What do you get in a pop-up camper for the price?
Trailers or RVs are great for camping and for moving around from place to place. They’re also considered houses on wheels due to their compact amenities.
However, there are times when you wish you had an RV camper that was light, compact, and easy to set up. That’s where a pop-up camper comes in.
Pop-up campers are just like a travel trailer, but instead of hard walls, they pop up like a tent when you need them.
Some pop-up campers are so compact it seems like you’re only towing a huge box behind your SUV or truck. That’s why a lot of campers choose them—they’re light and easy to tow.
Most pop-up campers are made up of a hard wall trailer in the middle and two tents on each side. The tents on the side serve as your sleeping areas.
Even the most basic pop-up camper will have a kitchenette that includes a mini-fridge, stovetop, and sink as well as some cabinetry.
There will also be benches available that serve as storage and lounging areas.
What are the types of pop-up campers?
The most common pop-up camper, and the most iconic among them, is the soft-sided camper. There are actually four types of pop-up campers that will provide you with all the things you need for camping.
- Tent trailers/soft side campers—these are the canvas campers where the sides pop out and turn into beds.
- High-wall campers—similar to tent trailers, these have hard tops and higher walls. Since they have hard sides, that means they are made of sturdier material.
- A-Frames—the trailer lays flat, but when you lift up the sides, they come together in an “A” shape, giving you more headroom in the middle than the sides.
- Teardrop campers—while this type does not always “pop” up, it is the smallest form of a trailer, is easily towed, and only fits about two adults.
There are advantages and disadvantages of each type of pop-up campers. You might prefer a soft-sided camper or a hard-sided camper. It’s really based on your needs and your preferences. Some people want the space that the A-shape can provide, while other people might want the compactness of a teardrop camper.
Prices for brand-new pop-up campers
Buying a new pop-up camper is usually a buyer’s first choice. Who wouldn’t want a fresh, new camper, right?
But new pop-up campers are a bit pricey compared to used pop-up campers. If you have the money, buying a new one is the best option to avoid unforeseen problems with a used camper.
Here are some new pop-up campers for you to consider:
Aliner’s A-Frame Trailers—around $30,000 for a 2022 model. Aliner is the original manufacturer of A-Frame RV trailers, and they know their stuff. You can choose from small, medium, or large floorplans.
Coachmen’s Clipper Camping Trailers—range from $14,182–$29,728 depending on which floorplan you choose.
Forest River’s Rockwood—starts at $19,000 for a 2022 model. This is one of the brands that’s famous for its high walls and hard-wall series. The Rockwood A122S floorplan is an A-frame camper with tons of storage. It’s spacious and convenient for most RV campers.
Lees-ure Lite Products’ Excel II and Excel II DeLuxe—starting around $5,000. This is an affordable tent trailer with multiple options to accommodate your every camping need.
Opus Camper’s Off-Road Pop-Ups—start around $28,000 for a 2022 model. This is one of those lines of pop-up campers that has a lot of floorplans to choose from. You can either get a 2.5-person model, a 4-person model, or one that sleeps 6.
Sylvansport Go Camping Trailer—starts at $10,995 for a 2022 model. This tent camper has a unique sunroof-like window and is a lot lighter than any other model.
TrailManor’s Hard-Sided Pop-Up Trailers—start around $40,000. The company offers four different product lines and each line has three floorplans. The trailer walls are made of expanded polystyrene laminated with aluminum and you can tow a TrailManor with a properly equipped minivan, crossover, or SUV.
Prices for used pop-up campers
If you don’t have a big budget for a new camper, a used one will be a good choice for you. A lot of campers take good care of their own trailers and maintenance always on priority.
Buying a used camper can be a challenge too. You could either buy a good and maintained one or an old one so you can build your own personalized camper.
Aliner Ascape—starts at $13,995 for a used 2018 model.
Aliner Original—starts at $3,900 for a used 2009 model.
Aliner Somerset Trailer—starts at $18,995 for a used 2019 model. It’s almost similar to the 2019 model but still, the amenities are the same.
Chalet A-Frame LTW—price begins at $6,000 for a used model. This brand of a camper is hard to find and not all use their trailer but if you came across one you want to take advantage of it. It’s a good camper and its at a reasonable price.
Chalet A-Frame XL—starts at $10,995 for a used model. This is the larger version of Chalet Lightweight. Same as that version it’s also hard to find but it includes a king-size and a bunk bed as well.
Forest River Rockwood—starts at $3,999 for a used 2000 model.
Jayco Jay Sport Camping Trailer—you can get a used 2017 model for about $6,000. The line was discontinued in 2020.
Little Guy Max—starts at $13,495 for a used 21-foot 2016 model.
LivinLite Quicksilver Tent Camper—starts at $3,250 for a used 2010 model.
Opus Pop-Up Camper—starts at $16,900 for a used 2017 model.
Sylvansport Go Camping Trailer—starts at $5,500 for a used 2013 model.
As you can see, pop-up camping trailers are definitely one of the more affordable types of RVs—you can spend anywhere from $4,000 to $40,000 on a new one depending on the size you want and the features you need. Used is always a good option if you’re on a tight budget. But whichever way you go, new or used, you’re sure to enjoy RVing in a pop-up trailer!