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Luxury Pop Up Camper (the Best Examples)

This post was updated on June 24th, 2020

Pop-up campers have been around for decades, and are overlooked by the “glamping” crowd. They are a great entry-level unit for those looking to get into the RV lifestyle. They are lightweight, easy to store, towable by almost any vehicle, and have many travel trailer amenities.

Many of these soft-shell campers and hard-shell pop-ups can be considered luxury level RVs with the many features they now offer. For this article, we’ll unfold what makes these RVs luxury pop-up campers. With the multiple choices available, our review will focus on the best rated pop-up campers on the 2020 market.

How Do You Consider a Pop-Up Luxurious?

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To the untrained eye, a pop-up trailer is a towable trailer with tent walls. How can anyone use the word “luxury” in the same sentence with one of these folding campers? The top-end levels of pop-ups have features that are comparable to RVs above their classification.

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Some of these units now offer dinette slideouts on the driverside for additional floor space. Many can be defined as pop-up campers with bathrooms and showers that come factory installed. The campers also come with holding tanks and refrigerators only seen on full travel trailers as well.

A lot of the standard features are upgraded to superior levels. Mattresses are made from memory foam instead of standard materials. Climate control systems are increased in size for better performance. Much of the media entertainment is upgraded for a better experience both in and outside the RV.

Overall, these luxury pop-up trailers are given travel trailer features that are outside their type. You can still get that tent-like feel of being lulled to sleep by the night sounds or rain hitting the canvas. Yet, having restroom conveniences, solar panel capabilities, and other conveniences can balance your camping experience to make it a more comfortable vacation.

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The Best Examples of Luxury Pop-Up Campers

We scoured both the major and independent RV manufacturers currently offering pop-up campers. The list below is a prime example of the best units worth considering. Each has its own unique benefits and burdens for different camping lifestyles.

If you are interested in any of these models, besides checking out their manufacturer’s website, why not give them a try by renting them for a weekend. Outdoorsy is a peer-to-peer RV rental company that matches you up with RV owners in your area. You get the opportunity to try out the many luxury pop-up campers out there, and they benefit from the rental.

Coachmen Clipper Classic 1285SST

  • Open length: 23.5 feet
  • Closed length: 19.11 feet
  • Dry Weight: 2,840 pounds UVW
  • Sleeps up to 7 people
  • $18,975

The Coachmen Clipper Classic is an excellent luxury pop-up that is very family-friendly and is easy to set up. It features a front king-sized bed and a rear queen-sized bed. With the slideout dinette that folds down and a sofa, this unit can sleep up to seven people. There is even a small tent that connects under the rear queen bed that makes a great dog house or dry storage space.

This is a pop-up camper with a shower in its wet bath. The toilet is a cassette that makes the cleanout process simple and sanitary. For privacy, there is a 360-degree curtain that gives the user plenty of space so they don’t feel claustrophobic.

Optional features include a 40 or an 80-watt solar panel that the camper is pre-wired for. You can also include a screen room that attaches to the pop-up’s awning for an enclosed outdoor space. For better climate control, you can have a travel trailer sized 13,500 BTU air conditioner added.

Coachmen has been in business for decades. There have been concerns with quality lately, so make sure you don’t rush your walkthrough at your RV dealership. If you see a problem, make sure the service department takes care of it, before you pull out.

Flaggstaff Tent HW29SC Pop-Up

  • Open length:20.10 feet
  • Closed length: 20.10 feet
  • Dry Weight: 2,700 pounds UVW
  • Sleeps up to 4 people
  • $18,000

An amazing feature that Forest River added to this Flagstaff Tent model is sold privacy walls to the wet bath. There are other safety considerations they’ve taken like storm guard flaps, safety guards on the lift poles, and other features to prevent water and other damage from occurring. You can view their setup video or read through your owners manual.

Flagstaff makes great use of space with its U-shaped dinette and sofa to provide plenty of sitting space. Adding an additional table with the sofa allows the users’ workspace for laptops or other activities. There is plenty of exterior storage with two bays on each side of the camper.

