Top 10 Best RV Pop-Up Campers for Sale in 2021

Pop up campers are a great alternative to full-size travel trailers and motorhomes. This is especially true if you are are not ready to buy a bigger camper just yet. Pop-ups also referred to as fold-up and tent campers are equipped with a vast array of features that make them ideal for taking a long vacation or just a short weekend trip with the family.

They are also a great choice for those looking to upgrade from tent camping since they offer some of the conveniences of travel trailers but still give you a feeling of being outside albeit protected from the elements.

In this post, we are going to take a look at 10 pop-up campers we think are some of the best in the industry. We give look at some of their outstanding features as well as point you in the right direction if you want more details on any of them.

Our List of Best Pop Up Campers

Below is our list of the Top 10 Best Pop-up campers that you can buy. Choosing a pop-up will depend on your budget and how you intend to use the travel trailer. Some of you might just want the camper for weekend outings while others may want to go off the beaten path. Whichever style of RVing you are interested in one of the pop-up campers below will meet your need.

Brand NameModelFloorplansPrice
SylvanSport Go1$8,995+
Forest River FlagstaffMAC & High-Wall8$9,900+
Forest RiverFlagstaff Hide-Side6$11,000+
CoachmenClipper3$8,000+
AlinerAliner8$15,000+
AlinerSomerset4$18,000+
Opus CampersOP-Lite1$20,000+
TaxaCricket1$38,500+
Forest River RockwoodESP5$14,000+
ChaletXL3$18,000+

Let take a look at each model in more detail.

1. Sylvan Sport GO

Insert image The Sylvan Sport Go pop-up camper is one of the nicest pop up we have come across. There is a lot to like about this camper beside the great looks. It is extremely versatile and is considered the “Swiss Army Knife” of folding trailers.

pop-up campers

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

In “Gear Hauler Mode” you have a trailer that has 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 Trailer Mode” lets you do just that. This GO has the weight capacity to haul quite a bit of stuff. So what makes the Sylvan Sport GO so desirable.

For starters, it’s the versatility you get with just this one pop up camper. It is a comfortable pop up with a waterproof tent that is easy to setup. You get several sleeping and dining options to suit your needs. If a fuel-efficient pop-up camper is what you’re looking for then this is it.

The low profile combined with the lightweight makes it a cinch to tow with just about any car or truck. The Sport GO is practically zero maintenance and its built to last right here in America. Features and Specifications

  • Aluminum frame
  • TIG Welding
  • Powder coating
  • Diamond plate deck
  • The tent is 220-denier ripstop nylon, 3X heavier duty than typical family tents
  • Unloaded weight: 840 pounds
  • The Interior floor dimension is 48-inch by 48-inch
  • The price starts at $8,995

Overall the Sylvan Sport GO pop up camper is a durable, flexible and fun camper you are sure to love.

Click to visit their site and see the full specs on this pop-up.

2. Forest River Flagstaff Tent Campers

Flagstaff, a division of Forest River has a line of tent camping trailers that are great looking and affordable. We like the interior color palette of these tent campers. We find the earth tones grays and brown to be easy on the eyes.

Flagstaff offers the MAC series and the High Wall series of pop-ups. The MAC series is more of your typical folding camper whereas the High Wall series has the features you find in a typical travel trailer, including a shower and toilet, very well done interior deco all wrapped up in a light-weight camper. Features and Specifications

  • One Piece Vacuum Bonded Fiberglass Roof with Metal Interior Ceiling
  • Steel Air Conditioner Reinforcing Laminated Into Roof
  • Slatewood Interior (N/A High Wall)
  • American Maple Interior (High Wall Only)
  • Wood Look Flooring (High Wall Only)
  • “Leather Appearance” Seating
  • Stainless Steel Look Appliances and Sink (High Wall Only)
  • Unloaded vehicle weight ranges from 1,465 lbs to 3,721 lbs
  • Pricing starts at around $9,900 for the MAC series and can exceed 25K for the High Wall series with all the options.

Here you can visit Flagstaff’s website.

3. Forest River Flagstaff Hard Side Pop-Up

There’s more to Flagstaff than just tent campers. They also manufacturer hard-sided pop-up 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.

a-frame pop-up

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. Like other Forest River Flagstaff campers, they are loaded with features. Features and Specifications

  • Completely Enclosed Living Area
  • One Piece Vacuum Bonded Fiberglass Roof with Metal Interior Ceiling
  • Large Rear Roof Tinted Sky Light with Shade
  • Two Front Roof Tinted Windows with Shades
  • Unloaded vehicle weight range is from 2,014 lbs to 2,526 lbs
  • Exterior length when open ranges from 17 feet to 20 feet 10 inches.
  • Prices start at around $11,000 and go up from there depending on the model and features.

