The Best Smaller Campers on the Market Right Now

There are many big advantages to the best small travel trailers

The best small travel trailers are for RVers who want to live sustainably, go off-road, and reconnect with nature. These people are not afraid to forgo the large-screen TVs, leather loungers and other electronic gadgets that big RVs can hold. Your lifestyle will determine which size travel trailer you choose. While the luxury coaches are beautiful to look at, they might not be what your needs. It may prove to be more trouble than it is worth having lots of space.

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These are the best advantages of small travel trailers over large RVs:

  1. It is easier to tow a small trailer than a 35-foot trailer
  2. These micr-RVs are often significantly cheaper
  3. You have more options for storage, parking and camping in small trailers.

A small trailer is not for everyone. A larger motorhome is best for those who travel with large families or entertain often.

There are three cons to small travel trailer RVs:

  1. Smaller trailers can have smaller holding tanks
  2. Bathrooms in small trailers can be cramped or not exist at all.
  3. Tiny trailers are more comfortable than larger ones. Period.

You can make your RV smaller to increase your freedom while on the road. You may be surprised by this list of 11 small-sized travel trailers. These unique models offer many fun features.

1. Forest River r-pod

Forest River’s r-pod trailers are advertised as affordable luxury with the lowest weight towing. These small trailers are easy to tow and extremely functional. There are 11 floor plans available for this line.

There are many layout options to choose from so you can make a decision about your priorities.

  • Are you looking for more sleeping space?
  • What about a rear-facing kitchen?
  • Are larger bathrooms more important?
  • Slides are not for you?

There’s an rpod layout for everyone, no matter your taste.

Each r-pod is easily towable and has a length of 19 to 25 feet. It can be towed in any space, making it one of our favorite small trailers. It can be stored in storage or in a national park.

Features of the Standard rPod

  • Six gallon gas/electric DSI hot-water heater
  • 3.7 cubic foot 3-way refrigerator
  • Two-burner recessed cooktop with flush mount glass cover
  • 4-speed MaxxAir fan
  • You can take a wet or dry shower
  • Outdoor shower with hot or cold water
  • Convection microwave oven with 28-inch 12V LED TV

Forest River manufactures the r-pod using a powder coated steel frame. This provides durability, corrosion resistance and minimal maintenance. The interior height of the rpod is 6’6″ higher than other smaller trailers. For tall RVers, there is plenty of room to stand upright inside.

Upgrades to rPod Trailers

You can always add to your options if you wish to improve them.

  • A R-Dome awning equipped with a screen room
  • This solar package includes a 110W panel, digital control, and a 1000 Watt inverter.

Owners of R-pods say that this trailer is easy to tow even on steep mountain roads. The model is easy to get into the backcountry, thanks to its outdoor shower.

2. TAXA Outdoors Cricket Camper

The Cricket is not the right choice if you prefer a more traditional design in your travel trailer. The Cricket by TAXA Outdoors is an innovative design, which looks modern and sleek for off-road adventures.

Even 4-cylinder cars can tow cricket very easily. It is only 15 feet long and can be maneuvered into tight spaces easily. This model can be tailored to meet your requirements. It can comfortably sleep two adults and two kids.

This little travel trailer’s amazing functionality is due to its innovative design. Garrett Finney is the founder and CEO of TAXA. He was a designer for the International Space Station, and has a lot of experience in designing for use in small spaces.

Because of its useful features, it’s one the best small trailers.

  • Pop-up roof with five mesh windows. It works in tandem with four swing windows to maximize ventilation and give the outdoor feeling. You can enjoy the breeze or your privacy in crowded campgrounds.
  • Shades and screens can be added to the swing windows.
  • TAXA’s unique design makes it possible to access storage underneath the bed.
  • Even when the bed is not in use, a pop-up table can be used.
  • Take in panoramic views through the 32×20 window.
  • The kitchen features a large countertop and a covered sink.
  • Galleys have plenty of space to prepare and cook, as well as for storage.

The construction of the Cricket travel trailer has been a major selling point.

