Small RVs have picked up demand in the past months, making it one of the trends for this year. Several makers have diverted plans and focused on designing and delivering compact camper trailers to consumers. The shift was in response to the demand for lightweight RVs, which any car can pull.
Think about being far away from the closest town and looking up at the stars. Everything you require is nearby—stowed away in its little spot—you wake up warm and cozy in the morning.
And when the time comes to get going, all you need to do is go outside, circle to the driver’s side, and turn the ignition. It makes life much easier knowing that you can tow your home away from home anytime. You can steer your trailer by hand if you are in a tight situation. Compared to full-size RVs, small campers have several benefits.
If your tiny camper supports offline maps, it will be able to get you out of any jam if you ever need to modify your plans mid-trip.
Generally, they cost less than full-size campers and are one of the lightest. They are ultra-light and fit in a standard eight-foot high-door garage. If you have a teardrop trailer, its profile is curved and tapers around the rear. They are efficient, have a nice interior, and are light. Some measure 13-foot or 14-foot long-only, while others are longer.
These camper trailers come in several types, which we will discuss in the following section.
Types of RVs
We classify RV types into two major categories – motorized and towable. Their target markets are different, so the below section should help you decide which one best fits your needs.
Motorized types are Class A Diesel Motorhomes, Class A Gas Motorhomes, Class B Motorhomes, and Class C Motorhomes.
Class A Diesel Motorhomes
Let us begin by talking about the Class A diesel motorhomes, which we know you have undoubtedly already heard. These motorhomes are built on top of a motor vehicle chassis. At the back of the vehicle, you can find the diesel engine. It offers more torque than a comparable gas engine.
The placement of the engine also contributes to a comfortable and quiet ride. Diesel motorhomes are the pinnacle of luxurious recreational vehicles. It makes them ideal for lengthy journeys and cross-country excursions. They are frequently the ideal RV for full-time RVers. In comparison to other Class As, the diesel engine often lasts longer and is more reliable. However, this also increases the cost of the vehicle.
Class A Gas Motorhomes
A Class A Gas Motorhome is similar to its diesel engine counterparts. They offer a comfortable interior and are a perfect option for both part-time and full-time RVers. You will find typical residential appliances, such as:
These have full-length slideouts for a bigger space. Storage compartments are also available to hold personal affections for extended travel. These look like a bus, are about 30 to 40 feet long, and have a vertical windshield and large windows.
Class B Motorhomes
We also refer to it as B-Van and camper van. These are the perfect on-the-road home for adventurous RV enthusiasts. A van chassis is the foundation of Class B and can either have a diesel or gas engine. Driving a Class B motorhome feels like driving a regular vehicle, allowing you to take it to big-city adventures and camping easily. This will be a great option if you like passing through off-road paths.
A Class B motorhome measures 20 to 25 feet long. You might think it is too short, but the compact size still accommodates a lot of furniture. Manufacturers intelligently design their models to fit everything essential. Fold-away sinks and swiveling toilets in bathrooms are features most people love. The spaces in Class B can quickly turn from a seat into a bed within a few minutes. Solo travelers and couples will surely enjoy this type of RV.
Class C Motorhomes
Class C motorhomes, a more compact variety, are typically constructed on truck chassis. They both come in diesel or gas engine variants. Class C engine producers include some well-known names, such as Chevy and Mercedes Benz. Class C RVs are easy to identify thanks to their characteristic “cab-over” appearance. It also provides extra bed or storage space. Many Class C motorhomes have similar facilities to their Class A counterparts, albeit on a more modest scale. It includes kitchens, baths, and slideouts.
Additionally, these RVs can access several state park campsites that are inaccessible to larger RVs. It’s because of their smaller chassis. There are several Class C floorplan options. It makes this style of RV ideal for anyone who enjoys wilderness exploration and camping, particularly families and couples who travel together.
Towable types are:
- toy haulers
- travel trailers
- and pop-up
These types are typically long, some less than 4,000 lbs. However, others are over 10,000 lbs. Some of the ones below 4,000 lbs range between 3,000 lbs to 3,500 lbs.
The fifth-wheel camper is the largest towable type of RV. We recommend using a truck or a more powerful vehicle to pick it up and tow it. These trucks should have at least a fifth-wheel hitch, which you can locate at the truck’s bed. The raised forward section is where you will find the living room and bedroom.
Due to their expanded length and slideouts, fifth wheels are among the largest RVs on the market. There are up to six slideouts in some floorplans. Because of this, they provide a fantastic camping alternative for large families or groups of people.
Owners typically disconnect the towing vehicle from the fifth-wheel camper after setting it up. They use the vehicle as everyday transportation. The towing vehicle must be rated to carry the combined weight of the RV and its contents, as it is with any towable RV.
The design of sports utility RVs or toy haulers was to accommodate outdoor toys and gears. These RVs can haul:
It has a large cargo where you can store the outdoor gear. The toy hauler combines a garage and a comfortable space for living while on the road.
Conventional or travel trailers are very popular at campgrounds and on the road. A frame hitch or bumper hitch tows the RV from the trailer’s front. A travel trailer works well with any camper type, thanks to its extensive floor area and styles available. Their weights range from less than 4,000 lbs to more than 10,000 lbs, depending on a few factors. Travel trailers are more convenient to detach and set up than a fifth-wheel camper.
Tiny Trailers / Teardrop Campers
The distinct teardrop shape makes this type easy to recognize even from afar. A tiny trailer is ideal for travelers escaping for the weekend who need the basic amenities only. Most teardrop campers only have a bedroom. A larger floorplan can have a dining and kitchen area and a wet bath. These teardrop models use convertible beds, folding sinks, and swivel toilets to maximize the small floorplan. These RVs are typically less than 4,000 lbs.
