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Ultra Light Travel Trailers - Lance

Ultra Light Travel Trailers: Pros, Cons, & 5 Great Brands

If you’ve been researching travel trailers, you know one thing by now: there are a TON of options out there! Before you go any further in your search, one option you might want to look into is ultra light travel trailers.

Ultra Light Travel Trailers - Lance

There are plenty of reasons you might want to consider ultra light travel trailers. You may have a vehicle that can’t tow a 10,000-pound trailer; thus, an ultra light might work well for you. Also, you may not need a ton of space in your trailer and are looking to save some money.

Advantages of Ultra Light Travel Trailers

As we mentioned above, an ultra light trailer is great for a vehicle that doesn’t have a huge towing capacity. Depending on the weight of the individual trailer, you should be able to tow an ultra light trailer with a much smaller tow vehicle than is normally required. This can eliminate the need to invest in a huge pickup truck.

Price is another benefit of an ultra light trailer. Many trailers of this class are built out of cheaper materials so you won’t have to pay nearly as much. They are also typically smaller in size, which also means a smaller price tag.

A lightweight trailer is also going to help out with gas mileage on your tow vehicle. You are going to save a bit on gas pulling a 4,000-pound ultra light trailer versus an 8,000-pound rig.

In summary, the advantages of ultra light trailers include:

  • Lower pricetag
  • Towable with smaller vehicles
  • Often smaller in size
  • Better gas mileage

Disadvantages of Ultra Light Travel Trailers

Ultra light trailers are so light because they are built with thinner materials than other trailers. This has a weight benefit, but it comes with some disadvantages.

The main disadvantage is that you will have more trouble in very hot or very cold weather. The thinner wall panels will make it more difficult to keep your trailer climate controlled. So, if you frequently travel to very warm or very cold locations you may not want an ultra light trailer.

Another important disadvantage is that your trailer is going to be more susceptible to external conditions when towing. Heavier trailers are less vulnerable to cross winds but an ultra light trailer is going to get pushed around more.

These are important factors to keep in mind before getting an ultra light travel trailer, and you’ll need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages in your particular situation.

Best Ultra Light Travel Trailer Brands

There are a few different brands and models in the ultra light travel trailer segment. We will outline a few of the most popular here to help you start your search!

Viking Ultra-Lite

The Viking Ultra-Lite was created as an affordable alternative for families who want a travel trailer. It weighs around 3500 pounds and will be towable by most vehicles.

Ultra Light Travel Trailers - Viking

It is a Certified Green vehicle by TRA Certifications, meaning it is resource efficient and has minimal impact on the environment.

The Viking Ultra-Lite comes in three models, ranging from 3634 pounds GVWR to 3719 GVWR. The smallest size has two bunks while the largest size has a full sized bed plus the two bunks.

You can find more info on the Viking Ultra-Lite here.

Rockwood Ultra-Lite

The Rockwood Ultra-Lite is manufactured by Forest River. It’s created from lightweight materials but does not sacrifice design or amenities.

Ultra Light Travel Trailers - Rockwood

Rockwood offers quite a few different ultra light options, both for fifth wheels and travel trailers. There are 17 different models between the two categories to choose from.

All models offer a kitchenette, dining area, and sleeping area. The ultra light models range in weight from 5536 pounds UVW to 6437 pounds UVW.

Click here for more info on the Rockwood Ultra-Lite.

Livin’ Lite CampLite

Ultra Light Travel Trailers - CampLite

The CampLite ultra light travel trailer is designed around livability and function, but made with efficient materials. It is made completely from aluminum, even the chassis, which creates a super lightweight trailer.

The CampLite is offered in six different paint colors and the interior is customizable as well. There are four different design schemes for the interior.

Aside from the aesthetic customization, you can choose from eight different models with unique floor plans. The smallest model weighs in at 2872 pounds GVWR, while the largest model weighs 5468 pounds GVWR.

All models include a living room and kitchen area, bathroom, and bedroom. If you are looking for additional amenities, Livin’ Lite offers an “XL Living Package” you can look into!

You can find more info on the Livin’ Lite CampLite here.

SolAire by Palomino

SolAire offers a range of ultra light trailer options. The trailers are made from lightweight aluminum and have a barreled roof for additional interior space.

The ultra light trailers come in 14 different models, ranging in weight from 5196 pounds GVWR all the way up to 11089 pounds GVWR. All of their models include a kitchen and dining area, queen bed, and bathroom.

