Ultralight travel trailers, over the year, have become one of the best travel trailer choices for many folks. Due to their reasonably light weight, there is usually no need for the owner to purchase a bigger vehicle with which to tow. In addition, the materials and construction techniques used allow travel trailer manufacturers to design comfortable, well-appointed, ultralight travel trailers with lots of room and an affordable price.
When it comes to ultralight travel trailers, the specification we need to really look at is Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) is the maximum permissible weight of the unit when fully loaded. It includes all weights, inclusive of all fluids, cargos, optional equipment, and accessories. For safety and product performance, do NOT exceed the GVWR. There is a formula you can use to calculate the maximums and to ensure that you have not exceeded any of the manufacturers’ specifications. Read this article by Mark Polk, owner of RV Education 101, to learn how to figure this all out. You also need to know the dry weight of your ultralight travel trailer in order to have an idea of just how much stuff you can take with you.
5 Ultralight Travel Trailers
Here is our list of 5 ultralight travel trailers that we think you’ll love not only because they are some of the lightest travel trailers made, but also because they are well-made, durable, and look damn good. So let’s begin.
The Happier Camper
We have looked at The Happier Camper several times at Top Rated Travel Trailers and with good reason. It is such a great ultralight travel trailer. From the retro design to the modern amenities and the extremely well thought-out use of space, you simply can’t go wrong choosing this lightweight travel trailer.
The Happier Camper has a dry weight of 1,100 lbs and a GVWR of 1,500 lbs.
Even though it’s ultralight and small, its Adaptiv modular interior design makes up for it. Having an Adaptiv modular interior design means you can rearrange everything inside to suit your needs and to cater to your vision and camping desires. You can remove the table, rearrange the seats (or remove them altogether), and put in whatever you want. At maximum, a family of 2 adults and 3 kids can fit in here.
Some single people camp alone and bring along their toys like bikes, skateboards, and their work essentials (if they work remotely.) Some couples bring their kids to the beach, to the mountains, or to a camping site to disconnect for a while and enjoy the family bonding time.
The Happier Camper, with HC1 2019 as its latest version, is easy to tow with almost any car, especially with its GVWR of 1,500 pounds. Available colors are: mammoth white, pacific blue, bishop red, topanga turquoise, sequoia orange, silverlake, and mojave sage. Other features are:
- 100% double-hull insulated fiberglass
- Adaptiv™ modular platform
- Large rear hatch door
- Sleeps to sleep up to five
- 72sf with 42sf of walkable floor space
- Storage space throughout
- Custom precision components
- Panoramic jalousie windows
- Solar-powered with contoured panel
- Strong frame with built-in stabilizers
- Standard electric brakes
- Torsion axle / 13” wheels / swing back tongue
- Advanced power and electrical components
- Fits in a single parking space & most garages
To learn more about this ultralight travel trailer, visit their site where you can view photos, learn about features, and download a brochure and owners manual.
The Scamp 13-Foot Travel Trailer
The Scamp is another one of the ultralight travel trailers we have taken a look at in the past. This travel trailer, just like The Happier Camper, has an all fiberglass body. The Scamp ultralight travel trailer is affordable and compact, which makes it great for small families who only have a car or SUV with which to tow. The front sofa on the Scamp converts to a bunk bed and the rear dining area converts to a double bed, giving this ultralight travel trailer room for up to four people.
The Scamp travel trailer has a dry weight of approximately 1200-1500 lbs. Unfortunately, the manufacturer’s website does not show the GVWR or it may be extremely uneasy to find. Anyhow, I think adding another 400 pounds which includes food, water, clothes, and other necessities should get you within a safe GVWR. Be advised to check with the manufacturer first to confirm the GVWR.
