10 Ultra Lightweight Campers Under 1,500 lb.
Sometimes, bigger is not always better. Some RVers want to travel light and more maneuverable, even though a fully equipped Class B fifth wheel or fifth wheel with a fireplace are luxurious.
Many popular truck campers and travel trailers require trucks that weigh 3/4 ton or larger SUVs to tow, but there are some campers that can be easily carried by small SUVs or lighter trucks. The new Toyota RAV4 can carry up to 2,000 pounds. The basic Toyota Tacoma model can tow approximately 3,500 lb. This gives you plenty of room to tow an ultra-lightweight camper.
Weighing in at less than 1,500 lb. These 10 lightweight campers weigh in at less than 1,500 lb (dry weight). These campers can sleep up to four people and range from teardrop trailers, truck campers, or teardrop trailers.
These campers are light and agile and won’t have the same amenities as larger RVs. These campers may not have showers, but they do come with bathrooms. Some campers may not have any bathrooms at all. Some campers might require you to cook outside, or convert a couch or dinette into a bed.
These lightweight campers are lacking in many amenities but they have the ability to travel light and park more efficiently. It’s also nice to have a lower fuel bill.
1. Happier Camper HC1
Happy Camper is bringing the lightweight fiberglass travel caravan back to the road. The HC1 camper is ultra light (1,100 lb). It is also completely customizable. Happier Camper’s modular system Adaptiv allows buyers to design their interior to suit their individual needs.
You can place the modules (or cubes) in many different configurations such as beds, lounges and kitchens. You can take the modules outside to enjoy outdoor living and lounging. The interior of the HC1 is also available for towing bikes and motorcycles.
2. Rockwood Geo Pro 12RK
At 1,252 lb. The Geo Pro12RK is lightweight at 1,252 lb. The Geo Pro 12RK is only 12 feet in length, but offers plenty of headroom within the sleeping area. In that the sleeping area and kitchen are both inside, the Geo Pro is very similar to a teardrop.
The bedroom has a 54×72 inch bed, double doors, and cabinetry. The interior has a TV, full audio system, and cabinetry. A sink, refrigerator, microwave and propane stove are all included in the outdoor kitchen. It is protected by a pop-up hatch. Forest River
3. MeerKat Trailer
The MeerKat offers a unique combination of classic design and ultralight design. It is ideal for singles or couples. Little Guy Trailers of San Diego designed and built the MeerKat. It weighs in at 900 lb. It measures only 13 feet in length.
The interior includes a small kitchen, with storage, a pump sink and an icebox. A dinette can be converted into a double bed, and an interior cabinet can hold a portable cassette toilet. A pop-up ceiling adds extra headroom to the room, which is reminiscent both of the Eriba Puck vintage and the desert mongoose that it is named after.
4. Alaskan Campers Truck Camper Cabover
Since the 1950s, the Alaskan Truck Camping has been in existence. This has allowed them to perfect their lightweight design. The hard-sided, pop-up campers are available in a variety of sizes and weights. However, the Cabover Camper weighs only 1,390 lb.
This camper is small enough to fit in a short bed truck. Cabover has a double bed, dinette and a 20-gallon freshwater tank. It also features a stove, stove, furnace and an optional cassette toilet. Although the Alaskan does not have a shower, if you’re looking to get more rugged (or even to Alaska), it’s possible to shower outdoors or at a campground. Alaskan Campers
5. nuCamp TAG
The TAG is one of the most popular teardrop trailers, weighing in at just 1,269 lb. but offering some of the finest amenities in a compact package. The interior features standard A/C, a queen-sized bed and a stargazer window.
The traditional Amish-style outdoor kitchen features a stove and sink. The tiny camper features LED lights, ample LP tank storage, and an outdoor shower. Upgrades to the Boondock offroad package, solar panels and a microwave are all options. nuCamp
6. ProLite Mini
You have probably seen multiple versions of the Quebec-made ProLite travel trailer if you live near Canada. The company makes ultra-lightweight campers starting at 590 lb. (Suite) and up to 3,700 lb. (Xtreme). Mini is the middle option.
Only 1,150 lb. The Mini is only 1,150 lb. It measures 14 feet in length. On the pull-out sofa bed or convertible dinette, the Mini can accommodate four people. It has a small kitchen, a sink, a stove and a fridge. There are also 15-gallon gray and fresh water tanks. Outdoor showers can be added.
The ProLite Cool is a stripped-down version of the Mini that weighs in at 995 lb. ProLite
7. Olympic Scout Campers
Scout Campers is a new company disrupting the truck camper market. The models (Yoho and Olympic) are simple, sleek designs that allow for off-grid living without any hassle or maintenance. The Yoho model weighs only 958 lb. but we will feature the Olympic model for those who need more space.
The Olympic weighs only 1,133 lb. It has a standard and fully integrated solar system, portable water storage, full bed, dinette and an exterior gear locker. You have the option of a pop-up roof tent, Dometic 12-volt refrigerator, or a portable toilet. Scout Campers
8. TAXA Outdoors TigerMoth
TAXA Outdoors is known for creating campers that are innovative and have all the amenities you want. It’s hard to pick the best design among the many top ultra-lightweight designs. We will feature the TigerMoth TAXA’s popup camper, which can sleep up to 4 people.
The TigerMoth is lightweight at 1,310 lb. and can be used to sleep in both the interior or in the roof tent. The camper is simple and is best for those who like to be outdoors most of the day. However, the camper can be used in many different ways. You can convert the indoor living space into a living room, while the outdoor kitchen fits neatly under the living area.
9. Travel Lite 610RSL
It is only 1,459 lb. This spacious truck camper is ideal for anyone who wants to live on the road. It even has a shower, which is often missing in lightweight campers. Travel Lite
The 610SL has a double cabover mattress, TV, storage and Dometic fridge. For a fully enclosed camper, a portable cassette toilet can be kept in one of the cabinets. Travel Lite
10. Rustic Trail Teardrops
This is the last entry in this list. It’s not just one. There are three options from Rustic Trail teardrops. This small company produces some of the most affordable and lightest teardrops available. All three models, Papa Bear, Koala Bear and Grizzly Bear, weigh less than 1,475 lb. Both are under 12,000. Rustic Trail Teardrops
Both the Grizzly Bear and Papa Bear are traditional teardrops that have basic interiors. They each have a sleeping area and inside cabinets that can be converted into kitchens. Both models do not have an outdoor kitchen. The Koala Bear trailer is a sturdy unit that can be customized or furnished to the owner’s liking.
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