Can I Rent a Pop Up Camper? ( and where )


There are a plethora of RV types available to rent when going camping; each has its own set of pros and cons, including the pop-up camper. Pop-up campers, also known as folding trailers or tent trailers, can be rented for your camping trip in several locations.

Today, we are going to talk about where you can find these campers, how much typical rental costs, and whether or not renting a pop-up camper is the right choice for you. Stick around and get ready for a wonderful RV camping experience!

So can you rent a pop-up camper?

You can rent a pop-up camper. The most popular place to rent a pop-up or any other type of Rv is RVshare or Outdoorsy. Both places have a wide range of selection and prices.

If you would like to find out more about Rvshare or Outdoorsy, check out this article that we wrote.

Outdoorsy VS Rvshare Which Is Better For Renters – Complete Breakdown

Cost of Renting a Pop Up Camper

Pop-up campers are the most affordable option when renting RVs. Though the cost varies, you can usually expect to pay $60-$80 per day for older models and $100-$150 per day for newer or larger pop-up campers.

Renting one of these campers is similar to renting a home through Airbnb. An individual sets the price and the rules of using their pop-up, and you choose who to rent from.

Pros and Cons of Camping in a Pop-Up Trailer

Renting a pop-up camper could be the best choice for you and/or your group, but it could also be the worst if your needs don’t align with what you get. Let’s talk about the pros and cons of renting a pop-up camper so you can make an informed decision.

Pros

  • Pop-up campers are typically the least expensive options when looking to rent an RV.
  • These campers are incredibly lightweight. You may be able to tow one with your car, and heavier models can be towed behind a truck.
  • You don’t have to sacrifice creature comforts. Smaller pop-up models have, at the very least, bedrooms and a place to eat. Bigger models may come with places to shower and use the toilet.
  • Pop-up campers are compact. Because they are so small, you have more freedom to choose where to set up camp.
  • These campers are far easier to set up than a tent. If you prefer a more rugged camping experience without the complicated task of pitching a tent, pop-up campers give you exactly what you want.
  • Pop-ups have multiple sleeping areas. If you need privacy from other members of the group or you prefer to spread out, a camper of the right size will comfortably accommodate all of you.

Cons

  • These campers don’t fare well in inclement weather. While your pop-up will still adequately shelter you during a storm or other severe weather, you will experience some swaying and cold temperatures in the canvas portions of the camper.
  • The rooms do offer a measure of privacy visually, but they are nowhere near soundproof or secure. The areas are separated by plastic or curtains. You have no actual door to keep other group members out and they can still hear you.
  • You don’t get some of the amenities that luxury RVs provide. You don’t have enough space in a pop-up for full kitchens, big showers, etc. You’ll have to make do with less room.
  • Pop-ups are small. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage. You trade your space for a lightweight and compact trailer. In larger groups, this can become uncomfortable. Remember: you have to have space for storage as well, not just bodies. Even a group of backpackers might find themselves in a tight fit.

Pop-Up Campers for Rent (Examples)

There are many examples of pop-up campers available for rent in the United States! Take a look at these and get a feel for what you can expect your rental experience to be like.

Rockwood Pop-Up in Tierra Verde, FL

  • Model year: 2017
  • Price per night: $69
  • Sleeps 8
  • Pet friendly
  • No smoking allowed
  • Minimum rental age: 25
  • Near St. Petersburg, FL
  • Why rent: This pop-up is located near sunny beaches with nice weather, perfect for a summer vacation

Cricket Trek in Huntington Beach, CA

  • Model year: 2016
  • Price per night: $89
  • Sleeps 4
  • No pets allowed
  • No smoking allowed
  • Minimum rental age: 25
  • Near Los Angeles, CA
  • Why rent: the location makes it possible to explore the diverse terrain that Southern California offers. You can explore the city, the mountains, beautiful beaches, and the desert all in a fairly close range.

Jayco Jay Pop-Up in Port Orchard, WA

  • Model year: 2008
  • Price per night: $75
  • Sleeps 6
  • No pets allowed
  • No smoking allowed
  • Minimum rental age: 30
  • Near Seattle, WA
  • Why rent: Washington offers beautiful scenery and the rental is close enough to travel near downtown Seattle! You can spend the day in the city and be back in your camper by nightfall.

