There are many different travel trailers available for rent or purchase on the market. Some have many exciting features for maximum comfort, while others have minimal features. Some have multiple sleeping areas, while others have only a single bed. Some are massive in size, while others have a small footprint. In this article, I will share with you the best lightweight travel trailers.
These are lightweight campers weighing under 3,500 pounds in dry weight. In other words, these are travel trailers that are light enough to be towed by most trucks and SUVs. So if you are looking for a lightweight camper that you can tow without upgrading your current truck or SUV, there are ten options below that will greatly excite you.
Top 10 Lightweight Travel Trailers Below 3,500 Pounds
1. Coachmen Clipper Ultra-Lite 17CFQ
This Coachmen camper is one of the best travel trailers available on the market! This is because although it is compact and lightweight, it has multiple overhead storage areas where you can store all your belongings out of sight. It is also one of the best travel trailers because it is feature-rich!
I love this trailer’s spacious full bathroom that includes a sink, a standard toilet, and a shower. I also love the fact that this bathroom comes with a medicine cabinet.
I also love this travel trailer’s kitchen. It is a nice-size kitchen with everything one needs to prepare nutritious or tasty home meals while camping. Its sink is big and it has a sleek faucet. The kitchen also has a multi-burner stovetop and a refrigerator. There are multiple overhead storage areas above the kitchen for storing dry foods, cookware, and dishware.
In my opinion, the best thing about this lightweight under 3,500 pounds travel trailer is its finishes. I really love them because they give this trailer a sleek and luxurious feel. During purchase, you are allowed to choose fabric options and other features.
After a long, fulfilling and memorable day outdoors or relaxing indoors, you can have a good night’s sleep by laying on this trailer’s comfy queen-size bed. When you sleep on this bed you will feel as if you are sleeping at home. There are several overhead storage spaces over the bed perfect for storing your clothes and other items.
2. Forest River Wolf Pup 16FQ
This Forest River lightweight travel trailer is a wonderful camper that is built to impress. Therefore, if you are looking for a camper that will certainly impress you, you should strongly consider getting it.
The best thing about this camper is that it comes with tons of features and amenities despite its compactness and lightweight.
The second best thing about it is that given that it is lightweight, it can be towed by many types of vehicles including small size vehicles. This is in contrast to heavy travel trailers that weigh more than 10,000 pounds and can only be towed by powerful heavy-duty trucks.
The third best thing about this camper is its bathroom. It is a full bathroom that has a toilet and a shower. The fact that it is a full-bathroom makes it perfect for long trips, for long term camping, and for boondocking.
The fact that this camper has its own shower and toilet is especially perfect for those who do not like using shared bathrooms.
The kitchen in this Forest River Wolf Pup camper is not the biggest you will ever see in a travel trailer. However, it isn’t too small either. In my opinion, it is just the perfect size. I love this kitchen a lot because it has a microwave, a stovetop, and a small refrigerator. It also has a sink and nice counter space. So if you want a small and lightweight camper where you can prepare meals just like home, this Forest River travel trailer is a recommended option.
There are several storage areas in this kitchen for food, pantry items, and kitchenware.
Probably the loveliest spot in this Forest River camper is its small dinette. This is because it sits opposite a large panoramic window. So if you are parked next to a river, a beach, or a wonderful forest scenery, this window will allow you to enjoy the view without even stepping out of the camper. This small dinette can convert into a sleeping area for two kids or one adult. The main sleeping area of this camper is its master bed. It includes two bedside storage areas and two wardrobes.
3. Vintage Cruiser 19CSK
Many people dream of owning vintage campers. When such people decide to own vintage campers, they usually spend a fortune buying and then restoring old campers. However, this does not need to be the case. This is because there are many new retro-style campers available on the market. Most new retro/ vintage campers cost a lot less than purchasing and then restoring old campers. A good example is the Vintage Cruiser 19CSK.
The Vintage Cruiser 19CSK is a cute little retro camper that everyone with a smidgen of good taste will definitely love! While its body has a retro design, it is a totally modern travel trailer.
What stands out the most about it is its spacious living area. It has a spacious living area because it comes with a slide-out section that you can open when camping. When opened, the slide-out makes the living area spacious and creates more room for relaxing, operating, and/ or living in the camper.
