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18 Best Small Travel Trailers Under 5,000 Pounds

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Small Travel Trailers

Interested in small camping trailers, but aren’t sure which one is right for you?

In this article, we reveal the 18 best small campers under 5,000 pounds. 

These small pull behind campers can be pulled by almost any vehicle – even some regular cars!

Check out the quick navigation menu below to jump straight to a trailer you’ve heard about, or just scroll through to see them all!

Let’s dive in.

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1. NüCamp RV T@G

2021 NüCamp RV T@G
  • Dry Weight: 2,200 lbs
  • Length: 13′ 7″
  • Width: 7′
  • Freshwater tank: 8 gallon

Click here for the full specs.

First on our list, the NüCamp RV T@G is both cute and badass. It comes equipped with a fresh water tank, but doesn’t have grey water or black water tanks.

The newer T@G models have a large stargazer window, a heater with a wireless thermostat, air conditioner, solar panels, and a YetiⓇ cooler option. T@G makes it easy to camp inside of a cozy campground or take your rig off-the-beaten-path. 

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2. Forest River R-Pod Travel Trailer

r-pod Travel Trailers by Forest River
  • Dry Weight: ~2,839 lbs
  • Length: 20’0″
  • Width: 96″
  • Slide outs: 1 (Tent Bed)

Click here for the full specs.

Forest River’s R-Pod Travel Trailers are fun mini campers. With an air conditioner for those hot summer days, a burner stove top, bunk beds, and a sleeping capacity of 2-4 you can fit the whole family! They come in eleven different floor plans, which you can check out on their website. 

Here are a few common ones:

R-Pod Floorplans

Depending on which model you get, you might have a tight “shit, shower, and shave” type bathroom. (The toilet and shower are a single room – see below.)

Shower toilet combo in an RV

However, they do also offer small travel trailers featuring a full bathroom with separate shower and toilet. Want to learn more? Here’s a quick video:

It’s a pretty cool small travel trailer. But there are plenty more to look at!

3. Escape Trailer

17 Foot Escape Trailer
  • Dry Weight: 2,640 lbs
  • Length: 17’8″ to 21′
  • Width: 7′
  • Slide outs: 0

Click here for the full specs.

Escape makes four kinds of travel trailers of various sizes, including a super tiny 21′ fifth wheel with radial tires that nearly any truck can pull. You can also customize certain add ons including a stove top, refrigerator, and even a solar system for your roof! These additions can make your camping experience beyond compare. 

Here’s a look at the 17A’s floor plan:

Escape Floorplan

These small travel trailers have received excellent reviews due to their build quality, abundant amenities for such a tiny space, they are easy to tow with almost any vehicle. This model has extra space for supplies in the many overhead storage cabinets, and four person side dinette. 

You can even custom build your own travel trailers to get everything just the way you want it! 

These are easily one of the best small travel trailers or small fifth wheels. You’ll be hard-pressed to find one with more amenities!

4. Scamp 13′ Fiberglass Trailer

Scamp 13 Foot Fiberglass Trailer
  • Dry Weight: 1,200-1,500 lbs
  • Length: 13′
  • Width: 7′
  • Slide outs: 0

Click here for the full specs.

If you want a truly tiny camper that can be pulled by a car and is easy to tow, the Scamp 13 is the trailer for you! At just 13′ and less than 1,500 lbs, this micro camper still has the room for a toilet, bed, and kitchen, depending on the model you choose. Your travels will be lightweight and worthwhile with this camper and the many camping trips to come. 

Here are the two camper trailers layouts:

Scamp Floorplan

Better yet, the Scamp comes with super insulation, allowing you to stay comfortable in temperatures ranging from 0 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit!

Here’s a video tour of the 2021 version:

5. Aliner Classic Travel Trailer

Aliner Classic Camper

Quick Stats

  • Dry Weight: 1,590 lbs
  • Length: 15′
  • Width: 78″
  • Slide outs: 0

Click here for the full specs.

