Vicky Sosa
by Vicky Sosa
Posted November 3, 2021

Are you ready to hit the road, but don’t want the inconvenience or cost of a large RV? A small pop up camper is just what you need. Small pop up campers are one of the best kinds of small RVs because they are collapsible, which means they are easy to tow and store. Even with their small size, though, they can still sleep between 2-8 people, depending on the model.

Small pop up campers are also perfect for those that like to keep things simple. Sleeping in a camper with pop-outs is certainly a step above sleeping in a tent, but they are still pretty rustic which means less cost and less weight. If you did want to upgrade your small pop up camper with a toilet or shower, however, many do have that option.

As you can see, small pop up campers have many benefits. Not only are they one of the cutest RVs on the road, but they are also practical and convenient. With that said, how do you know which is the best pop up camper for you and your family?

Don’t worry, we’re here to help! We’ve put together a list of the 10 best pop up campers. It includes specs, upgrade capabilities, and owner reviews. Our list of campers also includes some A-frame trailers, which are a fun kind of pop up camper.

1. 2017 Livin’ Lite Quicksilver 8.0

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This small pop up camper may look simple, but a lot of thought went into its design. It is built on an all-aluminum superstructure, making it an ultra lightweight pop up camper. Hitching a trailer can be intimidating, but it’s easy to do with the Quicksilver thanks to a manual crank swivel jack on the tongue that requires very little effort.

The Quicksilver is a 4 person pop up camper with two full-size beds. However, if you convert the dinette seating to a sleeping area you can add two more adults. The camper also has a small sink and two oven burners. The camper does not have a bathroom. 

There are plenty of features you can add on like an optional aluminum rear storage rack for more gear or an optional Off-Road Package that replaces the standard 12” tires with 15” all-terrain tires.

  • Weight: 1,040 lbs
  • Length: 16′
  • Width: 7′
  • New Average Price: $13,600

Light, timeless due to its aluminum materials, and comfortable. This is a great trailer. We have enjoyed towing this all over the West. Take your family to the national parks, sleeping comfortably out of the weather and up off the ground.

Peter Frederich of California about his Livin’ Lite Quicksilver 8.0

2. 2019 Jayco Jay Sport

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The Jay Sport has four floor plans so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. This pop up camper sleeps 8 comfortably and has a spacious kitchen area with all appliances pre-plumbed for propane. The tent is water-repellent. There is no bathroom, but there is an exterior shower. Additionally, you can upgrade and get additional features like a canopy awning or a double-entry step.

  • Weight: 1,570 – 2,385 lbs
  • Length: 11′ 7″ – 21′ 6″
  • Width: 7’1
  • New Average Price: $10,000

I have had my camper for 4 years, I bought my jayco8sd new and have experienced friendly dealers willing to help with my first RV purchase. My family enjoys the outdoor camping experience with this well-equipped pop up camper.

“Happy camper” of Illinois about his Jay Sport

3. 2019 SylvanSport GO

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Another ultra-lightweight pop up camper is the SylvanSport GO. This unique camper is perfect for those looking for their first small pop up camper. It is 100% waterproof and comes with insulating bed platforms that are great for camping in colder areas. The SylvanSport GO is a 4 person pop up camper.

The camper’s small size also makes it easy to tow and back into a campsite. Another popular feature is that the GO’s tent can be removed and then the base can be used as a trailer to haul gear or supplies.

  • Weight: 840 lbs
  • Length: 11’11”
  • Width: 6’3″
  • New Average Price: $9,000

4. OPUS Off-Road

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Of all the small pop up campers out there, the OPUS Off-Road is the easiest to set up. The tent inflates on its own in 90 seconds! Another feature that outdoor enthusiasts will love is that this camper was made for going off-road, as the name implies. It comes with off-road tires and all-terrain chassis.

The OPUS Off-Road is a 4 person pop up camper with two full-size beds. It also has a full outdoor kitchen, 8-foot ceilings, and lots of windows and skylights so you feel like you’re still outdoors. It’s not the cheapest pop up camper, but you get what you pay for.

