Top 15 Things to Know Before Buying a Pop Up Camper

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Updated April 18, 2024

There comes a time in every nature lover’s life when buying a pop-up camper just makes sense. However, diving into a purchase as big as this one takes some planning. If you want a cozy home away from home that fits your needs, you’ll want it to be just right.

Since Susan owned a pop-up camper, we’re uniquely positioned to shed some light on buying a pop-up trailer. We’ve got the pros and cons, as well as all you need to know about towing, features, and more. By the time you’re ready to invest in a pop-up travel trailer, you’ll feel nothing shy of confident.

Table Of Contents
  1. Is Buying a Pop-Up Camper Good For Families?
  2. Top 15 Things to Consider When Buying a Pop-Up Tent Camper
  3. Do Pop-Up Campers Leak?
  4. Advantages of Buying a Pop-Up Camper
  5. Disadvantages of Buying a Pop-Up Camper
  6. Can Animals Get Into A Pop-Up Camper?
  7. 6 Types of Pop-Up Tent Campers to Know Before You Shop
  8. Is It Worth Buying a New Pop-Up Camper?
  9. What About Buying a Used Pop-Up Tent Trailer? 
  10. How Much Can Your Vehicle Tow?
  11. How Much Do Pop-Up Campers Cost?
  12. Pop-Up Camper Features and Amenities
  13. Does a Pop-Up Camper Need Brakes?
  14. Rent a Pop-Up Camper Before You Buy One
  15. Final Words About Buying a Pop-up Camper
  16. Related Reading:
  17. Mike Scarpignato – Bio

Is Buying a Pop-Up Camper Good For Families?

Whether or not a pop-up is good for families boils down to your particular family’s perspective and what your needs are. There are some pop-ups out there that are significant in size and more than capable of supporting a family of four. Not only that, but they can do so for more than a weekend. 

Most pop-ups will be more than fine for short family adventures, whether it’s a weekend down by the river or a week vacation to see a relative several states away. The smaller pop-ups may be enough for a Saturday night camping trip with the family.

Top 15 Things to Consider When Buying a Pop-Up Tent Camper

15. Pop-Up Campers Get Hot or Cold Easily

We are talking about how outside temperatures will significantly affect the interior temperature of your camper. When it is hot and muggy outside, you will feel it inside the pop-up tent camper, too. 

Of course, you will be protected from the sun in terms of getting a sunburn when you are inside the pop up camper, but you will not be shielded from the heat.

14. Outside Noise is an Issue While Inside Your Pop-up Up Camper

If you are a light sleeper, this will be an issue. Remember, these pop-up campers have very thin walls, hence the reason they are so easy to tow with most vehicles. Well, thin walls equal loud noises penetrating into your pop-up tent camper.

13. Find Models Packed with Modern Features

Look for models that have full features for when the camper is expanded into their upright position.  These would include: comfortable sleeping areas, cooking area, sitting area, and some even include showers and toilets.

12. Where Will You Store Your Pop-Up Camper?

Another thing to consider is you may not have to pay to store your camper somewhere like you would if you bought a larger travel trailer camper or RV.  If you live in a neighborhood with HOA, you must check their laws as many will not allow you to park your camper trailer on your property.  This is a definite perk in favor of pop-up tent campers!

11. Will Your Pop-Up Camper Have Enough Storage? 

Let’s say you are planning an extensive road trip.  Can you take the pop-up tent camper?  Yes!  Space is obviously more limited in it than compared to their larger travel trailer counterparts, but it is doable and with some ingenious storage and organizational planning, you and your family can enjoy a long adventure in this.

10. A Few Pop-Up Tent Campers Have Bathrooms 

You might have been told that pop-up campers don’t have bathrooms, and while that’s true for the majority of tent trailers, there are a few exceptions. It is possible to buy a pop up trailer with a bathroom installed or to add one later. 

Just don’t envision yourself taking a long luxurious shower. The water tanks will be small, and you might not be able to fit both a shower and a toilet. It will likely be a pain to maintain as well. 

But if it’s important for you to have a self-contained pop up camper, know that it is possible to do. 

9. Setting Up and Taking Down a Pop-Up Camper Can Be Tricky 

If you’re imagining parking your trailer, pushing a button, and having your camper magically pop up into place, think again. While you might find fully automated machinery in higher-end and luxurious pop-up campers, that’s not the norm. 

