Wednesday, July 12, 2006


What is a pop-out you ask? A pop-out is a section of the trailer which slides out to create more interior space. I originally understood that FEMA would not purchase travel trailers with pop-outs or fifth wheel trailers. I have since seen both installed FEMA style.

How FEMA decides who gets a pop-out seem a mystery. I haven't met anyone who has such a trailer, but I have seen a lot of them around town.

Trailer with pop-out
Image borrowed from
(I hope they don't mind)

Have you ever noticed that once you become familiar with something, you begin to notice details you never noticed before. Well maybe you don't (She doesn't either) but I do. When I buy a car, I start to notice the subtle differences between the different trim levels and model years.

Once it became clear that our house flooded we began to think about what to do about temporary living. One option we investigated was purchasing a trailer and putting it in our yard. We visited an RV dealer and looked at used trailers. It was interesting how ingenious some are. That was the start of my education in travel trailer technology.

Soon we became aware that we could obtain a FEMA trailer quickly at no cost to us, so we decided to go with it. We had no idea what we would get and assumed (correctly) that we would have no choice. Our trailer is typical I guess, but we didn't get a pop out.


Lisa said...

Love your blog! Can't wait to read more!

Anonymous said...

My doctor how is single and lives along got a pop out.. my sis in law and family of 4 didn't... go figure