Far and away, the Cub is the easiest-to-set-up forward-folding camper, and I’m constantly surprised that other manufacturers haven’t copied the concept yet. Most imported campers (potentially all, apart from the Opus which has pneumatic poles) require some level of pole adjustment to get the tent taut (on second thought, that is a lot of pole adjustment), Cub has engineered its frame, so that’s not needed.
After unclipping the lid, when you wind in the winch, the roof is pulled over. Once the roof is over-centre, the winch continues to pull it into place, and all that’s left to do is push the rear tent bow out, tidy up the overhanging canvas weather flaps, and the tent is done.
Inside, the cushions for the wraparound lounge need arranging, and the straps holding the bed in place can be undone. It’s a very painless set-up.
There’s one thing to note on pack-up, though. Largely, the process is straightforward. The same mechanisms that open the trailer up also help close it. However, it’s imperative that you close the door first. On most forward-fold campers, if you leave the door open, you’ll have to open the camper up again to close it, which is frustrating, but that’s all.
On the Cub, which has a side-hinged rather than bottom-hinged door, if you forget, as I did, you’ll bend the gas strut over the top hinge. It’s $140 to replace one, so not overly problematic, but certainly far from ideal.
There are a few possible solutions to this, I believe. Most obvious is to copy the status quo and move the hinges to the bottom, although that means the camper will have a full canvas door, which is less elegant. Alternatively, Cub could move the hinges lower on the door so that the strut slides between it and the campers frame if you accidentally make the same mistake as I did. Or, just remember to close the door.
So, in summation: remember to close the door before you start packing up the trailer. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!