Current List of Pop Up Camper Weight: What’s Right for Your Vehicle?

By Ryan Wilson

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If you’re like me, towing a massive trailer is stressful. That’s why I chose a smaller hard-sided pop-up camper for my family’s adventures. Pop up camper weight plays a big role in how easy it is to tow.

Many pop-up camper models have the same features as larger camping trailers. Pop-up campers, however, are more fuel efficient to tow and easier to maneuver and park. Especially in small campgrounds.

It is important to consider the right pop up camper weight for your vehicle and your level of comfort towing that weight.

You must first ask yourself two questions before deciding on a specific pop-up camper:

  • Can my vehicle safely tow it?
  • Am I comfortable towing a trailer that size?

Below I provide a list of pop up camper weights sourced directly from manufacturer sites to find the most current pop up camper weight.

I list the current models from 2024 into three pop up camper weight classes based on their dry weights. 

Determine if Your Vehicle Can Tow a Pop-up

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It’s important that you understand a couple of key terms related to pop up trailer weight:

  • Trailer Dry Weight or Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW): This is the unloaded pop up camper weight. No water, no camping gear. Just the trailer and its pre-installed equipment.
  • Gross Vehicle Weight  Rating (GVWR): This is the maximum weight the pop-up camper can carry.  This includes the weight of the trailer and all your gear, water, and optional equipment.
  • Vehicle Towing Capacity: This is the maximum weight that your vehicle can safely tow.

Experts recommend keeping your loaded pop up trailer weight to 10-20% below your vehicle’s towing capacity. Towing a fully-loaded trailer that weighs more than your vehicle’s towing capacity can be dangerous and affect your vehicle’s handling and braking ability.

Check out the towing capacity of common vehicles to see if yours is listed.

I also HIGHLY RECOMMEND you read your vehicle’s owner manual to learn about its towing capacity and specific information on towing limitations of your vehicle.


Pop Up Camper Weight Under 1,500 lbs

BrandModelUVWGVWR
SylvansportTRAILOFT117 lbsNA
TentraxOverlook500 lbs1800 lbs
TentraxAscend600 lbs1800 lbs
KamparooVacationer725 lbsNA
KamparooTrans-Continental840 lbsNA
SylvansportGO840 lbs1650 lbs
ChaletLTW900 lbs2000 lbs
FlagstaffF17OTG1230 lbs2266 lbs
KamparooCargo Utility1140 lbs1840 lbs
ALinerScout-Lite1180 lbs3000 lbs
RockwoodR19OTG1230 lbs2266 lbs
Taxa OutdoorsWoolyBear1270 lbs2100 lbs
RockwoodR16OTG1280 lbs2241 lbs
FlagstaffF14OTG1281 lbs2242 lbs
ALinerRanger 101300 lbs3000 lbs
Off Grid TrailersSwitchback1300 lbs3500 lbs
Taxa OutdoorsTigerMoth1310 lbs2200 lbs
ALinerScout1395 lbs3000 lbs
Taxa OutdoorsWoolyBear Overland1400 lbs2200 lbs
ALinerRanger 121450 lbs3000 lbs
Taxa OutdoorsTigerMoth Overland1458 lbs2400 lbs
CoachmenEscape 9.0TD1459 lbs2150 lbs
VikingEscape 9.0TD1459 lbs2150 lbs

The average small pop up camper weight is 1,116 lbs.