One concern we have is the extra steps you have to take during setup. For a long time, once you fully extended the roof, you would disconnect the top part of the door from the interior part of the roof and connect it to the bottom part. Flagstaff has you completely remove the trailer door and bring a whole new door from the interior roof.

There are other mundane steps like this that make us curious. Forest River makes great products, and we do recommend their RVs. Before you leave your RV dealer’s lot, make sure you are totally familiar with setup and tear down.

Aliner Somerset Utah Camper

  • Open length:23.7 feet
  • Closed length: 18.9 feet
  • Dry Weight: 2,760 pounds UVW
  • Sleeps up to 8 people
  • $16,000- $18,000

The Somerset Utah uses stainless steel independent lift posts to raise the roof. If one does fail, the other three are sure to hold the roof in place. It uses a screw system instead of a dependent cable wire like many other pop-ups.

Larger families will also enjoy this pop-up since it can sleep up to 8 people. The six-person dinette and the sofa fold out, to allow two additional people to sleep on each piece. Those that sleep on the slide-out beds on either end will enjoy the memory foam king-sized beds.

The wet bath has a 360-degree privacy curtain that surrounds it. It has a shower and a cassette toilet. There is plenty of room to stand to clean yourself off to get ready for the day.

Overall, the Utah’s soft-shell has a ruggedness many other units don’t have. They use steel for their trailer body and a travel trailer chassis that gives the coach a solid structure. The front storage bin is independent of the RV itself, which can prevent any moisture seepage if it ever occurs.

Rockwood Hard Side Pop-Up A214HW

  • Open length:20.10 feet
  • Closed length: 20.10 feet
  • Dry Weight: 2,700 pounds UVW
  • Sleeps up to 4 people
  • $16,500- $19,000

A-frame folding trailers are a fairly new concept to the pop-up class of trailers. They give you the security of solid walls. The Rockwood Hard Side A214HW is a great example and sets up in seconds.

Like its Flagstaff cousin, it comes with real walls for the wet bath. Instead of a cassette toilet, its plumbed to a black water tank. Rockwood also installs a curtain to keep the shower water contained.

The coach has residential styling with its interior design. There are USB charging ports, cable/satellite pre-wire, exterior speakers, and a superior media center for its class.

For an A-frame pop-up, there is a lot of space in this RV. The design and thought process is more reminiscent of a travel trailer rather than a pop-up. Upgraded features like memory foam mattresses, 10k BTU heaters, and 3 burner stoves would be more common on 25 plus foot trailers.

Opus Off-Road Camper

  • Open length: 21.4 feet
  • Closed length: 18.4 feet
  • Dry Weight: 2,870 pounds UVW
  • Sleeps up to 6-8 people
  • $27,000- $34,000

If you thought the idea of a luxury pop-up camper is a weird concept, how does an extreme off-road luxury pop-up strike you? The Opus off-road pop-up camper is unique in that it breaks with almost every tradition of what a pop-up should be.

Setting up this pop-up takes about 90 seconds. When you push the button, the tent part sets up through air inflating support tubes. Once inflated, you’ll have an eight-foot ceiling clearance.

The interior of the camper has beds on either side and a U-shaped couch that converts into additional sleeping space. There is also a portable projector with a roll down screen to watch your favorite movies and shows. But how do you eat?

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The kitchen is in slide-out bays outside. The refrigerator is a 3-way cooler style device that is plugged into the electrical and propane on the coach. The two-burner stove is in another pullout bay that has storage for your pots, pans, and utensils.

The coach has a 40-gallon freshwater tank with a hot water heater and sink. There is a portable shower device that you plug in outside to both the cold and hot water when you want to use it. You can also purchase a tent that connects to the door side for added enclosed space.

Opus has named themselves correctly. Their “out-of-the-box” thinking has transformed the pop-up camper in ways the industry hasn’t seen. They created their pop-ups for extreme adventurers.

The suspension on the unit allows you to take it as off-road as you want. They are ruggedly constructed, yet stay within average pop-up weight limits. Our only concern is their price point is elevated in comparison with more traditional pop-ups.

Product data was last updated on 2024-04-17 at 20:10.

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