In any model you have the option of adding in some upgrades. These include a TV, air conditioning modifications, and additional bedding.

Click here to find more info on the SolAires.

Lance Ultra Light Travel Trailers

Lance claims to have the highest quality and most innovative ultra light travel trailers on the market. All their trailers are made from lightweight but durable materials to reduce tow weight and increase longevity.

Ultra Light Travel Trailers - Lance

Lance offers trailers from 14 feet up to 23 feet long, varying in weight from 3500 pounds to 6500 pounds GVWR.

The larger models offer more dining and sleeping space, accommodating up to 7 people. The smaller models don’t have quite as much space and usually sleep 2-4 people.

All models offer a sleeping and dining area, kitchen, and bathroom.

For more information on Lance’s ultra light trailers, click here.

Summary

Whether you are buying an ultra light travel trailer for its low price or easy towability, there are some great options out there. Above we have listed just a few of the popular names in this category, but there are plenty more options to choose from.

When deciding whether or not an ultra light trailer is right for you, it’s important to keep in mind both the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of trailer.

If you do end up deciding on an ultra light trailer, we hope our guide has given you a good starting point. Your next step could be to read some ultra light trailer reviews.

Let us know if we can help any further in your search for the perfect ultra light travel trailer!


Written by George Wright

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

RV Book Recommendations: 5 Essential Books for Your Next Road Trip

Anyone who has taken a road trip knows that after a few hours in the car or RV, there simply isn’t enough music in the known universe to keep you entertained for more than a few hours. Fortunately for you travelers out there, you won’t be forced to stare out the window and wonder how much longer?

Technology has given us the ability to bring the world with us to just about anywhere we go, but sometimes a screen gets old. If you’ve heard the entire top 40, browsed through six months of your Facebook timeline, or exhausted every possible topic of conversation with your traveler partners (you’ve got to save something for the rest of the trip, you know), then keep reading this post, and bring one or all of our road trip book recommendations with you!

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Including Jon Krakauer on this list wasn’t a tough decision, deciding which book to include was. If you’re a fan of reading and adventure, chances are you’ve either read or seen Into the Wild, so we decided to highlight another one of Krakauer’s masterpieces (if you aren’t familiar with Into the Wild, add it to your list as well!).

Into Thin Air is a retelling of a disaster that Jon was involved in while attempting to summit Mount Everest. A freak storm caught everyone scaling Mount Everest off-guard in May of 1996 and some of the most skilled individuals in mountaineering lost their lives. The book gives a chilling account of what it’s like to hike the tallest mountain in the world, during the worst weather imaginable.

A unique aspect of Into Thin Air is that it starts long before they are near the summit, and gives an in-depth account of the journey through Nepal to Mount Everest, grim details and all.

The book also includes photos from the expedition that put faces to the names and concrete images to the places described in the book, creating a truly complete adventure. Although the book recounts a tragedy, it is an inspiring affront to what the human body can overcome in the face of hardship and a tribute to those that lost their lives.

Click here to view it on Amazon.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

For those who have read this story, it is considered one of the great adventure novels of the 19th century. Originally written in the 1840’s by a French author, it has since been translated into English and deemed a literary classic.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Edmond Dantes is a sailor who is falsely accused of treason against the French government after meeting with the then-excommunicated Napoleon Bonaparte on the Isle of Elba. Edmond is then exiled to the harshest prison in 19th century France, the Chateau d’If. Back in Marseille, where Edmond lived, he left behind his fiancé, ailing father, and the three men who conspired against him. What follows is an unforgettable tale of redemption, and revenge.

Dantes escapes the prison in miraculous fashion with the help of a priest who has been labeled insane, and goes on to acquire an unthinkable fortune of hidden gold and jewels. After he uncovers the treasures on the Isle of Monte Cristo, Edmond Dantes sets out for vengeance against those who created his misery and showers those who have been faithful to him with amazing wealth.

There are many versions, but if you are looking for the abridged book (the original is over a thousand pages) we recommend the Bantam Classics edition.

Click here to view The Count of Monte Cristo on Amazon.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway’s books are fantastic for a road trip because they are easy to read, but tell magnificent stories.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

In a famous feud between William Faulkner and Hemingway, Faulkner said that “[Hemingway] has never been known to use a word that might cause the reader to check with a dictionary”. But, Hemingway was talented enough to create a great story in The Old Man and the Sea without the complexities of other writers.

