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21 Best Small Travel Trailers – Beginners Guide

Here is my top list of campers on the smaller size. Buying a trailer is a personal decision like buying a car. You may like one model better than another for reasons like space, features, cost, etc, so take time to review them all.

They are all in the 900 – 5000 lb range so can be towed by car or SUV.

 

But every owner has their own expectations and requirements. And only a single trailer might not be able to meet everyone’s needs.

If you are looking for a smaller-sized travel trailer, it is very easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of such trailer models available in the market.

 

1. TAXA Outdoors Cricket Camper

If you are a camper looking for a sleek, modern, and innovatively designed small travel trailer, you’re going to love the TAXA Outdoors Cricket Camper. It is a small and lightweight trailer that gives you more freedom on the road.

You can tow it easily even with a 4-cylinder vehicle and maneuver it into the tightest places. So, no more worrying about finding a place where you can fit it. Even with the small size, this trailer has plenty of space where 2 adults and up to 2 children can sleep comfortably.

This modern-looking small travel trailer is designed by Garrett Finney, the CEO of TAXA. He also served in the International Space Station (ISS) and is experienced in designing for purposeful usage in tight spaces.

The TAXA Cricket Travel trailer is equipped with a pop-up rooftop with 5 mesh windows. This guarantees you have plenty of ventilation inside your trailer and gives you a feeling that you are a part of the outdoor environment. Not to mention you will be able to enjoy the fresh and gentle breeze while you maintain your privacy in crowded camping sites.

This small travel trailer is constructed with 1-inch plywood floors with a non-slippery nickel pattern and ABS lamination on the floor. On top of that, powder-coated steel chassis and laser-cut aluminum frames make it really durable while keeping it very lightweight.

If you are looking for the best small travel trailer, you can go for the Taxa Outdoors Cricket Camper. This one is packed with features like pop-up rooftop windows, and has plenty of storage space. On top of that, this trailer has excellent build quality.

 

Specifications

  • Exterior Length: 15 feet
  • Exterior Height: 6 feet 11 inches
  • Exterior Width: 6 feet 7 inches
  • Total Gross Weight (Dry): 1,753 lbs.
  • Tongue Weight: 245 lbs.

Features

Spacious Storage: The TAXA Outdoors Cricket Travel Trailer’s storage tower consists of three milk crates that act as drawers and offer plenty of space to store your belongings. They are secured with bungees that you can remove with ease. This not only makes the loading and unloading process easy but also ensures to keep your things safe while you are on the road.

Superior Ventilation: This travel trailer is equipped with five swing windows with screens and shades. On top of that, it also has five mesh windows on its rooftop which ensures superior ventilation. In other words, the TAXA Outdoors Cricket travel trailer is the perfect habitat where the outdoors and indoors converge.

Pros

  • Suitable for couples with up to two children

  • Plenty of ventilation

  • Has a kitchen with stove, sink, and hot water system (optional)

  • Has options for AC, portable toilet, windows, and refrigerator

Cons

  • Not suitable for using it as a workplace or for lounging
  • One-floor plan available only

 

2. Forest River R-Pod Travel Trailer

Forest River’s R-Pod travel trailer series is arguably one of the best small-sized travel trailers in the market right now. These trailers are designed to have incredible functionality while their small shape gives more freedom to the campers while they are on the road.

These trailers come with eleven different floor plans for you to choose from. Want more storage space? Do you need a rear kitchen? Or do you prefer a spacious bathroom? No matter what your preference is, the Forest River R-Pod Travel Trailer series has a model suitable for you.

Depending on the layout, this trailer’s length can vary from 19 feet to 25 feet. So, no matter what layout you choose, you will be easily able to tow it and fit it in almost any parking or camping space.

The R-Pod trailers are made of powder-coated steel frames which are very durable, corrosion-resistant, and require very little maintenance work. Each model of the Forest River R-Pod Trailer comes standard with a refrigerator, hot water heater, and a two-burner recessed cooktop.

They also come with 28 inches LED TV and a convection microwave oven as a standard as well. Apart from these, this trailer also has lots of upgrade options. You can add the solar package to your RV that includes a 110-watt solar panel, 1000-watt inverter, and a digital controller or you can opt for an R-Dome awning with screen room.

If you want a small and lightweight luxury travel trailer at an affordable price point, Forest River’s R-Pod travel trailers will be perfect for you.

