Updated On May 18, 2020

How Much Do Pop-Up Campers Weigh

Travelling can be fun especially during the summer and spring seasons. But do you want to know what more fun than traveling is? Traveling with a pop-up camper. Most of the people call it a pop-up RV (Recreational Vehicle) or a pop-up trailer.

It is a type of camper that can be refolded thus making it transportable. The camper can be a low-cost solution in case you can’t afford a 31 feet RV as it provides enough space when unfolded. Thus it’s not necessary to use a big vehicle such as a truck when towing it, as it is relatively small.

What Are The Types Of Pop-Up Campers?

Pop-up campers vary from size, style, construction design, etc. Hence there are different types of pop-ups in which include:

Toy hauler pop-up campers

They are probably the largest pop-up campers. They have enough space to accommodate an All-terrain vehicle (ATV) with a couple of motorbikes on it. It’s mainly used in sporting events, or in cinema and film acting scenes to carry and transport ATV vehicles.

High Wall pop-up campers

The popup campers are tall and hollow. They are mainly used to fit counterparts, etc.

Flip out pop-up campers

These are campers that have bunkers instead of hard roofs. They are called flip out campers since their rooftops can be flipped out giving the camper enough space.

A-frame pop-up campers

These are the type of pop-up campers that have an A shape on their rooftops.

Off-road pop-up campers

These are foldable pop-up campers that are built specifically for an off-road trail.

Motorcycle pop-up campers

These are pop-up campers that can be towed by a motorcycle due to the lightweight.

How Much Do They Weigh?

To determine the weight of a camper you need to check on the following factors

Cargo carrying capacity of the pop-up camper

The cargo-carrying capacity of a pop-up caper directly affects the weight of the car. It determines the weight of the cargo since its increase in size is what causes the increase in weight. Furthermore, the decrease in its size or volume causes the pop-up camper to weigh less

Gross Axel Weight Rating (GAWR) of the pop-up camper

This is a rating that is used to determine the amount of weight in which a unit axel can carry. So this means that when the GAWR is high then the pop-up camper is likely to weigh more and if it’s low then pop-up camper is likely to weigh less.

Unloaded Vehicle Weight of the pop-up camper

When you purchase a pop-up camper or any other form of the camper, its weight is usually unloaded with fuel, water, and accessories. Thus, this is what is called the dry mass or unloaded vehicle weight in which is the actual weight of the camper.

Gross vehicle weight ratio (GVWR) of the pop-up camper

This is the ratio of the hitch of the weight and the cargo carrying capacity of the pop-up camper. When GVWR is high then the pop-up camper is likely to weigh heavier than when the ratio is low.

In a normal estimate, pop-up campers weigh from 600 pounds up to 4000 pounds with the small pop-up camper weighing 600 pounds, while the big campers weighing from 3,300 pounds up to 4,200 pounds. This means that a medium-sized camper is likely to weigh 2000 pounds. Thus, the above weights are their dry masses when unloaded with water and fuel in which might add an extra couple of numbers on their weight scale.

Now to get a clear picture so let’s look at various pop-up campers and how much they weigh

Small pop-up campers

These include motorcycle pop-up campers which can be towed by a car, a van, or even a motorbike depending on its weight. They have thin walls and possess very few accessories which are necessary like the kitchen and sleeping place. The sleeping space is limited for two people. They weigh from 250 pounds (motorcycle pop-up campers) to 1000 pounds. The most common small pop-up campers include Aliner -- Newport, Livin lite pop-up camper, ForestRiver Flagstaff, etc.

Medium pop-up campers

These are the most commonly bought pop-up campers. They are slightly larger than small pop-up campers with more space and more accessories. They weigh from 1000 pounds up to 1,900 pounds depending on the load weight and accessory amount. Thus, this can be towed by a minivan, a cargo car, or even a truck. The most common medium pop-up campers include Jayco Jay Sport, Coachmen clipper, etc

Large pop-up campers

These include High wall pop campers, Toy haulers, etc. They are the largest size of pop-up campers with size ranging from 30 feet. Not only do they give enough space to fit accessories but they also provide spaces to fit vehicles like ATV and bikes (Toy-hauler). They weigh from 2000 pounds up to 4000 pounds making them the heaviest pop-up campers. Thus, they can only be towed by cargo vehicles and trucks. The most common large pop-up campers include Rockwood Tent Trailers, Coachmen Clipper (2000 pounds), etc.

Therefore, it’s important to know the weight of your camper when purchasing it since it will help you know if your car has the power to tow to it or not. I hope the article may become useful to you.

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