The pop-up camper has become many families' best friend when it comes to summer vacations. Somewhere between tent camping and a full RV, the pop-up camper, also called a tent camper or fold-up camper, provides many of the same features found in the pricey RVs yet is still affordable. It is not hard to see all the benefits that the fold-up camper has to offer.
The pop-up camper is extremely affordable, especially compared to standard RVs. Depending on the amount you are looking to spend, you can either buy your pop-up new or used. Prices range greatly depending on the features that you desire. Most new campers range from $5,000 to $10,000, but can become more expensive as you add features. Used ones can be purchased fairly inexpensively. Remember to consider the time, effort, and cost that it will take to repair a used one when determining the purchase price.
Since you can tow these with your own vehicle, once you get to your campsite, simply unhitch the camper and drive your car anywhere you would like to go. With full size RVs, this isn't possible, unless you tow your car behind it.
With many options available, you can have your pop-up equipped with all the features of a full-sized RV. Some of the higher end models have bathrooms with a shower and toilet, air-conditioners, full kitchens and heat. Most models include a small kitchen with a sink and camp stove, beds and table. Some have an optional outdoor shower and grill area. The sky (and your budget) is the limit when choosing what options you want to add to your camper.
Ease of Use
Most pop-up campers can be set up, including making the beds, in under an hour. Much easier than setting up a tent, all that most campers require is to roll-up the roof and slide out the sleeping areas.
Pop-up trailers require only a small truck, SUV, or sedan to tow them. They are relatively light and aerodynamically built so towing them doesn't require an extremely large engine. The extra money spent in gas will be minimal. It is extremely easy to maneuver and drive them to any area, unlike full sized RVs.
When not in use, your pop-up camper folds to a neat 4 foot tall box. Since it is so compact, finding a place to store it is easy. The best option is to store it in a covered area, but they are able to withstand the elements, so finding a place is not a problem. On the other hand, full size trailers and RVs need special larger areas designated to store them when not in use.
Protection from the Elements
Unlike tent camping, pop-ups offer you the feeling on camping outside while being fully protected from the elements. The hard roof and waterproof sides provide total protection from rain. The sides also unzip on nice nights so you can enjoy sleeping with the fresh air.
Most tent campers are light weight enough that they can be towed with a larger car, SUV or light truck. Since they don't add that much weight and no wind resistance, your gas mileage is not significantly affected. Also, since you tow it with your own car, you have the use of your own vehicle once you have reached your destination.
Tent campers offer the versatility of tent camping with the protection of RV camping. You don't have to stay only at campgrounds, but can make your own campsite if you choose. Most models are rugged enough to take off road to the destination of your choice.
The best benefit of all is the time you get to spend with your family. Most fold-up campers sleep between 4 and 6 adults. There is plenty of room for the whole family.
If you are looking for a way to spend more quality time with your family, consider purchasing a pop-up camper. They make it possible to enjoy the great outdoors while keeping the unpleasant things of nature at a safe distance.