Not many small and compact travel trailers have a slide-out section or a spacious living area.
There is a nice vintage but new sofa inside this slide-out. It looks very stylish and unique. And it is quite comfy. However, the best thing about it is the fact that it can be converted into a large bed. This is perfect for sleeping two people. The overall interior look of this camper is very appealing. As I mentioned, this is a camper that everyone with style will love.
On both sides of this sofa, there is a small table. This is perfect for holding a book or a drink when you are relaxing in this camper. This trailer also comes with a collapsible table that you can deploy if you want to.
Probably the most impressive thing about this retro trailer is its kitchen. It has got a nice-size freezer and a refrigerator. It also has got a large pantry, a microwave, an oven, a stovetop, and a double sink. It is perfect for preparing nice nutritious meals while camping.
Last but not least, this trailer comes with a large bed with a closet and other storage spaces around it.
In short, I can say without fear of contradiction that this is the perfect little small retro camper.
4. Forest River R-Pod RP-180
This travel trailer is among the most popular compact and lightweight travel trailers in the United States. It is popular because it is extremely well made and it comes with many quality features and amenities.
The best thing about this under 3,500 pounds trailer is the fact that it can be towed safely and effortlessly using many types of vehicles including mid-size SUVs. Heavy travel trailers can only be towed using powerful full-size trucks.
The second best thing about this trailer is the fact that it does not affect gas mileage as much as campers weighing more than 8,000 pounds do.
The thing I like the most about this Forest River R-Pod travel trailer is the fact that despite its small size, it has many features just like bigger travel trailers. The features are spread in its bathroom, bedroom, living area, and kitchen.
In this camper’s full bathroom, there is a standard toilet, a sink, and a spacious enclosed shower. There is also a medicine cabinet/ closet for toiletries, medicines, and linens.
A large bed occupies most of the space in this camper’s bedroom. It is perfect for a relaxing sleep. There is a window about the bed for taking in the outdoor scenery while in bed. Above the window is a shelf that you can use to store your clothes and other belongings.
This camper’s kitchen has many features including an oven, a cooktop, a sink, a pantry, and a refrigerator. It is very well made for easy preparation of food while camping. This kitchen also includes overhead storage and nice-size counter space.
Opposite this kitchen, there is a small dinette for two. It is very exciting having breakfast in this dinette with your partner. This dinette can be converted into a bed for a guest or for kids.
Externally, this lightweight travel trailer has an aerodynamic design that reduces wind resistance and makes it easier to tow.
5. Oliver Legacy Elite
This is my favorite luxury lightweight camper! It is my favorite because it looks like an Airstream, it is well-built, it is feature-rich, and it features high-end finishes.
This high-quality travel trailer comes with a big and comfy dinette in its living area. This dinette can accommodate four people. When you and your partner or family want to relax or sleep, you have to covert this dinette into a bed. It converts into a nice-size bed for two. There is a small dinette next to this big one. This one can also be converted into a bed. This second dinette-bed only sleeps one person.
A big enclosed shower occupies this travel trailer’s bathroom. Next to it, there is a toilet and a sink. Everything is well-spaced in this camper’s bathroom to allow you to do your bathroom business without feeling claustrophobic.
The Oliver Legacy Elite’s kitchen is great for preparing warm meals while camping. This is because it has a stove, a sink, a microwave, a refrigerator, and a nice countertop. There are multiple storage areas around it for storing food and kitchenware.
In addition to the storage areas in this camper’s kitchen, there are others around the camper for storing clothing and other belongings.
The thing I love the most about this compact travel trailer is the fact that you can customize it significantly when purchasing it. Floor coverings and upholstery fabrics are among the things you can customize when buying this trailer. I also love this trailer’s double fiberglass shell which prevents it from becoming too cold at night and during winter.
6. Venture Sonic Lite SL169VUD
Although this trailer is not made by a renowned manufacturer, it is a quality lightweight and compact travel trailer that is extremely family-friendly.
It is very family-friendly because it can sleep six people. Yes, you read that right! So if you are looking for a smallish trailer that does not weigh much but can accommodate many people, it is the travel trailer you should strongly consider.
