Pop Up Campers – The Basics


I have made mention several times throughout – that the posts that our group of campers shows no bias. We run the gamete – from RV’s to guys sleeping in their trucks.  Somewhere in between those extremes are the pop up campers.

I have recently personally seen the transition from one of those “guys sleeping in their trucks” to finding a girl worthy of taking camping, therefore the need for the pop up camper.  Because while some girls are most definitely adventurous, we all usually draw the line at sleeping in a truck seat.  Although this particular fellow could have chosen a tent for his next step in camping, he went with a pop up camper.  They offer many advantages and only a few drawbacks.


  • First and foremost you have a kitchenette, including a sink and a mini fridge.  Having the comforts of home can really make the cooking a lot simpler.
  • Tables – are you kidding me?!  Being able to sit down on some padded bench seats and eat a meal off of a table, not your lap…’nough said.
  • Sleeping area – The beds on either end of the pop up campers slide out giving way to main area. In the main area there are usually 2 tables on either end that fold down, making even more sleeping room.  Ideally, you can sleep 6 adults very comfortably.
  • Heavy-Duty Materials – when fully set up, the “soft side”, or the part of the pop up campers that is made of canvas, is made to last.  It is more like an Army tent-type of material, not the super thin nylon tents are made out of these days. The outer shell is made from metal in order for it to be road worthy.  This also provides stability and weight as your base when you are stationary.
  • Vehicle available – unlike an RV you can unhitch your pop up camper and then you have the ability to use your vehicle to do some site seeing, or get more supplies.


  • You are going to need a vehicle that is big enough to tow a pop up camper– usually a full size truck. And don’t forget about the hitch which is going to run you a couple hundred dollars.
  • Needing RV hookups.  In order to use that sink in the kitchenette I mentioned, you are going to need to be able to hook up to a water spigot. And if you want electricity, you will need the plug in for that as well.  Unless you take a generator – and if you do use a generator, I must make a personal plea.  Please do not run it nonstop – they are loud and disrupt the other campers trying to enjoy the peace and quiet.  Thank you.

If you are looking for your next step from the tent camping and don’t want to go full bore into an RV, check out your local dealer or even better look for some excellent second-hand pop up campers.  I know you won’t be disappointed.