After a year of staying at home and putting travel on the back burner, we are all dealing with massive cases of cabin fever and are ready to explore the great outdoors. Your four walls have nothing on the great outdoors, and there’s no better way to see it than traveling with your family with a pop-up camper. Camping in a pop-up camper combines the home-on-wheels of an RV but the convenience of driving your car (instead of a mammoth vehicle).
Pop-up campers have seen remarkable transformations in the last two decades. Each version adds more convenient features to make camping more comfortable. Heating and AC, ample living space, and roomy beds with comfortable quilted tops are arguably more enjoyable than sleeping outside in a tent. Why “rough it” when you can have all the luxuries of home – including an indoor bathroom!
Now that you’re sold on pop-up campers (and who wouldn’t be sold with those excellent benefits!), it’s time to decide on the right vehicle for your family. We’re not just sharing our favorite campers, but the ones with the ultimate convenience: a bathroom.
Although you won’t have the same space that you do at home, bathrooms in your camper are a lifesaver, especially if you have young children or don’t like trekking to the camp bathroom or scary woods in the middle of the night!
Bathrooms in a camper can be portable, while some have cassette toilets. Some campers even have toilets in the shower (we promise it’s not as yucky as it sounds!). Here are our ten favorite pop-up campers with bathrooms.
1. TAXA Outdoors Cricket
New to the pop-up camper scene is the Taxa Outdoors Cricket. Inspired by NASA designs, this small but mighty pop-up camper has lots of the comforts of home. It has room to sleep two adults and two children and a lightweight style that’s easy to haul to your next adventure.
The Cricket is 15’ and weighs about 1800 lbs. Although the interior is quite cozy, the roof pops up for ventilation and additional headspace (perfect for all you tall people out there!). Taxa makes the most of the space available but mimicking the area on NASA space stations – beds turn to storage, the cafe seating turns into a bed, and milk crate storage stacks to the top to conserve space. Optional features include a hanging bed area for the kids (how cool is that?) and a portable toilet. Talk about out of this world!
2. Coachmen Clipper Sport 125ST
The Coachmen Clipper Sport 125ST is a pop-up camper with a bathroom fit for a king (and a queen!). In addition to a bathroom package that includes the Thetford Porta Potti, this pop-up camper has insulated bunks on each end and a sofa sleeper. With a sink, a double stove, and ample storage, this pop-up has everything you need for a great trip.
3. ALiner LXE
The Aliner LXE is, as its name suggests, an A-frame pop-up camper with a bathroom. A-frames are ingeniously designed to fold flat while being stored. When in use, they pop up into an A-shaped roof. Can you say “A-mazing!?”
This version is only about 1800 lbs and 12’ in length, creating a cozy space for a traveling pair. It includes a sofa bed, refrigerator, stove and sink combo, and a shower and cassette toilet.
4. Forest River Flagstaff T21TBHW
The Forest River Flagstaff is another hybrid pop-up camper with a bonus of a solid travel-trailer-like exterior. Weighing in at 2670 lbs and with a box size of 14’, the T21TBHW is one of the smaller versions from the Flagstaff line but provides all the comforts of home, including storage, sink, and a refrigerator.
Plus, this is a pop-up camper with a much-needed porcelain throne! Sleeping arrangements include two twin beds and an optional king bed insert.
5. Forest River Rockwood 2280 BHESP
Another A-line choice for a pop-up camper with a bathroom, the Rockwood 2280 BHESP (that stands for Extreme Sports Package for all you thrill-seekers!) has a box size of 12 and weighs a little more than 2500 lbs. With room for at least six campers, a three stove burner and fridge combo, and an outdoor griddle under an 11’ awning, you’ll feel like you’re sleeping in a nice hotel – especially with the toilet and shower included. Talk about livin’ large!
6. TrailManor 2922KB
While the TrailManor is closer to a travel trailer than a true pop-up camper, it hauls and stores in more compact areas and expands to give you much more space. The TrailManor spares no expense when it comes to comfort. First and most importantly, this is a pop-up trailer with a bathroom. As a bonus, the trailer includes a 6-gallon DSI gas/electric water heater for those nice, cozy, and warm morning showers. The kitchenette has a three-way fridge and three-burner stove for quick and convenient meals on the road.
The TrailManor even helps keep you warm on those dreaded cold nights with a 20,000 BTU furnace. It can also keep you cool on those sweat-drenched, sticky, and humid nights with its vent ceiling fan. You might not want to come back from your camping adventure with the TrailManor!
7. Forest River Flagstaff Sports 23SCSE
This year’s version of the Forest River Flagstaff is packed with incredible features for families who want to be immersed in the outdoors. It lives up to its name as the perfect pop-up camper with a bathroom for sports enthusiasts.
The Forest River Flagstaff Sports Enthusiast includes storage space for all your outdoor toys, including a front 80”x54” storage deck with side ramps and permanent mount cross bars to stow and haul bikes, canoes, and more. This pop-up camper has many of the luxuries of a full-size RV or travel trailer, including a fridge, shower and toilet combo, king and queen beds, and a slide-out dinette.
It’s all in the details, folks! In fact, details are what set this model apart from other pop-up campers. Small touches include heated quilted mattresses (wow!), USB charging ports, AC wiring for easy hookup, and a high-end interior and seating aesthetic. And did we mention hot water? Yes, there is hot water! If you want to feel like a celebrity living large while out with your camper, this is the choice for you (but please, no paparazzi!).