Its sleeping spaces include a big bed in the master bedroom, a double bunk, and a dinette that can be converted into a bed for two. The bunks are located next to a large window. They are nice and cozy sleeping spaces for people who want to wake up to natural light streaming onto their beds.
This Venture travel trailer has a nice size dinette that converts into a dinette as mentioned above. When not converted, the dinette is great for having meals as a family as it can accommodate four people. The dinette is located in this trailer’s living room, which is spacious because it has a slide-out section.
The master bedroom has a big bed with a residential mattress for a peaceful and relaxing sleep. There are multiple storage areas around this private bedroom for storing clothes and other stuff.
A large shower and a standard toilet occupy most space in this trailer’s bathroom. This means you can freshen up and do your toilet business any time you want in your own private bathroom while camping anywhere with this travel trailer.
The last thing I want to mention about this travel trailer is its kitchen. It is big and it features a big counter, a big sink, a big refrigerator, a big cooktop, and a big oven. It also features multiple storage areas including a pantry.
7. Scamp Deluxe Models
There are three lightweight Scamp Deluxe Models manufactured by Scamp Trailers. They measure 13 feet, 16 feet, and 19 feet. While the three models have different footprints, they all measure less than 3,500 pounds in weight. So if you are looking for a 13-feet, a 16-feet or a 19 feet travel trailer under 3,500 pounds, Scamp Trailers Company has got something for you.
All three trailers are high-quality machines. The smallest one is perfect for 1 or 2 people, the mid-size one is perfect for up to five people, and the biggest one is perfect for a family because it has additional sleeping areas.
The most exciting thing about Scamp Deluxe Models is the fact that they all have everything one needs to enjoy a camping trip as if they are at home. Everything here includes a full bathroom, a complete kitchen, and sleeping areas.
The complete kitchens in Scamp Deluxe models have a big counter, a sink, a refrigerator, and a stove.
The only thing you may not like about the three lightweight Scamp Deluxe Models is the price. They are quite pricey. However, according to critics, they are worth every dollar.
8. Palomino Puma Ultra Lite 16QBX
This lightweight camper is compact, cozy, luxurious, and perfect for traveling. What makes it extremely luxurious for a small travel trailer is a fact that it comes with a bathtub. Probably only less than one percent of lightweight travel trailers have a bathtub. This shows how rare bathtubs are in travel trailers and how special this Palomino Puma trailer is.
This bathtub is located in a nice-size bathroom. The bathroom is big in size and also comes with a toilet, a sink, and a storage cabinet for medicine and toiletries.
I love the queen bed in this camper’s bedroom. It is great for relaxing and sleeping after a long day exploring the outdoors or relaxing at the beach. There are storage areas on either side of this bed and over this bed.
This Palomino Puma’s living area has a small dinette that can be converted into an additional sleeping area.
Finally, this lightweight camper comes with a sink, a microwave, a stovetop, a refrigerator, and a pantry in its kitchen and other features such as an AC, a heater, and a radio for maximum comfort and entertainment.
9. Casita Deluxe Travel Trailers
All Casita Deluxe travel trailers weigh under 3,500 pounds in weight. In addition to being lightweight, they are all high-end campers. The campers are available in several floor plan styles. Therefore, there are several layouts for you to consider in case you want to buy any of them.
Casita Deluxe travel trailers are generally for couples and singles. However, there is one model – the heritage model – that has a sleeping capacity of six and is, therefore, ideal for families.
All Casita Deluxe campers have luxurious finishes, high-quality appliances, and spacious rooms. The 17-foot ones have complete kitchens and full bathrooms. They are very nice for camping.
10. Airstream Nest
Airstream is a renowned RV manufacturer that has been manufacturing RVs for ages! The company is known for its iconic lightweight campers. In the RVing community, Airstreams are considered status symbols.
The Airstream Nest is a one of a kind camper. It is very well designed and very sleek. It is under 3,500 pounds because it features a lightweight but strong body design.
Probably the best thing about it is the fact that it has plenty of large windows that give it an open, airy and luxurious feel. This camper comes in two versions. Both versions feature a high-quality mattress, great furniture, a nice-size complete kitchen, a full bathroom, and plenty of storage areas.