Other features include:
- Fiberglass construction
- Overall length 13’
- Overall height 7’ 6”
- Overall width 6’ 8”
- Interior length 10’
- Interior height 6’ 3”
- Interior width 6’ 6”
- Super insulation (R15)
- 30 amp power converter
- 12 volt lighting
- Ice box standard
- 12 gallon fresh water tank
- Sleeps one to four
- Table converts to bed
- Sofa converts to bunk beds
- Clothes closet by door
- Marine headliner wall fabric
- Four inch cushions
- Wood panel interior cabinet doors
- Two burner propane stove
- Propane tank
- Porch light
- Approximate weight 1200-1500
- 2200 pound torsion axle
- Hitch weight 100 pounds
- Hitch height approx. 16-18”
- Hitch ball size 2”
- 25ft 30amp electric supply cord
- Spare tire & cover
- Safety chains
- Tires: 13” C load radial
- 11 gauge steel tube frame
- Extra lights and outlets available
- Carpet or vinyl floor optional
- Fiberglass cabinets
- Crank open windows & screens
- Mounted rear stabilizer jacks
Caita 13-Foot Patriot Deluxe Travel Trailer
The Casita 13-Foot Patriot Deluxe is personally one of my favorite ultralight travel trailers. It is, in my opinion, the perfect weekender travel trailer. It comfortably sleeps two people and the bed converts to an extra sitting and dining space that seats four. Don’t let the small size and light weight make you think it does not have any amenities. It comes pretty well-equipped with a toilet and shower.
This 13-foot trailer has beaten the odds of the game. Even though people were having issues, especially with the size, Casita has remained one of the best-selling ultralight travel trailers out there. So much so that it’s gotten the nickname, “America’s Favorite Lightweight Travel Trailer.”
The Casita Travel Trailers are fuel efficient because of its aerodynamic design. It’s also durable and sturdy because of its fiberglass construction, it’s easy to tow because of its light weight, it’s easy to setup as it only takes a few minutes to do so, its interior is insulated, and even though it’s small, it’s big on the inside.
The Casita Patriot Deluxe has a dry weight of 1880 lbs. As with the Scamp above, the GVWR is not available on their website. Adding another 400 pounds should put you in the range of their GWVR. Just like my recommendation for the Scamp, check with the manufacturers of the Casita travel trailers to confirm the maximum GVWR.
Oliver Legacy Elite Ultralight Travel Trailer
When it comes to weight, this is not one of the lightest on our list. As a matter of fact, it is the heaviest of all the ultralight travel trailers that we have listed on this page. However, this is such a fine fiberglass body travel trailer that we would be crazy not to include it in this line-up. The Oliver Legacy Elite travel trailer is a single axle, double-hulled, fiberglass lightweight travel trailer. This 18 foot 5-inch trailer is packed with features and is extremely well-designed.
Here are some of its features:
As I mentioned earlier, this one is a bit on the heavy side. The GVWR of the Oliver Legacy Elite is 5000 so it’s safe to assume you are not going to tow this with a small car. However, a midsize or large SUV can tow this travel trailer. Three that come to mind is the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer, and the Dodge Durango.
Egg Camper Travel Trailer
The last of our 5 favorite ultralight travel trailers is the Egg Camper. This is a lightweight molded composite travel trailer that has a very affordable price. Unfortunately, production is temporarily closed, no reason given. We hope a new production schedule will soon be announced. Nicely equipped and well-made, we like the Egg Camper even though it is not one of the most polished in the sense of design of the ultralight travel trailers we have looked at.
As I mentioned, the dry weight is 2000, so adding another 400-500 pounds of stuff should get you near its GVWR. Again, check your vehicle manual and the manufacturer of the travel trailer to ensure you do not exceed the GVWR.
It’s been a while since the brand has updated their camper specifications, standard amenities package, and their optional features, but they are back! Actually, they WILL be back. When you go to their page, you’ll see that they are coming back next year, 2020. It’s taken a while because they have been manufacturing a new breed of trailers of which fiberglass are a part.
If you’re interested in buying their soon-to-be released campers or you want to be updated on their company, visit their site from time to time.
So there you have it; 5 ultralight travel trailers we think you’ll love. Each one has it’s one unique characteristic and of course, pricing. They are all ultralight with the Oliver Legacy being on the heavier side but still can be towed with your average SUV. Let us know what you think or if you have any questions.