Once upon a time there was a family of three, and their names were Bossy, Bossy’s husband, and Bossy’s daughter. They were a family of three because the fourth person, a certain someone named Bossy’s son, decided he had only 96-hours of camping in him and therefore was lagging at home in order to
girlfriend girlfriend girlfriend work and would take the train to meet up with the family mid-vacation.
So this family of three woke up very early one Saturday morning, and we’re not talking about seven in the morning or even five, we are talking about 3:00 a.m., due to a little thing called Towing a Trailer With No Experience and a little thing called Driving Past New York City During Rush Hour—and put those two together and it spells: Bossy did not want to learn how to tow a trailer as she drove past New York City at rush hour.
So the family of three drove off in the dark, and they drove and they drove, and they drove some more and drove a little after that, and it was still only eight in the morning. And so they stopped at a diner and then they drove and they drove and they drove some more and then drove for a bit longer and before they knew it, it was time to drive some more.
But finally they arrived at their destination, a bucolic State Park in Vermont:
The first trick was backing the Viking pop-up trailer into the site. Actually Bossy kids—it’s not a trick: it’s an antic wrapped inside a mystery slathered in legerdemain:
For instance: did you know that when positioning a trailer, you must turn your steering wheel to the right to make it go left, and turn your steering wheel to the left to make it go right?
But once situated in the space, the family got straight to work setting up their camp:
Setting up a pop-up trailer is similar to setting up a tent minus approximately two hundred tent poles and the equivalent number of curses.
In simple terms, a pop-up trailer is a utility box with a house living in it. To assemble this house, you need to crank-up the roof of the box, allowing the emergence of walls made of screening and vinyl—and then extend the two arms which house the sleeping bunks, and the third arm that holds the dining room table (if you have one) (and Bossy has one.)
Here are the instructions for the above: Crank, push, pull, zipper, push, pull, crank crank crank:
Then the vinyl walls snap under or over each other allowing for mosquito-tight living quarters:
The next step of assembly was extending the awning over the front door:
The family of three known as Bossy and Bossy’s husband and Bossy’s daughter enjoy eating by the campfire, but they don’t enjoy the bugs who also enjoy eating by the campfire, so the next step of the process was to assemble the screen house that lives around the picnic table:
And finally, with everything in place, the family of three retired to the inside of their pop-up trailer where they hid for two days from the rain.