Lightweight travel trailers under 3500 lbs should you consider one? Not everyone who is interested in buying a travel trailer wants or needs a big one. As a matter of fact if you are rving on your own, with a spouse or you have a small family you can get by with a small lightweight trailer. It wasn’t long ago that you had a limited choice of small camper trailers but in today’s market there quote a few to choose from.
Lightweight Travel Trailers Under 3500 Lbs
Below we pick our 4 favorite lightweight travel trailers. They are all affordable and offer many amenities for their size and weight.
CAMPLITE 13QBB All Aluminum Automotive Travel Trailer
Camplite has 5 models that weigh less than 3500 lbs. However we chose the 13QBB because it one of the bigger lightweight travel trailers in their line-up and we also like the way it looks. The camper trailer is considered ultra-light and has an all-aluminum construction. Insulation is block foam with Azdel composite wallboard throughout. The camper box itself measures 13 feet in length, 7 feet in width, and is 9 feet 6 inches with AC. The GVWR is 3,000 lbs.
The 13QBB has a very simple floor plan suitable for one or two inhabitants. Some of the features of the Camplite 13QBB include:
- Tubular Aluminum Frame
Lightweight; Durable; will not rust away like typical steel frames.
- Dexter ™ Independent Torsion Suspension
Provides the smoothest ride, best tracking and less rebound in all terrains – compared to outdated spring leaf suspensions.
- Inter-Locking Aluminum Plank Floor Deck
Lightweight; Durable; will not rot away, sag or have soft spots like typical plywood floor decking. Frankly there is no comparison to conventional trailers here.
- Lightweight Custom Crafted Countertops
Lightweight; Durable; Water Resistant; Designed to stand the test of time – compared with the “presswood” tops.
For more features and option check out their page.
The photo above shows the 2016 Airstream Sport another lightweight travel trailer under 3500 lbs. Let’s get one thing out of the way rather quickly. This trailer is light in weight but might not be so light on our wallet. As of the day of this article the MSRP was $44,383 which os rather high but not so high for a typical Airstream. We consider the Airstream Sport one of our Top Rated Travel Trailers but again it is expensive.
The Sport is described as an ultra-towable compact travel trailer. But don’t let the compact wording fool you. This little camper trailer has room for up to 4 people.
It does come in two floor plans with the bigger floor plan costing more.
The exterior length is 16′ 4″ the exterior width is 8′ and exterior height with AC is 9′ 3″.The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or GVWR is 3,500 lbs.
Some of the features of the Airstream Sport include:
- Interior LED lights
- Choice of interior decor
- Sleeps 2-4
- AC and Furnace
- Water Heater
For more information view the Airstream Sport site.
FOREST RIVER R-POD
Next up is the Forest River R-Pod RP-172. I love this travel trailer. Not only does it look really cool it has some excellent features. Describe as the kind of trailer that offer affordable luxury at the lowest tow weight in its class. The RP-172 has a GVWR of just 3,244 lbs. It has an exterior length of 18′ 4″, an exterior width of 96″ and an exterior height of 9′ 6″.
The available floor plan on this r-pod has two bunk beds.
he camper appears to be well constructed with a powder coated steel frame, self-adjusting electric brakes, LED taillights and independent torsion axle.
In addition to the features mentioned the Forest River RP-172 has the following:
- Wet bath with integrated toilet & sink.
- Grey shaker style cabinets
- Camper friendly Package
- Solar Panel Charge Port
- Outside Shower
- LED Lighting
Check our more features on the Forest River website.
STARCRAFT AR-ONE 14RB
Our last lightweight travel trailer under 3500 lbs is the Starcraft AR-ONE comes in several floor plans. The 14RB, 15RB and 16RB are the only ones in this line-up that come in under 3,500 lbs GVWR. Starcraft also has the Launch model lightweight travel camper but we chose to stick with the AR-ONE for this article.
The 2016 AR-ONE can be considered an entry-level camper at a great price.
The lighter models are easily towable by an SUV or minivan. Featuring bold graphics, cherry wood cabients, quilted bunk mats by Denver Mattress. It really packs a lot in a small and very lightweight package. Exterior length is 16′ 6″ , exterior width is 85″ and exterior height is 101-1/4″. It can sleep 2-3 people.
Some additional features of the Starcraft AR-ONE are:
- 6 Gallon Gas DSI Water Heater
- Black Front diamond Plate
- Pleated Shades
- AM/FM with CD/DVD/USB stereo
- A Magnum Roof System -50 % Stronger
- 2-Burner Range
- 54″ booth dinette
There are many more standard and optional features available on this lightweight travel trailer and all can be viewed on the Starcarft AR-ONE website.
So their you have 4 lightweight travel trailers under 3500 lbs. These models are all well-made, affordable and fun to own. If you have any questions on these lightweight camping trailers just let us know in the comments below.