This book relays the tale of an old Cuban fisherman who has hit a dry spell on the water, and one day decides to go as far out from shore as possible to reel in a monster. With the help of a boy on the island, he manages to get all the necessary equipment for his endeavor and sets off early one morning. There, in the open ocean, he hooks what certainly will be a catch for the ages. The battle rages for days between man and beast, and a fantastic story is the outcome.

Click here to view The Old Man and the Sea on Amazon.

The Endurance by Caroline Alexander

Another book that’s in the same vein as Into Thin Air, Caroline Alexander delivers a fantastic tale of disaster and human resilience. In an age of exploration, this book recounts how Ernest Shackleton wound up in the middle of a fight for survival in his quest to reach the South Pole and cross Antarctica.

The expedition took place in the South Atlantic right before the outbreak of the First World War and culminates in Ernest and his 27 crew members becoming trapped in ice floes for nearly two years. From first-hand sources we are able to get a look into what it’s like to be trapped 85 miles from the South Pole with dwindling resources and little to do but wait until the ice thaws enough to make an attempt at rescue.

Photos have been salvaged from the expedition, which add another layer of intrigue to this fateful journey.

Click here to view The Endurance on Amazon.

How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein

how the states got their shapes

A quick Google search will pull up a mass of books to take on a road trip, but unfortunately, the same ten books are on all of them. As a bonus, we decided on a book that may not be getting the attention it deserves.

This is a fascinating book that gives the history of the borders we see squiggled across the map of the United States, and was later adapted into a popular TV show on the History Channel.

If you’re roadtripping across the lower 48, you can share some interesting facts with your travel partners about each of the borders you’re passing over. From the Mason-Dixon line (that sounds familiar, right?) to the acquisition of Hawai’i, this book will leave you a little more knowledgeable about how the 50 states became the states we see today.

Click here to view How the States Got Their Shapes on Amazon.

Summary: Books to Read on an RV Trip

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of new books published everyday. It would be impossible to read even a fraction of the great books that have been written, but here we hope to give you some direction. The hardest part of reading is finding your next book, but these five books are sure to grip you from beginning to end. Whether you’re looking for action and adventure, a classic, or deeper knowledge of the ground you’re RV is driving over, this list has something for you. If we missed a book that you absolutely love, share it with us and our fellow readers. Happy reading!


Written by Margaret Robbins

RV Campgrounds

RV Campgrounds: How to Find the Best Ones for You

If you’re taking a camping trip, deciding which RV campgrounds you stay at is a big decision. The types of campgrounds that will suit you best depends largely on what kind of trip you’re taking.

RV Campgrounds

Today we will explore the different camping styles out there, and which campsite is the best fit for each of those styles. From California to the Florida Keys, this guide to RV campgrounds is an essential read for anyone planning on camping in their RV or trailer anytime soon!

Your Camping Style

Like we mentioned, your preferred camping style and the length of your trip will be the two deciding factors when it comes to deciding which campsite is right for you.

Short-term stays

If you’re taking a cross-country road trip and only staying in each place for a night or two, you want ease of entry and exit so that you don’t waste half of your trip. You may not necessarily need access to all the amenities that a long-term camper will be interested in. For a camper of this style, quick and easy checkouts are a must.

The availability of late night or early morning checkouts could be an important perk as well.

Best RV Campgrounds: Finding your favorite place to stay

Long-term stays

If you are a camper with one destination in mind, you are most likely looking for more advanced RV campgrounds than the short-term camper. Trips of this style usually focus on one area and the attractions that go with it, so location will be an important characteristic. Since you’re going to be staying for a medium to long period of time, access to things like showers, grocery stores, and markets is an important consideration.

If you’re travelling with your family or in a group you may be interested in searching for RV campgrounds that offer additional recreational facilities, like outdoor games or a pool.

Glampers

If you read this and thought it was a typo, you’re not alone. Glamping is the newest trend in outdoor lifestyle, and is a combination of “glamorous” and “camping.”

This is the category of camper who is looking for some of the comforts home while on the road. There’s nothing wrong with being a glamper, but you need to know what to look for in a campground if that’s the case.

These campgrounds usually have high-end cabins that are equipped with everything you’re used to, a comfortable bed, air conditioning, and a big TV. Glamping is becoming more and more popular nationwide so this style of campground is popping up everyday.

Campsite Resources

So now that you have a better idea of what type of camper you are, it’s important to expand that knowledge using all of the available resources. The Internet is a great tool and should be able to provide you with all the necessary information.

