10 Best Pop Up Campers [Our Pop Up Picks]

Pop up campers are a great alternative to full-size campers and motor homes, and still provide an excellent RV adventure. This is especially true if you are not ready to buy a bigger camper just yet. Here is my list of the Top 10 Best Pop Up Campers with videos.

I have done well over 50 hours of research to come up with this list. The research included reviewing forums, and RV review sites, and reaching out to owners and to the manufacturers in situations where we have questions that were not answered on their websites.

Pop up campers are small and don’t have slides but can easily be towed by a small SUV or car.

1. Sylvan Sport GO

The SylvanSport Go camper is one of the nicest and most versatile we have come across.

There is a lot to like about this camper besides the great looks. It is extremely versatile and is considered the “Swiss Army Knife” of folding tent campers.

Sylvan Go tent camper

The SylvanSport GO can be used in 3 modes. “Camper Mode” allows you to deploy the tent and awning which gives you ample sleeping space, lots of headroom, and a great awning that is super easy to set up.

In “Gear Hauler Mode” you have room on top for kayaks, boards, bikes, or any other combination of gear you want to take with you. This is a great mode if you are just going down to the lake or beach for a day.

If you need to haul appliances or pick up a load of supplies from your local home store the “Utility Mode” lets you do just that.

This GO has the weight capacity to haul quite a bit of stuff. The living space is small but very useable. Excellent tent camping model than can easily be stored in your garage.

Sylvan Go Trailer modes

The low profile combined with the lightweight makes it a cinch to tow with just about any car or truck. The SylvanSport GO is practically zero maintenance, and it’s built to last right here in America. Unfortunately, no bathroom as with many pop up campers.

Dry Weight (lbs): 840Sleeping Capacity: 4
Length: 11’11”Average Price (New): $8,995
Width: 6’3″View Full Specs: Sylvan GO

2. Forest RV River Flagstaff Tent Campers

Flagstaff, a division of Forest River RV has a line of tent camping trailers that are great looking and affordable. We like the interior color palette of these tent campers.

rockwood camping trailer

They offer the MAC and the High Wall hard-sided campers. The MAC series is more of your typical folding camper whereas the High Wall series has the amenities you find in a typical camper, including a shower and toilet, a very well-done interior decor all wrapped up in a lightweight camper. Also includes a sink and dinette.

The sides extend like a slide-out to give you a very good sleeping space.

Since it employs a canvas tent you should check out what it takes to clean and maintain a pop up canvas tent.

Dry Weight (lbs): 1,465 – 3,721Sleeping Capacity: 4
Length: 17’2″ – 27’9″Average Price (New): $9,900 – $25,500
Width: 84″View Full Specs: Tent Camper

3. Forest River RV Flagstaff Hard-sided

There’s more to this RV brand than just tent campers. They also manufacture hard-sided trailers. Don’t let the size fool you into thinking this is a cramped little trailer.

You’ll find floor plans that are 20 feet in length when fully opened.

These hard-side campers give you a vacuum bonded fiberglass exterior that is easy to set up. What’s great is you still get the towing and storage advantages of a tent camper.

Dry Weight (lbs): 2,1014 – 2,526Sleeping Capacity: 2-4
Length: 17′ – 20’10”Average Price (New): $11,000
Width: 84″View Full Specs: Hard Side Campers

4. Coachmen Clipper Express

The Express is a cool-looking camper with a rear tent that expands to add more space.

According to Coachmen, the Express has been designed to be easy to set up and store. In other words easy to enjoy.

Towing the Express is easy due to its aerodynamic styling, and its super-lightweight.

The patent-pending Glide-N-Lock bed system makes for a quick and easy setup.

Dry Weight (lbs): 1,277 – 3,750Sleeping Capacity: 2
Length: 8’2″ – 13’11”Average Price (New): $8,000
Width: 79″ – 86″View Full Specs: Coachmen Clipper

5. Aliner Hard-Side

The company Aliner has 3 model types in its lineup. The Aliner is a hard-side camper and the Somerset is a tent camper.

The Ascape is a teardrop unit and one of the nicest folding campers that we’ll cover in another article. Here we’ll discuss the Aliner. The Aliner hard side comes in 3 sizes and 3 equipment levels.

aliner pop-up a-frame camping trailer

You’ll find a Small (10.5-foot box on a 14-foot frame), a Medium (12-foot box on a 15-foot frame), and a Large (14.5-foot box on an 18-foot frame). The equipment levels are Standard, Upgraded, and Deluxe. Standard equipment is essentially electricity with water hookups.

The Upgraded equipment level gives you a propane system and more complex plumbing that includes holding tanks.

