Are you tired of setting up a tent every time you go camping, but you’re not ready for the commitment of an RV? Then a Pop-up camper trailer might be perfect for you. Not only is it middle-ground for size, but it’s the lowest priced of all the trailers, including travel trailers and fifth wheels.
The best folding pop-ups are the ones that are easy to tow with a mid-size car, minivan, or SUV. They are lightweight and portable and fit easily into your driveway or garage, or even your backyard. Because of their compact design, they are perfect for going off-road and finding that ideal secluded spot for privacy and peace.
With all of the optional features, you will have some of the amenities of home, such as kitchens, sitting areas, beds, and sometimes even toilets and showers. However, with the canvas walls, you won’t be sacrificing that feeling of sleeping under the stars. They are also an excellent option for first-time RVers.
What is a Pop Up Camper
Pop-up campers are compact and flat. You usually see them towed by minivans or SUVs. Even though the name suggests it, they don’t actually “pop-up.” Instead, you use either a hydraulic lift or winch to raise the hard roof. You then need to extend the telescoping metal poles and pull out the two-bed sliders by hand.
Because the trailer’s walls are vinyl or canvas with screened windows, you will be closer to nature than you would typically be in an RV. With an outdoorsy tent feeling, you’re not closed off from all the great sounds of nature as you would be in an RV. And you won’t be sitting on the ground.
Let’s take a look at the top 7 pop up campers on the market today so that you can decide what style would work best for your wants and needs as a camper.
Sylvan Sport Go
The Sylvan Sport Go may look small, but it makes a big statement. Whether you are taking this tent on an everyday adventure, or you are going all out with an epic adventure, the Sylvan Sport Go has you covered. This camper may be compact, but the spacious multi-use design is comfortable with multiple dining and sleeping options.
Never be anxious about the rain again, this tent is elevated and waterproof, guaranteed to keep you dry. Easy to tow with almost any car or truck, this camper is fuel-efficient, as well, due to its low profile and lightweight. Made of premium materials, this tent is durable and long-lasting with hardly any maintenance required. It is made in the USA since it is handcrafted in Brevard, NC.
The ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of camping trailers, the Sylvan Sport Go can do everything and go everywhere. It is dubbed by National Geographic Adventure as the “Coolest. Camper. Ever.”
- Weight (unloaded) 840 lbs.
- Interior Floor Dimension 48 x 84 in
- Standing Height (Camping Mode) 77 in
- Trailer Size (Travel Mode) 143 x 75 x 53 in
- Trailer Size (Transport Mode) 143 x 75 x 81 in
- Trailer Size (Camping Mode) 154 x 124 x 108 in
- Front Storage Capacity 9 ft
- Cargo Capacity (Travel Mode) 81 x 48 x 18 in
- Cargo Capacity (Transport Mode) 84 x 48 x 48 in
Livin’ Lite Quicksilver
The ultra-lightweight Livin’ Lite Quicksilver truly lives up to its name. The all tubular aluminum frame keeps this camper light and fuel-efficient. This easy towing and compact tent camper is not only rugged but functional as well. Going wherever you and your vehicle take it, you don’t even need a campground!
The Quicksilver comes standard with aluminum cabinetry, crack-proof linoleum, lightweight composite countertops, and under-seat storage compartments. Additionally, it comes with a hand pump sink with a water tank, a combination fan/light package for each bunk, and vinyl cushions.
- Unloaded Vehicle Weight* (lbs.) 994
- Dry Hitch Weight* (lbs.) 124
- Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs.) 1096
- GVWR (lbs.) 2090
- Travel Height 4′ 0″
- Travel Width 7′ 0″
- Overall Travel Length 12′ 0″
- Camping Height 8′ 2″
- Overall Camping Length 16′ 0″
- Hitch Height (Standard) 17.5″
- Hitch Height (Off-Road Pkg.) 20″
- Tire Size 12″
- Sleep Capacity 6
Forest River Rockwood A122S
This A-frame pop-up camper folds down into a sleek, towable camper. With the Rockwood A122S you can enjoy the best of both worlds with this fantastic little camper. You have the hard sides of a traditional travel trailer, but you also have the portability of a pop-up camper that is easy and convenient to store.
This is the perfect camper for a beginner RVer, you get the feeling of an RV, but in a tiny package. Some of the features include a hot water heater, water pump, kitchen with a microwave and range, optional porta potty and shower.
- Hitch Weight: 284 lbs.
- UVW: 2120 lbs.
- CCC: 1164 lbs.
- Exterior Open Length: 18’10”
- Exterior Closed Height: 5′ 1″
- Exterior Closed Length: 18′ 10″
- Exterior Width: 84″
- Box Size: 12′
Coachman Clipper 107LS
The Clipper comes in four different styles by Coachman: The Express, the LS, the Sport/Classic, and the V-Trek. Each model has a variety of size options as well as features. These pop-up campers are fully customizable with high-density cushions, water pump, kitchen with range and two burners, built-in shower, porta potty, furnace, fridge, and a water heater, to name a few of the available features.