If you have friends who camp, they can be great sources of information too!

Public Campgrounds

Fortunately, the United States government is the proud owner of thousands of campgrounds across the country. These campgrounds fit a wide range of interests, and can be great options for long- or short-term visitors. There are various places to look for these, and it depends on which level you’re interested in. The databases are separated by Federal, State Park, and City/County campgrounds

If you know you’re visiting a specific State Park, the park’s website will generally have some information about campgrounds that you can browse through. Federal State Parks will be similarly listed, and you can find these listings here. As a side note, some of the federal parks will allow for reservations and some will only be for walk-ins.

Another site that is worth checking out is RVParkReviews.com to help decide which campground is for you. If you want more information from actual campers, this is the place to go.

Private Campgrounds

Travel Trailer CampgroundsIf you just can’t find any public campgrounds in your area, there are some private clubs that have campgrounds you can check out.

There are plenty of discount clubs out there that offer some cheap camping alternatives. Some of these clubs you can pay to join, and they will frequently have promotions listing campgrounds that you can stay at for half price for a limited number of nights during the off-season. Three sites worth checking out are Passport America, Happy Camper Club, and Camping World.

Glampgrounds

Since glamping is a new trend, the information out there isn’t quite as developed as for the rest of the camping world. However, one valuable site you can browse is glamping.com.

This is a great resource for glamping because it provides destinations not only in America, but worldwide so you can take your travels to every corner of the globe! It will also provide you with some additional information on styles of glamping if you are considering it for the first time.

Summary: Finding Your Favorite RV Campgrounds

After reading through our article, we hope that you have learned a little bit about yourself as a camper or found a new style of camping you never considered.

You don’t need to limit yourself to one of the styles of camping we mentioned above, you can mix and match different styles during your trip. Maybe one day you’ll be roughing it out in the Rockies and the next you’ll be glamping in Southern California. That’s the great part about RV camping: it’s flexible and customizable.

All the resources mentioned above will help give you some guidance while planning your trip, but if we missed out on any essential pieces of information, contact us and let us know! We read every email and try to respond as best we can.

Have a great trip!

chalet XL a-frame camper

A-Frame Camper Guide: Reviews, Photos, & Videos

If you are interested in a small travel trailer, we definitely recommend considering an A-frame camper. These small campers are a great option if you’re on a budget but don’t want to sacrifice quality.

A-frame campers (also called A-frame travel trailers) are comfortable to travel in and have a wide range of sizes — ranging from models that sleep just two people, to the larger models that can sleep a family of four. A-frame travel trailers’ smaller size also makes it easier to set up while camping. This small footprint also comes at handy at home when you’re storing the camper.

Whatever your reason is for being interested in an A-frame trailer, take a look at these brands below to get an idea of what might be best for you!

Forest River A-Frame Campers

If you are looking for an A-frame camper, Forest River has a couple different options to check out. All of their different campers offer the necessities, like a kitchen, sleeping and dining area, and bathroom.

Rockwood Hard Side Series: A122

Rockwood A-frame camper a122

This is going to be your most basic a-frame camper from Forest River. It includes all of the necessities that I mentioned above, as well as a cabinet, exterior storage, and a gas grill. Camping World of Richmond has generously created a video review of this camper:

Along with the A122, there are two additional models that offer more perks.

Rockwood Hard Side High Wall Series

Like the name suggests, the walls of this a-frame camper are going to be a bit taller, which is important to keep in mind when towing. This model is similar to the Hard Side Series, although it offers a bit more space and more exterior storage:

Rockwood A192HW

Rockwood A-frame camper review

This is the most basic model of the Hard Side High Wall series. It offers a flip-up bed with storage, kitchen, dinette, cabinet and external storage in the front of the trailer. Along with the A192HW model, there are 4 additional models with more perks. You can check those out here.

Rockwood A-Frame Camper Review

The Great Outdoors RV has created a video review for this trailer, which you can watch below.

Chalet A-Frame Campers

chalet XL a-frame camper

Chalet offers up a few different styles of A-frame campers for you to choose from. These three models differ in length and weight. The company prides itself on high quality materials, eight feet of headspace, and a well-built A-frame.

Chalet Classic Arrowhead

As the name suggests, this is their classic model. It is the middle size of the three models coming in at 15 feet 6 inches. It offers a cooking area, two different dining areas that can be converted into beds, and storage options. You can get some more detailed information about the specifications of this camper here.

