If you’re looking at getting out of a tent and into an RV but are intimated by the price and responsibility of a motorhome, travel trailer, or fifth-wheel, then consider a pop up. Pop ups have many advantages, and they’re usually a lot easier to handle. This will help make your transition into your first RV easy. Here are four pop up campers that work well for beginners from a usablity standpoint and a price standpoint.
2019 Jayco Jay Series Sport 8SD
The Jaco Jay Series Sport 8SD is a simple pop up that’s perfect for a small family or a couple and some friends. It has a full bed at the front of the unit, a twin bed at the rear and a dinette that can be turned into another sleeping area. There’s plenty of storage inside the unit and a carryout stove in addition to the small kitchen area inside the RV’s living space.
This camper weighs a lightweight 1,535 pounds and measures only eight feet long when not popped up and deployed. The Jay Series Sport 8SD can sleep up to five people and comes with an affordable price tag. It’s a smart choice. It can be towed by most vehicles out there with a hitch and offers the essentials for camping comfortably.
2019 Forest River Flagstaff MAC/LTD 176LTD
If your vehicle has a maximum towing capacity of just over 1,500 pounds and you still want a pop up camper, this unit from Forest River might be for you. It weighs a lightweigh 1,465 pounds, and comes with quite a lot. It sleeps up to five people.
The layout features a bed at either end of the RV. There’s a gas ranged on the camp side of the RV next to some storage. Opposite that is the dinette, which can double as a sleeping area. Next to the dinette is a small sink for washing dishes and cleaning your hands. There’s also a carryout range and a seven-foot awning, which allows you to spend a little time outdoors while still enjoying the shade.
2019 Coachmen Viking LS 1760QS
If you’re looking for something with a little different layout from the two options show above, consider the Coachman Viking LS 1760QS. This camper features a queen bed at the front, a gaucho bed along the camp side of the unit and a rear entry door. The small compact kitchen offers a two-burner range, sink, and a small fridge. there’s additional seating at either end of the unit.
With a dry weight of 1,577 pounds and an overall length of 13.5 feet, you’ll see that this is a slightly larger pop up that still delivers a low curb weight making it easy for just about any small SUV or even some cars to tow it with ease. This unit is better for couples in that it only sleeps three people.
2020 Forest River Rockwood Premier 2514G
The final pop up I want to discuss is a little more elaborate. It features two large beds to either end of the RV and a dinette on a slide out on the off-camp side of the unit. On the camp side, there’s a three-burner stove and sink. There’s also a L-shaped seating area, plenty of storage and even storage for a port-a-pottie. There’s also an exterior gas grille, an 11-foot awning and a storage trunk at the front of the unit.
This unit, as you might expect, is a little longer and heavier than the other pop ups on this list. At 2,698 pounds, you should still be able to tow this with most crossovers and SUVs. It’ll be easy to tow with any pickup truck. This is a perfect unit for a family. It sleeps up to six people.
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