Top 17 Reasons Not to Purchase a Pop-up Camper

A pop-up camper has several names, for instance, tent trailers, small POP, or fold-out campers. They are easier to tow and maneuver than a full-size trailer.

Can you live in a pop up camper?

Part of a pop-up camper construction is canvas, which enables the trailer to collapse, down making a smaller package. So in spite of its compact interior space, it is not unusual to find one with mess areas, bathrooms, and mattresses.

Are pop up campers worth it?

Pop-up campers are another option on a long list of camper trailers these days. They might be an attractive option. However, they can be a significant investment, and thus, you should do due diligence before committing your hard-earned cash. Here are some downsizes for acquiring a pop-up camper.

  • Costly: The price of a pop-up camper range from a few thousand dollars (for a used one) to more than $20,000 (for a modern one with all the whistles and bells). Considering the limited amenities in most campers and the labor associated with main set-up and maintenance, it might be ideal to look for a lower maintenance option.
  • Becomes cold or hot easily: The pop-up camper shields you from sunburn, but not from the heat. The outside temperatures significantly affect the inside temperature of the camper. When the outside is hot, you feel it inside too.
  • Noise from outside is an issue: Pop-up campers have thin walls, hence you can tow them easily. However, the thin walls allow loud noises to penetrate the tents.
  • Storage problem: You might have to pay to store your pop-up camper. You need to check the laws of your neighborhood as most do not allow the storage of pop-up camper trailers on the property.
  • Limited storage: A pop-up camper has limited space, and you will often need to remove belongings from the trailer to fold up appropriately. A pop-up camper storage capacity is ideal for people who travel light.
  • No insulation: The pop-up section of a camper is made from vinyl or canvas, which are thin materials. Thus, you might struggle to maintain an ideal temperature.
  • More exposure to elements: A thin fabric implies you will get more exposed to wind, rain, and other elements.
  • No bathroom: Most pop-up campers lack the space for a bathroom, so you will have to rely on campgrounds with outhouse facilities.
  • Difficult to clean: It is almost impossible to spotless a pop-up before folding it down. With time, if you are not diligent in cleaning and drying the pop-up, moisture and humidity may lead to the growth of mildew and mold.
  • Lack of privacy: Any person outside can hear whatever is going on inside your pop-up, and you will be privy to any noises from outside.
  • Limited interior space: There is little floor space giving you limited space room to live in.
  • Walls can tear: While vinyl and canvas are tough fabrics, they are thin enough to rip or tear compromising your camper’s structure.
  • They can leak: Even minus tears or rips, your vinyl or canvas can leak after minimal wear and tear.
  • Vehicle tow compatibility: Pop-up campers are marketed as lightweight. However, this is not always the case. This requires that you check your truck’s tow rating before buying or upgrading to your camper.
  • Instability during high winds: On a windy day, it is likely that the storm can cause the camper to tip over – more so if you are parked on sloped ground.
  • Limited kitchen amenities: A majority of camper kitchenettes are rudimentary – with a few gas burners, a sink, and perhaps a small fridge
  • Not ideal where wild animals frequent: The pop-up is sufficiently porous to permit the food scent to reach outside, which might attract wild animals.

Are you planning to go camping? 

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