Looking for a camper that won’t break the bank… or your tow vehicle? A-frame campers are a great option!
If you want a hard-sided camper with more room than a teardrop, that’s as easy to store as a pop-up, look no further.
What is an A-Frame Camper Trailer
An A-Frame camper is a unique camper design with an A-shaped roof. A-frame campers are similar to pop-ups, because they pack down for travel. But, these campers are typically hard-sided, unlike a typical pop-up.
How Much Do A-Frames Weigh
A-Frame campers are lightweight campers. These small campers can weigh anywhere from 1,800lbs to 3,800lbs. Most of these campers are on the lighter end of the range.
How Big Are A-Frame Trailers
Most A-Frame RVs are under 20 ft in length and they are no wider than your tow vehicle. These campers are compact when folded down, making them easy to store in a garage or under a carport.
How Many People Can Sleep In An A-Frame
Smaller A-Frame campers are built to sleep only 2 people. Some larger A-Frame campers come with more sleeping options, able to sleep 4 people or more comfortably.
How Much Do A-Frame Campers Cost
A new A-frame camper can cost anywhere from $10k-$30k or more, depending on features. However, you can find used A-frame campers and older models for much less, sometimes even less than $5k.
Most all A-frame campers have interior features like a sleeping area, a bit of storage, and small kitchen space. The kitchen space can have a cooktop, sink, and even a refrigerator.
Larger models of A-Frame campers may have multiple seating areas, and some even come with a small bathroom or wet-bath.
Pros And Cons
An A-frame camper is a great choice for a lightweight camper that doesn’t take much room to store. They are roomier than teardrop campers and more insulated and secure than pop-up campers.
- Lightweight, easy to tow
- Easy to Store
- Lots of interior headroom
- Perfect for couples and small families
- Limited storage
- Not ideal for windy areas without additional hardware
- Not a lot of usable interior space on the walls since they fold down
- Not great for larger families
How To Power An A-Frame
These small RVs are powered just like many RVs or travel trailers – with a 30amp plug. Alternatively, you can camp off-grid using the house batteries as power. But, if you choose to do that, you’ll need solar or a generator to recharge your batteries.
The Aliner brand is the original A-frame camper brand. These are the classic A-frame campers, and the newer ones are better than ever before! Aliner has many different models to choose from.
The Rockwood A-112 is the smallest A-Frame camper offered by Forest River. With a bed, dinette, and kitchenette, this is a perfect weekend unit.
Jayco J Series
Jayco’s take on the A-frame camper is a cozy, easily towable rig. These a-frames come with additional exterior cargo space on the hitch, like a small trailer. There are available floor plans to meet anyone’s needs.
Another Forest River brand, the Flagstaff Hard Side series are A-frame campers that will make your jaw drop. Trust me when I say “it’s bigger on the inside”. These spacious campers have everything you need for an extended road trip, and they look sleek to boot.
The Chalet brand of A-frame campers off a short, classic, and extended version. These campers are perfect for solo travelers, couples, and families alike. Chalet specializes in A-frame campers. Because of this, the workmanship is top-notch.
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