They offer a range of features from campers with only a tent (Sylvansport GO) to those with a dining area (Aliner Ranger 12)

Pop Up Camper Weight Between 1,500 and 2,500 lbs

BrandModelUVWGVWR
ChaletAlpine1505 lbs3000 lbs
Rockwood1640 LTD1514 lbs2292 lbs
Flagstaff176 LTD1514 lbs2292 lbs
Coachmen860LS LTD1577 lbs2942 lbs
Viking1760LS LTD1577 lbs2942 lbs
ChaletArrowhead1585 lbs3000 lbs
Coachmen9.0TD : Clipper Express1587 lbs2172 lbs
Viking9.0TD : Viking Express1587 lbs2172 lbs
Coachmen860XLS1642 lbs2897 lbs
Viking1706XLS : Viking LS1642 lbs2897 lbs
Tribe TrailersExpedition1654 lbs3307 lbs
Rockwood1940LTD1685 lbs2322 lbs
Flagstaff206LTD1685 lbs2322 lbs
Off Grid TrailersExpedition 2.01700 lbs3500 lbs
VikingExplore 9.0 TD1724 lbs2245 lbs
CoachmenExplore 9.0 TD1724 lbs2245 lbs
ALinerClassic1725 lbs3000 lbs
ALinerLXE1795 lbs3000 lbs
Taxa OutdoorsCricket1800 lbs2700 lbs
Coachmen107LS : Clipper LS1801 lbs2938 lbs
Viking2107LS1801 lbs2938 lbs
Safari CondoR17131825 lbs2700 lbs
ALinerExpedition1850 lbs3500 lbs
Coachmen108ST1863 lbs2687 lbs
Viking2108ST1863 lbs2687 lbs
Safari CondoR17231867 lbs2700 lbs
Taxa OutdoorsCricket Overland1978 lbs3000 lbs
ChaletXL-19201995 lbs3500 lbs
ChaletXL-19301995 lbs3500 lbs
ALinerEvolution2000 lbs3000 lbs
Rockwood1980P2041 lbs3296 lbs
Flagstaff2082041 lbs3296 lbs
RockwoodA122S2120 lbs3284 lbs
FlagstaffT12RBST2120 lbs3284 lbs
Rockwood1940F2147 lbs3244 lbs
Flagstaff206M2147 lbs3244 lbs
Coachmen12.0 TD MAX2164 lbs3720 lbs
Viking12.0 TD MAX2164 lbs3720 lbs
ChaletXL-19352165 lbs3500 lbs
Coachmen128LS : Clipper LS2204 lbs3223 lbs
Viking2308LS2204 lbs3223 lbs
Rockwood1970ESP2246 lbs2998 lbs
Flagstaff207SE2246 lbs2998 lbs
Rockwood1910ESP2341 lbs3110 lbs
Flagstaff206STSE2341 lbs3110 lbs
OpusOP Lite Air Tent2380 lbs3527 lbs
Rockwood2318G2458 lbs3263 lbs
Flagstaff228D2458 lbs3263 lbs
Coachmen12.0 TD Pro2493 lbs3840 lbs
Viking12.0 TD Pro2493 lbs3840 lbs

The average pop up camper weight in this class is 1,969 lbs.

Mid-sized pop-up campers have more features than lightweight pop-up campers. Some even have bathrooms with a shower (Aliner Evolution).