If you like that A-Frame camper look, you’ll love the Aliner Classic.

Sporting a sink, two stove top cookers, a microwave, and a half-fridge, this is your one-stop shop to replace that tent with something a little more comfortable. This model definitely makes travel lightweight and easy. 

While it doesn’t have a built-in bathroom, it DOES have an outside shower. Here’s a peak at the floor plan:

Aliner Classic Floor Plans

It has an 11-gallon fresh water tank, which is plenty for a short weekend getaway!

Pro Tip: Don’t want to poop in the woods or gross public restrooms? Grab yourself a bathroom tent  and a portable toilet for some wonderful privacy.

6. Cricket Camper

Cricket Camper Trailer
  • Dry Weight: 1,500 lbs
  • Length: 15′
  • Width: 6’11
  • Slide outs: 0 (But the roof pops up)

Click here to see the full specs.

If you’re looking for ultra lightweight travel trailers under 2000 pounds with a bad ass rugged look and feel, the Cricket Camper is for you.  It is especially convenient for those who like to take their travel “off road”.

Despite it’s (very small) size, there’s plenty of living space in this bad boy. Especially when you pop up the top.It’s like a teardrop camper but with more space!

Take a look:

Cricket Banner Dark

Unfortunately, like the A liner, Cricket Campers don’t come with a bathroom. You need a portable toilet and bathroom tent to get your privacy.

However, they do come with a built-in portable shower you can use to wash yourself off after an outing at a beach or lake. Additionally, there is plenty of interior and ceiling height for those who like the have plenty of space to stand and stretch!

Here’s a video walkthrough of the 2021 version:

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7. Mantis Camper

Mantis Camper
  • Dry Weight: 2,800 lbs
  • Length: 18′
  • Width: 6’9
  • Slide outs: 0 (But the roof pops up)

Click here to see the full specs.

Looking for a unique travel trailer? How about one inspired by NASA?

This Mantis Camper is 18-feet-long, has integrated plumbing and electrical systems, and an independent suspension system (14″ to be exact). There is also a side dinette and wet bath, making this like home sweet home. 

The pop up roof means you get more space in these small campers while taking up the same space as it’s smaller competitors.

Want to take a look inside? 

Mantis Camper Interior

This is another model with the “shit, shower, shave” setup. Better than nothing, am I right? Here’s a video overview:

8. Timberleaf Teardrop Trailers

Timber Leaf Trailer
  • Dry Weight: 1,200 lbs
  • Length: 15′
  • Width: 65″
  • Slide outs: 0

Click here to see the full specs.

This travel trailer might not look like much, but it’s filled with everything you’d need for a little excursion. It features a fully-insulated cabin designed to keep the heat, wind, and chilly nights at bay.

Not only do they offer classic teardrop campers, they have an off-road teardrop trailer too!

Here’s the travel trailer layout, if you’re curious (sorry it’s small!):

Interior Design Timberleaf Teardrop

The one downfall this small travel trailer has?

There’s no bathroom attached to the trailer. You’d definitely need to purchase a portable toilet and bathroom tent to get your privacy (unless you’re a man – or woman – of the wild). It’s a great little teardrop camper!

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9. iCamp Elite

iCamp Elite
  • Dry Weight: 2,890 lb
  • Length: 14′
  • Width: 6’8″
  • Slide outs: 0

Click here to see the full specs.

Guess what?

This camper trailer has a small bathroom! 

Not to mention a dinette table that transforms into a bed and (even better) an oven and a fridge.

Here’s the floor plan for a better look in this camping trailer:

iCamp Elite Floorplan

Keep in mind that this camper is a diamond in the rough – you won’t find many with these features. Check the video for more:

10. Jay Sport Camping Trailer

Jay Sport Pop Up Camper
  • Dry Weight: 2,270 lbs
  • Length: 21’6″
  • Width: 7’1″
  • Slide outs: 0 (But 2 Pop Outs!)

