Camping tents are a great way to enjoy the outdoor experience while having a sense of security. While classic tents are the go-to, they take time to assemble and disassemble. For many, this is all a part of the experience.
On the other hand, if you are looking for something less sluggish, a pop-up camper (tent camper) is a great alternative. They are a fun way to travel and camp in your favorite outdoor area. These campers can also be purchased relatively inexpensively or even rented for one-time trips.
Better comfort and security
Compared to tents which provide minimal shelter, a camper offers a more sturdy structure to better protect you from the elements. Moreover, a comfortable sleeping area and warmth. Most models will unfold into two sleeping areas. This is ideal for families with children or guests. Features will vary depending on the model and price range.
Smaller campers will have storage areas, dining areas, refrigeration units, and cooking devices. Some also come equipped with outdoor shower facilities and grills. The larger, more expensive models may have indoor bath areas and more room, including living area space. These campers are more comfortable and provide a much more secure area to stow gear and supplies.
Setting up is not hard
The entire process of setting up the camper, including setting up the inside and making the beds takes about one hour.
- After maneuvering the camper into the site, unhitch it from your vehicle and proceed to crank the camper up. Some models have motorized cranks which save a workout for your arms.
- Pull out and secure the sleeping areas on either end; and pull out and secure the slide-out areas, if your popup camper is equipped with them.
- Make sure to crank down the stabilizers before entering the camper to prevent it from tipping.
New trailers can be purchased from anywhere between $5,000 to $15,000, whereas rentals range from $300 to $500 for a week, or $60 to $80 per day. If you camp often, purchasing may be a great long-term investment. Most dealers who carry new popup campers may also have used models available. This may be the perfect solution for regular camping enthusiasts on a budget.
Used campers from other sellers are also available, so browse the Internet for local deals in your area.
Save some time by shopping for the camper with the features you desire and check to make sure they are in good condition before purchasing.
Easily towed by most vehicles
While SUVs and trucks are ideal for hauling a camper, even smaller cars can handle towing a popup camper. Even so, be sure to check weight and hauling requirements before attempting it. You do not want to wreck the transmission in your vehicle by trying to pull a camper that is too heavy for it.
All that is needed is a proper hitch to fit the type of camper and a hookup for the taillights on the camper. The dealer will be able to help determine the type of hitch needed.
Low Profile Transportation
Lastly, another advantage of having a popup camper is that it has a low-profile design. This means it won’t obstruct your view while you are towing it. Furthermore, a low profile equals less wind resistance while on the road and better fuel economy.
Whether you are venturing out for the first time or a camping enthusiast, using a pop-up camper is a great way to enhance your outdoor experience. You can partake in your camping activities with the peace of mind that your gear will be safe. Above all, you will have a cozy place to eat and sleep without the hassle of building fires and setting up a tent.