Most pop-up campers use a hand-crank system, and you often have to set poles and canvas in place. After putting it up, you’ll also have to hook up generators, water tanks, air conditioners, etc. 

Closing it down gets complicated when you have to unhook everything and store it properly. The entire canvas MUST be dry and free of debris to prevent mold or punctures in the canvas. 

There’s also the matter of organizing all of your belongings and space inside the tent so that it will close properly. If one thing is out of place, it can prevent the entire pop-up from folding down. 

8. Pop Up Campers Are Light Weight and Easy to Tow 

One positive of having thin walls and little privacy is that it makes for a very lightweight camper. Those just getting into the RV scene might find a pop-up camper ideal because it’s easy to tow and often more affordable than other RVs. 

After traveling for a while in a pop-up camper, many RVers upgrade to something a bit more luxurious, but that pop-up camper was a great place to start. 

7. There’s Not Much Room Inside 

Yes, all RVs can feel a bit cramped sometimes, but a pop-up tent trailer is definitely pretty squishy. There’s usually not much room to walk around inside, and the front and back are slanted down, so those who sleep in the wings will be very close to the “ceiling.” 

Of course, a tent trailer will feel much more spacious than some teardrop trailers on the market when you’re moving around inside, but they might not have much more storage. 

6. Heating and Air Conditioning are Available

Okay, this goes back to our #1 issue, but we have a solution to the problem.  First, consider what type of camping you will be doing. Most folks who use a pop-up camper usually camp during the warmer months, so maybe only A/C is needed in your camper.

If you like to extend your camping season, you can buy a pop-up camper with a heated mattress! Boy, do I wish I had one of these when we were fishing in late fall and camping in our pop-up camper!

Of course, when you are looking into buying a pop-up camper, consider A/C units that are as compact as possible to avoid taking up too much space and weight in your tiny trailer.  Also, consider a portable space heater.

5. Tank Size Matters

If you are camping at campgrounds that have showers then a shower inside your camper may not be important.

However, if you are going to shower inside your camper then you have to consider tank sizes including the water heater. Also, most pop-up tent campers don’t have showers included, but they are sometimes available as an option you can purchase if you are buying new.

4. Foul Weather Camping Can Be Tough 

Yes, rain is great for our planet, but when you are camping in a pop-up camper, you may not be too happy about this weather. Once your camper is set up, you will stay dry inside, but the wind could be an issue.

Also, setting up and breaking down your pop-up camper in the rain is no fun. But if you have a travel trailer or 5th wheel you have to set up and break down camp too. So in my opinion, it is what it is.

3. Mold and Mildew Is a Serious Concern

Rain brings with it another serious risk to pop-up campers: mold and mildew. If you don’t let your pop-up camper fully dry before you pop it back in, mold and mildew will start to grow. 

You might not be bothered by a little mold, but you should be. It can be dangerous if you breathe it in, and it can harm your canvas over time. 

If you’re due to check out of your campsite and it’s pouring rain, go ahead and take down the tent trailer and head out. But as soon as you get home, pull it out again and let the canvas fully dry before putting it back into place. If possible, don’t let the wet canvas sit inside the trailer for more than 24 hours. 

Mildew can also be a concern if things inside your popup camper get wet and aren’t allowed to dry fully before you put them back in storage. To best prevent these concerns, let things breathe and air out before closing down your tent trailer. 

2. Pop-campers are Like Tent Camping in Some Ways

Okay, so if you want the real deal and not a glamping experience, then a pop up camper is the way to go. I consider this a bonus! I love the feeling of sleeping under the mesh tent end of a pop up and enjoying the fresh air and falling asleep while gazing at the fire…

It used to be that folding tent campers were so small they would almost force you to spend more time outside. But today’s campers have slide-outs with dinette tables for 4 and couches inside, which make relaxing inside your camper more comfortable than ever.

1. Rent a Pop Up Camper BEFORE You Buy One!

This is the number one tip we give to folks who ask me and Susan our advice about buying a pop up camper or any type of RV. We always recommend that you rent before you buy.

We rented a Class C RV before we found the perfect RV for us and bought it. Neither of us ever owned a Class C RV before so renting one for a week really helped us to learn what features were most important to us.

For example, we learned that we liked a dry bath vs wet bath, a queen-sized bed rather than sleeping in the over-cab, how much storage space we needed, the tank sizes we would need (fresh, grey, black, and hot water tanks) and many other important details.

If we bought first and figured this all out later we would have lost money because RVs go down in value, not up. So the way we see it, we saved thousands by renting first so we could be very educated buyers.