This compact travel trailer has 1-inch plywood floors with ABS laminate. The flooring is non-slip and patterned in nickel. The Cricket is lightweight and strong thanks to its laser-cut aluminum skeleton, and powder-coated steel chassis.

This small trailer is a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts. It is designed to allow RVers to get out into the wilderness, but it does not have the same amenities as other small travel trailers. This trailer is more of a base camp for outdoor adventures than a home away home.

It may not be the best choice for lounging in, or as a workspace. Cricket is a great option for RVing outdoors enthusiasts who want to go beyond tent camping. It’s easy-to-use and amazing functionality make it an excellent choice.

3. Sonic Lite UltraLite Travel Trailer

Venture RV offers the Sonic Lite UltraLite camper, which is a more modern version of TAXA’s design.

This lightweight travel trailer is why you need it

  • Eight cubic foot refrigerator
  • 6-gallon water heater
  • 38-gallons fresh water capacity
  • Porcelain toilets
  • USB charging station with USB outlets and 110V outlets
  • Overhead storage
  • 6-feet tall, 8-inches of standing space

A 1-piece fiberglass roof is used from stem to stern. Aluminum rafters are available, R-14 insulation is provided, and the Beauflor linoleum flooring comes with a limited 7-year warranty.

Sonic Lite kitchens offer a wide range of unique options. The large stainless steel single-bowl farmers sink will be a hit. A glass-topped, flush mounted, 3-burner, oven-equipped cooktop makes meal preparation easy. The manufacturer offers the single-axle Sonic Lite in six different floorplans. All of them are under 3,600lbs.

4. Happier Camper HC1 Travel Trailer

The Happier Camper HC1 is another cute little travel trailer. Because it can be customized in any way you want, this retro-style travel trailer is our top pick. The modular interior can be arranged according to your camping needs.

Discover the Adaptiv dynamic inside.

A unique system features 20”x20” cubes. You can stack them in multiple ways to create benches, seating, or sleeping cushions. To make a tabletop or counter-top, you can nest them. You can use their lids as storage, a cooler or a cover for your toilet. You can also use the cubes to create outdoor seating, dining, storage, or sleeping spaces. This allows you to expand your living area and makes it easy to clean and store. They offer layout examples that will help you get started if you’re not sure where to begin.

The Happier Camper H1: Best Features

  • Available in 7 retro color palettes
  • 13 feet in length with an interior height 6’1”
  • Weighs 3500 lbs.
  • Large rear hatch with large entry door
  • Floor made of thick 1.5-inch honeycomb fiberglass

The HC1 floor plans include built-in features such as table bases, drains, and D-ring tie downs. There are many options available for placing a table, sink, cooking surface or cargo.

The options are endless with this trailer! There is no separate space or designated area for sleeping quarters, kitchen or bathroom. For those who are not artistic, this is a problem. The Happier Camper is an excellent choice if you love the idea of personalizing your space as you go.

Interior accessories for the Happier Camper HC1 include

  • Optional dry flush/turbo toilets
  • Showers that are heated and pressurized
  • Kitchenette equipped with a Dometic drawer fridge
  • Flexible reading lights
  • Rear hatch privacy screen
  • Exterior loading ramp
  • Package of 100-watt solar panels

For off-road adventures, the HC1 can also be ordered with a raised suspension. The rear hatch makes it easy to transport outdoor gear. It can be used for many functions, which is a plus.

5. nuCamp TAB400

The nuCampTAB 400 is another model that features the teardrop shape. With its attractive, functional and lightweight travel trailers, the nuCamp line has exploded onto the minimalist RV market. All TAB 400’s are less than 2,900 lbs.

There are two options for the nuCamp TAB 400: Solo or Standard. Standard floor plans can be ordered with either a 2-way or 3-way fridge. The specifications for both plans are identical, except for the difference in interior space and weight.

The TAB 400 has an overall length of 18’3′, and eight exterior doors measuring 8’8′. The interior standing area is approximately 6’5′. You can also store 22-gallons worth of fresh water. You can also use the kitchen sink, exterior shower and wet bathtub.