You can see all of Forest River Flagstaff’s hard side campers here.

4. Coachmen Clipper Express Pop Up Camper

The Coachmen Clipper Express is a cool looking popup 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 pop-up is easy due to its aerodynamic styling, and its super-lightweight.

Coachmen Clipper pop-up camper

 

The patent-pending Glide-N-Lock bed system makes for a quick and easy setup. Coachmen have designed various models of the Clipper Express each with its own set of features, standard equipment,t, and options. Here is just a sample of what you’ll find. Features and Specifications

  • E -Coated Tubular Steel Frame
  • 12″ Tires
  • Heavy-Duty Tongue Jack w/Wheel
  • Wide Trac Ultra Lube Spring Axle
  • Electric Brakes
  • UVW is 1277 lbs to 3750 lbs
  • The Express has a length ranging from 8 feet 2 inches to 13 feet 11 inches
  • Price starts at around $8,000 and goes up from there

You can see the Clipper Express and Other Clipper models there.

5. Aliner Pop Up Camper

The company Aliner has 3 model types in their lineup. The Aliner is a hard side pop up and the Somerset if a tent camper. The Ascape is a teardrop travel trailer that we’ll cover in another article. Here we’ll discuss the Aliner. The Aliner hard side pop-up camper 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, Deluxe. Standard equipment is essentially electricity with water hookups. There is no propane system. This is perfect if you are going to campgrounds that have existing amenities.

The Upgraded equipment level gives you a propane system, more complex plumbing that includes holding tanks. This level of equipment gives you more freedom to camp anywhere you want. 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. Features and Specifications (Scout-Lite)

  • Fantastic fan
  • Sink
  • 1 outlet
  • City Water Hookup
  • Front and rear diamond plate
  • Two skylights
  • Aluminum rims
  • Length including frame is 13 feet
  • UVW is 1,180 lbs.
  • The price for the Scout-Lite starts at around $15,000

There are several models of Aliner pop-up campers each with its own set of specifications. To see them all visit the Aliner website.

6. Aliner Somerset Pop-Up Camper

The Somerset tent camper is one of the nicest and best-equipped pop-up campers in the industry. Dozens of standard features make this dual-dent camper a perfect choice for a family.

pop-up tent campers

There are 4 models in the Somerset series including the high-end Utah model which we particularly like. Here are a few of the features you’ll find on this pop-up Features and Specifications

  • Inside Stove
  • Stereo with Inside & Outside Speakers
  • 35 Amp Converter with Charger
  • 6 Gallon Water Heater
  • 16,000 BTU Furnace
  • Four crank-down stabilizers
  • UVW ranges from 2,650 lbs to 2,908 lbs
  • The box length is 12 feet with open length reaching over 23 feet for some models
  • Pricing ranges from $18,000 and up

Here you can see all models of the Somerset.

7. Opus Camper OP-Lite Off-Road Pop Up

If you are looking for a compact pop up trailer that is incredibly durable and has a beefed-up suspension that lets you take it just about anywhere than you need to take a look at the OP-Lite. This pop up uses AIR Tent inflation technology to quickly set up the tent portion of the trailer.

opus op-lite pop-up

This trailer is versatile and rugged. Its low profile makes it the perfect towing companion for a small SUV or Jeep. 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, underbody armor with diamond plating among other features. Let’s take a quick look at more of the OP-Lite features and specifications. Features and Specifications

  • 20-lb propane tank holder
  • 20-gallon water tank with 12V pump
  • 100-amp battery
  • Solar panel port
  • Large exterior storage
  • Sleeps two
  • It has a dry weight of 2,380 lbs
  • Exterior length is 17 feet 2 inches
  • Prices start at around $20,000 and go up from there.

To see all the features and specification of this off-road pop-up camper visit their website.

8. Taxa Cricket Pop Up

The Taxa Cricket is a unique looking pop-up travel trailer 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. Taxa refer to the design of the Cricket as “NASA” inspired due to the fact the designers worked for NASA’s Habitability Design Center.

small and lightweight camping trailer

The pop-up 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. Features and Specifications

  • Easy to tow
  • Spacious kitchen
  • Baltic Birch plywood kitchen with milk crate drawer
  • 2-burner stove with hinged lid
  • Quad stabilizer jacks
  • The dry weight of 1,753 lbs
  • Exterior length is 15 feet
  • Cricket price starts at $38,500

The Taxa Cricket is also available in an “Overland” edition that increases ground clearance to 17 inches. To learn about the Cricket and all other Taxa models visit their website.

