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
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’s 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 in height, 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Independent Torsion Suspension provides the smoothest ride, best tracking, and less rebound in all terrains compared to outdated spring leaf suspensions.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 to 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 today, the MSRP is $44,383, which is 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 feet, the exterior width is 8 feet, and the exterior height with AC is 9.3 feet. 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
- 2-4 people sleeping capacity
- 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 as well. Described as the kind of trailer that offers 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 feet, an exterior width of 96 feet, and an exterior height of 9.6 feet.
The available floor plan on this r-pod has two bunk beds.
The 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, and it 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 cabinets, and quilted bunk mats by Denver Mattress. It really packs a lot in a small and very lightweight package. Exterior length is 16.5 feet , exterior width is 7.08 feet, and exterior height is 6.08 feet. 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-inch 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 there you have it: 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.