You can style the classic teardrop shape with beautiful trim options. You can also get a dry camping package. You’ll love the 15-inch sport rims, offroad tires, solar power pack, and structural beefing in critical areas if you enjoy boondocking.

6. Winnebago Micro Minnie

Winnebago’s micro minnie is another great small travel trailer. This trailer is seven feet wide and offers twelve floor plans. It also has many great options.

The Micro Minnie has the following standard features:

  • NXG-engineered chassis
  • High-quality frames
  • Foundation that is strong and lightweight
  • TPO roof is heat-reflective and energy efficient.
  • Low profile 13.5K BTU air conditioner system.

Three of the ten-floor floor plans are available without slides. To reduce overall width and fit in tighter spaces, trailers without slides work well. You can also opt for a trailer that doesn’t move exterior parts if you prefer.

The Micro Minnie offers all modern amenities in a small trailer.

  • Fully equipped kitchen with pull-out faucet and split galley sink
  • Generous size bathroom
  • Roomy dinette
  • A King-sized mattress that can be converted into two twin beds
  • Double-door refrigerator, microwave, and cooktop
  • Windows for cross ventilation
  • Exterior lighting system
  • LED lighting for power awning

The exterior length of Micro Minnie models is 19’5″ (for the 1708FB) and 25’8″ (for 2225RL). Dry weights vary from 3,360 to 4,540lbs. Each model’s interior height is 6’4′. These models are ideal for RVers who are over 6’4″ tall.

Winnebago customers love Micro Minnie

This compact, easy-to-use travel trailer is a hit with buyers. This trailer is a high quality unit at an affordable price. The dual axles make it easy to tow a trailer this large. This unit has many great features and is well-built.

Winnebago’s support and service are also praised by Micro Minnie customers.

7. Hiker trailer

The Hiker Trailer is a handcrafted and affordable travel trailer.

The company can build trailers to customer’s specifications and preferences. These compact trailers are extremely customizable and can be towable with any small vehicle, including cars, minivans, crossover SUVs, or other small vehicles.

Hiker trailers are all about customizing.

White is the most popular color but you can also choose other colors. To create your Hiker Trailer, you can use their Quote AHiker page.

You can select exterior features such as color, trim and racks. You also have options for hitches and mounts, heat, air and electrical systems as well as interior features such as cabinetry.

Hiker Trailer has rental units that can be used to help you decide what you want.

The company offers three models: Highway, Mid-Range and Extreme Off Road.

The Highway Model

Available in three sizes: 5×8, 5×9, and 5×10. The model is available in three sizes: 5 x 8, 5 x 9, and 10 x 10.

The Mid-range Model

The same size is available in this model, but it has 15-inch aluminum wheels and a higher rated axle. It also has more ground clearance. A large galley door with side opening and black steel diamond fenders are also included.

The Extreme Off-Road Deluxe

This model is only available in the 5×8 or 5×9 versions. This model features large 17-inch wheels and 33-inch tires. It is ideal for off-road adventures. Two rear drop-down legs provide excellent stability no matter the terrain. A front storage box provides additional space.

Hiker Trailers is a good choice for customers who value quality and affordability. These trailers are very practical. This trailer is a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a compact, easy-to-tow camper to take on weekend trips.

8. Scamp Trailer

The Hiker Trailer is for those who want to be bare-bones campers or off-road adventurers. The Scamp, however, is a retro-looking RV trailer that RVers who want something more homier will love.

Scamp, a trailer manufacturer, was established in Backus, Minnesota in 1975. All trailers are sold directly through their Minnesota dealer. The company prides themselves on making American-made travel trailers. They only use US-based suppliers.

Three lengths of Scamp trailers are available

The trailer measures 13 feet. This trailer is ideal for couples or singles. The original model, the 13-foot Scamp, is available from the company. It features a sink, an icebox, and a two-burner stove. It is available in many different flooring options and cushion choices. The rear dinette can seat four and sleeps two to four people. The layout is now 13 feet long and includes a front-facing bathroom.

Scamp’s 16 foot trailer. This mid-range trailer is great because it offers more counter space and storage. The model can sleep 2-5 people, and is available in five floorplans. The dinette can be converted into sleeping space, and the couch can be transformed into two bunk beds.

