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Everything you need to know about Pop Up Campers

There are many different types of RV’s to choose from, depending on your desires and requirements.

One of the most affordable and easily stored options is the Pop Up Camper.

What is a Pop Up Camper?

A Pop Up Camper, also knows as a “Folding Tent Trailer” is a type of recreational vehicle that is stored collapsed into a small, flat rectangle, and can be “popped up” with slide out beds for camping use.

They are towed behind a vehicle on a ball hitch, and are relatively light so they can be used with many common types of vehicles from vans and SUV’s to trucks and even some full sized cars.

Pop Up Campers | Small RVPalomino

Advantages of a Pop Up Camper:

1. Easily Stored and Transported

Pop up campers fold down into a small rectangle on wheels which allows for easy transport down the road, and convenient storage in a relatively small space.

2. Allows for the feeling of Camping

Many people who use this type of camper love that it gives them the feel of camping while offering some of the comforts of home.

The main benefit of using a pop up camper is that you are up off of the ground and are protected against rain and other elements in ways you aren’t in a tent on the ground. It is easier to keep dry and to stay warm in wet and cool conditions.

Because the walls of the popped up roof and the slide out beds are made of canvas, the sights and smells of nature can penetrate the camper, which furthers the “camping” feel.

3. Modern Amenities

Unlike camping in a tent, this type of RV offers many of the comforts of home. They often include kitchens with a refrigerator, sink and stove, a table and the opportunity for 8+ people to sleep on soft beds.

4. Towable with most vehicles

Because pop up cameras are relatively light, they are able to be towed by a wide range of vehicles including trucks, vans, SUV’s and even full sized cars.

Be sure to check with your particular vehicle to see if it’s rated to tow the weight of the pop up you are considering.

 

Disadvantages of a Pop Up Camper:

1. Not designed for extreme weather. Cold or hot.

Because this type of camper has canvas walls, it is not rated for extreme temperatures or weather.

Some people may use a small space heater in order to continue camping in the cool spring/fall weather, but winter camping in the freezing cold is not an option in this type of camper.

Other people install air conditioners in their units to help combat summer heat. This helps give a little climate control to the campers.

However, the nature of the canvas walls make it much like a tent in the fact that the temperatures outside greatly affect the climate inside the camper.

2. Requires setup and break down.

This type of camper is fully collapsed when it’s transported. That means that when you arrive at your destination, you are required to set it up.

The steps include leveling out the camper, raising the roof, sliding out the bed slides and then moving items inside the camper into their proper position for active camping.

While not difficult, these steps make setup and break down take time and effort.

3. Canvas walls – sounds and smells don’t stay in or out of the camper walls.

The canvas walls of pop up campers allows sounds and smells to permeate them.

This is good if you’re looking to smell the ocean breeze or listen to the sounds of birds chirping in the mornings.

It’s not so good if you’re looking for peace and quiet and are instead parked next to a site full of rowdy night owls, or if you like to stay up late playing games and are hoping to not wake the neighbors.

4. No bathrooms [in almost all models]

Pop up campers are designed to be tents on wheels. Because of their collapsible nature and limited space, they very rarely have bathrooms inside of them.

Portable toilets are an option for people who don’t want to make midnight trips to the campground bathrooms.

However, most travelers using pop up campers are still among the campground guests using the communal bathrooms and showers.

 

Requirements for Pop Up Campers:

Pop up campers can be towed with most vehicles such as full sized cars, vans, SUV’s and trucks, as long as the vehicles have a trailer hitch.

Make sure to check your vehicle’s towing capacity in order to see if it’s rated to tow a pop up camper.

 

Styles of Pop Up Campers:

Pop Up campers are available in a range of brands, styles and levels.

Most have a very similar look to them: a rectangle with beds that slide out on the ends, and they all collapse into a long, flat rectangle for travel.

Popped Up for Camping

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Collapsed for Traveling

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While most pop up campers DO NOT have a bathroom, it’s worth noting that there are a very select few brands and models that do offer true luxury in a Pop Up – they offer a hard walled shower AND flushable toilet.