Chalet XL

chalet XL a-frame camper

The XL is the largest version of the Chalet A-frames and measures 18 feet 7 inches. This a-frame camper is a great option for families as it can comfortably sleep four people. It offers more interior area than the other options, creating more storage and cooking space. This model has three different variations that you can check out: click here to visit Chalet’s website and compare them.

If you are interested in customer reviews of this model, this PopUpPortal thread has some useful information.

Aliner A-Frame Campers

Aliner offers up a very wide range of options when it comes to A-frames. You can easily find budget friendly options that only provide the essentials, or the more luxurious models that offer a lot of space and amenities. Aliner is widely considered one of the best in the A-frame industry, and is known for high quality building materials and comfortable interiors.

Classic

As per the name, this is the original Aliner a-frame camper. It is the company’s most popular model and one of the industry’s best. It is 15 feet long and weighs in at just over 1500 pounds. This model offers a sleeping area, kitchen, and dinette. These models are easily customizable: you can explore all the options on the Aliner website.

Aliner A-Frame Camper Video Review

If you are interested in learning more about the Aliner classic, here’s a video review.

Ranger 12

aliner ranger a-frame camper

This is one of the mid-sized models from Aliner. It is a bit smaller than the Classic version, although there are many smaller models available. The Ranger 12 is equipped with a bed in the rear that includes storage. The dining area is located at the front of the trailer, while the kitchen is in between here and the sleeping area. Click here to check out more detailed specifications of the trailer.

Motor Sportsland has created a walk around video of this camper:

Summary

Whatever your reason for buying an A-frame camper, there are some great options out there. They are easy on your budget but still offer great quality on the road. Their smaller size makes them easy to set up when you are ready to camp, and easy to disassemble when you head home.

An A-frame trailer is also much easier to store and maintain than its larger RV counterparts. If there is a model of A-frame that you absolutely love, let us know via the contact form on our site!

Thinking about a different type of pop-up camper? Check out more options here.


Written by George Wright

Yosemite national park - Best Travel Trailers

RV Destinations: 8 Parks for the Whole Family

It can be tough to plan a trip that the entire family will enjoy, but it’s great to be able to travel with the ones you love. So here are eight different parks that happen to be great RV destinations. Whether you’re bringing your RV, travel trailer, or even just a pop-up camper, these parks are all excellent options.

We hope this helps take some of the stress out of vacation planning, so you can do more of what you love most: relax and travel!

RV Destinations for the whole family - Best Travel Trailers

Theme Parks

This family vacation is not for the faint of heart! If you have younger children you will need a lot of energy to keep up with them here. But, if you are a person who enjoys theme parks as well, there are some RV destinations that make for an unforgettable family experience.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park

Here parent and child can bond over a character that has made it across multiple generations. These are great parks for kids and adults alike. They combine nature and the outdoors with the theme of Yogi bear and his friend Boo Boo.

These parks include awesome activities for you and your kids ranging from waterparks to wagon rides.

The Jellystone parks have many locations, mainly in the Midwest, South, and East of the United States. However, there are parks stretching all the way to California. For more information or to locate a park near you, follow the link here.

Disney

No list would be complete that involved kids and travel without the world famous Disney. With locations both in California and Florida, you can take your pick on which park you’d like to check out.

The parks both have campgrounds that are kid- and RV-friendly. The great thing about doing Disney this way is that it offers more than just the theme parks.

The RV campgrounds in Florida, for example, are fully equipped with hookups for your vehicle and activities for you and the kids. The RV parks are well-connected to the theme parks in both locations, making for a great experience.

National Parks

RV Destinations for the whole family - Best Travel Trailers

The United States is a pretty big place, and it has a lot of amazing natural scenery to offer.

If you and your family aren’t the getaway to a theme park type, a National Park vacation may be more up your alley. There are plenty of great options for RV destinations, coast to coast, that children and adults alike can enjoy.

Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring wonder that impresses even the best travelled of us out there. Once you’ve gotten over the immense natural beauty, you and your kids can take one of the tours offered by park rangers to spot some wildlife and learn a little bit about the area.

Grand Canyon - Best Travel Trailers

If you have kids older than 7 years old you can descend the canyon and check out the natural beauty below. If you have very young children, there are many great things to see along the north and south rims.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite national park - Best Travel Trailers

A stark contrast to the deserts of Arizona, Yosemite will provide a lush green background for this trip with your family. Interesting rock formations and gigantic Sequoias are scattered throughout the park.Yosemite national park - Best Travel Trailers

There is also an abundance of wildlife that your children will love. In terms of activities, the park offers many great hikes, tours, and bike trails to enjoy.

