Saturday, September 30, 2023


Need shelter from hot sun or bad weather? Use this pop-up canopy

We travel from extreme area to extreme area—one too hot and sunny and the other cold and rainy. We do try to avoid snow and freezing temps, though! One thing that has helped us still enjoy the outdoors in both hot and/or extreme weather is this pop-up canopy tent.

The best pop-up canopy tent

One of our RV neighbors had this pop-up canopy tent set up to use as sun shelter in Arizona. They told us they had done some intensive research before they bought it. We took advantage of their research and bought the same one. I’m glad we did! We’ve had it for four years with some heavy weather and it’s still holding up.

It is wonderful for shade in the hot and windy desert as well as shelter in rainy and cool northern summers. We did add side shades to block more sun. When we don’t need them, we just roll them up and use bungee cords to fasten.

In really windy weather we just lower the whole unit so it’s closer to the ground. If extreme wind is predicted (over 30-40 mph), we quickly remove the cover and leave the “skeleton” up. We also bought a couple of sandbags to secure it, so we don’t need to use the included staking ropes. One person can assemble, raise and lower it, but it is easier with two people.

We also added this rechargeable light and some solar firefly lights for nights.

If you’re looking for a pop-up canopy, I recommend this one. We couldn’t be happier with ours!


Nanci Dixon
Nanci Dixon
Nanci Dixon has been a full-time RVer living “The Dream” for the last six years and an avid RVer for decades more! She works and travels across the country in a 40’ motorhome with her husband. Having been a professional food photographer for many years, she enjoys snapping photos of food, landscapes and an occasional person. They winter in Arizona and love boondocking in the desert. They also enjoy work camping in a regional park. Most of all, she loves to travel.


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Vanessa Simmons
1 year ago

I have one at home and I’ve never used it, a friend borrowed it for graduation party. My son and DIL have one they take camping to use on the shore of the lake/river as a sun shade for when they want to get the kids out of the sun.

Jesse Crouse
1 year ago

We own 4. Use them at dog trials. One is 10 x 20. We have more than one dog. Another reason we now own a 40′ DP. Need the storage area below and a Wrangler toad.

1 year ago

We carried one around for a few years. We used it once. We gave it away. Before you invest in money and space, make sure you’re going to use it.

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

I have one of those and have used it many times. However, it is a pain in the back to set up by yourself. Now I use a Gizelle popup screen tent. I light it with Luci solar lights.

7 months ago

I love Luci lights. Best portable solar lights IMO.
and I want a Gazelle – what a great pop-up shelter!

1 year ago

Staying exclusively in the PNW I agree.
But…in the Western deserts the skeleton will blow away and do damage to someones rig or person.
Good item for windless campgrounds though.

David F.
1 year ago

We have been using a pop up to augment our experience for several years now, camping year round in the PNW. Usually get the cheap ones from a local Sporting goods retailer, just because we are so hard on them. Quite often sitting by the fire with a looooong stick, roasting dogs or marshmallows in the rain. Other times it goes over the picnic table, to provide some weather protection. We camp mostly in the State Parks, using our bumper pull TH as a TT. Glad to see you sharing such a great idea.

Joe Malvasi
1 year ago

I have one similar to that one. I set it up as my kitchen. Put dish washing station, grill, and griddle under it. Have also used it to go watch grandkids play baseball on hot sunny days. They aren’t too heavy, and it fits nicely in the boot of my motorhome.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

While nice, these things are big, and weigh A LOT.

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

We were dumb and bought two….hardly use them now, and yes- heavy!

David F Krieg
1 year ago

I had vents (2), opposite of each other, put in at the top to prevent lifting of the canopy when a gust of wind blows through. Best choice is to buy one with vents…

1 year ago

Nice, but apparently you have way more storage area than most of us.

1 year ago

Hopefully you turn off those lights when you retire for the evening?! Thanks in advance, enjoy the stars!

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