  • Weight: 3,100 lbs
  • Length: 18’4″
  • Width: 6’10”
  • New Average Price: $28,700

5. Aliner Ranger 12

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The first A-frame pop up camper on our list is the classic Aliner Ranger 12. Its hard, angled walls make it a bit better insulated against extreme weather. The Aliner has two floor plans to choose from, but both have a sink, stove, microwave, refrigerator, fan, LED interior lights, and an outside shower.

  • Weight: 1,450 lbs
  • Length: 15′
  • Width: 78″
  • New Average Price: $18,000

We thoroughly enjoy our Ranger 12. It’s big enough to meet our needs and yet small enough to tow and take care of without a lot of effort. Ideal for 1 or 2 people although it will sleep 4. Great for taking the grandkids camping for a few days. That’s what we did.

Grant Geer of Florida about his Aliner Ranger 12

6. Forest River Flagstaff

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Another popular A-frame pop up camper is the Forest River Flagstaff. This hard-sided pop up camper comes with a lot of amenities. They include a bed, dinette, fan, electric water pump, indoor range with cover, stove with oven, microwave, refrigerator, and cabinets. Depending on the model you get, you will have either a Port-A-Potty or a hard wall shower with a residential flush toilet.

  • Weight: 2,570 lbs
  • Length: 20’10”
  • Width: 7′
  • New Average Price: $17,000

We have been very pleased with the unit.It is very spacious and comfortable and has ample storage inside and outside the unit. The v shape at the front of the unit provides additional interior square footage providing space for double vanities in the bathroom, which is nice plus.

Jerry Pelletier of Florida about his Forest River Flagstaff

7. Coachmen Clipper

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This small pop up camper has 15 different floor plans which means you can have the perfect design for your family. The larger floor plans can sleep up to seven people. The Clippers are also made with aerodynamic materials which make them easy to tow. Their versatility and maneuverability make them very popular with both new and seasoned RV owners.

  • Weight: 1,786 lbs
  • Length: 14’2″
  • Width: 7’1″
  • New Average Price: $17,300

8. Turtleback Expedition Trailer

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The perfect small pop up camper to withstand even the worst weather conditions is the Turtleback Expedition Trailer. It’s completely customizable but does come with great standard features like a two-burner stove, external shower hookup, and all-terrain tires.

You can also upgrade to have solar panels, inverters, and more. It’s definitely not the cheapest pop up camper, but if you’re camping in the middle of nowhere, you’ll be prepared and comfortable.

  • Weight: 1,550 lbs
  • Length: 11’6”
  • Width: 6’2”
  • New Average Price: $27,000

Great company Global Expedition Vehicle in Springfield, MO. Great value for the vehicle price. Great for off road as well as driving from home to destination. Drives great on the highway as well as dirt roads.

David Schuster of New Mexico about his Expedition Trailer

9. Trail Manor 2518KB

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A family of six will love the Trail Manor 2518KB. You can easily tow it with a minivan, crossover, or SUV. They can be set up in just two minutes. And they can be stored in a standard-size garage. The Trail Manor also has a spacious kitchen area and a dry bath with a cassette toilet and shower.

  • Weight: 2,580 lbs
  • Length: 18′
  • Width: 7’11”
  • New Average Price: $33,800

10. 2018 Starcraft Comet Mini 16KS

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Another family-friendly pop up is the 2018 Starcraft Comet Mini 16KS. This 4 person pop up camper is one of the few with a slide-out, providing more room inside the camper. It has a bathroom, kitchen with a two-burner stove, and U-shaped dinette.

  • Weight: 2,835 lbs
  • Length: 20′
  • Width: 6’5″
  • New Average Price: $16,800

Ready for your own small pop up camper?

Small pop up campers are a great way to enjoy the outdoors without the frills, complications, and costs of a large RV. After all, you’re wanting the camper to spend time outside, not inside. Simple is better and with the ten pop up campers we’ve listed, you have plenty of options to choose from.

If you’d like to see if a pop up camper is right for you, you can rent one from Outdoorsy before committing and purchasing one. It’s also a great way to compare them to other small camping trailers like teardrop trailers.
Of course, if you already own a pop up camper and want to make some extra cash while you’re not using it, you could always list your camper. You can help spread the word about how awesome small pop up campers are, all while putting money away for your next adventure.

Vicky Sosa

Digital nomad and house sitter!

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