A trailer measuring 19 feet. This trailer can easily sleep up to six people. The 19-foot fifth-wheel is larger than the 16-foot model. This is due to the addition of a loft bed in the trailer’s front. This allows for up to six people to sleep in the trailer.

Keep it simple to make things easy

Scamp fiberglass RVs don’t have any complicated exterior features or slides. They are simple to tow and set-up once you reach your destination. The 13-foot model is easily towable by small vehicles, including 4-cylinder cars. The 16-foot model can be towable by small cars, trucks, and SUVs. The 19-foot model can only be purchased as a fifth wheel.

All Scamps are made from heavy gauge tubular steel. Each wheel is supported by an independent suspension system using a torsion suspension. The trailer’s frame is coated with rust-preventive coating and its body is made of fiberglass.

Scamp owners are known for being loyal to the company. They appreciate that Scamp backs their trailers and offers great customer service. The solid construction of these trailers and their commitment to customer satisfaction are what make them so valuable.

9. Safari Condo Alto Travel Trailer

The Alto Safari Condo is another company that makes small and lightweight travel trailers. The design of these travel trailers is inspired by aircraft design and is durable and aerodynamic. The Alto line has a Flexiride independent suspension which provides great stability due to its aluminum frame that is weld-free.

The Safari Condo

Because they are environmentally friendly, these trailers make it onto our top list of small travel trailers. They were designed to be easily towable by small vehicles and with low fuel consumption. These trailers are mostly made from recyclable materials. The dry weights of three Alto models (R1713-R1723, and F1743) are below 1900 lbs.

These trailers have a plastic honeycomb core for their roofs and walls. It is sandwiched between aluminum on the one side and aluminum or Alufiber on the other. Alufiber is a material that combines aluminum’s strength with fiberglass’s durability. Two series are included in the Alto line:

The R Series

The trailer’s seamless aluminum roof retracts makes it stand out. It can be easily fitted into a standard garage. The exterior height of the vehicle is 83.5 inches when the roof is down. The interior height of the roofed camper is now 82 inches. This gives plenty of headroom to taller campers with an exterior length of 17’3″.

There are two R-series models.

  • The R1713 72 x76 king-size bed can be converted to two twin beds
  • and the R1723which have a smaller 60×76 bed.

The models can sleep between 3-4 people. There is a dining area available that is accessible even when the bed isn’t in use. You can move the table on R series models to create two separate areas: a two-seat dining area and a five-seat dinette. These models have a fixed flush toilet as well as handy storage.

The F17 Series

The company calls this a fixed-roof model. You will see why the double-glazed panoramic glass windows are called European-style. It gives you the feeling of being outside when you are inside the trailer.

The exterior height of a larger fixed-roof model is 95 inches. It requires a larger garage but can still be towable by small cars and small SUVs.

The F1743 can sleep 3-4 people and features a 60×81 queen-size bed, as well as a conversion of the front area into a 36×81 bed. The F1743 features an enclosed interior shower and toilet, as well as a large wardrobe and bathroom cabinet.

You need more storage space?

The Alto, the F21 Series, is the largest car in the range. It also features a fixed roof and an exterior height of just above 101 inches. The F2114 model is larger than the F17 model due to its spacious interior and more storage. This trailer can accommodate 4 people. It includes a king bed (80 x 81) and a queen (60×811).

The F2114 has a larger refrigerator and a stronger heating system. It also features a front dining area with four seats. For al fresco dining, a table can be attached to the trailer’s exterior by being moved from the F2114.

Customers love the natural light in the Alto models. Customers also love the fact that this trailer is easy to tow and maintains stability even in crosswinds.

10. Airstream Basecamp

Airstream Basecamp 16

Airstream’s Basecamp, the company’s smallest model, is a staple in the RV industry. This unit is for people who are looking to get into RVing, whether they’re newbies or those who have been camping before.

Basecamp’s exterior length is 16’3′. It has an interior height 6’3.5′. This floor plan was ingeniously designed. It has a kitchen, bathroom and dining area, which can be converted into sleeping space for two. The Basecamp models go all the way to the 20X which measures 20ft. Basecamp models come in a range of lengths, including a variety of features. We will be focusing on Basecamp 16.