Click here for the full specs.

If you’re looking for a classy camper, the Jay Sport Camping Trailer will provide just that. With plenty of sleeping space, and compactable pop-ups, this camper is perfect for all of your travel needs. Imagine having all of that living area and space!

How could you not want something that looks like this:

Jay Sport Inside

Sure, there might not be a built-in bathroom, but there is an exterior shower and side dinette in this small camper!

Check out what this mini camper looks like in this video tour:

Jayco is known for creating some of the best quality, top rated travel trailers. And pop up camper trailers are extremely lightweight, making this an excellent choice for smaller tow vehicles!

11. Happier Camper

Happier camper
  • Dry Weight: 1,100 lbs
  • Length: 13′
  • Width: 7′
  • Slideouts: 0

Click here for the full specs.

The Happier Camper will make your days, well… happier! They’re considered one of the best travel trailer brands right now!

With total freedom and a wide range of layouts possible, this small RV will be made specifically for you and your needs. Additionally, they can be easy to tow and make for very lightweight travel. 

Take a look at one of the custom layouts they offer:

Optional Layout

Like I said, this is just one of the many layouts they offer – check out more here.

Take a look at the video tour of these small trailers below for an in-depth look:

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12. Timberline Trailer

  • Dry Weight: 4,150 – 4,350 lbs
  • Length: 23′
  • Width: 7’11”
  • Slideouts: 0

Click here for the full specs.

We have nothing but good things to say about Timberline trailers – they’re unique, solar powered, and are made with healthy, sustainable materials. 

These small campers come with a wet bath (the average shit, shower, and shave model) and can sleep up to five people! Having a wet bath may not be ideal, but it’s better than not having a bathroom at all. 

Take a look at the floor plan to get a better look at the inside of the Timberline trailer:

Interior Design Timberline

13. Bicycle Camper

Bicycle Camper

Quick Stats

  • Dry Weight: 88 lbs
  • Length: 9’4″
  • Width: 3’2″
  • Slideouts: 0

Click here for the full specs.

Guys… how freaking cute is this bicycle camper?!

Bill and I about died when we first saw it – it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen before! It’s the lightest-weight camping trailer on this list.

The sitting area transforms into a bed and there’s a nightstand attached for a small lamp (or to place your drinks/electronics). Imagine having such a unique camper that is easy to tow and makes for extremely lightweight travel. This camper can be taken almost anywhere on, and off road. As long as you’re willing to go there. 

Take a look at the floor plan to get a better idea of what you’d be working with if you went with the bicycle camper:

floor plan for bicycle bike

14. Terrapin Camper

Casual Turtle
  • Dry Weight: 1,260 lbs
  • Length: 12′
  • Width: 6’9″
  • Slideouts: 0

Click here for the full specs.

The Terrapin camper from Casual Turtle can be built any way you’d like – which makes this camper a unique “true-to-you” model. The wood paneling and interior design of this model definitely make any camping experience unique. 

Many people use these travel trailers for a quick trip to the lake or week-long getaways – but don’t let that stop you from pulling this sucker halfway around the country if that’s your goal! It’s easily the most unique camping trailer on this list.

Because the floor plan is made specifically for people interested in purchasing one of these models, we, unfortunately, don’t have one to show you. 

We can, however, show you what it looks like on the inside of one that’s already built:

Terrapin Inside

Again, the interior layout is 100% customizable! If you’re after a queen-sized RV bed, fair-sized master bedroom, and a nightstand, it’s yours!

If you’re after a pull-out couch and a dinette though? It’s yours (as long as the owners can make it for you, of course).

15. Wanderlust Vintage Trailers

Wanderlust Vintage Camper
  • Dry Weight: 1200-1500 pounds
  • Length: 13′
  • Width: 6’9″
  • Slideouts: 0
  • Fresh water tank: varies
  • Gray water tank: varies

Click here for the full specs.