Jayco Pop-Up in Vancouver, WA

  • Model year: 2017
  • Price per night: $100
  • Sleeps 7
  • No pets allowed
  • No smoking allowed
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Near Portland, OR
  • Why rent: This pop-up is located near America’s weirdest city. There are so many unique things to see, and with this camper, you can get there without paying the high Airbnb rental prices.

Aliner Ranger Pop-Up in Round Rock, TX

  • Model year: 2019
  • Price per night: $85
  • Sleeps 2
  • Pet friendly
  • No smoking allowed
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Near Austin, TX
  • Why rent: Austin, TX is the heart of the live music scene; it’s the state capital and renting this camper allows you to get close enough to explore something new every day.

Large Coachmen Clipper Pop-Up in Nashville, TN

  • Model year: 2018
  • Price per night: $85
  • Sleeps 7
  • Pet friendly
  • No smoking allowed
  • Minimum stay: 3 days
  • Why rent: Nashville is known for its music, particularly country music. Fans of the genre can spend the day visiting popular destinations like the Grand Ole’ Opry and the Johnny Cash Museum.

Jayco Pop-Up in Baltimore, MD

  • Model year: 2010
  • Price per night: $89
  • Sleeps 6
  • No pets allowed
  • No smoking allowed
  • Minimum rental age: 25
  • Why rent: This pop-up is close to both Baltimore City and Washington, D.C. You can stay in your affordable camper while enjoying the rich history both cities have to offer, wherever you choose to set up.

Looking for more pop-up camper rentals? Check out RV Share and Outdoorsy! Both sites allow you to book rentals for all types of RVs all over the country. You can pick the RV type you would like to rent, your price range, your arrival/departure dates, and so much more.

Renting a Pop-Up Camper: Is It Right for You?

Taking into account the cost and availability as well as the pros and cons of renting a pop-up camper, you should start to be able to answer the question: is renting a pop-up camper right for me?

To help you make your final decision, here are a few reasons why this type of RV would be the best choice for your next camping trip:

  • You are renting on a budget. Renting bigger RVs costs a considerable amount more, so if you are camping on a tighter budget, renting a pop-up is the way to go!
  • You are camping in fair weather. The canvas portions of your camper are convenient for towing and setup, but not so convenient when the weather is less than ideal. If you are going to be camping in relatively clear weather with mild temperatures, a pop-up camper will hold up just fine!
  • You want to camp simply. Enjoying the simpler things in life while camping doesn’t mean that you have to sleep in a tent. Pop-up campers allow you to get closer to nature and still have what you need when you need it.
  • You won’t be camping in a large group. Though many pop-up campers advertise as being able to sleep up to 8 people, it’s still going to be a tight fit. These campers are more suitable for those who plan to camp in a small group or even alone! This provides plenty of space to rest and move around freely.
  • You have a smaller vehicle for towing. Because pop-ups are the lightest of the RV family, you can tow one with a smaller vehicle. Most trailers require towing with a truck, but some SUVs can get your camper to its destination with no issue.

If renting a pop-up is the best choice for you, be sure to check out all of the options RV Share and Outdoorsy provide; look at reviews and read policies before booking.

In conclusion, pop-up campers can make your experience one to remember fondly for the rest of your life as long as you take into account their limitations and how to work with what you have. Lone campers, families, couples, or friend groups will be able to enjoy all of the amenities these campers provide comfortably and for less than the nightly rate of a three-star hotel!

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Rickie Arms

Hi, I'm Rickie Arms, owner of Glampingorcamping.com. I am so invested in writing the best and most informative articles for you that I went out and bought a travel trailer just so I could write about it for you. I spend just about all of my off time both camping and glamping so I can share everything I have learned and will learn with you. I have spent my whole life camping and over the last 10 years, I have spent a large amount of time checking out glamping experiences with my wife and kids as well. Thank you for coming by and we hope to see you back here getting great information in the future. Rick Arms-

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