What Ever Happened to Coleman Tent Trailers Anyway?

If you're looking for information on Coleman Tent Trailers, chances are you've been having a difficult time.  The main reason for that is the fact that The Coleman Company divested itself from its trailer manufacturing operations over 20 years ago to focus on

it's core line of camping products. However, popups using the Coleman brand and floorplans have been in production until as recently as 2010.  Coleman has been "THE" name in pop up campers it seems forever, but the fact is that Coleman trailers and pop ups have been made by other manufacturers for quite sometime. While the history of Coleman tent trailers is a long and winding road, we will try and provide the facts on what has transpired over the years and also provide some guidance for those sentimental pop up enthusiasts looking to find similar models, floorplans, and replacement parts of the old Coleman popups.

Timeline of Events

  • 1967 - Sheldon Coleman Sr., begins producing the Coleman brand trailer in Somerset, PA
  • 1979 - Coleman camping trailers named North America’s # 1 selling brand of camping trailer, an honor held for many years to follow.
  • 1989 - The Coleman Company sells its Somerset plant and its folding camping trailer designs to Fleetwood RV
  • 2008 - Fleetwood RV sells the Somerset plant to the investment group FTCA, Inc.  FTCA also enters into a license agreement with the Coleman Company under which FTCA manufactures and sells Coleman-branded folding trailers through an independent dealer network.
  • 2010 - Dutchmen Mfg., Inc., acquires the license to build and distribute Coleman Travel Trailers and 5th Wheels, while the popup line remains in production by FTCA in Somerset
  • 2011 - After struggling through the recession, FTCA, Inc. closed the doors on the Somerset facility, and sold the intellectual property to Columbia-Northwest (Aliner).
  • 2012 - Columbia-Northwest,(located only one county away from Somerset, PA), initiates plans to  hire former employees and personnel from the old Somerset plant, in order to continue to design and build popup trailers in the Coleman tradition.
  • 2012 - Columbia-Northwest, introduces its line of folding camping trailers under a new name — Somerset Camping Trailers. The name is a tribute to the Somerset, PA plant where the Coleman-branded camping trailer was manufactured for more than 40 years.

The current lineup of Somerset Campers are the Grand Tour, Evolution and luxury Highlander brands which offer the most popular floorplans of the former Coleman camping trailers. The company wanted to stay true to the standard features, floor plans, and design that users of Coleman tent trailers have always valued.

So, unfortunately since 2012 the Coleman name no longer appears on any new popup campers being produced.  However, as indicated above, the Coleman name is still being used (by Dutchman) for  one of it's line of travel trailers.  Nevertheless, the news is not all bad for those looking to replace an older Coleman tent trailer model.  Essentially, very similar models are being built under the Somerset brand, utilizing the same floorplans, engineers, and production personnel that made the Coleman popups for many years.  Even though it doesn't have the Coleman logo on it anymore, it's as close as you will get to owning a tent trailer with the brand name synonymous with camping.

About Columbia Northwest

Founded in 1984, Columbia Northwest has manufactured the Aliner from its plant in Mt. Pleasant, Penn. As the original A-frame pop up camper, the Aliner sets up in 30 seconds, is lightweight enough to be towed by almost any vehicle and can be easily stored and maintained.

Now comes the tricky part...if you have an older model of a Coleman popup, it's inevitable that you will require replacement parts at some point.  If that's the case, the best thing to do is contact your local Somerset dealer to see if they can help.  Also, I have found that Amazon.com has a pretty exhaustive list of Coleman replacement parts & accessories available and is worth a look. In an effort to help browsers looking for answers to this difficult question, Dan invites any of our readers with useful information on finding replacement parts for Coleman tent trailers to share their story below:

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