5 Best Small Travel Trailers

You love travelling and camping, and do not have a large family. Maybe, you used to have a large family, but the kids are all grown up and thus buying a large RV or trailer is not worth it. If you are sensitive about the pricing of the trailer, its maneuverability and maintenance, then you are well advised to try a small travel trailer.

A big trailer is a huge commitment. If you love travelling but don’t want to spend a small fortune, you can try the smaller trailers which offer a lot of perks. Below are a few benefits of the small travel trailers.

Benefits of a Small Travel Trailer

The Obvious…They are Cheap

You will not break the bank trying to acquire a small travel trailer. The small frame ensures that they also do not use a lot of materials and thus has very low manufacturing cost. You will save your money for more important activities during your holiday.

Upkeep and Maintenance is Easier

The fewer the moving parts in a trailer, the less the maintenance work. Since the small trailers needs fewer moving parts to maneuver, they are less costly to maintain. The tiny interiors mean that you will not be worn out trying to clean it. Talk of convenience and you’ve got it with a small travel trailer.

Easy to Tow

With a lightweight travel trailer, you are guaranteed more tow vehicle options. Most small travel trailers can be towed by your personal car which means you will have both your car and living space along during your travel.

Mobility and Maneuverability

Since the small travel trailers can easily get in and out of a compound, park and other camping sites, they are easier to move around with. Think of a large truck and compare it with a small truck…which is easier to operate? Similarly, a small trailer is easier to operate, especially when you are camping in rugged terrain than the large travel trailers.

The Top Small Travel Trailers in the Market

Happier Camper

The name of this trailer captures it all. It comes with a sleek design that has made it an all-time favorite among the RV enthusiasts. Its fresh retro design makes it spacious. It comes with large windows that allow the light to filter into your living area.

Its interior mimics the facilities that you will find in a hotel room. It features a modern modular design that allows customization to suit your needs. It has 2 AC outlets, a USB port and a 4 DC-cigarette lighting ports. The camper can also function as a toy hauler.

The sleeping area of the trailer has a bed that can host a maximum of two. It can also be converted into a sitting area. The modular design of the camper means that you can enhance your space to a number of options to supplement the limited area.

For those who are big on environment, this camper has been made for you. Its roof has some solar panels which will help you produce enough power for your appliances and heating. You will be contributing to less carbon footprints in the atmosphere.

Specifications:

EXTERIOR SHELL

  • Ultra-light 1100 Lbs. dry weight
  • 100% insulated double hull fiberglass shell
  • Custom engraved door hinges
  • Outdoor porch light
  • Precision hardware, locks and components
  • Marine-quality parts and accessories
  • Vintage style moon caps

FRAME AND CHASSIS

  • Sturdy reinforced tube frame
  • Built-in rear stabilizing jacks
  • Swivel-back tongue
  • 2″ hitch receiver (side and rear door)
  • Torsion axle independent suspension
  • Standard electronic braking system
  • 13″ aluminum wheels
  • Undercarriage spare tire
  • Swing-back jack wheel
  • 7-pin wiring harness
  • 6 recessed D-ring tie down mounts
  • Utility lever

INTERIOR SHELL

  • Stylized panoramic windows
  • Honeycomb fiberglass base
  • Adaptiv™ dynamic interior
  • Premium adjustable blinds
  • Nested side-door storage
  • Embossed doorstep
  • Stainless steel floor drain
  • Perimeter wall storage space
  • Interior shell upper storage shelf
  • Nested upper shelf storage
  • 5 recessed table leg mounts
  • 6 heavy-duty recessed D-ring tie-downs

ELECTRICAL AND LIGHTING

  • Independent dimmable LED lighting
  • Large 7″ LED tail lights
  • Vintage-inspired teardrop rear side markers
  • Extra-bright LED front markers
  • 14″ dual air flow ceiling fan
  • Deep cycle AGM battery w/power converter
  • AC power dual wall plugs w/dual USB plug
  • 4 built-in DC power “cigarette” ports
  • Marine-gray exterior AC power inlet

American Dream Trailer

American Dream Trailer

“American Dream”…Such a name inspires confidence and this trailer does not disappoint. It is compact and small and comes with a super funky design and cozy interior. The camper can comfortably sleep 2 people. It is light (about 1000 pounds) and thus will easily be towed by almost any vehicle.

