Pop Up Campers

Pop up campers also called a tent camper, or folding camper, are easy to setup, easy to tow, easy on your wallet, and easy to maneuver in a small campsite.

Pop Up Campers

My grandma had a small Jayco pop up campers to use on our vacations when I was a child. She worked for a company that shut down for a month every summer, so our vacations were generally far and long. Four of us would live in the camper for up to four weeks at a time. Today that might seem a little cramped, but at the time it was traveling in style and my aunt was so jealous that she was still vacationing in a traditional tent.

Today we still see a lot of these small travel trailers in use as temporary housing. We came to Houston shortly after the hurricane Ike destroyed so much of Galveston and Houston. There were hundreds of these little pop-ups is use by construction repairman who had come to town to help rebuild and repair the buildings and roofs.

While it can seem cramped for actual full time rving, using these small travel trailers for extended vacations or temporary housing can be very cost effective.

Most pop ups simply slide and lift into place, others use manual cranks or hydraulics to set them up. Sliding out the end beds is generally the first step. Once those are in place most of the remaining setup is quick and easy. Setup is generally easier with at least two people. As teenagers my sister and I could setup the camper in less than 10 minutes, and we loved the challenge of trying to be faster every time.

A few of the downsides to using folding travel trailers may be their lack of a shower and bathroom (some have a toilet) older models may not have electrical hookups, you can become tired of setting up at each campsite, and bad weather can definitely be a problem.

High winds or hard rains could have your soft-sided trailer coming down around you. Most are soft sided canvas, but a few such as a TrailManor are hard sided. Hard sided ones are more expensive and heavier to tow. They are often referred to as a hybrid camper. If you choose optional amenities it will drive up the cost of these small travel trailers.

On the upside though these little trailers are extremely affordable, can be towed with nearly any vehicle, and storing your trailer when not in use is much easier. You can usually find room in your garage for one.

The folks we saw using them seem to have gotten along fine until they packed up and moved to the next job site. If you like to vacation in National Parks these little trailers will fit nicely into the limited space available for campers. Our current full time RV is a monster and hooked to the truck is about 60 feet long. We don't always want to drag the entire entourage and think a small pop up camper might just be the ticket for quick trips or rustic camping.

When shopping for a pop up camper consider what items you'd like to have and what your budget will allow. You can find these small travel trailers anywhere from $500 to well over $30,000 depending on the amenities included. Some trailers offer up front storage while others do not. If you're buying a used travel trailer check to make sure it was well maintained and the canvas hasn't been damaged.

Be sure to check it top to bottom, inside and out. If you are buying a larger trailer be sure to check the towing capacity of your vehicle. While most of these little trailers can be towed by any vehicle the larger ones are definitely heavier so you'll want to be sure your vehicle will handle the weight. We always recommend you have an electric trailer braking system for safer stopping.

While pop up campers may not be the ideal candidate for full time rving, it can be a great little investment for extended stays and cost effective traveling. You can find pop up campers used for a very affordable price. Search for "pop up campers for sale" online and you'll find lots of options.

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