You can scroll down towards the bottom of the article to browse pop-up camper rentals near you!

Do Pop-Up Campers Leak?

Pop-up campers can leak and they tend to be more prone to it than fiberglass and aluminum camper alternatives. Fortunately, leaks in a pop-up camper are usually easier to locate and identify and much cheaper to repair. It’s also a quick repair unless the damage is really extensive. 

While a fiberglass or aluminum camper may be beyond your capabilities in terms of repair, you can usually fix a pop-up camper leak as a DIY project with the right materials. 

Advantages of Buying a Pop-Up Camper

It’s clear that there are plenty of pop-up camper pros. The benefits are as far-reaching as the great outdoors that surround you. Here are a few that you may not have thought of, either:


Pop-up camper types and styles are diverse. Those seeking to invest in one can easily find a model within their budget. If you are looking for an affordable recreational vehicle, pop-up campers are a great option. And buying a used pop-up camper can even be more affordable!


Pop-up campers can be surprisingly lightweight, so your existing vehicle may be able to tow one behind you. While there are definitely heavy pop-ups out there, that’s not always the case. Should you want an easy-to-move camper, it can be all yours.

You don’t have to buy a new vehicle to tow your pop-up camper. Instead, buy a pop-up camper that your vehicle can tow! There are so many kinds of trailers with a range of weight options. Make your pop-up trailer purchase adapt to your towing needs.

Easy Storage

It’s all in the name. A pop-up camper pops open and collapses. Some even break down small enough to fit in your garage. Now that’s some serious storage capability that no RV can compete with! And you will save money if you can store your pop-up at home rather than paying for storage somewhere.

Features and Amenities

When it comes to features, pop-up campers have come a long way. Think of things like air conditioning and heat, toilets and showers, running water and kitchenettes. Whatever amenities you need, you’ll find a model that fits the bill.


Pop-up trailers are literally made for nature lovers. I grew up camping in tent campers and I love the feeling of sleeping in a tent when in a tent camper. To me, it’s like being in a pop-up camper tent! All the while, you remain protected from weather and wildlife (mosquitos included). It’s really the best of both worlds. And you can keep most of your gear in the pop-up so you can more easily take off on a weekend adventure or take longer!

Disadvantages of Buying a Pop-Up Camper

Nothing is perfect, not even your beloved pop-up trailer. As with anything, there are disadvantages to consider before purchasing a tent camper. Here are the cons you ought to be aware of:

⛔️ Price

While it may sound like we’re going against what we said about affordability, we’re not. Just like there are inexpensive pop-ups out there, there are expensive ones, too. Prices vary depending on what model you want and if the camper is new or used. To counteract this con, we recommend that you buy used. Also, define your budget and stick to it. Always do your research before committing to a purchase.

⛔️ Weight

If you want a camper with tons of amenities, you must be okay with added weight. The more stuff you have, the more you’ll be towing. So long as you have a truck or SUV that can carry it all, it’s no problem. Just remember to keep weight in the back of your mind, and you won’t have any issues.

⛔️ Limited Luxuries

Even the most luxurious pop-up camper has its limitations. For example, it’s rare to find a model with both a toilet and a shower; you’ll often have one or the other. Kitchens are quaint, and dining areas are small if present at all. If this bothers you, perhaps you’re more of an RV person.

⛔️ Limited Sleeping Space

Pop-up trailers typically sleep 2 – 4 people. If you enjoy camping with your entire family, this may not work for you. Most people are okay with the limited space, though. It all depends on your preference.

⛔️ Maintenance

Buying a pop-up camper isn’t a one-and-done thing. You have to take care of your trailer diligently. Watch out for any tears in the canvas and take precautions against mildew. If it rains when you are camping you will have to collapse wet canvass. When you get home you will need to pop it back up and let it dry out before collapsing again before storing it. You may also want to invest in a good pop-up cover to store your camper. It’s like owning anything; you have to be careful.

⛔️ Set Up

Some people find setting up and breaking down a camper tedious. Learning how to do it swiftly and efficiently can take time. However, as long as you have patience, you should be fine.

Can Animals Get Into A Pop-Up Camper?

Yes, it’s generally easier for animals to get into a pop-up camper. This isn’t because of the canvas material or anything. It’s usually because of the screens that pop-up campers tend to employ in place of a hard door. 

Fortunately, you can animal-proof a pop-up camper with a few, simple tricks. 