Specifications

  • Exterior Length: 19 feet to 25 feet
  • Exterior Height: 9 feet 7 inches to 10 feet 7 inches
  • Exterior Width: 96 inches
  • Total Gross Weight (Dry): 2,714 lbs to 4,574 lbs
  • Tongue Weight: 315 lbs to 500 lbs

Features

Universal Smart Vacuum System With VacPort: The Forest Drive R-Pod series travel trailers come with a universal smart vacuum system with VacPort which keeps your trailer neat and clean.

Pet-Friendly Frame Mounted Hooks: These trailers come with frame-mounted hooks and food/water bowls for your pets. So, going camping with your furry friend has never been much easier.

Pros

  • Comes with eleven different floor plans

Cons

  • Not suitable for large families
  • You will need to empty the holding tanks manually

 

3. NüCamp Tab 400 Travel Trailer

The NüCamp Tab 400 Travel Trailer is one of the smallest travel trailers I’ve mentioned in this list. But don’t let its small size fool you. It has a traditional teardrop shape design which looks really good and packs all the necessities you might need for camping.

It has a length of only 18 feet, which is smaller compared to many travel trailers I’ve mentioned in this list. Even after that, it comes with a wet bath inside.

This travel trailer comes with a spacious kitchen, queen size sleeping space, and plenty of storage space for you to store your things. And if you need additional sleeping space, you can convert its dinette into another sleeping area.

Inside this trailer, you will find a 2-burner glass-top stove, a big window, hot water and heating system, and many other useful features. For entertainment purposes, the NüCamp Tab 400 Travel Trailer is equipped with a 24 inches flat-screen TV. So, no matter where you are, you will never find yourself bored.

If you are someone who is adventurous and wants to camp outdoors for a prolonged time, this might be the perfect travel trailer for you.

Specifications

  • Exterior Length: 18 feet 3 inches
  • Exterior Height: 7 feet 6 inches
  • Exterior Width: 8 feet 8 inches
  • Total Gross Weight (Dry): 2,876 lbs
  • Tongue Weight: 318 lbs

Features

Entertainment: The NüCamp Tab 400 Travel Trailer is equipped with a Bluetooth media center with a 24 inches TV. So, never miss out on entertainment options.

Converted Sleeping Area: You can easily convert your NüCamp Tab 400 Travel Trailer’s dinette area into an additional sleeping space.

Pros

  • Has queen size sleeping area

  • Comes with a spacious kitchen area and wet bath

  • Offers three floor-plans

Cons

  • Has smaller tank capacity
  • Suitable for up to 3 persons

 

4. Happier Camper HC1 Travel Trailer

The Happier Camper HC1 travel trailer has been around for several years and is adored by travelers and campers who love adventures. They have a very unique and eye-pleasing design. And the best thing about this trailer is that you can customize it in any way you like to meet your needs.

You can easily arrange and rearrange the interior modules of the HC1 travel trailer. There are eight color options available for you to choose from. The Happier Camper HC1 is a really small travel trailer, only 13 feet long which is really tiny compared to other small travel trailers.

This trailer utilizes an adaptive interior concept which means its interior is not broken into floor plans. Rather, it is structured of 20 ✕ 20 cubes which you can easily rearrange in countless configurations. And to get started with that, use their layout examples. This will clear all your doubts.

If you love the idea of customizing your own trailer, you are going to love the Happier Camper HC1 trailer. Happier Camper offers lots of accessories like a DC/AC refrigerator, flexible reading lights, a 100-watt solar package, a dry flush/turbo toilet, a hot and pressurized road shower, etc. So, pick what you need and customize your trailer any way you see fit.

Specifications

  • Exterior Length: 13 feet
  • Exterior Height: 7 feet 4 inches
  • Exterior Width: 7 feet
  • Total Gross Weight (Dry): 1,100 lbs.
  • Tongue Weight: 110 to 150 lbs.

 

Features

Customization: the Happy Camper HC1 travel trailer comes with a unique adaptive floor grid system that allows you to rearrange the interior modules of your trailer in countless configurations.

Small and Lightweight: This trailer is super lightweight and really small. You can tow it easily with most standard cars. Not to mention you can fit it in a single parking space, thanks to its smaller size.

Pros

  • Customizability
  • Can fit in a single parking space
  • Lots of accessories and color options to choose from

Cons

  • Not suitable for a large family
  • Smaller capacity water tanks

 

5. Sealander

The Sealander is the smallest travel trailer on this list. This trailer has gained huge popularity among travelers and campers in the last few years. And there are many reasons behind that. For starters, it has amphibious functionalities. This trailer has a teardrop design which is very eye-pleasing.

