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    • Wife and I are both on CPAPs.  We carry a small honda inverter/generator to run at night, works great.  Could probably run during the day for his pod-cast if needed.  Even if you get a pop-up, having a small generator opens up a lot of areas if you don't want to be in a crowded campground.  We camp on the side of a lake, very nice area, we are always alone and catching a lot of fish.  Just an idea.  Another idea, helps with only taking one vehicle.  You can only put so much in a folded up pop-up and the back of your car.  We use to use a roof-top Cargo carrier.  You can pack a ton in those things. As for buying a pop-up, there are quite a few pop up (hehehe) on craig's list.  Dealers are there to make money and will generally not give you the best price out the door on a used one.  New.... pay the piper, he's gonna play hard right into your wallet.  There's a reason they are nicknamed *stealership*.
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