Monday, September 26, 2022


RV review: 2022 Flagstaff 206STSE pop-up trailer

Today’s review features the Flagstaff 206STSE,  a pop-up trailer that offers a surprising interior layout that really makes it quite usable. 

Remember a short time ago I wrote a three-part series on RVs that have reduced fuel consumption and mentioned pop-up trailers like the TrailManor as one of those choices. But Rockwood, along with its twin, Flagstaff, is one of the companies that still has some pop-up trailers in their lineup, including this one. 

Wait, one of the companies that has these? Aren’t there a bunch? 

Actually, a number of companies have pop-up trailers on their website but you’ll notice phrases like “limited to stock on hand” (i.e., there is none) or “dealer stock only” (i.e., they have none). What this means is that, theoretically, these models are still in their catalog but they aren’t planning to produce any anytime soon. 

You see, if an RV company can sell anything they can make, then why not just make the more pricey models that return greater profits? That’s Business 101. So, while all RVs are still in short supply, some of the less- expensive models are just gone. For now. 

Surprise inside

So, back to the Flagstaff 206STSE. Many times in pop-up trailers you really want to be in the great outdoors because there isn’t much “inside” to be in. This trailer actually has a largish “L”-shaped lounge at the rear which can seat four adults easily. Then there’s a second sofa facing that lounge that could seat 2-3 people. A free-floating dinette table can be placed between them. So if the weather does rain on your parade, you could legitimately use this for family game night. 

Take the table outside or fold it up and plop it on one of the two beds in here and now you just have a place to sit and chat. Generally small trailers and pop-ups in particular offer almost no way to have folks just sit around inside. This is a real exception. 

Otherwise, this one has many of the things one would expect in a trailer of this format. There’s a three-burner propane stovetop and a sink. The fridge is a three-way model. So you can pre-chill it at home when plugged in, then use 12-volt vehicle power to keep things cool along the way. Finally, you can use propane to chill the chill box at the campground if you’re off the grid. 

Off the grid

Speaking of being off the grid, this model features 190 watts of solar on the pop-up roof. Also, it has a 1000-watt inverter that ties in to all the outlets inside. I am currently camping with a 12-volt fridge and 160 watts of solar. It’s doing just fine, thank you. So the additional power and the fact that the fridge can run on propane makes this a good choice for boondocking. 

However, you can forget about travel access, of course. That’s one disadvantage of pop-ups. 


One other big surprise is that the full-sized mattress in the back and the queen-sized mattress up front are both heated. Yep, not only is there a furnace to heat the interior of the trailer, but the mattresses themselves are heated. 

There’s also a power lift mechanism for the top. 

I also really like the Suburban flat-top griddle that Flagstaff and Rockwood include with their trailers. This griddle sits on a rail on the side and works quite well. I have one myself. 


Of course, trailers this size don’t have much storage. However, this one has sort of a bulldog nose and there’s actually a decent amount of storage in that space. There are also nifty little netted bags that hang over the beds so you can use these for clothes or devices or whatever. Neat. 

Build quality

I make no secret that I think Rockwood and Flagstaff build some of the better products in the RV industry. This one is no exception. You get things like a high-performance vent fan, torsion axle suspension, Goodyear tires and other features that I think will make a difference along the way. 


The downside of any smaller trailer is that there just isn’t the room for all the goodies. For example, there is no gray tank, although the camper I’m borrowing right now doesn’t have one either. We just have a hose and a folding plastic container as the gray tank. It’s pretty easy to deal with.

The toilet in this model is a porta potty, and I can say from having used one the past week, they’re actually not bad at all. These modern portable toilets are almost as good as having one that feeds into a black tank and are really, really convenient. But I know there are folks who don’t like them, but neither did my wife until she tried one. Now we’re putting one in our vintage trailer build.

The porta potty is on the edge of the dinette. There is a curtain you can draw around it so that all those nice folks you invited over don’t have to point and laugh. Or be jealous.

In summary

In addition to causing less drag on your tow vehicle, these are also garageable and that can be a big plus. Without fresh water or a gray tank, winterization is super easy as well. These trailers offer a lot of value and even more so when you consider the fuel you’ll be saving over some other configurations. 

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Tony comes to having worked at an RV dealership and been a lifelong RV enthusiast. He also has written the syndicated Curbside column about cars. You can find his writing here and at StressLessCamping where he also has a podcast about the RV life with his wife. 

These RV reviews are written based on information provided by the manufacturers along with our writer’s own research. We receive no money or other financial benefits from these reviews. They are intended only as a brief overview of the vehicle, not a comprehensive critique, which would require a thorough inspection and/or test drive.

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The Flagstaff 206STSE is a pop-up trailer that offers a lot of value and an unusual and very usable lounge in a very lightweight and towable package


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Donald N Wright
5 months ago

Thank you for reviewing a popup trailer. Remembering the old days when a family of four to six people had a popup, while today, a senior couple has a motorhome. I found my gas mileage improved when I towed a popup, as there was less drag on the rear of the Suburban.

5 months ago

A new-to-us tent trailer was how we got into RVing. Well-cared-for preowned models are a great option for families, especially if money is tight. However, after 15 years and a very rainy week at Fort Stevens (with the grandkids, several of whom still needed naps), we upgraded to our first class A. We have fond memories of those days, but not enough to go back to all the setup/takedown hassles! The class A is the mothership now when we “camp”, and we let the grandkids enjoy the real camping while the adults sleep in real beds. Plus, we love being able to boondock where we wish in comfortable glamping.

5 months ago
Reply to  CeeCee

That was us during our 50th wedding anniversary camping trip a few years ago. Our younger son, his wife, and two teenage sons slept in their tent, while we slept in the air-conditioned comfort of our real (60″ x 80″) queen-bed fifth wheel. Our older son and his much younger kids slept on the sofa-bed and dinette bed in my sister’s huge travel trailer. We are definitely reaping the “retirement benefits” of all those years of scrimping, saving, and hard work during our 40+ year careers!

5 months ago

Good to see a popup reviewed. Nice review. The heated mattresses would be nice on chilly nights!

My oldest daughter’s family has had a Jayco popup for 15 years now. It’s been all over on their vacations and continues to serve them very well. We bought them a porta potty not long after they got their camper….the “poo pot” as it’s affectionately called!

Popups are great affordable units that can last a very long time and provide for many fond camping memories!

5 months ago

Tony, the first RV experience I ever had was in the ’60s in a borrowed tent camper similar to this while home from college. All it had was a tent and beds–no sink, tanks, toilet, furnace, solar, inverter, lounge, or heated mattresses! The kitchen was a Coleman stove, an “ice chest”, and a gallon water jug with a spigot, all sitting on the picnic table. And the potty was an outhouse in the center of the campground. It must have been a very lightweight trailer because my parents towed it to a state park lake with a 1964 Chevy station wagon also hauling four kids, clothes, games, books, toys, etc. Fortunately the “kitchen appliances”, bedding, and folding chairs fit inside the trailer. But we had great family time in our “luxurious RV” as we had always tent camped prior to that summer.

RV review: 2022 Flagstaff 206STSE pop-up trailerThe Flagstaff 206STSE is a pop-up trailer that offers a lot of value and an unusual and very usable lounge in a very lightweight and towable package

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