The camper’s interior comes with a double bed, enough shelf space for storage, and a galley which opens into a 2-inches by 3-inches. And there is a bonus too. The camper can pop off into a 2-person row boat.

The American Dream is a small trailer that will allow you to customize the exterior. What’s more; you can paint a range of colors to your camper to outshine other campers. Alternatively, you can use subtle colors if you want to be a low-key travel.

Specifications:

  • Single color exterior
  • Two color exterior
  • Reverse tail lights
  • Convertible bed / couch
  • Cabin side table
  • Interior power outlets
  • Interior lights
  • Rear storage cubbie
  • Forward storage cubbie
  • Agm battery and box
  • Parallax inverter / converter
  • Bluetooth stereo
  • Spider hub caps
  • Aluminum roof vent
  • Roof rack
  • Boat assist bar

Taxa TigerMoth

This travel trailer is an invention of a retired NASA engineer and it is the camper that you have been looking for. The engineer, Garret Finney, applied his engineering skills gained from one of the most sophisticated organizations in the USA to create a travel trailer that suits couples who need to travel small.

Despite the compact and sturdy design, the trailer opens up to create a more spacious interior. It is versatile and has a maximum towing weight of 900 pounds. On the large hatch side, you get an opening to a spacious interiors where you will find a double bed as well as a stowaway kitchen set.

It features an intelligent design that provides a lot of options for exterior storage when you go out camping. It comes with mounting racks at the top of the roof. There are multiple other racks that attach to various points of the trailer’s exterior to expand the space. It also has optional solar panels that will cut your utility bills because you are off-the-grid.

Specifications:

Camper/Trailer Dimensions

  • Interior length: 8’
  • Interior max width: 5’2″
  • Interior max height: 4’7″
  • Exterior length: 12’′
  • Exterior max width: 6’6″
  • Exterior max height: 6’10″
  • Ground clearance: 12″
  • Couch / bed length: 80″
  • Couch / bed width: 53″
  • Unloaded vehicle weight: 910 lbs.
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 1,500 lbs.

Electrical

  • 7+ days off-grid
  • LED lighting in kitchen area and  bed area
  • Two 12V outlets
  • Exterior 120V inlet for shorepower connection
  • Pre-wired w/ solar panel inlets
  • Solar panels available

Plumbing

  • Gravity-fed faucet
  • Fiver gallon water storage tank

Camper/Trailer Storage

  • Ceiling tie-down points
  • Under-bed storage (~14.6 cu.ft)
  • Pull out drawer storage (~5.3 cu.ft)

Ventilation

  • 3 swing windows fully open w/ shades
  • Rear door hatch
  • Side door hatch
  • Optional AC

Dirt-road capabilities

  • Engineered for high-vibration (up to MilSpec 810G for trailers)
  • Torsion axle
  • 15″ wheels
  • Powder-coated steel chassis frame
  • 12″ standard ground clearance

Safety

  • Fire extinguisher, CO and smoke detector

Insulation

  • Aluminum composite panels for sides, doors, and roof
  • R-value 6+

Lightweight

  • Compact design fits in garages and towable by 4-cylinder engines
  • Aerodynamic profile reduces drag and improves tow vehicle efficiency relative to typical box trailers

Simple Setup / Cleanup

  • Trailer can un-hook and be stabilized in a couple of minutes
  • Interior always available for use, no setup required
  • Connects to a standard 2″ ball hitch
  • Marine-grade cushions and rugged floors enable quick cleaning

Taxa Cricket

This is an enhancement of the Taxa Cricket. It has a better design since it is a little bit bigger with an added space for relaxation without additional weight. It has a maximum towing weight of approximately 1,500 pounds.

The camper comes with windows on all four sides and this ensures awesome ventilation especially during summer months. There is also a rear hatch that allows an easier loading and unloading.

In this travel trailer, you will enjoy an interior that has been decked out in v-berth bed that features a storage space underneath. It also have a pop up kitchen and table. The kitchen have a good space for cooking and some six storage drawers where you can store your kitchen necessities.

It is a great alternative for people with a Tigermout but those who need a little extra space after a very long day along the road. The Taxa Cricket comes in two models namely Cricket Trek and Cricket Camp. It is best used by weekend travelers since it offers simplicity but with very high end amenities. It is a great model if you do not want to commit large amounts of money on a travel trailer.

