Last Updated on June 2, 2020 by Tanmay Sarkar
Old pop up camper used to be heavier due to heavier material used in its construction (but they were also long-lasting) nowadays lighter materials is in use to build a pop-up trailer.
Amenities, passengers, water in the tank, and other useful items make out the total weight of the pop-up. It is in best practice to know about the weight of your pop-up trailer as you can avoid many problems.
In this article, you will know many things that are associated with the pop-up camper weight.
So, let’s dive in.
Weight of Popular Pop Up Camper Trailers
- 2021 FOREST RIVER ROCKWOOD FREEDOM 1640LTD: 1465 lbs
- 2020 FOREST RIVER ROCKWOOD HARD SIDE A122S: 2120 lbs
- 2021 FOREST RIVER ROCKWOOD ESP 2280BHESP: 2559 lbs
- SylvanSport Go: 840 lbs
- Livin’ Lite trailer: 994 lbs
- Turtleback Adventure: 1300 lbs
- Coachman Clipper Sport: 1727 lbs
- Air Opus: 2870 lbs
- Starcraft Comet: 1840 lbs
- Livin’ Lite Quicksilver 8.0: 1040 lbs
- Jay Sport Camping Trailer: 2270 lbs
- Camp 365: 1495 lbs
- Taxa Mantis: 2882 lbs
- Aliner Family Expedition Pop Up Trailer: under 2000 lbs
- Aliner Somerset: 2760 lbs
With this there are other pop up campers weight given in the list below:
Starcraft pop up camper weight: 4185 lbs
Jayco pop up camper weight: 1835 lbs
1996 Colemen pop-up camper weight: from 945 to 1617 lbs
What are pop up campers?
Pop up campers are the low-cost available RVs. They are for a long time and are used by many RVers still today. You can think about pop up campers as an entry-level RV, its best for people who want to enter RV lifestyle but do not want to spend as much as like in Class A, B, and C RVs.
As the name says pop up means you reach a campground open it up and your living and sleeping space is ready. It also depends upon the model what amenities you can get in them. Generally, there is a trailer frame, box, and hard roof and inside you will get amenities such as convertible dinette, Pull out bunks, freshwater tank, gas stove, refrigerator, shower facility, generator, and other are available in most of them.
Windows and screen are available in nearly every model but with the premium model, you can get a bathroom facility and even there are models which include two bedrooms. Most of the things in a pop up are for dual-use such as dinette, pull out bunks, and others. They serve as seats when you want and can be converted into beds quiet easily.
Due to their affordable price and availability of day to date amenities, they are favorites of many. There are other well-known reasons why RVers are relying on pop-ups. They take less place to park if you want to know why I put up this point then read IDEAL RV LENGTH FOR NATIONAL PARK CAMPSITES.
What is the weight of different kinds of pop up camper?
Weight of pop up camper can vary as much as any other type of RVs, considering its size and amenities it provides. A hard-sided pop up can vary in weight from 1,180 to 2,700 lbs. Tent pop up campers can weight from 1,300 to 3,700 lbs. There are also pop-ups trailers with extreme sporting facilities and can weight from 1700 to 3300 lbs.
The material used in the pop-up trailer plays an important role in the weight of it. Like for example, different materials are used in pop-ups such as canvas, fiberglass, metal, and plastic.
Let’s see in detail what is the average weight of mini, medium, and large size pop up trailers.
1. Mini-Sized Pop-Ups
Mini-sized pop-ups can weight around 600 pounds. Example- clipper pop-up camper.
Heavier than this is Go pop up from Sylvan Sport.
Mini-sized pop-ups are good for a small number of people who do not want many facilities. They weight very less that’s why you can tow it with any kind of vehicle.
2. Medium Sized Pop-Ups
Medium-sized pop-ups are those which weight above 1000 pounds such as 8SD Jay Sport which weighs around 1500 pounds. You can get two sleeping quarters, a small kitchen, a dinette, and a storage facility. A normal-sized car can tow it easily that’s why they are very popular among RVers. Some other examples are:
Jayco Jay Sport: 1500 to 1800 lbs
Coachmen Clipper: 1800 lbs
Viking Epic Series: 1600 lbs
3. Large Sized Pop-Ups
Large-sized pop-ups can go as long as 17 feet and when fully expanded it can reach 27 feet. These are for big families who want extra space and more amenities.
But due to the large size they weight does not grow abnormally due to the use of lighter material. These pop-ups can be towed easily with a car or truck. An example of a large-sized camper trailer is Flagstaff Tent Camper from Forest River. There is a slide-out which increases the living area. These campers can weight around 2500 pounds easily. Please check the towing capacity of your current vehicle before your purchase or rent a pop-up trailer.
Benefits of Buying a Pop Up Campers
Pop-ups are very popular among people due to different reasons some of them are:
They are cheaper than the other types of RVs such as the fifth wheel and Class A, B & C RVs. Their average cost is 6 to 7 times lower than the fifth wheel. Maintenance is easier and less costly. They are towed behind a vehicle that’s why there is no engine and fuel needed, which dramatically lowers the running cost. A budget-friendly RV!
2. Takes less parking space
Pop-ups are smaller in size and take less space than an average-sized RV. It is very important to know the size of your camper and where you are permitted. Many campgrounds have size restrictions that have to follow or large RVs are not permitted to enter or stay there.
3. Loading & Unloading a pop-up camper is easy
Pop-ups are famous for quick loading and unloading. You only have to open the pop-ups and your living space is ready.
4. Towing is easy
Pop-ups are smaller and less heavy than any type of RVs. This makes them towable with any type of vehicle. Yes, your towing vehicle will give less mileage because of the additional weight behind it. Even some pop-ups trailers can be towed with the help of a motorcycle! Great!