Raising the roof is quick (30 seconds) and easy using a dual-drive winch and drill bit, or the backup crank handle. Quick and easy to set up, you can do most of it with just one hand.
- Hitch Weight: 208 lbs.
- GVWR: 2938 lbs.
- UVW: 1801 lbs.
- CCC: 1137 lbs.
- Exterior Open Length: 20′ 5″
- Exterior Closed Height: 4′ 10″
- Exterior Closed Length: 14′ 9″
- Exterior Width: 85″
- Box Size: 10′
Opus Off-Road 4-Sleeper
The rugged and durable Opus Off-Road camper trailer can go wherever you decide to go. The upgraded, all-terrain chassis and off-road-ready tires, along with the independent coil suspension, make off-roading not only possible with this trailer in tow, but it makes it fun.
With the innovative AIR-inflated technology, the tent inflates on its own in approximately 90 seconds. All you have to do is open and secure the bed ends, then turn on the switch to inflate. Because of the AIR-inflated technology, you have a more spacious interior lounge with 8′ ceilings. Airy and light, the tent lots of windows and a skylight to give you that outdoorsy feeling. Go exploring without the worry, with on-board water, more power, and extra storage.
- Colors Available: Orange, Blue, Matte Black, Metallic Gray
- Dimensions (Lid Closed): 18’4″ x 6’10” (with spare wheel)
- Dimension (Lid Open): 21’4″ x 6’10”
- Ground Clearance: 12.4′
- Chassis Construction: Shocks/coil springs, no axle, lock’ n’roll hitch (fits 2″ hitch receiver)
- Ride Height: 4′ 9″
- Bed Size: 6’1″ x 4′
- Trailer Dry Weight: 2870 lbs.
- Tongue Weight: 220 lbs.
- GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating): 3970 lbs.
- Load Capacity: 1100 lbs.
- Water System: 40-gallon on-board water or gravity fill
The Turtleback Adventure has plenty of room for family, pets, and all your camping gear with nearly 200 square feet of enclosable living space. The tent is huge, easy to set up, and comes with a queen-size mattress and tent side storage access and is perfect for those who want to stay closer to the ground.
Because this trailer is so lightweight, it’s easily towable behind most small SUVs. With plenty of ground clearance, this is also an excellent fit for trail rigs. Easily customizable with modular add-ons such as a sink, water tank and pump, refrigerator, solar system, and electrical systems. It is made in the USA in Phoenix, Arizona.
- Height 55″
- Width 74.25″
- Length 130″
- Dry Weight 1050 lbs.
- Main Storage Box 6’x4’x20″
- Ground Clearance 15″
Aliner Somerset Utah Camper
Easily towable, without the obstructed view from full-sized RV, and no road sway, the Aliner Utah Camper is perfect for the weekend adventurer, or even longer trips. Camper set up is very quick and easy and only takes one person, two hands, and thirty seconds of your time. They are built by hand individually with quality construction and handcrafted details that make the Aliners durable, secure, and easy to maintain. Such craftsmanship makes them easy to heat and cool, as well.
Some of the standard features that come on all Aliners are:
- Inside Stove
- Stereo with Inside & Outside Speakers
- 35 Amp Converter with Charger
- 6 Gallon Water Heater
- 16,000 BTU Furnace
- 12 Volt Electric Water Pump
- 3-Way Refrigerator
- 10″ Electric Brakes and 5-Bolt Hubs
- Four Crank-Down Stabilizer Jacks
- 6″ Tubular Steel Frame
- E-Z Lube Axles
- Bolt-On Bumper
- Box Size (Inside Length) 12′
- Dimensions Opened (L&W) 18’9″x7’5″
- Height (Closed/Open) 80″
- Interior Height 80″>
- Converter Amperage 35A
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 3500 lbs.
- Unloaded Vehicle Weight 2760 lbs.
- Tongue Weight 290 lbs.
Pop up campers are a great way for campers to get their feet wet. Renting a pop up before you invest in one of your own will give you an idea of what you want and need in a camper, and in the end, it could save you a lot of heartaches.
It’s also an excellent alternative for campers who want to upgrade from a tent, but don’t want the financial burden and upkeep of an RV. Easily towable by a vehicle you probably already own, They are compact enough to be stored easily in a garage, or even your driveway or backyard.
Whether you are going on a weekend trip or planning a week-long stay, pop up campers are the perfect option for you. Pop-ups can go where larger RVs can go. You don’t even need a campground for these campers. You can enjoy more secluded areas than you would with a full-size trailer or RV.