Everglades National Park

Head out east and take in the natural beauty of one of the most visited states in the Union, Florida. Although many have made the trek down to south Florida, the natural beauty here is as pristine as ever.

Everglades National Park - Best Travel Trailers

The wildlife in the Everglades is as abundant as the activities offered. Your kids will love seeing the array of birds, fish, and gators in their natural habitat. You also have the opportunity to canoe, swim, or fish all over the place, although hopefully not in gator infested water!

Beach Trips

Once you get your fill of the Everglades, you might as well head over to one of the beautiful beaches in the Sunshine State. And, while you’re at it, check out the other beautiful beaches below!

Camp Gulf Park

Camp Gulf offers amazing waterfront campgrounds in the northern part of Florida. If you’re looking for a beach getaway in your RV, this is the place to do it on the East Coast. The beach is full of beautiful white sand for you and your family to enjoy. After your getaway to Disney, you may need to extend your vacation for a few days at Camp Gulf!

Sonoma Coast State Park

If you’re more of West Coast traveller, check out this State Park in northern California that will provide a great experience for everyone. There are multiple beachfront campgrounds here to choose from.

One of the sites, Bodega Dunes, offers campsites a stone’s throw away from the water, as well as hot showers and flushing toilets. The water can get a bit chilly, but the scenery will be fantastic.

Hunting Island State Park

Heading back to the East Coast, this gem in South Carolina is sure to be an unforgettable holiday destination. To add to the beauty of this campsite, it is located on an island right off the coast of the state.

The small island is abundant with flora and fauna. While on the island, you can hike, fish, or just take some time to relax. The park is also home to a great boardwalk that you and the family can explore to catch a great sunset over the Atlantic. The park is fully equipped for RVs up to 40 feet long.

Summary

There are plenty of great options for you and your family; the hard part is finding them. Above are just a few of our top picks when it comes to family vacations.

Whether you’re looking for natural beauty or a thrill for your kids, we hope you got an idea of where you might like to go next time you get a chance to travel. If you have a favorite destination to take the kids in your RV, let us know in the comments!


Written by George Wright

The Happier Camper - Best Travel Trailers

Small Travel Trailers: Top 10 Picks for 2017




Let’s face it: a full-size travel trailer or RV is a big commitment.

Not just in terms of cost, but also in terms of your tow vehicle, maintenance, and maneuverability.

But what about those of us who love to travel but aren’t interested in the huge commitment of a full-size trailer?

In this case, small travel trailers are a great option. Compared to full-size trailers, smaller trailers offer up a lot of perks. Let’s take a look at just a few of them…

Benefits of Small Travel Trailers

  • Benefit #1: They aren’t going to break the bank. Their smaller footprint means fewer materials and lower manufacturing cost. Thus, small travel trailers are often much cheaper than their full-size counterparts.
  • Benefit #2: Upkeep is easier! With fewer moving parts, there’s much less maintenance work to be done. And with less interior space, cleaning won’t take nearly as long. Convenience!
  • Benefit #3: They’re easier to tow. Lighter weight means more tow vehicle options. In many cases you can tow these trailers with the car you currently own. This way, you have your living space and your car together.
  • Benefit #4: They’re much more mobile! Like I said above — small trailers win when it comes to maneuverability. Campgrounds will be easier to come in and out of, and you’ll be able to get a trailer of this class on some much more rugged terrain than a large trailer could handle.

Pretty sweet, right? So we’ve put together a list of our 10 favorite small travel trailers to help guide you in your hunt!

1. The Happier Camper

The Happier Camper - Best Small Travel TrailersWith a catchy name and a sleek design, this is one of our favorite small travel trailers. Just from the outside, you will fall in love with this little camper. It has a fresh but retro design and spacious windows to let a healthy amount of light into your living space.

The great thing about this retro looking camper, though, is that its interior is super-modern. It has a modular design, which allows for a large amount of customization. The inside has 2 AC outlets that include USB ports and 4 DC-powered cigarette lighter ports.

Watch this video and see how cool this modular design thing is:

It can even function as a toy hauler:

The Happier Camper - Best Travel Trailers

The sleeping area offers a bed big enough for two, which can easily be converted into a seating area with a table. The modular design means you can add a wide range of options into your camper to supplement this area.

