Pop up tent campers are a growing segment of the recreational vehicle industry because they are affordable, ranging from $8,000 to $17,000 for the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) on new models. The best pop up tent campers are designed for family camping in improved campsites. These trailers provide a home in the outdoors, and include a small kitchen, pull-out beds on each side, and a dinette and a wardrobe in some models. Pop up tent campers are easy to set up, they are lightweight and they can be towed with mid-sized vehicles. Best of all, you do not have to sleep on the ground.
Rockwood Premier Series
Rockwood pop up campers made by Forest River are among the best in the industry. The Premier series has superior construction, including three-stage double arm lifter posts for raising the fiberglass roof, a smooth fiberglass exterior with a one-piece door and a powder-coated steel frame. The beds on each end of the camper have soft quilted top innerspring mattresses with five-piece supreme tenting to keep the bugs out. The beds are supported by plywood with powder-coated rafter poles and bed bows and aluminum bed frames along the full perimeter.
The interior is luxurious with convenient features such as a residential style kitchen faucet with an electric water pump, large deep sinks, a Water-Pur filtration system and a permanently mounted three-burner indoor range with a stove cover. Dining options inside the camper include a free-standing table made from high-pressure laminate and a comfortable family style dinette with reversible cushions. Some models include a Port-a-Potty for added convenience. The camper includes an outdoor gas grill and a worktable. The Rockwood Premier is a pop up tent camper with all the features that you need to make a camping experience more enjoyable.
Coleman Highlander Series
Coleman is known for making camping equipment, but it also sells a line of pop up campers manufactured by Fleetwood that are popular with families because they are easy to set up and take down. Coleman pop up campers have a lift system called Posi-Lock, which is bolted directly to the frame of the camper instead of being screwed to the floor. This construction technique keeps the rain out and gives the camper a stronger structure. Coleman trailers use high quality metal and steel for durability and the tenting fabric over the beds is made from Sunbrella, a marine fabric that will not mildew or rot.
The Coleman Highlander series is good for long trips because it has a 20-gallon fresh water storage tank and a 6-gallon auto ignition water heater, a 20-gallon grey water storage tank, and a 9-gallon black water storage tank with a fill level indicator. These features are usually only found on larger recreational vehicles. The Coleman Highlander series also has a luxurious interior with an enclosed restroom, stereo speakers, a cable TV connection, a stereo with an iPod connection, quilted hypoallergenic mattresses on the beds, and an outdoor shower.
Jayco Select Series
Jayco has a reputation for quality production. The company hires Amish craftsmen for woodworking and skilled seamstresses for upholstery, bedding and draperies in all units. This is attention to detail shows in Jayco Select, the company's premier pop up camper. This unit sleeps five to six people with fine interior amenities. The interior has wall-to-wall vinyl flooring, oak hardwood flat panel cabinets and a booth-style dinette. It also has a combined bathroom and shower with a hard wall and a cassette toilet instead of a Port-a-Potty.
The Jayco Select has high walls for more headroom---great for tall people---and it has a modern kitchen with a double bowl sink, three-burner range with a large oven, a stove cover and a microwave. Jayco features a heavy-duty A-frame construction with water-repellent tent materials over the beds, a domed fiberglass roof, and a coated, sealed floor, which keep the elements out. The entry door is one-piece and the lifting system is fully enclosed to prevent rust and other problems.