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Pop Up Camper Rental: The Perfect Choice for Your Next Family Vacation?

Do you want to take your family vacations to the next level? Consider a pop-up camper rental if you have a weekend trip or an extended vacation in the future. They might be the perfect choice for your next adventure.

Today, we’ll walk you through all you need to know to embark on an unforgettable journey in a rented pop-up. Let’s dive in and get started!

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Renting the Right RV Can Make Or Break Your Camping Trip

You wouldn’t book just any hotel, so don’t rent just any RV. If you do, you could be setting yourself and your vacation up for failure. There are a few types of RVs and styles of renting. Which one you choose could make or break the experience.

First, you need to consider the type of RV you’ll rent. Do you have a big enough tow vehicle to consider a towable? Are you comfortable driving a motorized unit? Will the rig fit wherever you plan to travel? These are all essential questions you need to ask before getting too far in the process.

Two standard rental styles are companies vs. peer-to-peer programs. There are several nationwide RV rental companies to choose from, including CruiseAmerica and El Monte as two of the bigger names. There are also some smaller regional RV rental companies available in particularly popular camping spot, like Alaska, for instance. However, there are several peer-to-peer networks where you can rent directly from owners. You’ll typically have more options and flexibility when using these networks. These networks are where you’ll likely find your best deals on pop-up camper rentals.

A pop-up camper is a great first step for families wanting to explore via RV. Luckily, there are many options for pop-up camper rentals. Let’s dig deeper and help you find a trailer for your trip.

What Exactly Is a Pop-Up Camper?

A pop-up camper is an RV that collapses for transport and extends when in use. They’re lightweight and compact, making them incredibly versatile. When you arrive at your site, you can use a jack to raise the roof and expand the living space. As you unfold the trailer, the structure will take shape before your eyes. 

Despite their smaller stature, they typically feature space for sleeping, eating, and preparing meals. You may not have everything, but they can offer what you need for an unforgettable adventure.

Their construction can include soft or hard sides. Those with soft sides typically use canvas or other durable fabrics to create a barrier between the inside and outdoor elements. Hard-sided models offer more protection from outside elements and are heavier. Weights are typically somewhere between 1,000 and 5,000 pounds, making them easier to tow behind your family vehicle than many other camper options.

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Whether you’re looking to go on a weekend trip or an extended vacation, a pop-up camper can make for a great rental option.

Are Pop-Up Camper Rentals Good for Camping?

There are many reasons why pop-up campers are good camper rentals, from lower costs to ease of towing and more. Let’s look at some of the benefits you can expect if you choose one for a future trip.

Lower Costs

Vacations can be costly, especially for larger families. Thankfully, pop-up camper rentals can be very affordable. Costs vary considerably by RV, but these campers tend to be some of the cheapest to rent.

In our research, pop-up camper rentals are roughly half the cost of other campers. We found several quality options ranging from $50 to $75 per night. However, most travel trailers and fifth wheels were well over $150 per night.

Easy to Tow

Towing a trailer can be terrifying, especially if you’re new or have little experience. If that’s not enough, wait until you arrive at your spot and have to back into the site. You’ll quickly learn that backing up any size trailer can be challenging.

Luckily, these campers are some of the easiest to tow. They’re some of the smallest and lightest RVs. As a result, you won’t need a massive tow vehicle to haul them during your adventure. You may even use a compact SUV or minivan for some of the most petite models. 

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Pop-up campers are easy to tow, even if you have little towing experience.

Compact and Portable

These are some of the smallest campers available. As a result, you can get into some of the best spots. You likely won’t have to worry about size limitations or if you will fit in a site. A compact and portable home on wheels lets you take your adventures to more places without worrying about space.

Great for Families

Pop-up campers offer a decent amount of sleeping space, which makes them suitable for families. They may not have tons of living space, but you’ll likely want to spend your time outside anyway. Many units feature dinettes that convert into sleeping spaces, and the ends feature large beds. Even the smallest pop-up campers will have sleeping space for four to six people.

A pop-up camper rental can be an excellent option for families looking for an inexpensive way to explore. If you only need a place to sleep after a day of adventuring, there are likely plenty of local rentals to consider.

Try Before You Buy

Another benefit of renting a pop-up camper is to try it before you buy. Some new models can come with price tags over $20,000. This is not a small amount of money. So do your research before purchasing. You don’t want to wait to discover that you hate camping after you’ve invested in a new camper.

By renting first, you can go on a test-run trip. This can give you a feel for what it’s like and if you’ll enjoy it. This can be money well spent, especially if you quickly discover it’s not for you.

