Pop Up Camper Rental

If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive way to get into the world of RV camping, travel trailers might be a good option for you and your family. These versatile campers are so lightweight and compact, you can likely tow one with the vehicle you already have in your driveway! They’re also relatively inexpensive and easy to maneuver and store.

With their canvas sides and limited space, pop up trailers offer an experience a bit more rugged than larger, self-enclosed motorhomes do. They are more open to the elements and have less luxurious features -- for example, their mattresses may offer less support than in other RV models because they must be easily folded and stored,

However, what the pop up trailer lacks in luxury it more than makes up for in affordability, flexibility, and ease of access. They’re truly a great way to bring your family together to reconnect with nature!

Vehicle Overview

# of Traveler Seats up to 8
Sleeps up to 8
Size 8' - 27' Long
7' - 8' Wide
Features Beds, Fold-down dinette table and seating, Sink, Storage cabinets, Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave, Clean water tanks, Waste water tanks, AC/DC battery systems, Electric brakes, Slide-outs (in select models for additional width)

Pros & Cons

Pop up trailer rental is a great solution for a family who wants to explore the RVing lifestyle, but doesn’t necessarily want to invest in an expensive motor home or a larger travel trailer and tow vehicle. Since most pop up campers for rent are quite small and feature canvas sides, they’re generally light enough to be towed by a small truck or SUV — and in some cases, even cars. (Always check to ensure that your vehicle’s rated tow capacity is equal to or greater than the gross hitch weight of your trailer!)

For these reasons, pop up trailers can be a very accessible introduction to RVing or a relatively inexpensive upgrade from tent or car camping. However, most offer limited floor space and less luxurious amenities than larger, enclosed motorhomes might, and they also require more set-up effort once you reach your destination.

Pros:

  • Affordable. Pop up camper rental rates are some of the most affordable on the market, and in most cases, you’ll probably be able to use your regular family vehicle to tow it (thus avoiding investing in a large diesel truck).
  • Lightweight and easy to tow. Most pop up RV rentals weigh less than 2,800 pounds, and many civilian vehicles are capable of towing up to 3,500.
  • Ease of storage due to small size. Since pop up rentals fold down to such small dimensions (sometimes as little as 8’ by 7’), you won’t have to worry about finding a large storage space when your RV isn’t in use — it’ll likely fit in your driveway!
  • Airflow and connection with the outdoors. The canvas sides and mesh windows pop-up trailers are famous for mean your family will be able to easily and affordably enjoy temperate destination weather.
  • Ability to bring extra toys. Many pop-up trailers feature a flat, hard top when folded, which allows extra storage space to haul bicycles, kayaks, and other large outdoor toys.
  • Relative ease of maneuverability. Since pop up trailers are so compact, they’re easier to haul than other types of travel trailer RVs.

Cons:

  • Necessitates more setup. When you arrive at your campsite, you will need to unfold your pop up trailer and set up all the interior amenities. This is usually accomplished using a hand crank and can be quite laborious and inconvenient.
  • More moving parts may require more maintenance. When you rent a pop up camper, it must be folded and unfolded frequently, and moving parts may be more likely to break than static motorhome parts.
  • Requires a tow vehicle. If you want an all-inclusive motorhome you can simply climb into and drive to your destination, a pop up camper rental isn’t for you. With a pop-up trailer, the traveling portion of your vacation will still be more or less like a regular road trip (i.e., limited seating space and bathroom breaks will require you to pull off to the side of the road).
  • More exposure to the elements. Pop up trailers are so light in part due to their canvas sides and mesh windows, which can allow for great cross-ventilation — but can also expose passengers and their belongings to the elements in inclement weather.
  • Limited amenities. Since space is at a premium when you rent pop up camper, most of the amenities serve dual purposes and must be folded out and set up when you arrive at the campsite. This means they may be less comfortable and substantial. Furthermore, some pop up camper models may lack convenient features like on-board toilets and kitchen facilities.
  • Limited living space. Even when folded out, your popup camper rental won’t allow much room for passengers to walk around and stretch out, so they’re best suited to campers who are planning to spend most of their time adventuring outdoors.

Towing a Pop Up Trailer

Because pop up trailers fold into very compact “boxes,” they’re much easier to tow than other, larger travel trailers. They’re also less susceptible to being blown around by passing trucks or ambient wind. However, if you’ve never towed a heavy load behind your vehicle, you will still encounter a learning curve when it comes to driving your pop up trailer.

Whenever you’re towing, the vehicle you’re driving will be weighed down by the load behind it. Even though pop up trailers are relatively light, they still account for up to 3,000 extra pounds behind your vehicle — and that weight makes braking and speeding up a much slower, more laborious process. Further, many travel trailers, including pop ups, are equipped with electric brake technology to help drivers achieve gradual deceleration, since slamming on the brakes when towing a load can cause skidding, jack-knifing or loss of vehicle control.

In short, driving your vehicle will feel much different when you’re towing your pop up camper. You’ll want to travel slowly, leave yourself lots of space, and avoid accelerating or decelerating too quickly. Be especially careful in wet conditions or when driving on inclines and slopes!

Renting a Pop Up Trailer

Although many RV rental dealerships feature exclusively Class A and Class C motorhomes, some do allow you to rent a pop up trailer. Because these vehicles are smaller and more modest than most other kinds of RVs, the rental facility may offer you a better nightly rate than it would for larger, more luxurious models. You will likely need to supply your own tow vehicle, which shouldn’t be very problematic since these trailers are so lightweight. If your regular car’s tow capacity doesn’t make the cut, you can rent an appropriate car or SUV with relative ease and affordability at most commercial car rental dealerships, though you’ll need to specify that you need a tow hitch.

You can also try renting your pop up trailer online. Many RV owners are happy to rent out their vehicles to other travelers. Search in your web browser for, “pop up campers for rent near me” and you’ll be able to shop around and find the perfect pop up trailer to meet your travel needs.

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