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How Much Does a Tent Trailer Cost?

$ Rent: $50-$90 per night $ $ New tent trailers (basic): $3,000 to $7,000 $ $ $ New tent trailers (upgraded): $8,000 to $30,000

Lightweight and easy to use, tent trailers or pop-up trailers are perfect for people that want to start trying RV life.

Tent trailers are the cheapest among all RVs and motorhomes and are perfect and compact to take everywhere, with a folded length of 8′-18’ long and 4′-6’ feet high.

This RV, also called a folding camper trailer, can be seen as a tent on wheels with built-in beds, dinette, cooking appliances, and more.

What Affects The Price Of A Tent Trailer?

Tent trailers or pop-up campers are the cheapest RVs, but between them, prices can vary a lot depending on the model, the size, the manufacturer, the trailer’s age, floorplan, and extra features and customizations.

New tent trailers can cost about $3,000 to $7,000 for a basic model and $8,000 to $30,000 or more for a larger tent trailer with better appliances; used tent trailers can cost about $2,000 to $10,000.

Some people prefer to rent a tent trailer before buying one to try it out first; renting a tent trailer costs about $50 to $90 per night.

Top Companies

Some of the most popular RV trailer manufacturers are Jayco, Forest River, Lance Campers, and Airstream; and online websites like are good options to look for tent trailers.

Dealers have many more options of tent trailers to choose from, but they often charge more, although they are open to negotiation.

Tent trailers start depreciating after buying but not as much as other RVs.

According to, the best affordable tent trailers are:

Model Price
Coachmen Viking Express 9.0TD $8,000
Forest River Rockwood 1640LTD $9,255
Forest River Flagstaff 176LTD $9,500
Sylvansport Go Trailer $9,995
Black Series Alpha Camper $9,995
Coachmen Clipper LS 806XLS $10,500
Aliner Scout Lite $12,000
Forest River Rockwood Freedom 2318G $14,195
Forest River Flagstaff Hard Side T12RBST $14,500
Coachmen Clipper 108ST Sport $15,000

And according to, the best tent trailers of 2022 are:

Model Price
Starcraft Comet $11,998
SylvanSport GO $8,995
Livin’ Lite Quicksilver 8.0 $13,575
Forest River Flagstaff Pop-up $16,999
ay Sport Camping Trailer $9,975
Forest River Rockwood High $11,799
Coachmen Clipper $17,270
Trail Manor 2518 kB $33,831
Aliner Ranger 12 $17,995
Opus Off Road $28,730

Things To Consider

Before Buying

  1. First, you need to check the different manufacturers, dealers, and online websites that offer tent trailers to compare prices and see which one better matches your needs.
  2. provides a tool for price estimation for buying a used tent trailer. And provides checklists for inspecting RVs before buying.

When Buying

  1. Tent trailers come equipped with everything you need to set it up for camping and all the accessories to fold it down for towing.
  2. Here’s a video that shows how to set up a tent trailer made by Basden’s American RV Center.

After Buying

  1. Adding a hitch for the tent trailer on the vehicle that will tow it can cost $50 to $700.
  2. If the trailer is wider than the towing vehicle, you have to install extended side-view mirrors, which start at $4-$80 for models that clamp onto the existing side mirrors or $150-$450 for permanent ones.
  3. After buying the tent trailer is essential to get RV Insurance.
  4. Campgrounds and RV parks can charge a fee of $10 to $40 per night, depending on the location and the amenities offered.
  5. Renting an RV storage space can cost $20-$450 per month, depending on the type of storage.
  6. An RV cover can cost $50 to $1,200 or more.
Giovanna Soto