Pop-up Camper Review

Welcome to our new camper review section to our website! We are constantly dreaming of upgrading our pop-up to something a little bit easier for a young family of 5.

We recently visited our Jayco dealer when we had our pop-up winterized. We couldn't help to take a peak the the new Kiwi that was ready for our peaking.

Pop-Up vs. Hybrid

Here is a comparison of our 1999 Jayco Eagle 12SO Pop-Up Camper vs. the 2000 Jayco Kiwi Hybrid Camper (1/2 PopUp/ 1/2 Travel Trailer). Please note that Jayco does have different versions of the Kiwi.

Pop-Up Tent Trailer/Pop-Up Tent
Jayco Eagle 12SO Jayco Kiwi 17
GVWR 3000 3350
Unloaded Vehicle Weight 2120 2375
Hitch Weight 195 250
Exterior Length 16' 10" 17'
Carrying Capacity 880 975
Fresh Water Tank 17 26
Grey Water Tank N/A 24
Black Water Tank N/A 7
Bed lights 1 2
Microwave No Yes
Shower Outside Inside
Toilet Get a porta-potty In the shower room
Master Bed King Size Queen Size
Other slide-out bed Queen Double
The Bottom Line ~ $7500 ~ $13,000

Why we may upgrade to the New Kiwi:

Why we may stay with our Eagle 12SO


We probably won't upgrade in 2000. We still enjoy our pop-up tent other than the setup/setdown time. Maybe in a few years we may upgrade to a Hybrid camper like the Jayco Kiwi or a small travel trailer. We would definately consider a slide-out option on a travel trailer since we feel that they give much, much more room. The Jayco Kiwi does have a slide out.

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Last Updated: 29 December 1999