Airstream Basecamp 16 Features

Two removable tables can be found in the dining room. They can be adjusted to different heights or moved in different directions. The surrounding benches can store all tables and their legs. There are five benches that can be used to accommodate up to five people.

The benches can be converted to a bed with a single side or a double bed across the back (76×76 inches). The trailer’s rear end also features bungee storage, which is ideal for hiking gear.

The bathroom has a wet tub with a toilet, sink, and shower in one space. It is easy to make an outdoor shower with the stylish pass-through showerhead.

The kitchen has a sink, microwave and refrigerator. The cooking area includes spice and grocery storage. The countertop curves around the trailer’s exterior and faces the stunning panoramic windows.

The interior layout of this model is pre-set, but it does offer three interior design options. The rear door has additional storage, and can be separated from the interior with a screen. A screen is also included in the main door.

Basecamp X Options

Airstream also has the Basecamp X, which is designed for off-roading with a higher ground clearance and bigger tires. The trailer also features stainless steel protectors at the front. Protectors prevent rocks and other debris damaging the unit. Protectors can be easily removed for cleaning. The front glass windows are also protected by solar stone guards.

Optional tent packages are available on both models. These tents attach to both the main door and rear hatch to increase the trailer’s outdoor living space.

Basecamp users rave about its ease of setup. The strategically placed LED lights make it easy to set up in the dark. Customers love the ease of assembling the rear bed. The rings that attach to the legs of the tables are used to secure the storage bench so that they don’t move around or get damaged.

11. Oliver Travel Trailers Legacy Elite II

Our final small RV is the longest on our top travel trailers list. The Legacy Elite II by Oliver Travel Trailer is a tandem axle trailer with a 23’6″ length. This camper trailer, the company’s most popular, is a luxurious luxury trailer that can be used off-road. Elite II is easy to tow behind small vehicles and has a dry weight 4,900 lbs.

Legacy Elite II is a four-season trailer that has two floor plans. It can have a standard rear bed (79×75) or twin beds. The bed converts from the side dinette.

Meet the Legacy Elite II

Each floor plan includes a bathroom with a molded vanity and storage for toiletries. A chrome faucet is included in the bathroom, as well as a sliding frosted glass window with a screen.

The Legacy Elite II comes standard with the following features:

  • Dexter EZ Flex suspension
  • Dual charging station
  • Flip-down TV Mount
  • Reading light package.

The 340-watt solar pack is an add-on for off-road camping. It makes it easier to get off the grid. Four Trojan dual-purpose AGM deep-cycle batteries are also included. These RV batteries are extremely reliable and maintenance-free.

Oliver travel trailers stand out for their attention to detail

The Oliver trailer is distinguished by its attention to detail, such as the rubber-lined storage area that offers a non-slip storage surface. The trailer’s LED lighting adds an ambiance.

The kitchen’s refrigerator is 4.5 cubic feet larger than the average for a trailer of this size. The soft-close feature of this trailer’s kitchen drawers allows them to be locked in place by simply tapping.

The Legacy Elite II was created with luxury boats in the mind. Many of the same features as the Legacy Elite II are found in the flooring, countertops, and use space. It gives you the same sophisticated feeling as a high-end yacht.

To keep the trailer lightweight, durable, and clean, it is made of molded fiberglass that has been bolted to an aluminium frame. The entire system is protected between heat-resistant shells. This protects them against freezing at colder temperatures.

Before you buy

Oliver Travel Trailers is a Tennessee-based manufacturer that offers factory tours. All across the US, you can take a personal walk-through of their models. Oliver also offers a free customer education class after you receive your delivery. This will help you set up your travel caravan. This class will teach you how to hook up RVs, towing, and safety equipment.

You also get a night’s camping at a local campground covered by them. They allow new buyers to test their trailer while they are nearby and offer assistance and answers to any questions.

Conclusion

These travel trailers are all great choices. To try out several options, you can rent a trailer from peer-to-peer websites like RVezy.

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