Coleman Campers Forced to Shut Down

In spite of an overall resurgent RV market, FTCA (formerly Fleetwood Folding Trailers) was recently forced to cease operations. FTCA has been building Coleman folding camping trailers since 2008, and the trailers themselves have been around for more than 40 years. As many relate the Winnebago brand to motorhomes, so, too do many see the Coleman brand as the prototypical folding camping trailer.

It’s difficult whenever any manufacturer is forced to shut down, let alone one with such history and seemingly such clout as Coleman trailers (via bell source). However, there are a number of reasons companies fold, and any amount of speculation would only work to dampen the spirits of the thousands of Coleman owners nationwide.

So, to those of you who have a Coleman trailer, have camped in one in the past, or to anybody who is passionate about pop-up campers in general, I’d love to hear what you think.


  1. Have you heard anything about someone buying the Coleman name and starting to manufacture folding trailers (Pop ups) per their floor plans again? What is the situation with finding spare parts for 2005 or later Fleetwood/Coleman pop ups? Is the Coleman Pop up name dead forever? What do you predict will happen in this areana?

  2. We bought a 30 ft Coleman 2012 camper last year. We were so excited, every camping trip something major went wrong and a lot was wrong due to sloppy craftsmanship, over 40 things. Most were not minor. Right down to electrical wires never being clamped up underneath, hanging to ground. We did a lot of repairs but the counter and table laminated surface was coming off, the dinette cushions were ripping at the seams, cabinet warped, shower leaked all over, gutter for water run off had gap in middle of trailer so water from a/c and rain ran right down on mat on kitchen window, pump broke etc We had a Palomino pop up we bought brand new used it for 10 years, sold it almost what we paid for it b/c we take such good care of things. Coleman took it back & repaired it, but still same type of cushion & things so worried, sad. ;( will there be another co to service this?

  3. We owned a Coleman pop-up in the ’80s and loved it! Had a king bed, a double bed and a dining table that converted to a twin bed. The galley was on a pulley system that lowered it to the floor, which allowed us to leave out supplies (pots/pans, utensils, etc) packed in the camper at all times! Had plenty of storage as well! Wish we still had it! ne particularly bad winter, mice chewed a few holes in the canvas cover, which was starting to show its age; we just weren’t using it a lot, so sold it. So sorry we did!

  4. I`ve looked at a lot of pop-up campers lately. I have noticed water or some type of damp/moisture damage located in the ceiling. Has anyone else seen this? is this just from the Coleman with the slideouts?

  5. Many people, including myself, have become emotionally attached to their Coleman pop up campers by Fleetwood. Personally, I’m glad that Fleetwood is out of the picture. However I can’t believe they and Coleman were simply allowed by a judge to fold leaving all of us holding the bag to find parts and deal with the “lifetime” guaranteed roofs. I am in the process of remodeling our 1996 Sun Valley. I can never sell it because of the memories I have with my wife and two children. We still use it several times a year. I long for the day when I read that someone has purchased the rights to the Coleman name and is starting the popups back up again. If I had the money I would love to do it. I have a number of simple ideas for improvements, including the roofs. I believe that my idea for the roofs would be simple and would have solved the challenge that the ABS roofs presented.

    • Somerset trailers in Pennsylvania is building a trailer that is the succesor to the Coleman tent trailer — same lifters, tents, etc.

  6. I have a 1999 Coleman tent trailer which we never hooked water up to it and have stored in garage. It’s in perfect shape, we don’t use hardly ever but because of its age won’t get what it’s worth. I put lavender inside ever year, keeps mice out. I’ve never had leaking with roof, thought it couldn’t because it was seamless.

    • Hi, Norlee. We bought a used Coleman, and it was supposed to have been stored properly, but who knows. Now the roof is cracking, and we are sad. The electrical system is weird, and it will run with batteries but not when plucgged in. This last time, the battery drained way too fast. We are mystified. Anyway, sure do love it and could never afford a new one, so the old is a keeper and will work hard to keep fixing it.

  7. We still have our Coleman-Fleetwood 1996 Sun Valley and love it. So many family memories. I was stunned when I found out they had closed. I feel like I have been jilted at the altar. It angers me that Coleman travel trailers are still made, and Fleetwood RV, both of which are doing well, while all of us are hung out to dry. We are left divorced from our camper companies, which we felt a part of, with no say so in the matter whatsoever. I should have know better though. Once we were having blowouts on every trip. I called the home office and was yelled at and treated like @#$% from Fleetwood. Literally. I really dislike these people. I wish someone would revive the Coleman models. I wish I had the money to do it. And as far as Fleetwood goes, I hope they all go to @#$%.

  8. I loved my tent trailer. Had one many moons ago. Wish they could make them again. Never had any problems. I belong to a few women’s camping groups and have seen one or two —I think more of us would be in the market if Coleman would start up again. So easy to tow, and they have everything you need.

  9. That’s really tough. I owned an Avalon, and it was amazing. I would have bought another, but they don’t make them new anymore. Sad.

  10. I have a 96 Coleman Bayport. Bought it new and I love it, but the roof gasket has shrunk over time and I now have a gap at the rear. The trailer is in great shape and I’m wondering if anyone would know where to purchase a short section of gasket. I only need about 18 inches max. Jim Streeter, Provo, Utah

  11. We purchased a used 2004 Monterey in 2014, we love it. So far so good, just the outside shower needs to be replaced. But other than that this has been a terrific purchase and family memory builder. We used to tent camp when our kids were little. Now we are a little older and it is a lot easier having a tent trailer with the grandkids.


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