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Everything you Need to Know about Pop Up Tent Trailer Rentals
RV types vary just as much as the people that rent them. From luxury motorhomes to no-frills campers, and everything in between, no two RVs are the same. Pop Up Tent trailers, also known as pop-up campers, are among the lightest and most versatile RV types. If you’re looking for an inexpensive RV rental, a pop-up camper might be your top choice.
What is a Pop Up Tent Camper?
Pop up tent trailer rentals are lightweight and easy to manage. Essentially, they're boxes on wheels that you tow behind your vehicle. When it’s time to set up camp, you simply “pop up” the tent section of the camper. You’ll use a hand crank to raise the roof section of the camper, and the heavy duty canvas sections pop out and become the walls. Don’t be misled – they’re not flimsy just because they have canvas sides. A pop-up camper will still keep you comfortable and safe, and offers more amenities than a tent.
Pros and Cons of Pop Up Tent Trailers
As with all RVs, there are pros and cons to consider. If you’re thinking about renting a pop up tent trailer, here are a few things to think about:
Pop Up Camper Pros
- First and foremost, a pop up tent trailer rental isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg. They are some of the least expensive options out there because they’re not motorized and they’re not huge.
- Similarly, pop up campers are super light. That means you may even be able to tow one with your car! They average about 2,800 pounds, and most vehicles are equipped to tow up to 3,500. Because they have a low profile, they don’t sway as much as travel trailers and fifth wheels. That’s great news if you’re inexperienced with towing.
- They’re smaller, which gives you more freedom when camping. Their compact size lets you camp in areas where large RVs won’t fit.
- Despite their small size, pop up campers still have plenty of room for storage. Many models have a cargo hatch in the body of the camper. Some have storage boxes attached to the outside of the trailer. You’ll also find storage for outdoor toys, like bikes and kayaks, on the support racks.
- Even the simplest pop up trailer will have places to sleep and eat. Bigger models will have full kitchens, toilets, and showers. You’ll be able to camp the way you want, whether it’s simply or luxuriously.
- Pop up campers have several sleeping areas. Two bedroom models usually have a bedroom on either side of the center living area, with curtains you can pull down when it’s time for bed. Most models also have convertible dinettes in the living area, meaning they can sleep up to six people.
- They are an excellent choice for camping in nice weather. They have mesh “windows” throughout, so you’ll always get a nice breeze flowing through the camper.
Pop Up Camper Cons
- Of course, there are drawbacks to every RV type. One of the main complaints with tent camper rentals is the set-up and take-down times. You’ll have to unfold and crank open your tent before you can get inside, which can be tiresome at the end of a day on the road.
- They’re not the most fun way to camp in a storm. After all, their light weight comes at a cost. They tend to rock back and forth a lot during inclement weather, and the canvas sides aren’t exactly wind-proof.
- You won’t get a ton of privacy in a pop up trailer, so let’s hope you’re close with your travel mates! All the “rooms” in pop up campers are separated by curtains or thin plastic walls, even the bathroom. But hey, if you’re going to be spending most of your time outdoors, who cares?
Is a Pop Up Trailer Right for Me?
With all the pros and cons, in addition to all the other camping options on the market, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. We’ve created a quick checklist so you can determine if you should rent a pop up tent trailer. A pop up camper may be right for you if:
- You’re traveling with just a few other people, and you don’t mind the privacy issue.
- You don’t want to spend a lot of money.
- You want a more rugged style of camping, but don’t want to sleep in a regular tent.
- You want to “stealth camp” in places where larger RVs would be conspicuous.
- You’re new to towing and want a less intimidating option.
- You plan on camping in areas with mild weather patterns during the less stormy parts of the year.
How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Pop Up Tent Trailer?
So now that you’ve decided you want to go with a pop up, you’re probably wondering how much pop up tent trailers for rent cost. As we mentioned before, they’re usually the least expensive option out there! Older pop up campers with limited space usually rent for $60-$80 per day. Newer, larger pop up trailers will run you between $100-150 per day. Still cheaper than a hotel in most cases!
Keep in mind, because we’re a peer-to-peer rental network, you can always negotiate with the owner directly! They may offer discounts for longer trips or off-season camping. Don’t hesitate to ask – you may get a great deal!
Pop up tent trailer rentals are great for those who like a traditional camping experience, with slightly more amenities than a regular tent would provide. Plus, you get the bonus of saving money and still having room to carry your outdoor gear! If you think a pop up camper sounds like your vacation-dream-come-true, head over to our listings page to start looking for campers in your area. Happy camping!