There are many different types of pull behind campers and I could have broken this category down even more, but I think it makes more sense to keep it to one page for pull behinds. Especially, so people can compare all the options in one place.
I’ll include some discussion topics on the various types of trailers over time, along with a list of manufactures that you can reference when looking for a new trailer. If you see that I am missing a manufacture or that they don’t actually make the type of trailer that I have them listed under, please let me know so I can update the information.
Tear Drop Campers
First things first… I want one. I’ve been looking at these for a couple years and even thought about building my own. I see a lot of great uses for them and they can be fairly inexpensive, depending on what you are looking for. I think they could be real handy for road trips or pulling back into some backcountry places that you would never pull your trailer or drive a motorhome to, but still gives you some hard wall protection around you at night. A nice thing about these is that many of them can be pulled behind small fuel efficient cars vs needing an SUV or Truck.
Pop ups come in a variety of forms also. You can get them extremely stripped down to where it litieraly has a tent that pops up on top of it all the way to a solid roof with soft tents sides, slide outs, kitchen and even a little porta potty inside. The nice thing about these is that they are much lower profile and you’ll get better fuel mileage pulling them over a full sided travel trailer. The downside is that you can’t get inside them without lifting the roof and setting them up.
These are hard sided trailers with soft slide-outs for sleeping. They save you some space basically in that you can get the room of a bigger trailer without having to go so big on it. I haven’t used them, but have checked them out. I think they were growing in popularity at one point, but I don’t think they will stick long term. Like I said about the 2 trailers that I have owned; I don’t really see a huge difference in pulling the 18 footer vs the 28 footer and I don’t have to worry about drying out the soft tent walls of the soft slide-outs.
These are the most common type of enclosed camper that you are going to find and they come in all sorts of sizes and layouts. You’ll find many of the same layouts used between all of the manufactures and they might put their own spin on a few of them. It is going to come down to available dealers in your area and some personal preference. There are some things to look out for though and over time I will work on highlighting some of those things form my own experience and any research I have done.