Pop-up campers have a hard base with canvas sides. It pops up to provide sleeping space. Young families who love to camp are perfect for this type of RV. This type is popular among several families because of its affordability and lightweight. A family vehicle can tow a pop-up anywhere.
Small Pull Behind Camper Trailers
You might be eager to know what are some of the best small pull-behind camper trailers available on the market. Here are some of the best ones to choose from.
Happier Camper HC1
The Happier Camper HC1 is a lightweight fiberglass trailer perfect for your on-the-road adventure. Aside from being completely customizable, it is ultra-lightweight. It weighs only 1,100 lbs. The Happier Camper features an Adaptiv modular system, allowing you to design and create a personalized interior. You can also configure the toilets, beds, kitchens, and lounges on their HC1 through cubes or modules.
You can also take it outside for lounging or outdoor living. You can also use the HC1 to transport motorcycles or bikes.
Rockwood Geo Pro 12RK
The Rockwood Geo Pro comes at only 1,252 lbs and has all the necessities you need for a simple campout. It is about 12 feet long and has good headroom in the sleeping area. The kitchen is outside, typically in the rear area. At the same time, the sleeping area is inside.
The bed in the sleeping area measures 54 inches x 72 inches. It also has double doors and cabinetry. A full audio system and a television are available as well. The outdoor kitchen can accommodate a propane stove, sink, microwave, and refrigerator. These are all under a pop-up hatch, which acts as a protective layer.
The MeerKat offers a classic and ultra-lightweight design, making it a perfect choice for single and couple travelers. Little Guy Trailers designed and manufactured the MeerKat. It is about 13 feet long and weighs only 900 lbs., making it one of the lightest trailers on the market.
The inside features a tiny kitchen with storage, a pump sink, and an icebox. The double bed converts into a dinette, and the portable cassette toilet fits a cabinet. A pop-up ceiling is available for added extra headroom.
Alaskan Campers Truck Camper Cabover
Since the 1950s, the company has had time to perfect its distinctive design when the Alaskan Truck Camper first appeared. The traditional Cabover weighs only 1,390 lb, despite the fact that these hard-sided pop-up campers exist in a variety of sizes and weights.
Its inside is fully equipped to fit inside a short bed truck.
It comes with a range of features that include:
- A double bed
- 20-gallon fresh water tank
- and an optional cassette toilet
The Alaskan doesn’t have a shower. If you want to be more rugged, we are sure that showering in the open air or at a campground is already on the agenda.
The nuCamp TAG is among the most popular teardrop trailers in the market. It weighs only 1,269 lbs. and offers the best amenities in a lightweight and compact package. Its interior sports a standard airconditioner and a queen size bed. A stargazer window is available to enjoy the night sky.
You can find custom Amish cabinetry, sink, and stove outside the unit. It also offers spacious LP tank storage, LED lights, and an outdoor shower.
You have probably seen several variations of the Quebec-built ProLite travel trailer if you live close to the Canadian border. ProLite specializes in extremely light campers, weighing as little as 590 lbs for the suite and about 3,700 lbs for the Xtreme. The Mini model is a good middle-of-the-road choice.
Weighing only 1,150 pounds, the Mini delivers a lot in a little trailer about 14 feet long. The pull-out sofa bed and the movable dinette can accommodate four people.
It has some great features that include:
- A 15-gallon fresh and gray water tank
- an outdoor shower
- a heater
- and a small kitchen with a stove
- and refrigerator
The ProLite Cool is a bare-bones version of the Mini, which weighs only 995 lbs.
Scout Campers Olympic
The Scout Campers Olympic offers a basic, sleek design offering several living options. It weighs about 1,133 lbs and features:
- a fully-integrated solar system
- exterior gear locker
- full bed
- and portable water storage system.
Optionally, you can add a portable toilet, 12-volt refrigerator, and pop-up rooftop tent.
TAXA Outdoors TigerMoth
TAXA is an innovative camper that comes with everything you need and nothing you want. The TigerMoth can accommodate and sleep four adults. It only weighs 1,310 lbs. and allows sleeping in the rooftop tent and interior bedroom. The indoor space converts into a lounge space, and the outdoor kitchen tucks underneath the living space.
Rove Lite Camper
Many manufacturers advertise their trailers as lightweight but are close to 10,000 lbs. However, the Rove Lite Camper only weighs 1,850 lbs. It makes it one of the lightest on the market. Many small SUVs can tow it, eliminating the need for medium to large pickup trucks.
A fire-retardant block foam insulation and fiberglass make the Rove Lite’s sidewalls. The roof is one piece, extending from the hitch to the bumper. A honeycomb composite material makes up for the floor, which is resistant to water damage.
The Rove Lite supports a 5,000 BTU window-type air conditioner enough to cool the entire RV. It has a two-burner stove and a bar-sized refrigerator for all your basic cooking needs. However, it does not have an oven or a microwave. The cabinets do not have a door to save on weight. Instead, it uses a netting material to keep the items inside the cabinet from dislodging.
Compared to other choices in the similar weight category, the Rover Lite Camper is an excellent choice.
Below is a list of five of the lightest campers available on the market.
– Scamp 13′ Standard
– Happier Camper HC1
– Casita Sprit 17′
– Little Guy Mini Max
– Winnebago Hike
The Jayco Hummingbird 10RK is an excellent option, but this model weighs more than 1,500 lbs.
The Scamp 13′ Deluxe has a bathroom, including a toilet and a shower.
The lightest travel trailer with a bathroom is still the Scamp 13′ Deluxe.