Pop Up Camper Weight More Than 2,500  lbs

BrandModelUVWGVWR
Rockwood2280BHESP2578 lbs3838 lbs
Flagstaff228BHSE2578 lbs3838 lbs
TrailManor2518 KB2580 lbs3300 lbs
V-TrecV22581 lbs3790 lbs
TrailManor2518 KS2600 lbs3220 lbs
TrailManor2518 KD2600 lbs3220 lbs
RockwoodA213HW2670 lbs3372 lbs
FlagstaffT21TBHW2670 lbs3372 lbs
Rockwood2514F2673 lbs3295 lbs
Flagstaff425M2673 lbs3295 lbs
RockwoodA214HW2700 lbs3353 lbs
FlagstaffT21DMHW2700 lbs3353 lbs
V-TrecV42790 lbs3897 lbs
Coachmen1285SST2840 lbs3296 lbs
Viking2485SST2840 lbs3296 lbs
Rockwood228SE2868 lbs3875 lbs
Coachmen12.0 TD PremierNA3720 lbs
Viking12.0 TD PremierNA3720 lbs
Flagstaff23SCSE2952 lbs3794 lbs
TrailManor2720 QB2960 lbs4293 lbs
MDC USAExplorer FF3028 lbs4409 lbs
TrailManor2720 QS3040 lbs4250 lbs
TrailManor2720 QD3040 lbs4250 lbs
TrailManor2922 KB3040 lbs4390 lbs
OpusOP4 Air Tent3100 lbs4200 lbs
Taxa OutdoorsMantis 4.13115 lbs4200 lbs
TrailManor2922 KB3130 lbs4480 lbs
TrailManor2922 KD3130 lbs4480 lbs
TrailManor3124 KB3140 lbs4735 lbs
Lifestyle CampersICONN EVO3197 lbs4409 lbs
Lifestyle CampersICONN E23197 lbs4409 lbs
TrailManor3124 KS3200 lbs4427 lbs
TrailManor3124 KD3200 lbs4427 lbs
V-TrecV33217 lbs4427 lbs
OpusOP2 Air Tent3244 lbs4400 lbs
RockwoodHW2773334 lbs3880 lbs
FlagstaffHW27KS3334 lbs3880 lbs
Lifestyle CampersRECONN R23417 lbs4850 lbs
MDC USAJackson FF3455 lbs4409 lbs
Taxa OutdoorsMantis Overland3486 lbs5000 lbs
RockwoodHW2963562 lbs4999 lbs
FlagstaffHW29SC3562 lbs4999 lbs
Tribe TrailersExpedition 5003600 lbs4100 lbs
ConquerorUEV-4903800 lbs4800 lbs
MDC USAAusRV GT3854 lbs5512 lbs
MDC USARobson XTT3940 lbs5291 lbs
Lifestyle CampersRECONN R44520 lbs6173 lbs
MDC USAAusRV LX4734 lbs5732 lbs
Lifestyle CampersRECONN R4T5400 lbs7716 lbs

The average pop up camper weight in this class is 3,217 lbs.

The heaviest pop-up campers often have more sleeping space for larger families (Rockwood HW296).  They are often more rugged for more rustic adventures (Taxa Outdoors Mantis Overland).


Test Drive a Pop Up Camper With Your Vehicle

Buying a pop up camper is a significant investment, so you don’t want to end up buying a camper that doesn’t meet your needs. For me, I didn’t want a camper that super heavy, or that didn’t handle well when driving down the highway. I also wanted a camper that was easy to setup and take down.

Unfortunately, camper dealers and private sellers won’t let you take a camper for a weekend test drive to see if it will work for you.

But there is another option. You can rent a pop up camper for the weekend on sites like Outdoorsy, RVezy, or RVshare.

Outdoorsy Screenshot 1 scaled

When we first were testing out campers, I rented an R-Pod from Outdoorsy thinking that might be a good option for our Toyota Tacoma. After taking it on a week-long road trip, I realized it didn’t handle as well as I would have liked, and I didn’t like the low visibility I had.

Renting a camper from Outdoorsy ended up being great, because it made me realize I wanted a pop up camper for my Toyota Tacoma. And that’s I how I decided an ALiner was the right fit for my truck and family.

But be sure to check out multiple sites, including Outdoorsy, RVezy, and RVShare, to see what campers are available, as they often vary from rental site to rental site.


What Next?

Still on the fence about whether a pop-up camper is the right choice for you? Check out our thoughts on owning an Aliner Expedition. And if you’re getting ready to purchase a used camper, be sure to read our article on tips to make the process of buying a used camper easier!

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Ryan is an avid outdoorsman who loves camping, hiking, and backpacking. He was initially reluctant to join the camper world, but after his first camping trip in one, he became a convert. He especially loves how camper ownership extends the camping season and makes it easier to be more adventurous with young kids. When not enjoying his free time, he works as a professional wildlife biologist studying the ecology and conservation of large mammals in Alaska.