Camping, RVs

How much Does a Pop Up Camper Weigh(29 examples)

A pop up camper weighs 2540 lbs on average. They can range from 700-4600 lbs depending on size, equipment, hardwalls, and liquids. The lightest I found was Viking Express 9.0 at 760 lbs GVW, and the heaviest was Coleman Avalon at 4600 lbs GVW.

I did some research to find weights of some popular models, here is what I found:

Year Make Model GVW
2020 Aliner Classic Rear Sofa Bed 2500 lbs
2020 Aliner Titanium 12 1670 lbs
2020 Aliner Classic 1590 lbs
2020 Coachmen Viking Express 9.0 760 lbs
2020 Coachmen Clipper Camping Trailers 9.0TD 2120 lbs
2020 Coachmen Clipper Camping Trailers 806XLS 2900 lbs
2019 Coachmen Clipper 860QS 1580 lbs
2010 Coleman AVALON 4600 lbs
2010 Coleman Niagara 3300 lbs
2011 Coleman The Americana LE Series Sun Valley 2500 lbs
2014 Chalet LTW 1150 lbs
2014 Palomino Basecamp 8B 2160 lbs
2020 Opus Air OPS200 OPUS 4-Sleeper 2870 lbs
2017 Jayco Jay Series Sport 10SD 2250 lbs
2013 Jayco Jay Feather Ultra Lite X17A 2800 lbs
2005 Jayco 12HW 2570 lbs
2013 Jayco Jay Sport 12SC 2630 lbs
2018 Jayco Jay Sport 8SD 1600 lbs
2007 Fleetwood HIGHLANDER AVALON-4149 3710 lbs
2007 Fleetwood EVOLUTION E2 4400 lbs
2006 Fleetwood Folding Trailers Coleman Williamsburg 2640 lbs
2014 Forest River Flagstaff Mac 227 2190 lbs
2020 Forest River Flagstaff Tent 206LTD 1590 lbs
2015 Forest River Rockwood Freedom 2560G 3250 lbs
2016 Forest River Rockwood Hard Side A214HW 2610 lbs
2020 Forest River Flagstaff Tent 176LTD 1450 lbs
2011 Forest River Flagstaff 206ST 2990 lbs
2020 Forest River Flagstaff Tent 228D 2420 lbs
2016 Forest River Flagstaff MACLTD Series 228BH 3380 lbs
2006 Starcraft RT 14 3300 lbs
2006 Starcraft RT 13 2570 lbs
2019 Viking Epic Series 1906 2900 lbs
Average weight is: 2540 lbs

 

Pop up style campers are a great way to get started with recreational vehicles due to costing less than full size rigs.

GVW is short for Gross Vehicle Weight, which is how much your camper weighs with liquids and baggage. This is the number you need to find out if your car or truck can handle the load. Do not exceed 80% of max. A full size car or suv can tow one. Here is a guide to how much a car can tow.

A popup is much lighter than a full size travel trailer like 2019 Airstream Flying Cloud at 7600 lbs or a fifth wheel like 2019 Heartland ELKRIDGE fifth wheel at 15,500 lbs. Here is more info on trailer weights.

There are a few factors that affect weight, such as: softside vs hardsize, slideouts, size, materials, and liquid carrying capacity. Water weighs about 8 lbs gallon, so if you are carrying fresh, grey, and black water that really adds up. Propane weighs about 4 lbs per gallon.

I decided to tow a pop-up camper with my trusty minivan. It was a 2005 Honda Odyssey, not exactly the epitome of a rugged towing vehicle, but it had a towing capacity that gave me confidence. The pop-up camper was a modest one, a 2001 Jayco Eagle with a closed length of about 12 feet and a weight of roughly 1,800 pounds, well within the 3,500-pound towing limit of my Odyssey.

The anticipation of hitching up that camper and setting out on a weekend getaway was palpable. I had double-checked the owner’s manual to ensure I wasn’t going to overtax the minivan’s engine or transmission. I even went the extra mile and installed a Class III hitch receiver, which was a bit overkill for the pop-up’s weight but gave me peace of mind.

The hitching process was a new experience for me. I had to ensure that the ball mount and hitch ball were the correct size—2 inches in diameter for the hitch ball, as recommended for most pop-up campers. I carefully backed the Odyssey up to the camper, aligning the hitch ball under the camper’s coupler. Lowering the coupler onto the ball and locking it into place was satisfying, like the final piece of a puzzle.

Next came the safety chains, which I crossed under the tongue of the camper as a precaution. Should the hitch ever fail, these chains would catch the camper, preventing it from careening off into traffic. I also made sure to connect the wiring harness so that the van’s brake lights and turn signals would be mirrored on the camper, a legal requirement and a critical safety feature.

Driving with the pop-up in tow was a learning curve. I had to get used to the extra weight, especially when accelerating and braking. The minivan’s V6 engine handled the load admirably, though I could tell it was working harder than usual, especially on the uphill climbs. I constantly checked my rearview mirrors, keeping an eye on the camper as it obediently followed behind.

Maneuvering in parking lots and campsites was another challenge. I had to think about the extra length I was pulling and the way the camper would swing wide on turns. It took a few tries to get the hang of reversing with a trailer, but once I mastered the counterintuitive steering, I felt like I could park it anywhere.

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