  • Make sure your food is stored away properly, with no scents escaping
  • Carefully inspect your pop-up for ingress points
  • Use steel wool or expanding foam to seal off ingress points
  • Use rodent and insect repellents
  • Ensure storage compartments are clean and sealed

If you decide to make any changes or alterations just to diffuse a pest problem, be sure to check your pop-up camper warranty (unless it has long since expired) before doing so.

6 Types of Pop-Up Tent Campers to Know Before You Shop

Basically, we have six main types of pop-up campers in the RV industry: tent-trailers, high wall campers, A-frames, teardrop campers, high low campers, and popups for motorcycles. Here is a quick rundown of each:

1️⃣ Tent Trailers 

Folding tent trailers can “pop up” on the sides, creating extra tent space for sleeping but that’s all. No other features with this style. The soft top also goes by tent trailer or soft-sided pop-up camper. Like a tent, the walls are made from canvas. Each side can pop up or out when need be. It’s versatile, and truly has the feel of sleeping in a tent. (a good or bad thing, depending on who you ask).


2️⃣ High Wall Trailers 

High Wall Campers are the same as tent trailers with the two exceptions they have higher walls and a hard top. Keep in mind, this model will be heavier than the first option for towing. This camper is also known as a high wall or hard-sided pop-up camper.

The roof is crafted from fiberglass while the walls expand upwards. They tend to be more spacious than the softer alternatives. However, the hard roof and sturdy frame add a bit of additional weight.

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3️⃣ A-Frame Campers

A-frame campers are a very popular option as often times they are more durable and easier to set up. But one drawback is they have decreased living space inside.  Due to its convenient “A” shape, it tends to be a breeze to set up and break down. On the other hand, this also means less interior space. For folks who don’t need much room, A-frames are a great option.

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4️⃣ Teardrop Pop-Up Campers

Teardrop pop-up campers are popular because they are typically the smallest in size and are therefore easier to tow with most vehicles. Reminiscent of its name, the teardrop camper is small and extremely towable.

It usually has room for two and a small kitchen in the back. Sometimes, teardrops come as telescoping pop-up campers. In these cases, the trailer literally multiplies in size electronically.

Tear Drop Pop Up Camper

5️⃣ Hi Low Campers

Hi-Lo Campers are lesser known and thus could be harder to find. They use a telescopic hydraulic lift system and are very unique in their design.

Trailmanor 2518 Series small camping trailer with bathroom

6️⃣ Motorcycle Popup Camper 

Motorcycle popup campers are perfect for attaching to the back of your motorcycle and hitting the open road. There are many manufacturers to choose from! Regardless of which option you chose from above, pop-up campers are a step up from tent camping without going all in on a larger RV. 

Having your own bed, kitchen, and even a possible toilet are obvious perks of jumping into a pop-up camper purchase.

Kompact Kamp Mini Mate Motorcycle Pop Up Camper

Is It Worth Buying a New Pop-Up Camper?

Before buying a pop-up camper, you need to make one serious decision: Do you want a brand-new model or a secondhand camper?

Buying new means you will get the latest technology and engineering. It also means no repairs or damages to deal with. You don’t have to worry about getting ripped off, either.

Sometimes, you just can’t beat that new tent trailer smell, and if money isn’t a concern, you might decide a new model is the right choice for you. Most models have a factory warranty, and you can often extend that warranty for several years for peace of mind. 

But don’t forget that RVs lose about 40% of their value within the first 3 years, so if you’re planning to upgrade in a few years, it might not be for you. If you plan on using this baby for the next 20 years or so, buying brand new could be worth the money. 

But don’t discount buying a used pop-up camper because you can find a great trailer at a fantastic price. 

What About Buying a Used Pop-Up Tent Trailer? 

On the flip side, buying a used pop-up camper helps you save money on your cozy camping space. It also opens you up to a world of floorplan options. Should you choose to go the used route, there are some things worth knowing:

Just like with a new model, you’ll want to know how much your vehicle can tow before buying a used camper.

