We just bought a camper! A pop up camper! We are ready to pop it up and hit the open road, or pop it down and hit the open the road: whatever. But first, we want to give you a tour of this cute little tiny home on wheels: the 2002 Coleman Westlake.
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We have wanted a camper for the last 18 years but just never made it happen. But, about three months ago, we decided it was time to figure it out. We went back and forth on new vs. used and finally settled on buying a used camper; specifically a pop up camper. After a couple of months of being patient and watching (which we recommend), we found our 2002 Coleman Westlake on Facebook Marketplace.
Why we chose a pop up camper
- Pop up’s are light weight: We needed something we could pull with our Honda Odyssey (can tow 3500 pounds).
- All those windows: We looked at enclosed campers and felt like they were too closed in. Pop-ups are surrounded with windows and we wanted to feel like we were in nature.
- King sized beds: Many pop up’s, including our 2002 Westlake have two king sized beds. That really works for our family because we have two kids and they can easily share a big bed. Also we have been married almost 20 years…we want some space.
our favorite things about the 2002 coleman westlake
- It is light weight at only 2400 lbs., easily towable by a Honda Odyssey retrofitted with a hitch and transmission cooler.
- It has a bathroom: There is a cassette toilet as well as a shower head inside. There is also shower head outside. With a hot water heater on board, this means hot showers while camping. This was a big deal for me because it means less trips to the bath house where we might come in contact with the coronavirus. Being self-contained is a big deal right now.
- Did I mention the two King beds?
- It has a lot of storage: Storage for days! There is a cabinet to the right when you first walk in. Storage under the dining benches. Three drawers and three cabinets in the kitchen, and two drawers under the sofa.
- That big A/C unit: We don’t love to be sweltering at night and this Coleman Westlake has a nice big A/C unit.
- Heat: It has a furnace that runs off of propane so if we find ourselves winter camping, we’ll be toasty. Chilly mornings, hot coffee, camping! I am here for that.
We have design plans for this camper
Yes, it functions as is… as a rolling tiny home but we like to be cozy and who doesn’t love to be comfortable? You can see that we have already removed the curtains and valances, and it became instantly more neutral We will be completely re-designing the decor and fabrics to fit our aesthetic with two designs: Spring/Summer Camping and Fall/Winter Camping.
The 2002 Coleman westlake pop up camper bathroom
The bathroom was a big deal so that we can social distance as much as possible. There is a cassette style toilet and a shower. We removed the shower curtain but kept the privacy enclosure that snaps around one side of the ceiling. We will replace the shower curtain with something pretty and keep the bathroom closed up when not in use.
We’re so excited to share this new adventure with you! You can see all of our pop up camper remodel projects here.