Fleetwood pop up camper trailers were part of Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc. of California (known as Fleetwood RV) - one of the largest RV manufacturers in North America and most importantly, one of the leading and most respectable brand names in this industry.
Fleetwood was founded in 1957 by John Crean.
Currently it offers a long line of Motor Homes (luxury, gas, diesel), Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheels and Toy Haulers.
In 1989 in an attempt to expend its market position into folding camper trailers, Fleetwood RV acquired Coleman’s division of Pop-up Camper Trailers.
From that time on, the former Coleman factory in Somerset PA continued the best traditions combining the well recognized and respected heritage of its founders with innovative designs of new owners. Fleetwood acquired also rights to the legendary brand name. Thanks to this decision some pop-up camper trailers coming from new Fleetwood Folding Trailers division based in Somerset were also marketed under their original Coleman name.
For potential buyers of the Fleetwood/Coleman pop-up camper trailers that period can be summarized as follows: Fleetwood is a New Coleman. But actually, one could say that that Fleetwood pop-up camper trailers slowly but surely turned out to he better versions of Coleman. Thanks to Fleetwood’s experience in RV business, ingenuity of their designers, as well as quality of manufacturing, new versions of pop-up campers coming from factory lines were dominating the market.
Well, things are never as simple as they appear to be. The happy marriage lasted till 2003 when Fleetwood and Coleman ended collaboration and Fleetwood lost right to market its pop-up camper trailers under the name Coleman. For RV enthusiasts it was definitely not the best news because frankly, Fleetwood/Coleman folding campers were considered as one of the best on the market (if not the best).
Fleetwood Pop up Camper Trailer: Matt Olds takes you around the New 2008 Fleetwood E1 Pop Up Camper...
The year 2008 brought the signs of hope when the newly formed FTCA – an affiliate of Blackstreet Capital Partners LLC (Bethesda MD) purchased Fleetwood Folding Trailers (in other words Somerset factory) with rights to carry the Coleman brand.
Unfortunately the initial “euphoria” was short-living, and due to well known difficult market conditions, on January 21, 2011 FTCA Inc. went out of business. That is the short story from the beginning to a “temporary” end. And I say temporary, because the Fleetwood/Coleman brand is simply too good to vanish in the dust of history.
Certainly someone will pick it up in the near future to continue great traditions started by let’s make it clear - “fathers” of this branch of the recreational industry. To make it clear – Coleman has been manufacturing world’s best camping equipment since 1900 (and it still does). The Somerset PA factory started its operation in 1967 …..
Details of the Fleetwood pop-up camper (Source - Matt Olds video shown above.
Well, if you are looking for a Fleetwood Pop-up Camper Trailer (obviously that is why you visited this site), then let me tell you something: you already made right decision.
The truth is that Fleetwood folding campers are considered as industry standards. Thanks to their innovative and “user-friendly” designs, outstanding quality, long list of standard and optional amenities.... (to keep it short) they have a large community of “convinced devotees”. And thanks to their very good reliability (coming with brand name) they also very well hold their market values.
So despite the fact that you may not find on the market new 2012 models, the used ones are as good as ever.
Certainly it will be wise to seriously consider all pros and cons of buying used Fleetwood Pop-up Camper Trailer before turning your back to this brand name just because their production is (I believe) temporarily suspended :-)
Few notes about “pros” of Fleetwood Pop-up Camper Trailers.
Fleetwood Pop up Camper Trailer: An instructional video for setting up a folding (pop-up) camper.
Almost by definition, folding camper trailers must be designed for rough roads. Contrary to Motor Homes spending most of their life-time on high quality highways and paved parking lots, every “Tent-based” camper sooner or later will find its way into some kind of wilderness, off the beaten path. That is why the frame structures of folding camper trailers must be designed for rough (if not “all-terrain”) towing conditions.
in its folding campers used a proprietary superstructure combining a
heavy duty tubular steel chassis, thick aluminum upper body rails, steel
bulkheads and galvanized steel body panels riveted to the
superstructure. Interior walls are designed to “float”. Such design
combines “external” rigidness with flexibility required by camper’s
Although since 2011 there are no factory-new Fleetwood/Coleman pop-up camper trailers to fully take advantage of this excellent offer, the “past numbers” still talk for themselves. In its warranty package Fleetwood was offering:
brakes, CO and Propane Detectors with Alarms systems, Fire
Extinguisher, Posi-Lock lift System are standard in all Fleetwood
models. Five-bolt wheels provide increased safety for “rough” towing
conditions (EZ Lube Axle lubrication system makes maintenance an easy
These are only few out of long list of features clearly distinguishing Fleetwood Pop-up Camper Trailers from competitors.
For more technical information please follow the following link:
Coleman Pop-up Camper Trailer
Keep in mind that Fleetwood = Coleman when it comes to pop-up camper trailers.
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