It is made out of fiberglass reinforced plastic which makes it very strong and durable but at the same time very lightweight. And it can float on water like a boat. This trailer comes with an outboard motor. You can use it to move it around the water. In simple words, the Sealander works like a mobile camper on land and a luxurious yacht in water.

On top of that, it is small and ultralightweight, so you will have no problem with towing and parking. When it comes to the Sealanders performance on the water, it can outperform the majority of the traditional boats out there. All you need to do is to link its motor to it and make a few adjustments and conversions and you are good to go.

But the amphibious feature is not the only thing why campers like this trailer. When it comes to design, it is aesthetically amazing and incredibly functional. It has enough space for two-person to sleep comfortably. It also comes with a beach-lined interior with a table where it can accommodate up to 6 people easily.

Specifications

  • Exterior Length: 12 feet 11 inches
  • Exterior Height: 6 feet 2 inches
  • Exterior Width: 6 feet
  • Total Gross Weight (Dry): 882 lbs.
  • Tongue Weight: Unknown

Features

Amphibious Functionality: The Sealander traveling trailer acts as a yacht on the water and as a camper on the land. The outboard engine on the trailer allows you to move around in the water.

Ultra-Lightweight: This trailer is super lightweight (only 882 lbs dry weight) which makes towing really easy. And you can tow it using any standard car.

Pros

  • Comes with a wide range of customization options

  • Any standard car can tow it

  • Amphibious functionality

Cons

  • The sleeping space is sufficient for up to two people only

 

6. Timberleaf Classic Teardrop Trailer

Teardrop trailers have seen a sharp increase in popularity in recent years. That’s mainly because they are easily towable. Also, they are aesthetically amazing. The Timberleaf Classic Teardrop Trailer is a functional and minimal travel trailer. And the excellent woodworking skills of the Timberleaf company’s master woodworkers are evident throughout the trailer.

The camper comes with a huge skylight on the rooftop, which makes it perfect for stargazing. Also, it has plenty of space to hold your camping essentials. This trailer is built for the outdoors and comes with a 100 Amp-hrs deep cell marine battery that ensures a reliable and long-running power supply, and insulated ceiling and walls make it perfect for all-season camping.

Not to mention the interior of this camper features custom woodworks that you can only see in luxurious homes. The cabin is large enough to hold a queen-sized mattress, has plenty of storage space, and collapsible bedside shelves underneath each side window.

The Timberleaf Classic Teardrop Trailer also comes with a Nordic style kitchen which is hidden under the rear hatch. The kitchen includes a stainless-steel sink, LED lighting, faucet, and optional custom cooler and stove. For minimalistic campers, this might be a perfect choice.

Specifications

  • Exterior Length: 14 feet
  • Exterior Height: 5 feet 5 inches
  • Exterior Width: 6 feet
  • Total Gross Weight (Dry): 1500 lbs
  • Tongue Weight: 150 lbs

Features

Skylight: The Timberleaf Classic Teardrop trailer’s cabin comes with a 44 inches x 26 inches skylight which makes this trailer perfect for stargazing at night.

Customization Options: Timberleaf gives its client’s an opportunity to build their own trailer. And you can customize almost every aspect of this trailer, starting from the color of the trailer all the way to the type of battery you want to use.

Pros

  • Has lots of customization options
  • Queen size bed spacing

Cons

  • A bit expensive

 

7. Polydrops Trailer

Polydrops trailer is one of the best small travel trailers that you can buy right now. Although it is marketed as a travel trailer, you can use it as a portable private space that you can take almost anywhere.

The Polydrops trailer has a rather unconventional polyhedral design. The trailer might have a really small footprint, but has sufficient space for holding all your camping essentials. In fact, this trailer can easily hold a mattress with a size of 48 inches ✕ 75 inches. This trailer comes with a gull window that you can open upwards. This will expose your clean and bright interior.

The hatch of the trailer hides the kitchen space which contains pull-out counters, sliding drawers, and a cooler.

The polyhedral shape gives the trailer a futuristic look. And as it is lightweight, you can tow it anywhere using almost any type of car.

Polydrops offer two different models for this trailer. Both have the same size. But they have different add-ons like a 2-burner stove, aluminum sliding, an awning, and a roof rack.

For someone who is looking for a compact travel trailer with great functionality, this trailer is a great choice.

Specifications

  • Exterior Length: 13 feet 7 inches
  • Exterior Height: 5 feet 3 inches
  • Exterior Width: 6 feet
  • Total Gross Weight (Dry): 1,200 lbs
  • Tongue Weight: 140 lbs

Features

Insulated Walls: the walls of the Polymorphs trailer are insulated using R-14 insulation. It provides about fifteen times more heat resistance than traditional travel trailers. This makes this trailer perfect for all-season camping.