  • Know your budget before you begin searching for a used pop-up camper.
  • Before heading to ad sites like RV Trader, make a list of must-have features. Also, include things you might want but aren’t necessities. This will make the process of sifting through used listings much simpler. If a camper doesn’t have what you’re looking for, it’s out. For example, will you need a pop-up camper with a bathroom? Or do you want to have an awning for your pop-up?
  • Take size into consideration. If you’re a family of four, you probably shouldn’t be looking at two-person pop-ups. Also, know your tow vehicle weight limits.
  • How will you use your pop-up? Will you need a pop-up camper for off-road, or are you planning to stay on the blacktop.
  • Look for any damages in a used trailer. It’s best to avoid leaking roofs, worn canvas walls, rotting floors, bent frames, and other red flags. If you’re handy, just know what you’re getting into before you commit.
  • Set the camper up completely and check the lift system before purchasing. Also, test all the features to make sure they work. If they don’t, determine how much it would cost to fix. Literally, try everything and make sure it works. Try the water faucet and bathroom, try the stove, connect it to some electricity and turn on all the lights. If it has a brake system, take it for a test drive and make sure it rides and brakes ok.

Patience is a virtue! The process of buying a quality pre-owned pop up may seem a bit tedious. However, trust us when we say that you’ll thank yourself later.

How Much Can Your Vehicle Tow?

Whether buying new or used, you need to know how much your vehicle can tow. By figuring this out in advance, you can pick a pop-up that fits your current lifestyle. Fortunately, pop-up campers vary tremendously in weight and size. There’s no question that you’ll find one meant for your ride.

The first step is to determine the maximum towing capacity of the vehicle you plan to use to tow the pop up. Look up your vehicle’s VIN, or refer to the owner’s manual. Make sure you’re eyeing the right trim, drivetrain, and more.

Next, keep in mind that you don’t want to get a camper that reaches this maximum all the way. This is partly because you’ll be loading it with gear prior to departure, which adds weight. Give yourself some wiggle room for trailer payload.

You should buy a pop-up camper that, when fully loaded, is still 10 to 20 percent lower than the maximum tow weight your vehicle can haul so you don’t overload the engine. The buffer zone for tow weight has another purpose, too.

Say you encounter powerful winds or inclement weather. You definitely don’t want to be riding the edge at times like this. Higher altitudes and a greater number of cabin passengers also can limit your vehicle’s capacity.

Lightweight towing capacity begins at about 1,500 pounds. Midsize cars can manage around 3,500. SUVs can reach 5,000 to 8,000 pounds. Pickups offer a wide range of towing capacities from 7,000 and 34,000 pounds.

How Much Do Pop-Up Campers Cost?

The option for affordability is one of the main draws of pop-up campers. They tend to be much cheaper than their travel trailer or fifth wheel relatives. This becomes especially true when you go down the pre-owned avenue.

Say you’re intrigued by a new pop up model. For the very basic model, you may pay as little as $10,000. However, larger or more feature-packed models can cost as much as $35,000.

As with anything, luxury is always an option. If you want a brand-new pop-up with upscale features (and a higher cost), you can find one. Features like a heated mattress or a modern entertainment center are available in modern pop-up floor plans.

Perhaps a pop-up will be used in your future. The cool thing about this category is that the price range is unlimited. Say you find a new model that’s just out of your budget. Try buying it used because you will save a bunch of money.

Remember, pop-up campers, and all RVs for that matter, depreciate about 20% in the first year alone! So, for the best price, buy used. And for the most up to date features and amenities, buy new.

Pop-Up Camper Features and Amenities

There are so many different pop-up tent trailers from which to choose. As a result, there are many features and amenities that can be yours. These things range from rustic to opulent, from basic to upscale, and simple to savvy. It’s always good to know what you can get before going ahead and buying.

  • Water Tank – This gives you access to fresh water for your sink and toilet, even in primitive campsites.
  • Air Conditioning – Like tents, pop-ups can get pretty hot in the sun. Air conditioning can be a serious lifesaver.
  • Lift System – This system helps you easily maneuver the camper’s frame. You’ll want a good one.
  • Bathroom – Some tent trailers come with a toilet. It can make life really easy in the backwoods.
  • Shower – Not all campers come with showers, but the ones that do are great if you stay in campgrounds or sites with no facilities.
  • Hot Water Heater – Want to take a hot shower or have hot water to wash the dishes? A hot water heater will do the trick.
  • Storage Space – Having a place for your clothes and gear will help keep you organized. Campers with defined storage spaces feel more like home. This amenity is easy to find and makes a world of difference.
  • Entertainment Center – Watching a movie in bed is a pretty cozy feeling. An entertainment center in a pop-up camper makes this possible.
  • Heated Mattress – Now we’re talking! This is a more luxurious feature for folks camping in cold weather climates.