The Happier Camper - Best Travel Trailers

If you’re looking to go green, this camper scores points there too. Included in the roof of the rig are solar panels to help you generate some additional power while minimizing your carbon footprint.

The Happier Camper - Best Travel Trailers

We definitely recommend checking out The Happier Camper’s website, where you can find more info and plenty of photos and videos.

2. The American Dream Trailer

The American Dream Trailer - Best Travel Trailers

With a name like this, it better be good. Fortunately, it is! This small and compact trailer rocks a funky design and a cozy interior. It’s on the smaller side of our list, but still comfortably sleeps two. This trailer is very light, coming in at less than 1000 pounds, so it will easily be towable by most vehicles.

The American Dream Trailer - Best Travel Trailers

The interior of the camper includes a great double bed, shelf space for storage, and a galley that opens up to a 2’ by 3’ table. As an added bonus, the top of the camper pops off into a two-person rowboat!

The American Dream Trailer - Best Travel Trailers

The American Dream Trailer - Best Travel Trailers

This small trailer also offers a lot in the way of customizing the exterior. You can select from a range of paint colors to make the outside of your camper really pop, or more subtle colors for the low-key travelers out there.

The American Dream Trailer - Best Travel Trailers

Check out American Dream Trailers’ website to learn more and request an estimate.

3. Taxa TigerMoth

Taxa Tigermoth Rugged - Best Travel Trailers

Would you like an ex-NASA engineer to design your camper? If you said yes, this is the camper for you. Garrett Finney applied the knowledge he gained working for one of the most intelligent organizations in the States to create this travel trailer.

It has a great compact design but opens up to provide a spacious interior. The camper is incredibly versatile and has a towing weight under 900 pounds. The large side hatch provides easy access to the interior, which includes a double bed and stow away kitchen set.

Taxa Tigermoth Rugged - Best Travel Trailers

The intelligent design also provides plenty of options for exterior storage while you’re on the road. This camper has mounting racks on the roof, various other attach points externally, and hooks for maximum transporting ability.

The Tigermoth also has optional solar panels so you can spend time off the grid if you desire.

For more information on the Taxa Tigermoth, check out the company website here.

4. Taxa Cricket

Taxa Cricket - Best Small Travel Trailers

We loved the TigerMoth so much we decided to include one more great design from the team over at Taxa. This model is a bit larger than the TigerMoth, and includes additional space to relax without adding too much extra weight. This trailer is 15’ and weighs in at just under 1500 pounds.

The camper has windows on four sides, providing great ventilation and a cool breeze when the weather is nice. It includes a convenient rear hatch that allows for easy loading and unloading.

Taxa Cricket - Best Travel Trailers



The interior is decked out with a v-berth bed including storage underneath, a pop-up table, and kitchen. The kitchen includes cooking space, a table and six large storage cubbies to hold your necessities.

This camper is a great alternative for people who like the Tigermoth, but want some extra space to relax in after a long day on the road. It comes in two different models, the Cricket Camp and the Cricket Trek.

The Camp model is more suited to weekend travelers. It is simpler and easier for you to pack and get on the road. The trek model is more decked out with additional perks, like a toolkit and coated gravel guards. Either model is a great option in the world of small travel trailers!

Click here to read more and see photos of the Taxa Cricket.

5. Safari Condo Alto

Safari Condo Alto - Best Travel Trailers

Another teardrop style trailer, the Safari Condo is lightweight and aerodynamic to help boost your fuel efficiency. Safari Condo provides two different models of this trailer, R and F, to help you find your perfect fit. The R model has a retractable roof while the F model has a fixed roof, hence the names.

Safari Condo Alto - Best Travel Trailers

The R trailers include large beds that can be converted into two twin beds along with kitchen and storage space. The kitchen includes a sink and a cooking area. A pop up table provides you with a cozy eating space in the kitchen as well!

The F series’ fixed roof provides you with additional storage space compared to the R model. This series also includes a large King size bed which is also convertible, a kitchen with cooking and storage areas, and a pop up table. This model also has large European style windows to provide the interior with as much light as it can take!

Safari Condo Alto - Best Travel Trailers

You can find more information on the Safari Condo Alto on their website.

6. Scamp Travel Trailers

Scamp 13' - Best Travel Trailers

This travel trailer measures up to about 13 feet and is light enough to be towed by small cars and SUVs. The great thing about Scamp is that if you would like a larger model, they are offered at 16 feet and 19 feet as well. But, we are going to focus on the smallest model in this article.