8. ALiner Family
As the second ALiner brand on the list, this model is a home on wheels for the adventurous family. Compact and roomy to travel and live in, the ALiner Family has many amenities you’d find at home (like a bathroom, for starters).
Weighing in at slightly less than 2000 lbs and about 18’ in length, this pop-up camper includes a water heater, water pump, furnace, portable refrigerator, three interior electrical outlets, and a microwave and sink combination. Small details make this pop-up camper special: comfortable and durable high-density foam mattresses, sofa cushions and pillows, skylights to see the stars at night, and corner windows with panoramic views. ALiner offers additional options to adjust the firmness or softness of the front and rear dormers, as well as an extreme off-road package. This one has something for the whole family.
9. Forest River Rockwood Freedom 2514F
Another entry from Forest River, the Rockwood Freedom series camper is a high-walled pop-up with a few amenities, including a port-a-potty bathroom for families who want to experience the great outdoors without roughing it in a tent (that means no scary midnight bathroom runs to the woods!).
Each side has a queen-sized bed for plenty of comfort (much better than a blow-up mattress on the hard, wet ground, am I right?!). The Rockwood Freedom weighs 2654 lbs, has a box size of 12’, sleeps up to six people, and includes ample storage. A small fridge, two-burner stove and sink, and a dinette mean you can have a family meal right in the middle of the camper, all while enjoying a beautiful view from the bay window.
10. Forest River Rockwood HW296
The Forest River Rockwood HW296 pop-up camper with a bathroom is a home away from home. Weighing in at almost 4000 lbs and 16 ft long, this trailer sleeps eight and has some fantastic amenities, including air conditioning, a microwave, refrigerator, and a shower/toilet combo.
The Forest River Rockwood HW296 is a high-wall trailer, which allows room for these state-of-the-art amenities. Think of it as a condensed version of a travel trailer with waterproof and heat-saving vinyl on the pop-up. The size of this camper is ideal for those of you who want to bring the entire family – including grumpy Aunt Beth (all families have one!).
Types of Popup Campers
Most pop-up campers have similar layouts and functions. Pop-up campers have a lower profile and expand to add more space. They include sleeping areas from two to eight people (or more if you want to get snuggly), and most have a two- or three-burner stove, a fridge, and a place to eat and play – especially for the campers who are allergic to outdoor fun.
There are four main types of campers: tent-trailers, high-wall campers, teardrop campers, and a-frames. Your pop-up camper choice will depend on how much money you’re willing to spend, how you’re planning to use it, and how you plan to store your trailer.
The types differ in the following ways:
- Tent trailers pop up – literally. The tent-like material creates extra space for sleeping, which leaves the middle of the trailer for cooking and chilling.
- High-wall campers have tent-like pop-up features but have a hardtop and high walls. They can be heavier to tow but give you more space to get away from your fellow campers before you have your coffee.
- A-frames can lay flat for storage and towing but expand in an A shape (A stands for an amazing way to vacation if you’re curious). They are easy to store and haul but have less living space. They are usually best for couples or folks who ditch corporate life for camping life.
- Teardrop campers are the smallest of all the pop-up camper types, making them both easy to haul and very cozy. Make sure you pack deodorant and toothpaste!
Another option is a hybrid camper, which adds the stability and space of a travel trailer with the lightweight towing and storage of a pop-up camper. Because the bed area is part of the expansion, this camper is slightly smaller. Most hybrids – including those on this list – have more space than smaller, traditional pop-ups and can include heating units, freshwater tanks, and a dedicated bathroom to do your business. Yes, a full bathroom and shower combo while you’re in the great outdoors! What a time to be alive.
Before you choose a camper, it’s essential to find out the towing capacity of your car. Towing capacity needs to be appropriate for your vehicle to tow a pop-up camper safely, and it would be more than unfortunate to buy a pop-up camper that is too heavy for you to haul.
There are options for new or used campers, and while buying used can be an excellent option for a smaller budget, you don’t know how the previous owner cared for or maintained the camper. Buying new gives you that “new camper smell,” and it also gives you the confidence that your camper will be in tip-top condition. If you need to buy used, make sure you choose a reputable, trusted dealer – not Joe down the street selling his 1970s pop-up.
What Are the Benefits of a Popup Camper?
Let’s say the four walls around you are getting smaller by the day, and you want to take your family on a trip across the country in an RV. The problem? RVs are expensive to buy – even used – and the learning curve to drive them is steep.
Enter the pop-up camper. Besides the cost savings, these smaller campers are much more affordable and easier to store when not in use. There are so many more great benefits of pop-up campers, including:
- Accessible to tow capabilities for vans, large trucks, and small SUVs
- Little to no wind resistance while you’re driving in high-speed areas
- Lower price point than larger travel trailers or RVs
- Easy setup and take down
- A more comfortable experience than sleeping in a tent
Pop-up campers are a little less spacious than RVs or travel trailers, but they make up for it in convenience and price. Plus, you won’t spend too much time inside when there is a big, beautiful world out there to explore.
There are fantastic pop-up campers on this list for any budget and any family, and the newest versions in 2021 are better than ever before. If you want a luxurious experience with plush beds or a smaller space to snuggle with your loved ones, the pop-up campers on this list will give you precisely what you need. Showers, AC, fridges, and storage can be yours, and you won’t even have to give up your throne room.