TENT TRAILERS or POP UPs are great STARTER TRAILERS for families!

Tent trailers (or pop ups) are lightweight towable trailers that have collapsible canvas side walls that fold inward.

  • other appellations: pop-up trailers, fold-out trailers or folding camper trailers.

They are small and their collapsible sides make them low profile when towed. They seem to look like a flat box on wheels.

When at camp, the pop-up roof is pushed upward expanding the canvas sides and miraculously creating a living space. Some very small units can be towed behind a large motorcycle.

  • normally sleeps 2 to 6 people
  • cost $5,000 to $12,000 new
  • length of 15 to 22 feet


Let's see the advantages and disadvantages of this choice.

PROS: (advantages)

  • very affordable. A nice transition from a simple tent. Popular with families and first time RV owners.
  • low fuel costs. Light enough to be towed with the family car, SUV or van. Always check the towing capacity of your tow vehicle.
  • easy to store away beside the house.
  • ideal for small trips in good weather.
  • can be brought to less accessible camping sites, with little concern for top clearance (ex. low branches).

CONS: (disadvantages)

  • not well suited to cold weather. Trying to heat with a propane heater usually results in warming the outside.
  • subject to mold when used in humid weather or rain without proper drying of the canvas sides before folding.
  • longer set up time (30 minutes to 1 hour).
  • less privacy in times when nature calls (toilet use or intimacy).
  • limited storage and small appliances.


  1. the travel trailers (conventional)
  2. the fifth wheel trailers
  3. the truck camper


Check the PROS and CONS of MOTOR HOMES

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