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15 Pop-Up Camper Accessories You’ll Actually Use

Pop-up campers are unique rigs, and require some unique accessories. These fantastic family camping machines often skip other RV features in favor of simple towing, sleeping room, and affordability.

Pop-up campers often don’t have bathrooms, showers, or climate control. But with the right accessories, you probably won’t even notice. Take what would be a mediocre camping trip and make it great with our hand-selected products based on our own experiences.

Let’s check them out!

15 Pop-Up Camper Accessories You’ll Actually Use

Pop-up campers have limited space, so you want to make sure you will actually use everything you pack. All of the items on our list make camping in a pop-up more comfortable and safer. Without further ado, let’s get into it. 

1. Pop-Up Camper Safety Accessories: Surge Protector

Every RVer needs a surge protector, no matter how small their camper is. A surge protector is an essential electrical protection device.

This Hughes Autoformers surge protector plugs directly into your pop-up camper power cord and the power pedestal at a campground. It protects your camper’s sensitive electrical equipment in the event of a power surge or a problem with the pedestal. Think of it as insurance for your RV’s electrical system.

You can purchase a Hughes surge protector from amazon or directly from their website. We have found Hughes to be a reliable brand to have on hand while camping so we partnered with them to offer you a 10% off discount code you can get by checking our Deals and Discounts page.

Power Watchdog PWD30EPO, Bluetooth Surge Protector…
  • 2,400 Joules of Advanced Surge Protection, World’s first…
  • Smart Circuit Analyzer will shut down power to RV if a dangerous…
  • Built-in 90-second Power-on delay after a fault to protect your…

2. Power Tongue Jack

While a power tongue jack isn’t a requirement for your pop-up camper, it’ll sure make your life a whole lot easier when it comes time to set up camp.

A power tongue jack is an automatic lifting system that can raise and lower the frame of a trailer, so you don’t have to get an arm workout in every time you need to hitch and unhitch your pop-up. This Lippert power tongue jack can support up to 3,500 pounds and even has a light for setting up camp in the dark. 

Lippert Power Tongue Jack for A-Frame Travel,...
  • EASY INSTALLATION — Complete with all necessary hardware and...
  • TIME-SAVING — Say goodbye to cranking your manual jack. With...
  • INTEGRATED LIGHTING — Four integrated LED lights illuminate the...
Close up image of power tongue jack
A power tongue jack will make setting up camp a lot easier.

3. Trailer Covers and Liners by Pop-up Gizmos

Pop-up Gizmos make bunk end covers that reflect sunlight to keep your pop-up camper cooler in the summer and help seal out drafts to keep your camper warmer in cold weather. Plus, they have a 25 MPH+ wind capacity. The liners are like a giant quilt that lines the inside of your pop-up. These liners are also great tools to make the temperature in your pop-up camper more comfortable.

Pro Tip: Learn more about What Are Pop Up Gizmos (a.k.a “PUGS”) and how you can use one on your rig.

4. Portable Camping Toilet

Many pop-up campers don’t come with a toilet or wet bath. Unless you want to spend your camping trip squatting behind a tree, investing in a portable camping toilet is an upgrade you won’t regret.

This portable camping toilet is lightweight and inexpensive. Having your own toilet makes you pretty much fully self-contained. Create a private “bathroom” outside your camper with a pop-up toilet tent as well. 

Porta Potti 92306 White Thetford Corp
  • VERSATILITY: Award-winning, top-of-the-line portable toilet,…
  • DESIGN: Sleek, modern, and homelike look, Porta Potti Curve comes…
  • FUNCTIONALITY: Easy to use and clean, Curve has an ergonomic…
Product shot of portable camping toilet.
Don’t get stuck having to dig a hole on your camping trip. Get a portal toilet instead!

Pro Tip: Use this guide on How to Build Your Own DIY Pop Up Camper to ensure you have the perfect set up for all of your adventures.

6. Pop-Up Camper Winter Accessory: Mr. Buddy Heater

Pop-up campers sometimes don’t have an AC or furnace. If you plan on camping in the spring or fall, this small propane heater can help heat up your pop-up camper in minutes to stay cozy. It can cover 200 square feet. You can even use it outside in lieu of a campfire. If you use a Mr. Buddy Heater, be sure to bring along a carbon monoxide detector as well for safety. 

7. Outdoor Shower

If your pop-up doesn’t have a wet bath, this Advanced Elements five-gallon outdoor solar shower uses the sun to warm the water inside so you can enjoy a hot shower. It’s perfect for washing off after a long day of hiking or rinsing the sand off your feet after a day at the beach. There’s even a side pocket for your soap and shampoo.

Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower / Solar…
  • Construction – 4-ply construction with reflector panel and…
  • Capacity – This summer shower has a large 5-gallon capacity and…
  • Temperature guage- Easy-to-read temperature gauge to know when…

Pro Tip: No shower to wash your hair? No problem! Here’s What to Do With Your Hair While Camping.

