Guide to trailer tents, folding campers and pop-tops

Trailer tents, folding campers and pop-tops are all welcome on Caravan and Motorhome touring sites. These lightweight leisure vehicles all offer interesting alternative accommodation to the traditional touring caravan.

Many of these vehicles are lighter than conventional caravans and while some are more compact on the road, with awnings extended, they may offer more generous accommodation than many touring caravans.

In the main, their biggest advantages are more compact dimensions when packed down for storage, meaning they can be stored in a modest garage – thus saving on storage fees and reducing security worries.

This guide considers the pros and cons of trailer tents, folding campers and pop-tops.

Information - Lightweight & compact

The biggest advantage to trailer tents, folding campers/caravans and pop-tops is the ability to store them in a modest garage – saving on storage fees and reducing security worries.

Top questions

Does The Club test cars, caravans or motorhomes?

Yes, the Club tests towcars, caravans, motorhomes and trailer tents/folding campers.

Test results are published in the Club Magazine (sent to members and available online). The Club also carries out annual design competitions for caravans, motorhome and lightweight leisure trailers, plus an annual Towcar of the Year competitions. Competition results can be found online.

The Club’s Technical Advice service may be able to provide details on specific models - please email or call 01342 336611.

Do you have an outfit matching service?

Yes, we offer a full online outfit matching service to members. Alternatively, speak to one of our experienced Technical Advisors on 01342 336 611 for further advice.

Do you offer towing courses?

We run two different caravan towing courses, both are open to non-members as well as members. Improve your manoeuvring skills, even if you tow a trailer or horse box.

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