Here are our picks of top lightweight pop-up campers for 2016 – Flagstaff Classic, Coachmen Clipper, Living-Lite Coleman, Starcraft Comet and Double Duty Utility Camping Trailer.....
Flagstaff 625D is the pop-up tent camper from the series Classic including also models 425D, 627D and 823D. All these trailers have the same length in closed configuration (19’1”), the same open height (61”) and closed height (5’1”), external width (84”) and the length in open configuration (23’9” with the exception of longer model 627D – 25’9”).
An EZ-Reach storage trunk provides an extra space for “stuff” you would like to take with you on your trip. The large dinette slide-out nicely opens trailer’s interior for comfortable living experience. Inner-spring mattress is heated guaranteeing peaceful sleep in colder nights.
The main difference between models is the floor-plan and standard furnishing contributing also to small difference in weight of the particular models.
Flagstaff Ten Camper - Model Classic 625D
and its floorplan
Coachmen Clipper pop-up trailer had been designed with the goal to make it cost-effective and easy to tow, simple to set-up and fold-down as well as comfortable for camping. It’s patent pending “Glide-N-Lock” bed system is just one of engineering solutions making the whole set-up process effortless. Despite the inherent limitations of folding pop-up camper trailers, Clipper boasts several features offering high living comfort – usually available only in higher grade trailers. Plenty of storage room, insulated tent-end bunks, large dinette table that can be used outside and large selection of options.
Coachmen Clipper - Construction
Clipper Sport Model 106 - floorplan
Coleman’s Livin-Lite QuickSilver line of pop-up campers thanks to all-aluminum construction belongs to the class of ultra-lite campers. The most popular model QS8 (eight-foot) features two large beds, spacious (convertible to a bed) dinette, kitchen with a lot of storage and storage/TV compartment where can fit an AC unit. It was designed for young families with children and for towing by typical fuel-efficient cars.
It’s affordable basic version provides comfortable camping experience, while large set of options allows everybody to maximize experience of living away from home according to the needs. Options include for example portable heater, gas range, plug-in lights, fans, privacy courtins, awnings etc….
Livin-Lite QuickSilver Model QS8 folding travel trailer
Model QS8 - road configuration
Model QS8 - floorplan
The series of Starcraft’s Comet pop-up camping trailers comes with seven floorplans – three of which include slide-out dinette. Tents (usually the weakest points of pop-up trailers) come with 7-years AquaShield warranty while floor and lift system with 25-years warranty. Off-road amenities allows for exploration of “rods less traveled” and great camping experience. Following are specifications for the lightest model with slide-out dinette – Comet 1224:
Starcraft Comet Pop-up Travel Trailer
Starcraft Comet - Interior
Starcraft Comet floorplan - Model 1224
Double Duty Utility camping trailer was designed to perform two functions according to the needs – utility trailer or camper trailer. It has high-quality steel frame and triple leaf spring suspension as well as detachable ramps so it can be used for towing ATVs, motorcycles. Loading space and capacity (up to 1200 lbs) allows this trailer to carry any kind of loads even unrelated to recreational activities.
At the same time when used as the camper trailer the 7’ x 5’ trailer bed is used as the platform for the tent. The set-up process converting the trailer into camper takes few minutes. The ramps become steps into the platform while 7’ high, 81 square foot tent pitched on the platform with two doorways and 8 large windows offers sleeping for 4 persons (6 persons maximum). Low cost and off-road capabilities is another advantage of this dual-use trailer, especially important for nature lovers exploring “unpaved roads”.
Dual Utility Trailer - Camping configuration
Dual Utility Trailer - cargo configuration
Setting-up the Dual Utility trailer as the camping trailer