What to Check Before Buying a Pop Up Camper
Apart from this article where we study more than 40 points to check before buying an RV, we have this topic now more dedicated to the reality of the pop up campers, while that article is oriented in general to campers for sale.
Pop Up Campers Pros And Cons
Pop Up Campers Pros
- Reasonably priced. Imagine a portable (small) house, big enough to be comfortable to sleep a family and at a price that is attractive. The pop up campers are the most reasonably priced in the towable camper category, thus they are very popular among first-time buyers who have families that love camping but would like to stay on a budget.
- They weigh less than most campers. Most pop up campers have canvasses or “soft sides” which helps in lessening its total weight. This makes it easier to tow and take to far places and does not require a truck with a large towing capacity. Most of the available vans or SUVs in the market can tow pop up campers with ease. So this topic is important if you are worried about the camper weight.
- Safe while being towed. Since the pop up campers have a low towing profile, there are almost no adjustments needed in terms of safety precautions while driving with pop up campers in tow. Since the pop up campers have this low towing profile we mentioned, there is no need to adjust or install special side view mirrors as the pop up campers will not obstruct the view of the driver while driving.
- Better sleeping comfort and safety. Unlike tent camping, pop up campers still offer the outside camping feel but with better protection from the elements. The hard roof and waterproofing provides total protection from rain or even misty weather. At the same time, you can still have your nice taste of fresh air while you are on the inside as its sides can be unzipped manually.
- Portability and location friendly. Pop up campers can be used almost anywhere, even in off-road terrain. You can set-up camp anywhere you please with this versatility.
- Friendly for family time. Tent camping may give this kind of feel as well but nothing better than a pop-up camper as it has more room to fit in the whole family without the feeling of being cramped up inside. This is one of the best ways to have quality time with the family, but with better respect for space at the same time.
- Better storage space. Since the pop up campers are absolutely not too tall when folded, it can be easily stored in most average sized garages. This then creates more storage space in the area.
Pop Up Campers Cons
As any other product, a pop-up camper also has its own downsides, and they are the following:
- Manual setup will be longer and tiresome.You may need to do some more work than any other campers in order to setup pop up campers. Unfolding, sliding and even cranking it up the sides will require an additional effort. But this apply only to pop up campers where the unfold is performed manually with a crank.
- Limited amenities. It is the drawback of being economically priced as the pop up campers tend to sacrifice some amenities in order to have a competitive price.
- Not so sturdy and moderate to severe weather. Due to its lack of structure support, you may feel a little bit of turbulence when experiencing a storm while you are inside pop up campers. This is something I do not like of pop up campers.
- Lack of privacy. Pop up campers are intended to provide more quality time with each other, not apart from each other. This means total privacy is not guaranteed.
- Sleeping amenities are not as comfortable. Again, in pop up campers amenities may be compromised due to its economical price, so it should be considered and accepted that sleeping amenities are also included in the compromises and in the list of cons.
Amenities to Consider In Pop Up Campers
Considering there are quite a number of different brands of pop up campers out there, there may be some variations or additional amenities that differ from other brands. Some of them can be seen from one pop up camper model while some of them are not. Here are some examples of those amenities:
- Air-conditioning unit
- Bathroom (small and has limited walls for privacy)
- Cable TV hook-up
- Bike rack
- Electric brakes
- Hard wall shower
- Heated mattress
- Vanity mirror
- Closet (wardrobe hanger)
- Refrigerator (sometimes with freezer)
- Water heater
- Window shades
- LCD TV
- Ceiling / wall fans
- Fire extinguisher
- Screen room
Pop Up Campers: Conclusions
Pop up campers are a nice upgrade in comparison to a camping tent mainly because they are more comfortable to sleep in and provide better protection from the outside environment. It has more diversity in terms of comfort due to better space provisions and more room to work with. Though there are also some disadvantages. Pop up campers are a viable option for people who would like to have a comfortable camping experience but cannot shell out large amounts of money for it. They last for years and are still usable after quite some time.
It is therefore recommended to buy pop up campers for couples and even individuals who would like to have quality time with each other by way of camping or taking a getaway vacation. I would not recommend it for a family. Instead for a family I would recommend a fifth wheel, or a class C RV if they have small children.
Pop up campers have the ability to provide enjoyment with the great outdoors without the extra hassles of camping, by keeping a safe distance from unpleasant things that can affect someone while on their much-needed vacation.
With that being said, a pop up campers are viable options to use for get-away vacations and is still an attractive camper to buy, specifically for first time buyers who will be eager to buy something for their comfort while enjoying a camping vacation.