8. Canvas Repair Tape

If you have a soft-sided pop-up camper, you’ll always want to have canvas repair tape on hand. While the canvas on a pop-up camper is quite durable, you just never know what’s going to happen on a camping trip. If you get a slash in your pop-up and don’t have tape on hand, bugs, rain, and more can get into your trailer.

Product image of three rolls of canvas repair tape.
Having tape on hand will always be helpful in a pinch.

9. Pop-up Camper Cover

We highly recommend keeping your pop-up camper covered while you’re not using it, even if you keep it in your garage. A pop-up camper cover protects your camper from the elements and keeps it clean while you’re in between camping trips. This cover works for trailers that are 10 to 12 feet long. It also includes air vents to reduce wind stress.

Classic Accessories Over Drive PermaPRO Folding…
  • Fits trailers up to 10′-12’L x 86″W x 42″H
  • Camper cover includes 3-year limited warranty
  • PermaPRO ripstop fabric defends your RV from water, dirt, and sun…

10. Solar String Lights

Even if you’re only camping for the weekend, you can still make your pop-up camper feel homey by adding just a few simple accessories. Set the mood and create a cozy ambiance at your campsite with these solar string lights. The Edison bulbs are trendy and cute and create a fun atmosphere for hanging out around camp after dark. This 48-foot string has a vintage look to create a cool ambiance around your site.

Brightech Ambience Pro Solar Powered Outdoor…
  • AUTO ON/OFF: The built-in sensor in the solar panel recognizes…

11. Camping Table

Not every campsite comes with a picnic table. And sometimes, even if it does, it’s not very clean or sanitary. We like to pack a camping table to give ourselves extra room for food prep, cooking, and just hanging out. This folding camping table is easy to clean and easy to transport. You can adjust between two heights (22 and 27 inches), and it can support up to 70 pounds. 

REDCAMP Aluminum Camping Table 4 Foot, Portable…
  • 【2 Heights】 This 4ft folding table open size is L48″xW24″,…
  • 【Easy to Setup】 Install the folding camp table easily within…
  • 【Light and Compact】 This long folding table weighs 11.6lbs,…
Not all campsites will have picnic tables for you to cook, eat and sit on, so come prepared with your own.

12. Camping Stove

There are so many accessories for cooking outside your pop-up camper. From camping stoves to portable grills, pellet smokers, and more, your choices are almost endless. We recommend this simple two-burner Coleman camping stove, which weighs only 10 pounds but includes two adjustable burners. There are even wind-blocking panels on the sides and a pressure regulator. 

Coleman Triton+ 2-Burner Propane Camping Stove…
  • COOKING POWER: Up to 22,000 total BTUs
  • PUSH-BUTTON IGNITION: For matchless lighting
  • 2 ADJUSTABLE BURNERS: For precise temperature control

13. RV Wheel Chocks

Wheel chocks are a pop-up camper necessity. Wheel chocks help prevent your camper from rolling in either direction when sitting at a campsite or parked in your driveway. We recommend putting a chock on both sides of each tire for safety. These chocks can withstand up to 36,000 pounds. They’re heavy-duty to stand up to the elements, oil, lubricants, and more.

SECURITYMAN Wheel Chocks | Trailer Chocks | Tire…
  • EXTREMELY TOUGH, WILL NOT CRUSH: This is not flimsy plastic, it…
  • GREAT IN ALL CONDITIONS: The tire chocks will perform reliably…
  • NON-SLIP DESIGN: Each heavy duty wheel chock features 20 circular…
Camper tires propped up with wheel chocks.
Prevent your camper from rolling away with wheel chocks.

14. Portable Propane Fire Pit

Sometimes there are burn bans, and some camping areas just don’t have fire pits. Portable propane fire pits come in really handy in these situations. They’re small, portable, and they put out a lot of smokeless heat. We like to use ours to make s’mores, but they also provide a heat source for your campsite.

Pro Tip: It might seem odd to pack a fire pit with you, but we believe it’s worth it. These are 5 Reasons Portable Propane Fire Pits Are Better Than Wood Campfires.

15. Spare Tire

It’s always good to have a spare tire on hand, especially if you plan on going off road. You don’t want to find yourself stuck halfway between your home and your campsite and unable to tow your pop-up because you got a flat. Just be cautious of the extra weight having a spare tire packed adds to your trailer so you can safely tow it.

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These Pop-up Camper Accessories Will Enhance Your Next Camping Trip

Are any of these items necessities? Maybe not. But they will definitely help improve your camping experience. Once you get used to using these items, you won’t be able to imagine leaving them behind.

Which has just made it onto your packing list? Drop a comment below!

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Bruno John

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

I have bought new RV fender skirts from Keyston. It fits almost perfectly on my 2011 Cougar 32-foot trailer. However, I had to redrill the mounting holes, but that was not a problem as the blown tire practically ripped the old skirting right out of its mounting screws anyway. This skirt has a textured finish and looks like it came with the trailer; it has a scuff-resistant texture and is molded from high-impact ABS, which means it can withstand heavy use and adverse environmental conditions. So, I do not have to worry about scratches or minor damage.

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Friday 7th of January 2022

Thanks for sharing!