Forest River Rockwood ESP

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

You’ll find many modern features on the ESP such as a digital media receiver with Bluetooth, USB auxiliary port, and much more. The Forest River Rockwood ESP is a great tent camper that is lightweight and easy to tow. Features and Specifications

  • One Piece Vacuum Bonded Fiberglass Roof with Metal Interior Ceiling
  • 3-Stage Double Arm Lifter Posts
  • Lower Door Operational in Closed Position
  • Five Piece Sectionalized Hurculite Supreme Tenting
  • Tent Permanently Attached on Bunk Ends and Slide Out
  • Solar panel prep
  • Outdoor gas grill with worktable
  • Dry weight ranges from 3,377 lbs to 1,722 lbs
  • Exterior length when open ranges from 30 feet 8 inches to 17 feet 1 inch depending on floorplan
  • Price starts at around $14,000

To see all the specifications, features, and options of the Forest River Rockwood ESP you can visit their website.

Chalet XL Pop Up

The Chalet is an A-frame trailer available in 3 models that offer some unique features typically not found in A-frame pop-ups. The Chalet XL features a permanent queen bed which is very nice for this type of camper. Under the bed, there is lots of storage for your things.

pop-up camper

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

A bonus feature is a dinette that converts to a bed. Overall the Chalet XL Pop Up is an excellent A-frame pop up 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 is a wet bath and a dormer. Here are some additional features and specifications.

  • Features and Specifications
  • Patented Electronic Power Lift System
  • Patent High Wind Harness System
  • High Sidewalls (42″)
  • Fully Insulated Composite Construction Walls and Roof
  • Durable Wood Grain Vinyl Flooring
  • Hardwood Cabinet Doors
  • GVWR is 3,500 lbs

To learn more about Chalet pop-up hard-sided camper visit their website.

If you are looking for pop up campers for a long vacation, you can choose from any of the above pop up campers. We are sure one of them will suit your needs. As with any purchase do your research before plunking money down on a travel trailer. If a pop-up travel trailer is not something you are interested in how about a regular size camper from one of these top travel trailer brands?

One thing to keep in mind is that there are lots of used pop-up campers for sale. You can find pop-up campers for sale on RVTrader.com, Facebook Marketplace, Craiglist, eBay, and many other places. Buying a used pop-up is great if you don’t yet have the budget for a new one.

You can easily renovate a used pop-up tent trailer. Here is a video showing a $900 renovation.

Related Questions

How much do pop up campers cost?

On average, a pop-up travel trailer is going to cost you anywhere $5,000 or less used up to well over $20,000 new.

Here are 7 tent campers and their typical price. These can have hard sides such as the Aliner while others have tent extension are either end like the Forest River.

The average cost of 7 popup campers.

2020 Coachmen Viking Express  $ 6,977.00
2020 Aliner Classic  $ 24,499.00
2019 Aliner Somerset  $ 19,995.00
2019 Forest Rivers Rockwood Hard side  $ 14,995.00
2019 Coachmen Clipper V-trec V3  $ 15,995.00
2020 Forest River Flagstaff Hardside  $ 15,996.00
2020 Opus Outback Off-Raod  $ 27,181.00

Some more related questions.

Are there pop-up campers with bathrooms?

You are not going to find a typical bathroom in a pop-up camper. What you will find are portable composting toilets also known as cassette toilets. Like the one below.

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Does Coleman still make pop up campers?

Since 2012 no pop-up campers bearing the Coleman name have been produced. There are however several companies including Forest Rivers and Aliner that make pop up campers similar to the Coleman camper of yesteryear.

Do pop up campers have air conditioning?

If it’s a hard-top pop-up camper than most likely you’ll have air-conditioning as a standard piece of equipment or as an option. If you have a soft-top pop-up than you are probably going to need a portable stand-up A/V units like the one below.

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Should I cover my pop up camper?

It’s always a good idea to cover your pop up camper after you have used it. However, if your pop up has gotten wet due to rain, or dew than leave it open until it dries completely before you cover it. This prevents moisture from being trapped under the cover and increasing your chances of mold or rot. Here is how to clean you pop up camper canvas.

The best pop up campers?

This is a very tough question to answer because a lot depends on your budget and your needs. Coachmen, Forest River, Aliner, Sylvan all make excellent popup campers all in different price ranges and features. Determine what you need, how much you can afford then check out the various brands and RV trader for good deals.


Ray Roman is the 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 flyfishing, vacationing in Red River, NM, and spending time with family and friends.