Finally, the Deluxe equipment package includes everything in the Upgraded plus it adds, a stove, large fridge, outside electrical receptacle, and stabilizer jacks on all 4 corners. However, no bathroom.

Can easily be towed by a minivan, small car, or SUV and can fit into just about any campsite.

Dry Weight (lbs): 1,180 – 2,000Sleeping Capacity: 2-4
Length: 13′ – 18′Average Price (New): $15,000
Width: 78″ – 84″View Full Specs: Aliner

If you are interested I wrote a review of the Aliner Expedition.

6. Aliner Somerset

The Somerset is a very well-equipped camper and one of the best in the industry and one of the nicest pop-up campers I’ve seen. Dozens of standard amenities make this dual-tent a perfect choice for a family.

Aliner Somerset pop-up tent campers

There are 4 models in the Somerset line-up including the high-end Utah model which we particularly like. Definitely one of the best pop up campers and built for comfort. Has good storage space and a small kitchenette

Dry Weight (lbs): 2,650 – 2,908Sleeping Capacity: 5
Length: 18’9″ – 23’7″Average Sale Price (New): $18,000
Width: 7’5″View Full Specs: Aliner Somerset Utah

7. Air Opus Camper OP-Lite Off-Road

If you are looking for a compact trailer that is incredibly durable and has a beefed-up suspension that lets you take it just about anywhere then you need to take a look at the OP-Lite.

It uses AIR Tent inflation technology to quickly set up the tent portion of the trailer. It’s great for camping.

opus op-lite pop-up

This trailer is versatile and rugged. This little camper is off-road-ready via its heavy-duty independent suspension which has been engineered to go anywhere you 4WD can go.

It also is equipped with all-terrain tires, a front rock guard, and underbody armor with diamond plating. No bathroom is available with the Opus floor plan.

It is pretty light coming in at just around 2,380 pounds. Here is a list of 15 pop ups and their weight.

Dry Weight (lbs): 2,380Sleeping Capacity: 2
Length: 17’2″Average Sale Price (New): $20,000
Width: 5′ 6″View Full Specs: Opus Lite

8. Taxa Outdoors Cricket

The Taxa Cricket is a unique-looking camper that is both lightweight and rugged. It can be towed by many 4-cylinder engines. It’s big enough to sleep, two adults and two kids.

small and lightweight camping trailer

The roof on the Cricket allows cross-ventilation but if you need it a little more cooler you can add an optional 5,000 BTU air conditioner. It has excellent features and specifications.

Dry Weight (lbs): 1,753Sleeping Capacity: 3-4
Length: 15′Average Sale Price (New): $38,000
Width: 6’7″View Full Specs: Taxa Cricket

9. Forest River RV Rockwood ESP

The ESP (Extreme Sports Package) by Forest River is a folding tent trailer designed for active couples and families. If you are your family are into mountain biking, kayaking, or surfing the ESP allows you to carry your gear with little hassle, so you can make the most of your outdoor experience.

rockwood camping trailer
Dry Weight (lbs): 2,180 – 3,377Sleeping Capacity: 4-5
Length: 17’6″ – 26’5″Average Sale Price (New): $14,000
Width: 84″View Full Specs: Forest River Rockwood ESP

10. Chalet XL

The Chalet is an A-frame trailer available in 3 models that offer some unique amenities typically not found in this type of camper. The Chalet XL has a permanent queen bed which is very nice for this type of camper.

It is one of the lighter models in our Top 10 lineup.

Once extended you will find 8-feet of headroom which is quite high. The kitchen area boasts a large galley, residential height countertops, and plenty of windows and skylights to provide ample light in all directions.

Overall, the Chalet XL is an excellent camper that is easy to tow, easy to store, and has very low maintenance.

Their Patented Electronic Roof Lift System makes for a quick set-up. Optionally available on this camper are a wet bath and a dormer, which are excellent features to add. Easy for a camping setup.

Dry Weight (lbs): 1995 – 2,165Sleeping Capacity: 3-4
Length: 18’7″Average Sale Price (New): $18,000
Width: 87″View Full Specs: Chalet XL

Pop Up Campers Final Thoughts

As with any purchase, do your research before plunking money down on a camper. The prices shown above are average. Several of the pop up campers have newer features like Bluetooth speakers and USB ports, and several offer different floor plans, as well as a water tank that can hold a gallon or more water.

If a pop up is not something you are interested in how about a regular size camper from one of these top travel trailer brands?

If you’re still not convinced, check out this article I wrote on the pros and cons of owning a pop up camper.

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Ray Roman

Ray Roman is the co-owner/author of Go Travel Trailers. He is the main contributor of content and an avid researcher of travel trailers and the RV lifestyle. He loves fly fishing, vacationing in Red River, NM, and spending time with family and friends.