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The 1997 Coleman Laredo is pop-up style camp trailer from the Destiny Series, and 1997 was the last year this series was manufactured. Coleman is a leader in outdoor equipment, manufacturing everything from lanterns to tents. The company manufactures a number of different trailer models with size and feature variations.
Dimensions and Layout
The Laredo has a length of 17 feet and a width of 6 feet, 7 inches. The dry weight is 995 pounds and the model is designed to sleep six people. The interior has a dinette with cushioned seats and a table. Interior storage cabinets provide storage, and two separate bedrooms offer privacy and sleeping space. A propane stove is built into the trailer along with a sink for water and dishes. The propane tank and water fill are accessed from the exterior.
Setup and Take-Down
A simple crank system is used to raise and lower the roof. Latches hold the roof to the body during travel. Simply unhook the latches and turn the crank to raise the roof. Slide out the beds, and attach the leg supports to stabilize. Enter the interior and flip the awning bars up to tighten the fabric over each bed. Simply reverse this process for take-down. Remove the bed supports, slide the beds inward and lower the crank.
Secure all latches before driving with the trailer in tow. Driving without the roof secured is hazardous.
The fabric shell has built-in ventilation options. Locate the window screens and unzip them to increase airflow. The door screen is also an option for airflow. Zip the screens before you take down the trailer to keep out moisture and prevent mold.
Zach Lazzari is a freelance outdoor writer specializing in hunting, fly fishing and the general outdoors. He guided fly fishing trips for 10 years in Colorado, Alaska, Montana and Patagonia-Chile. Zach lives in Montana and splits time between the river and keyboard.