Who's making the highest quality pop ups now-days?

Tonya Harding

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Jun 15, 2018
1,912
Virginia
Had a GO since 2019, built well then, and they still build 'em the same; main problem on the older ones, the star gazer windows weren't sewn in, & the adhesive on some has disintegrated, but if w/in a 5 year window, SylvanSport will send you a whole new tent. Sold our 3 year old Palomino in 2003, dude still has it, it's in great shape, kept it maintained. If/when I get another, I'll do a hard shell (Casita) etc, & it'll be used...keeping my older tents for sure...
 

Rusty2192

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Jul 30, 2014
1,194
Kentucky
Rockwood/Flagstaff. And I think Viking/Clipper I believe are the only two still making popups. There is also Living Light Quick Silvers. Sylvan Sport Go for the more tent on wheels.
Livin Lite is gone now too. Within 3 years of Thor taking it over they ran it into the ground in 2018.

Opus is trying to make in-roads in the US but they are so expensive and overbuilt I’m not sure how well they’ll do.
 

Dingit

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Mar 8, 2017
2,137
Northstar still makes high quality (if homely) popups. Unfortunately for most, they're not trailers.
 

Wakita46

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Mar 15, 2013
283
If I was to buy again, I would look at Hiker Trailer. Not really a pop up - more like a tear drop, but light to tow. They are built for off road and will hold up better than most, I think.
I got almost 40,000 miles out of my Aliner before I sold it. hoffsalinertravels.net
 

davey bobcat

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Jul 13, 2020
20
Utah
been looking for a newish somerset, fleetwood e3. there are SO many rockwood pups out there today. feels like the market is flooded with them. problem is , i feel like the quality is not as good. putting the roof issues aside , from around 2008, 9- it just seems the coleman/ fleetwood somerset are more sturdy overall. wish they had not put them on the back burner. the pups coming out of Indiana have cool newer features, but they all seem to be full of glue , light material , staples and velcro. i worried i would break something on the showroom floor while looking through them
 

Grandpa Don

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Sep 5, 2018
1,886
Southern California
I'm not conceived that 20yo machines are any better. They will certainly have weather and age issues to fix!
I'm not so sure about that. I bought a 2003 Viking 4 years ago. The previous owner said that it was in excellent condition. And it really was. Other than the modifications I added, I have not had to do any repairs to it at all in all this time. I only boondock on rough roads and I did have a front cabinet come loose one time. I just added more screw to it and I was good to go. I also had to replace the original shroud on the A/C unit because of sun exposure. I routinely inspect all of the flooring and top woodwork looking for water damage, but so far I've found none. The wood all looks brand new. Maybe I just got lucky.
 




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