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Pop up campers offer a less rustic alternative to tent camping, and are usually the most affordable type of RV.

They give some protection from the elements – especially rain – and offer many of the amenities of home like refrigerators, stoves and sinks with running water. And because of the permeable canvas walls, they allow you to still experience many of the lovable aspects of camping like the smells and sounds of nature.

 

A Small RV – What is it?

What is a Small RV?

RV is an abbreviation for “recreational vehicle”.

An RV is defined as a term for a motor vehicle or a towable trailer that has living space in it, and many of the amenities that are often found in people’s homes.

Usually used for travel and vacations, or a mobile home on wheels, RVs are popular across America and even the world.

There are many different kinds of recreational vehicles. They range in type and size from a small pop up camper to a huge 45 ft Class A motorhome, and everything in between. Regardless of a client’s needs, there is a perfect RV for them.

While the term “small RV” is a subjective term, we cover a broad range of options of small and moderately sized RVs on this site.

 

What are the different types of Small RV’s?

We are going to take a look at the wide variety of recreational vehicles that are part of the Small RV category in this list.

However, this is just a brief overview.

Each of the types listed have their own additional in-depth post which dives into the specifics of each type.

 

  1. Pickup Campers

A Pickup Camper or a “Truck Camper” is an RV that is carried in the bed of a pickup truck.

There are many different styles and sizes of pickup campers, as well as a range of amenities.

The biggest benefit of this type is that they are small, affordable, and can go anywhere a truck can go.

Pickup Campers | Small RV Options Palomino

 

  1. Pop Up Campers

A Pop Up Camper or a “Tent Trailer” is a type of RV that is towed behind a vehicle on a ball hitch. It is collapsible for easy travel and storage, and looks like a flat rectangle when it’s traveling down the road.

The camper is then “popped up” in order to use it. The roof is raised and there are canvas tented ends that slide out which increase the sleeping capacity inside.

The biggest benefit of this type of recreational vehicle is that they are affordable and can be easily collapsed for storage and travel.

Pop Up Campers | Small RVPalomino

 

  1. Travel trailers

A Travel Trailer is an RV that is towed behind a vehicle on a ball hitch, in order to offer people a place to sleep and the amenities of home on the road.

There are a wide variety of sizes and types of travel trailers, from very small RV’s like the Scamp to 37 feet spacious homes-on-wheels.

Because there is a wide variety of travel trailer types, there are options for every budget and every style preference.

Travel Trailers | Small RV OptionsForest River

 

  1. Class B Van Campers

A Class B Motorhome is also known as a Van Camper.

This is a type of RV in which the beds, bathroom and kitchen are all in the back end of an extended van with a raised roof.

The benefits of this type are they are easy to drive, can be parked in most normal parking spaces, can be used as a second vehicle when not being used as an RV and they are more fuel efficient than many of the other types of RV’s.

Class B Motorhome | Van Camper | Small RVWinnebago / Leisure Travel Vans

 

  1. Class C Motorhomes

A Class C Motorhome is a smaller version of the huge Class A motorhomes that look like big buses.

The distinctive feature of a Class C RV is the bunk bed that sits above the cab.

There are a variety of styles and lengths of Class C’s with different layouts and slide-out options.

The main benefit of this type of camper is that it’s a home on wheels and doesn’t require a tow vehicle. They offer more space than a Class B van camper.

Class C Motorhome | Small RVForest River

 

  1. Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers are a type of recreational vehicle in which it is attached to the bed of a pickup truck with a special “fifth-wheel hitch”.

Fifth wheels have taller ceilings and the option of more slide-outs than the standard travel trailers offer, and they are often noted to have better handling on the road.

Like the rest of the larger RV’s, they come in a variety of sizes and offer a range of amenities from more simple to extreme luxury.

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers | Small RVForest River

 


With each type of recreational vehicle, there are a range of amenities and in most cases, sizes of RV’s that are available.

The right RV awaits you, depending on your wants and needs!