The 13-foot option includes seating areas for up to four people and a pop up table. The kitchen area provides a gas stove along with a sink for preparing your meals. You can also convert one of the sitting areas into a bunk bed and the second sitting area into a double bed.

Scamp 13' - Best Travel Trailers

Another nifty aspect of the Scamp trailers is that they are easily customizable. You are able to choose the color of carpet you have on the interior as well as the style of wood.

For those of you travelers and RV lovers that like traveling as a family but are on a budget, Scamp could be a good option.

For more information on Scamp Travel Trailers, check out their website here.

7. So-Cal Teardrop

So-Cal Travel Trailer

Just saying Southern California is enough to put a smile on a traveler’s face. It’s one of the most beautiful areas of the country, and the teardrop from this region is an equally fantastic product. The model has a light and aerodynamic design with a sleek silver paint job. Their smallest model weighs in at under 700 pounds for towing by many different vehicles.

The interior doesn’t disappoint either. It is easily customizable to fit any needs that a customer may have. The rear has a nice area for storage while the main cabin has a sleeping area and additional storage space.

So-Cal Travel Trailer

Fortunately, if you are interested in having a little bit more space in your camper, the So-Cal family offers some larger options as well. The largest trailer they offer is 10 feet long and about 1,400 pounds. This model is called the XS and includes significantly more interior space than the smallest model, Buzz. Some of the additional perks to the XS are heavy-duty doors and a reinforced cabin structure.

To see different So-Cal small travel trailers, photo galleries, and where to rent or buy, check out the So-Cal Teardrops website here.

8. Hutte HutHutte hut - Best Travel Trailers

Two things about this camper stand out compared to other small travel trailers: its interesting name, and its unique exterior. The exterior of this camper is wood grain that will catch anyone’s eye, and the roof is made of clean white canvas supported by wood beams. If you have an appreciation of art and functionality, this is a great choice.Hutte hut - Best Travel Trailers

Although this is a smaller travel trailer, it has an open design on the interior that provides a spacious experience. The interior includes a double bed along with storage cubbies along the wall.  There is a large side hatch that makes getting in and out of the camper incredibly easy.

The entire wall of the camper opens up which adds to the feel of spaciousness in this unit. Lining the walls are windows to illuminate the rest of the trailer.

If you are just looking for a portable place to sleep that is comfortable and appealing to the eye, this is as great option. It leaves out the additional kitchen and lounging spaces to create more room for sleeping.

Hutte hut - Best Travel Trailers

For more information on the Hutte Hut, check out the company website here.

9. Deseo

Knaus Deseo - Best Travel Trailers

The Deseo is a model created by Knaus, a company based in Germany. This model is a testament to German efficiency. It has a modular design that allows for customization and the interior space is incredibly well utilized.

The rear hatch is very large which makes loading and unloadin a breeze. The design is very sturdy and the unit is easy to keep clean. The exterior also provides a nice, sporty look while you travel.

Knaus Deseo - Best Travel TrailersInside, the unit offers sitting areas with a pop up table in the middle. When not in use, the seating area can be easily stowed away against the walls. When it’s time for bed, the seating area can also quickly be converted into a bed big enough for two.

See more photos and information on the Knaus website here.

10. Nest Caravan

Airstream Nest Caravan

With our last (but not least) pick for 2017, we are going with the Nest Caravan. It has a simple but sleek exterior design that will catch your eye. The aerodynamic design will help you get the best gas mileage possible.

The interior has a very intelligent design consisting of whites, blacks and greys. When you’re inside this camper, the luxury might make you forget that you are out camping!

This camper includes a central island with a gas cooking stove and some space for meal preparation. The sleeping area includes a queen size bed and is accompanied by a toilet and shower. Folding chairs are also included with the counter space for eating and relaxing.

Airstream Nest Caravan

For more information on the Nest Caravan, check out the company website here.




Until Next Year!

That about wraps up our 2017 list of small travel trailers. There are a ton of options out there when it comes to buying a smaller travel trailer. The list already stretches into the thousands, with new models popping up everyday.

When deciding on which style of travel trailer is best for you, it’s important to know your priorities. Small travel trailers are going to be better for your budget and a more convenient option when you are out on the road. If your vehicle doesn’t have the towing capacity to haul along a 10,000-pound travel trailer or fifth wheel, a small trailer may be right for you.

This list of 10 just scratches the surface of options out there, but they are 10 choices we love. If we missed out on your small travel trailer that you swear by, give us a heads up in the comments below!