Specifications:

Camper/Trailer Dimensions

  • Interior length: 11’6″
  • Interior max width: 6’3″
  • Interior max height (from floor with roof up): 6’4″
  • Exterior length: 15′
  • Exterior max width: 6’7″
  • Exterior max height (from ground with roof down): 6’9″
  • Ground clearance: 12″
  • V-berth bed length: 75″
  • V-berth bed width: 57″
  • Unloaded vehicle weight: 1,450 lbs.
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 2,500 lbs.

Plumbing

  • Recessed sink with folding cover
  • Energy-efficient electric water heater or propane water heater and furnace
  • Shower system for exterior usage
  • 15 gallon fresh and grey water tank
  • City water connection

Electrical

  • 3+ days off-grid
  • Tow vehicle connection recharges battery while hauling
  • Exterior 120V inlet for shorepower connection
  • Interior LED lighting in kitchen, bed area, and porch
  • Four 12V outlets
  • Zamp solar inlet fits Zamp solar panels
  • Optional Zamp solar panels
  • Optional Energy-efficient 12V refrigerator

Camper/Trailer Storage

  • Roof rails and rack system available
  • Ceiling spine tie-down points
  • Kitchen cabinetry and under counter storage (~8.6 cu.ft)
  • Under-bed storage (~12 cu.ft)
  • Optional tongue-mounted toolbox

Ventilation and Heating

  • 4 swing windows fully open with shades
  • Fully removable tent sides with 5 zip-mesh windows
  • Rear door hatch
  • Optional AC unit runs on exterior power connection
  • Propane option includes furnace

Dirt-road Capabilities

  • Engineered for high-vibration (up to MilSpec 810G for trailers)
  • Torsion axle with brakes
  • 15″ wheels
  • Powder-coated steel chassis frame
  • 12″ standard ground clearance

Safety

  • Electric brakes and breakaway switch
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke detector / CO detector

Insulation

  • Aluminum composite panels for sides, doors, and roof
  • Approximate R-value of 6

Lightweight

  • Compact design fits in garages and towable by many 4-cylinder engines
  • Aerodynamic profile reduces drag and improves tow vehicle efficiency relative to typical box trailers

Simple setup and cleanup

  • Easy-push handle lifts and closes roof in seconds
  • Connects to a standard 2″ ball hitch
  • Marine-grade cushions and rugged floors enable quick cleaning

The Safari Condo Alto

This is a teardrop-style trailer that is both lightweight and aerodynamic. They are built to boost fuel efficiency. The Safari Condo Alto comes in two different models namely R and F. The model R has a retractable roof whereas the model F has a fixed roof.

The Model R comes with large beds that are convertible to twin beds. It also has a storage space and a kitchen. In the kitchen, you will find some cooking area, a sink, and a pop up table that gives you some cozy eating space.

On the other hand, the Model F has a fixed roof and even larger storage space compared to model R. It comes with a king size bed that can also be converted into twin beds. It is also have a pop table, a kitchen with some spacious cooking area and storage areas. A slight difference from Model R is that Model F features large European-style windows that allow the light to filter into the living space.

The R Model Specifications:

  • Retractable seamless aluminum roof
  • Tinted tempered glass crescent
  • Aluminum frame and floor.
  • Adjustable suspension height from 83,5” to 85”
  • 75% less aerodynamic drag.
  • 72″ X 76″ King size bed
  • Converts to two 27″ X 76″ single bed
  • Front dining area converts to 36″ X 81″ single bed
  • Dining area available even while bed is set-up
  • The table can be moved to create two distinct dining areas : a two-seat and a five-seat dinette
  • Fixed flush toilet
  • Storage in the toilet cabinet

The F Model Specifications:

  • Seamless aluminum roof
  • European windows
  • Aluminum frame and floor
  • Adjustable suspension height from 95” to 97”
  • Curved roof for lower aerodynamic drag
  • 60″ X 81″ King size bed that could be permanent
  • Front dining area converts to 36″ X 81″ single bed
  • Dining area available even while main bed is set-up
  • The table can be moved to create two distinct dining areas : a two-seat and a five-seat dinette
  • Large bathroom cabinet
  • Fixed flush toilet
  • Interior shower

No effort has been spared in establishing the veracity of the above specifications. They have been adapted from the manufacturers of the small travel trailers and thus can be relied upon when acquiring the trailers.