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Tiny Living, Big Lessons: Living in a Cheap Pop Up Camper

This woman used her DIY skills to renovate a cheap pop-up camper and live in it.

I don’t know about you, but I am loving this new series! I see so many opportunities for it, like today’s topic about living in a pop-up camper. I recently found this idea intriguing when I stumbled across a post on I thought to myself, living in a pop up would be a great way to travel the country. It has everything you need and more. And it’s super convenient and easy to travel with.

Though it’s my ultimate dream to live on the water of the east coast, I could definitely live in a pop-up camper while I travel the country. I mean let’s get real here; most campers are nicer than some houses.

Larissa from the pop up princess explains how she bought a cheap pop up camper under $2,000 and used her crafty DIY skills to turn it into an amazing livable camper. So today I wanted to share her amazing skills with you. And maybe it will inspire you to create your own live-in pop up camper.

Buying a Cheap Pop Up

Above you'll see a before and after picture of the pop up princess herself. This is what the camper exterior looked like before Larissa bought it and after they renovated it. It looks amazing!

Before taking the plunge to purchase a pop-up camper there are a couple of things you need to consider first. You’ll need to determine how much weight your vehicle can tow and what kind of features you want to have in your camper before you start your search. Grab a piece of paper and a pen and write down all the things you want or need in a pop up to help make this process a little easier for you.

Here are some things to consider before buying a cheap pop up:

  • How much weight can your vehicle tow? This is important!
  • How much can you afford to spend? Also important! Stay within your budget.
  • Are you going to be living as a family or alone?
  • Will you have company or overnight visitors?
  • Where will you be located? Will you need an A/C unit or heater? What about a freshwater hookup?
  • How will you be cooking? Inside or out? You’ll need to ensure that you have the proper space and hookups to accommodate your cooking needs.
  • Where will you use the bathroom or shower? Some pop up campers have bathrooms and some don’t.

These are all important things to consider prior to purchasing a cheap pop up camper to live in.

Renovating Your Pop Up

After you’ve found the perfect pop up to live in, you can begin using your crafty skills to renovate it. As you can see in the pictures Larissa has done a great job of renovating her pop up. This is your time to really bring out your crafting skills and make your camper the home you’ve always wanted.

Now how much renovation is needed will largely depend on the camper that you purchase. Each camper you look at will be different. Some will have leaks or canvases that need to be repaired, while some will only need an interior makeover. 

Amazon is the best place to grab supplies to help you renovate your new pop up camper.

I suggest taking a look at some of the articles posted on the pop up princess to help you through your renovation process. Or you can contact Larissa directly if you have any questions about renovating your pop up.

Living in Your Pop Up

Once you're done with the camper remodel, you can hit the road and start living in it! I don't know about you, but I absolutely love this idea! It's a cheap, inexpensive alternative housing solution that anyone can do. 

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