Pro Tip: Find out All You Need to Know About Pop-Up Campers before you rent your rig.

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Try renting a pop-up camper first if you are considering investing in your own camper.

Pop-Up Camper Rental Considerations

Before you rent a pop-up camper, there are some essential things you need to consider. Let’s look at some things that can be easy to overlook or not know.

Setup and Takedown

If you’ve never set up or taken down a pop-up camper, you should know it requires some physical effort. While most people will be able to do it, not everyone is physically able to complete the task. Those uncomfortable with physical labor may want to consider a different type of accommodation.

Additionally, get instructions from the rental company or owner on the setup and takedown processes. You could cause severe damage or an injury if you skip a step or go out of sequence.

How to Tow Safely

While a pop-up camper may be an easier tow, you can’t overlook towing safety. Take your time hooking the trailer up to the tow vehicle. Don’t forget to ensure your vehicle’s tow ratings. You want to know that it can haul the camper, passengers, and any gear.

This is an excellent time to freshen up your towing skills. If you’re new to towing, check out our How to Tow an RV: The Beginner’s Guide. It provides some helpful information that can give you confidence when traveling from point A to point B.

Potentially No A/C

While many pop-up campers have air conditioning, that’s not always the case. Some manufacturers try to cut weight and manufacturing expenses by not including them. Depending on where or when you’ll be adventuring, this could be a deal breaker.

It may not be an issue if you’re camping in the spring, fall, or at higher elevations. However, if you’re camping during summer, it can be a significant issue for much of the country. You could be setting yourself up for a long and miserable trip.

When considering potential rental options, fully read through the list of features. Don’t ruin your trip because you made a quick decision.

Pop-Up Camper Toilets

Another feature you’ll want to consider is whether the pop-up camper has a toilet. Just like air conditioners, some have bathrooms, and others don’t. Typically, the larger the model, the more likely it is to have a toilet or a shower.

However, you can remedy this situation by staying at campgrounds. Most of these facilities offer restrooms for guests to use during their stay. Choose your spot wisely if you want to avoid a long, dark walk in the middle of the night.

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When choosing between pop-up camper rentals, consider if you will want a toilet or AC unit included.

Best Places to Find Pop-Up Camper Rentals

There are three popular places where you can find pop-up camper rentals. We know people who have rented from these vendors and had an excellent experience. However, you should always proceed cautiously and thoroughly consider each rental option.

Outdoorsy

Outdoorsy is one of the most known peer-to-peer rental networks. The platform has thousands of RVs, camper vans, and travel trailers. They combine some of the most popular states for traveling, like California and Florida, for almost 9,000 rental options to consider.

Whether you want to transport it or have the owner deliver it to your campsite, you can find the perfect home on wheels for your next vacation. In addition, reviews from other users can help you make an informed rental decision.

Jeff Cavins and Jen Young launched this platform in 2015. It was one of the first in the industry to recognize the need and develop a platform to address the situation. As a result, they’ve fine-tuned the process and made it extremely easy for renters and owners.

RVShare

RVShare is very similar to Outdoorsy. There are thousands of RVs across the country available for rent. Whether you’re planning a local trip or a cross-country adventure, you can find what you need. With more than 60,000 RV owners on the platform, there are many options to consider.

You can find almost every type of RV on the platform, including pop-up campers. The platform benefits owners and those looking to rent a trailer. They offer a worry-free rental guarantee that can protect everyone involved in the transaction when things don’t go to plan.

RVezy

RVezy is a Canadian-based company offering a peer-to-peer camper rental platform. The platform serves as the middleman between owners and potential customers. You can find many types and sizes of campers on the platform, including pop-up campers.

The platform is simple to use, and you can narrow the results with only a few clicks. You can scroll through pictures and read reviews. We love that each listing is unique, and many offer convenient extras for rent to help maximize your trip. We’ve seen some that offer generators, kayaks, and camping gear.

In addition, they offer insurance coverage and some of the best customer support in the industry. Call them if you experience an issue during your rental, and they’ll help resolve it.

Pro Tip: If you want to travel with your furry friends, use our guide on How to Find Pet Friendly RV Rentals.

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Use a Pop-Up Camper Rental for Your Next Adventure

There’s nothing quite like heading out for a camping adventure. If you’re anything like us, you have fond memories of camping as a kid. Renting a pop-up camper can allow you to relive those experiences and pass them on to the next generation. So what are you waiting for? Use one of the platforms to find the perfect pop-up camper rental and start planning today.

Have you ever rented a camper before? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

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