Despite the vast range of options available today, you may not find the perfect pop-up. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t add amenities after buying. Is it possible for you to add a toilet yourself? Can you construct a storage space for your belongings?

Ask yourself these questions, and get creative. In the end, you have an ideal pop-up camper to look forward to. Enjoying the comforts of home in the great outdoors? Yeah, that speaks for itself.

Does a Pop-Up Camper Need Brakes?

The short answer is – maybe. Some states require trailers over 1,000 pounds to have brakes and in other states, the limit is 2,000 pounds. But have you ever hauled a heavy trailer with no brakes and tried to stop?

t’s a bit of an eye-opening experience. You will be surprised how big of a difference you will feel if you don’t have brakes. So, I recommend making sure your pop up has a brake system installed.

Rent a Pop-Up Camper Before You Buy One

The pop-up camper life works for many people, but not everyone. In actuality, the best way to know if this type of outdoor accommodation fits your needs is to try it on for size. That’s why renting a pop-up camper before purchasing one is such a good idea.

Are you interested in renting a camper for your next getaway? Two online resources are worth checking out. Both help match users with pop-ups and other recreational vehicles in their area.

Outdoorsy is a great place to find popup camper rentals.  Filter your selections based on the dates you’re traveling, the number of people who will be camping, your budget, and more. Sift until you find a pop-up camper that checks all your boxes.

Final Words About Buying a Pop-up Camper

So you’ve decided to take on ownership of your very own pop-up camper. That’s an exciting adventure and one that will bring you closer to the outdoors you love. With the right guidance, you’ll be able to find a trailer worthy of your hitch.

By educating yourself on the basics, you’ll be the leader of any pop-up sale. Brief yourself on the advantages as well as the disadvantages that come with pop-up life. Know the different types of campers as well as the details on buying new versus used. Know your weight and budget limitations, and go for the features you love.

At the end of the day, you can rest your head in a pop-up camper all your own. To us, that’s well worth the while.

Do you have any advice about buying a pop-up camper? Please share in the comments below.

Related Reading:

Does Air Conditioning Actually Work In a Pop-Up Camper?
How Much Does an A-Frame Pop-Up Camper Cost?
21 Must-Have RV Accessories for a New Camper or Travel Trailer
Average Pop-Up Camper Weight – All You Need to Know

Mike Scarpignato – Bio

Mike Scarpignato created over five years ago in 2018 to share all we have learned about RV camping.

Mike is an avid outdoorsman with decades of experience tent camping and traveling in his 2008 Gulf Stream Conquest Class C RV and 2021 Thor Challenger Class A motorhome.

We attend RV Shows and visit RV dealerships all across the country to tour and review drivable motorhomes and towable trailers to provide the best evaluations of these RVs in our blog articles and YouTube videos.

We are 3/4-time RVers who created to provide helpful information about all kinds of RVs and related products, gear, camping memberships, tips, hacks and advice.

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6 thoughts on “Top 15 Things to Know Before Buying a Pop Up Camper”

  1. 1. Make sure you have a clear idea of what you want and need from a pop up camper. There are a lot of different options and features to consider, so it’s important to have a good understanding of what you

  2. Too bad you didn’t talk about the Trailmanor more than you did. We have one that we bought used and we love it! We’re able to haul it with our minivan and it has all of the features of a regular camper, a queen size bed, a couch and chair, a tub/shower, sink and toilet (we replaced the recirculating one with a regular toilet) in a bathroom that has foldable walls and tons of storage and kitchen countertop space. Best of all, no canvas! It was well worth having to go the extra miles to find one.

  3. One other thought to consider…while these campers might be easy to tow, backing up is another matter! There wouldn’t be a problem in campgrounds with pull-through spots, but if those spots aren’t available or if the road leads to a dead end, it could be a challenge. The lighter ones could be manhandled, but as you say, the more extras they have, the heavier they get. I fortunately got to learn on the farm long before getting my driver’s license, but I have friends who won’t even attempt going in reverse with a trailer…and that could be a problem when camping. Again, your suggestion to rent before buying is an excellent one!

    • Hi Steve,
      Great point and thanks for sharing. I suppose practicing backing up in a big wide open parking lot is a good idea too.
      With enough practice, anyone can learn to back up eventually. Well almost anyone! lol!
      Thanks for your comment!

  4. It is a very helpful blog for those who wanna buy a pop up camper. I like the idea of renting before you buy it.

    • Hi Riley,

      We think folks should always rent before they buy!

      Thanks for the comment!



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