One-Year Warranty: The Polydorps Trailer comes with a one-year warranty. So, if anything happens to your trailer, Polydrops has got your back.

Pros

  • Futuristic design
  • Weather-resistant

Cons

  • The trailer can accommodate up to two people only

 

 

8. Forest River Rockwood ESP – 2100 – 3400 lbs

 

9. Vintage Overland Lawrence – 900 lbs

 

10. TAB S-Teardrop Camper Escapod – 2000 lbs

 

11. Patriot Campers X1 – 2100 lbs

 

12. Jayco Jay Feather Micro – 1500 4500 lbs

 

13. Riverside RV Retro 135 – 2500 lbs

 

14. Safari Condo Alto – 1800 – 2900 lbs

 

15. Scamp Travel Trailers – 2100 lbs

 

16. Micro Minnie – 2790 lbs

 

17. Casita Liberty Deluxe 2000 2500 lbs

 

18. Sylvan Sport Go Camper Trailer – 840 lbs

 

19. Rockwood Geo Pro G12SRK – 1800 lbs

 

20. Jayco Hummingbird 10RK – 1500 lbs

 

21. inTech Flyer Explore – 1000 1500 lbs

 

 

Things To Consider Before Buying A Small Travel Trailer

Before purchasing a small travel trailer, there are certain things you need to consider. Travel trailers are a huge investment. And if you do not make the purchase decision carefully, you will regret it in the future. Here, I will talk about the things you need to consider in your quest to find the right travel trailer for you.

 

Ease of Use

This is very crucial before making any type of RV purchasing decision. User-friendly designs are a common characteristic of any good quality travel trailer, large or small.

Usually, most trailers come equipped with the basic amenities that you can easily access in the hours of need. And proper configuration of the interior provides a comfortable and pleasant experience to the users.

 

Lightweight

The reason that makes small travel trailers popular among campers is their small and lightweight design. They are easy to tow, and store. On top of that, you won’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on maintenance work.

Usually, small size travel trailers can be towed with any standard car (some can be towed using a motorbike). But just to be on the safe side, check your vehicle’s towing capacity that you are going to use for towing purposes. Only then you will be able to look for a trailer that fits your requirements.

 

Enough Sleeping Space

The available sleeping space usually depends on the floor plan and the size of the trailer. And usually, most of the smaller travel trailers provide sufficient sleeping areas for two to eight adults.

So, before purchasing a trailer, determine how much sleeping space you need. The ultimate choice of the trailer depends on your needs.

 

Storage Space

The best trailers come with plenty of storage space. Want to bring a refrigerator with you? Just place it inside your travel trailer. Want an outdoor stove? With more storage space, you can do that easily.

With ample storage, you can bring along more stuff with you for maximum comfort during camping.

Durability

This is another important part you need to consider before purchasing a travel trailer. Make sure it is built with strong, corrosion-resistant materials.

Whenever you are looking for a travel trailer, check the quality and durability of materials. This can significantly decrease your maintenance cost in the long run.

 

Features

If you are a minimalist trekker, you might not need that many amenities during your camping trip. But if you want to have a moving house inside your trailer wherever you go, then you will need to look for a trailer that comes with luxurious features.

Sometimes, size can become an issue in the case of smaller travel trailers, so make a list of the things you need in a trailer. If you want more features, you are better off purchasing a high-end RV. But if you are more than happy and satisfied with some pretty standard features, the size of the trailer might not be an issue then.

 

 

 

Are Small Travel Trailers Worth It?

Whether or not a small travel trailer will be suitable for you depends on your lifestyle and your requirements. If you are a single person travelling from place to place then their compact size and light weight can be a server advantage. They are a lot cheaper. So, if you don’t have a huge budget, you can begin quenching your travel thirst with what you got.

 

Many people prefer small travel trailers over large motorhomes for the convenience they provide. They are much easier to tow than a 40-foot trailer, weigh less, and usually cost significantly less. Not to mention there are much more storage and parking options available as well.

However, a small travel trailer might not be suitable for everyone. Especially when you have a big family. In that case, a large camping trailer is what you need. Though a small travel trailer has many advantages, it also has some limitations such as – smaller or no bathrooms at all, smaller holding tanks, and less luxury.

No matter which type of trailer you buy, do thorough research before making the purchase. Travel trailers are a huge investment that make camping fun.

All the campers list here are under 5k lbs so you do not need a full size pickup truck to tow them, a mid size car or SUV can pull them.