Pop-ups do have a great number of amenities if you can leave some luxury. They are loaded with kitchen, bedroom, dinette, bunks, and even toilets.
6. Take less storage space
How many people can store the fifth wheel in their garage? You can easily store your pop up camper in the garage, pavement, or front of your house if permitted. You do not have to spend extra on storage facilities.
Why it is important to know pop up camper weight?
You must be thinking as if why it is necessary to know your pop up camper weight. There are a wide variety of pop-ups available in the market in term of size. The smallest one is around 210 pounds and the larger one is above 3500 pounds. So, there is also a huge variation in pop-ups weight these days.
We need to know the pop-up weight to easily tow it without any problem. Suppose you buy a flagstaff River camper which weighs around 2000 lbs. That is the dry weight of the camper without any amenities, equipment, passenger, water in the tank, and others.
So, if you add all these weights together then a small car is not going to tow is it easy. If we push it harder then the engine of the car can blow very easily.
Every vehicle has its towing capacity that is the maximum weight it can tow behind it. Exceeding that creates a problem and you do not want to stand in the middle of the road in an unknown barren place especially with your family.
Having an idea about the weight of the pop up will eventually make you attentive about the gross weight of the vehicle and you can take precautions.
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Important things to consider before towing a pop-up camper
1. Camper size
Size matters due to convenience in towing and driving. Smaller the camper, easier to tow and drive. The weight of the camper has an impact on the driving experience, wear and tear, maintenance, and fuel efficiency.
2. Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity is the maximum weight that can be easily handled by a vehicle. Exceeding that will harm the engine and transmission of the tow vehicle. Cargo capacity is the total weight of the cargo, passengers and accessories, and the weight of the trailer hitch.
Water and generator can be the heaviest things inside a pop-up. Remember 1 gallon of water is equal to 8 pounds.
3. Weight balancing
It is vital to maintain a good weight balancing between the tow vehicle and the pop-up. Whenever you are applying additional weight an imbalance can occur between the rear and front axle which is bad. It places additional weight on the tire which can blow the tires in the worst-case scenario.
If the weight is too less on the front axle then it will cause difficulty in driving the vehicle.
4. Hitch Weight
The hitch weight is the combined weight of the tire, axle, and the tongue of the camper. This added weight directly affects the vehicle as the weight gets transfer through the trailer hitch. To make it easy select the right size hitch which can bear the trailer weight and the tongue weight simultaneously.
5. Dry Hitch Weight
Dry hitch weight is the total weight of which is attached to the trailer ball of the vehicle with any water in the tank and gear. To find out the dry hitch weight add the weight of the tires, camper, and the hitch itself.
Expert says that is it safe to keep the dry hitch weight less than 10 percent of the total weight of the trailer. Exceeding that will create problems one after another.
6. Maximum Towing Capacity
The maximum towing capacity is the total weight of the trailer that can be towed by the vehicle easily. Exceeding that will have negative impacts on the engine and transmission over time, reducing the fuel mileage and adding up maintenance cost. In extreme cases, the engine can blow off.
7. Gross Weight
Gross weight is the total weight of the trailer including tanks and amenities. This gross weight has to be handle by the tire, hitch, and the tongue.
8. Unloaded Vehicle Weight or UVW
This is the general weight of the trailer when it is delivered from the manufacturer, it includes axel weight, tongue or hitch weight, and full propane tank weight.
9. Cargo Carrying Capacity or CCC
This is the weight of water in the tank, cargo, accessories, and other types of equipment.
10. Gross Axle Weight Rating or GAWR
The weight that can be safely supported by the camper axle.
11. Gross Vehicle Weight Ratio or GVRW
All the weight of the tongue including the weight of the vehicle, passengers, cargo, and others.
Do you need trailer breaks?
Experts suggest that any camper over 3000 pounds needs a trailer brake but many experienced RVers suggest getting it even if your camper is around 2500 pounds. Any vehicle with a GVWR of more than 3000 pounds should have trailer breaks.
If you do not have trailer breaks then you can install it through a mechanic, RV dealer, or facilities such as U-Haul. Install good trailer brakes as it gives additional braking power to the towing vehicle. It’s safe and you will not feel the guilt after installing it.
Factors that affect the pop-up weight
Including the material used to build the pop-ups, other factors can influence the weight of the pop-up trailer.
1. Lift System
Most of the pop-ups require to raise the roof before you can use them. Generally, manufacturers use a lift system which includes a pulley, springs, and other supporting devices. All the weight of this lift system is heavy and it adds to the total weight of the pop-up.
However, nowadays a new method is in use to lift the roof of the pop-up. The system includes a clutch controller winch which is connected through a cable to the pulley. This system is less heavy than the previously used system.
2. Pop Up Roof
The material used in making the pop-up roof is important because the weight depends upon it. Roof made up of fiberglass is lighter in weight than plastic, metal, and rubber. Fiberglass roof needs less maintenance compared to rubber roof which is not used generally.
3. Pop Up Floor
Three materials are commonly used in making the floor of the pop-up. These are vinyl, carpet, and laminate. Floor area is often the largest in a pop up so it matters a lot which material is used.
Vinyl is the popular choice among the manufacturers as it is lightweight and long-lasting. Laminate is the heaviest among them so generally, manufacturers avoid it. Carpets are also used but tend to get dirty very easily and cleaning it is not an easy task.
4. Bed Platform
The platform on which the trailer floor stand is known as the bed platform. Generally, aluminum is used to make it by joining two pieces of it.
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Tanmay Sarkar is the person behind writerzmag.com. An RV enthusiast, lover & admirer. Whatever I learn about RVs and RVing, I share it on this blog. Learning is a lifelong experience and it should be shared with people who have the same hobby and love as you… This blog is and shall be for the people who love and want to know about RVing…