Top-Rated Hard-Sided Pop-Up Campers

Pop-up campers are becoming increasingly popular among hobbyist outdoorsmen and hardcore adventurists. Essentially, pop-up campers are under the trailer but high above the regular tent in the outdoor living spectrum. Many people have come to realize that pop-up campers are, indeed, the ideal unit for taking on outdoor trips, but the challenge is finding one that works best for you.
Pop-Up Campers

Picking the wrong camper is an easy mistake to make. To help eliminate a lot of the guesswork associated with researching and choosing a pop-up camper, we’re here to help. Just remember that your personal preference in the matter also plays an important role in making your final purchase decision.

Coachmen Clipper Pop Up Camper

Key Features:

  • 24 different floor plans
  • Unloaded weight between 663 and 3,065 pounds
  • Sleeps 2 to 7 people
  • Between 12 and 22 feet long

The amazing Coachmen Clipper has 24 unique floor plans for buyers to choose from. This gives it additional versatility while maintaining first-time-buyer-friendly designs to eliminate as much confusion of investing in a pop-up camper. Each unique floor plan has its own set of unique features, total weight and length, and sleep capacity. However, all of the designs offer tremendous internal space for their recommended number of inhabitants. If you’d like to take a closer look, we advise checking out the 106 Sport. Features-wise, you get the warmth of a 20,000 BTU furnace, LED lighting, and a 4-layer laminated roof made with one continuous strip of fiberglass to eliminate the risk of leaking.

Forest River Flagstaff Hard-Side Pop-Up Campers

  • 7 floor plans
  • Unloaded weight between 2,014 and 2,267 pounds
  • Sleeps 2 to 8 people
  • Between 17-feet-1-inch and 19-feet-2-inches long

Forest River is a popular choice amount outdoorsmen looking for a high-quality camper. The company produces the Flagstaff which offers a wide range of features for serious campers and first-time buyers, so you’ll need to do a little bit of research on Forest River products. Essentially, one of their best-selling models, the T12BH, is a simple but stylish entry-level pop-up camper. One drawback is the high price tag (upwards of $24,000). The features include a kitchen, dinette, micro cabinet, flip-up bed, 26-gallon tank for fresh water, and a compact refrigerator. There are several additional features you can purchase, such as a 20,000 BTU furnace, a screen room/awning, and color options.

Forest River Rockwood

  • 8 floor plans
  • Unloaded weight between 2,014 and 2,267 pounds
  • Sleeps 2 to 8 people
  • Between 17-feet-1-inch and 19-feet-2-inches long

Similar to the Flagstaff produced by the same company, the Rookwood also comes with numerous of floor plans which provide comfort to and spaciousness for a wide range of users. The specs of the camper are similar to the Flagstaff, but the interior layout is much different. You get a residential-style kitchen with faucet, stainless steel-look appliances, sink, hot water package which includes water filter and heater, 3-burner indoor stove, high-pressure laminate dinette table, USB charging ports, 10,000 BTU Cool/Heat Pump, and much more.

Jayco Jay Series

  • 8 floor plans
  • Unloaded weight up to 2,465 pounds
  • Sleeps 2 to 8 people
  • 16-feet-2-inch long

Jayco is another popular brand that focuses on making hard-sided pop-up campers. Their Jay Series consists of eight different models and floor plans with a wide range of features. These include a fiberglass roof, electric brakes, 3-burner stainless steel stove, microwave oven, and a series of additional features you can purchase. Setting the camper up is a cinch – just lift the spring-loaded roof until it locks into place, enter the unit, and secure it with the internal latch. Now you’re set to enjoy the outdoors with a secondary home in tow.

Starcraft Comet

  • 4 floor plans
  • Unloaded weight starting from 1,915 pounds
  • Sleeps 2 people
  • Starting from 17-feet long

This is another popular choice among people who are looking to get out of the tent and into a pop-up camper. This is more of an entry-level camper as it only sleeps 2 people max, but it’s still extremely spacious and comes with a variety of built-in features that you’d hope from a $16,000 camper. These features include fresh and black water containers (13 gallons and 5 gallons, respectively, aluminum body with fiberglass sidewalls, stainless steel stove, compact refrigerator, and a convertible sofa bed which supports two people. Purchasable add-ons include a 16,000 BTU furnace, power fan, interior décor, and a secret room for users to assemble.

Aliner Expedition

  • 1 floor plan
  • Unloaded weight 1,850 pounds
  • Sleeps 2 to 4 people
  • 18-feet long

Aliner isn’t that well-known by amateur outdoorsmen or even some experienced ones as well since the market is mainly dominated by the likes of Forest River, but this doesn’t mean that Aliner doesn’t have a shot at making some noteworthy hard-sided pop-up campers. Their 2017 version of the time-tested Expedition only comes with a single floor plan which houses up to 4 people.  The features of the 2017 Expedition include an 11-gallon capacity fresh water tank, two propane tanks, bench-style dinette with seats, 2-burner stove, electric- or propane-powered compact fridge, two convertible sofa beds, a 5,000 BTU air conditioner, and a 16,000 BTU furnace. There are numerous add-ons you can purchase for the Expedition, including a heat pump, wet bath, AM/FM stereo, and an outdoor propane grill.

Bottom Line

This is our list of some of the best hard-sided pop-up campers that the market has to offer. In general, when investing a large amount of money on an asset, aside from listening to what reviewers online or at dealerships say, you’ll want to do your own personal research. In our opinion, the market is almost never wrong, and Forest River seems to have the market locked down with their numerous hard-sided pop-up camper floor plans which offer versatility, comfort, and style. However, if you’re looking for a budget camper below $10,000, this list won’t help you very much, and you’ll need to shop around. In the end, the customer determines whether the value they get from their camper is worth the investment.