Wanderlust Vintage Trailers is a company that takes vintage rigs, typically between 20-40 years old, and restores them to like-new condition with the help of each prospective owner.

Because they work with each owner individually, no two campers are the same! You can customize exactly what you want.

16. Little Guy Mini Max

Little Guy Mini Max
  • Dry Weight: 1,993 pounds
  • Length: 17′ 2″
  • Width: 6’9″
  • Slideouts: 0
  • Fresh water tank: varies
  • Gray water tank: varies

Like the TAB, the Little Guy Mini Max offers a well-designed, if small, space in a vintage-but-modern exterior. It’s slightly longer and heavier than the TAB, but the trade-off means you get more room and features.

I love the Little Guy Mini Max’s giant window setup. It lets in a ton of natural light, which is always nice to have when camping. It also comes with a wet bath, which is rare for a small trailer!

That said, it’s still small enough to be towed by nearly any tow vehicle. If your car can tow at least 2,500 pounds, it can tow this small trailer.

17. Forest River Wolf Pup 18TO

forest river wolf pup 18to

Dry Weight: 3,797 pounds
Length: 23′ 2″
Width: 7′
Slideouts: 1
Fresh water tank: 26.00 gal.
Gray water tank: 23.00 gal.

Click here for the full specs.

The Forest River Wolf Pup 18TO is the perfect tiny trailer for a family camping trip! This is one of the only small campers that has a slide out (which in turn, offers more sleeping space for guests).

With a queen size bed and all the amenities you’d need on a trip (such as a two burner stove, walk in shower, and plenty of storage space), we’d recommend this small camping trailer to anyone!

18. Coleman Lantern LT

coleman lantern lt

Dry Weight: 3,587 pounds
Length: 22′ 10″
Width: 9′ 9″
Slideouts: 0
Fresh water tank: 27 gal.
Gray water tank: 28 gal.

Click here for the full specs.

When it comes to small camping trailers, it can be tough to find something that fits up to four people. But thanks to the Coleman Lantern LT, those days are in the past! This lightweight travel trailer may not have a lot of counter space, but it does have a murphy bed, bunk beds, decent storage space, a two burner stove, walk in shower, and more!

You’ll be blown away at how much interior space you have in this small trailer!

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about small camper trailers? We’ve got you covered!

Note: If we didn’t answer your small camper trailer question below, make sure to leave a comment down below!

What’s the smallest travel trailer with a bathroom?

The Scamp Deluxe is the smallest trailer with a bathroom on our list, coming in at only 13′ long. It has a wet bath tucked inside the camper, so you won’t have to worry about using the park’s dirty bathrooms or finding a bathroom while boondocking.

What are the smallest camper trailers?

The Terrapin Camper, Happier Camper, and Scamp Camper are the smallest camper trailers on our list, coming in at 13′ or less and weighing under 2,000 lbs!

Is a small travel trailer worth it?

This depends entirely on what you plan on doing and how you like to travel. If you don’t mind limited living and storage space and love having something that’s easy to tow, light on gas, and can go more places than bigger campers, a small travel trailer is absolutely worth it!

What is the lightest camper to tow?

The lightest camper to tow is the Happier Camper, coming in at just 1,100 lbs! The Scamp trailer and Terrapin camper are also lightweight options, coming in at 1,200-1,500 lbs depending on the features you add.

What are tiny campers called?

Micro campers, or mini campers, go by many names. You’ve got the tiniest of campers, called teardrop trailers, that get their name for looking like a teardrop. But there are also small camping trailers, pop up campers, a-frame campers, and more.

Final Thoughts

And that brings us to the end of our list of the best small travel trailers! Whether you’re looking to go off road or just stay at an RV park, there’s something here for you!

I hope you had as much fun reading this as we did writing it! Let us know in the comments –did we miss any cool mini campers? Are you going to get one from this list?

Not sure which trailer to get? Click here to see 100’s of camper rentals so you can try before you buy! Enjoy your adventure RV travels!

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