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Lightweight travel trailers are quite popular here in Australia. We’ve got one and we love it.
We love how we have no concerns about whether our SUV can tow it, and it adds negligible costs to our fuel consumption.
However, what our small travel trailer lacks… is a bathroom. (Yes, it’s true!)
So when it comes time for us to upgrade our small travel trailer (i.e. when we can afford it) we’ll be going with another small and light pull behind trailer.
But this time, with a bathroom.
Since I’m always looking for small RV travel trailers, I thought I’d compile a list of what I find here.
Table Of Contents
- Small Travel Trailer
- Lightweight Travel Trailer
- A note about travel trailer weights
- How much do ultra light travel trailers weigh?
- With a bathroom
- And inside kitchen
- Lightweight Travel Trailer
- What are the best lightweight travel trailers?
- Airstream Basecamp 2.0
- Aliner LXE
- Atia RV GU147
- Braxton Creek Bushwhacker Plus
- Casita Spirit Deluxe
- Coachmen Clipper UltraLight 14CR
- Forest River R-Pod 171 Ultra Lite Travel Trailer
- Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite 16RE
- Helio O Series
- InTech Sol Dawn
- Jayco Jay Flight
- KZ RV Escape E14 HATCH
- Lance 1475 Travel Trailer
- nüCamp TAB S
- Travel Lite Rove Lite
- What is the lightest travel trailer with a bathroom?
- Save these lightweight travel trailers to Pinterest
Here’s our criteria:
Small Travel Trailer
‘Small’ is obviously a subjective term. So in regards to these small travel trailers, I’m going to be looking for anything under 20ft (6 metres, for those of us on metric)
Lightweight Travel Trailer
Did you know that small and lightweight travel trailers are sometimes called lite weight and ultralight travel trailers?
But no one has defined what makes a camper lightweight, or ultralight weight!
So I’m going with lightweight. And I’m saying that lightweight is under 4,000 pounds GVWR (approx. 1800kg)
A note about travel trailer weights
GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) – is the maximum permissible weight of the unit when fully loaded.
UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight) – is the typical weight of the unit as manufactured at the factory. It is sometimes referred to as the Dry Weight.
CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity) ** – is the amount of weight available for fresh potable water, cargo, additional optional equipment and accessories. CCC is equal to GVWR minus UVW.
How much do ultra light travel trailers weigh?
If you’re interested, I would say that an ultra light travel trailer weighs under 3,000 pounds. (Approx 1,360kg) Totally arbitrary, but based on the few articles I’ve found online.
Sleeps two people. This can be either a double bed or two single beds.
Ideally it would be a permanent bed, not one that has to be made up from the dinette or sofa every night, but I think that might be getting a bit too fussy. These are small travel trailers we’re looking at, after all.
With a bathroom
This can be a separate toilet and shower, or a wet bath (toilet and shower combined)
And inside kitchen
I’ve seen some lite travel trailers where the kitchen is outside, like on the teardrop campers. But I’m not looking at those, just ones where you can cook, eat, sleep and use the bathroom all inside the small travel trailer.
Please note: I’ve included the length (in feet) and maximum trailer capacity GVWR (in pounds) where it’s been available for me to see. But please don’t take this as law! Do your own research to ensure the specs given are correct.
What are the best lightweight travel trailers?
Figuring out what are the the best lightweight travel trailers is something that only YOU can determine based on what YOU want and need in a light travel trailer.
What I’ve done, is compile a list of the best light weight travel trailers that I could find online. But what is best for me, will probably be different to what is best for you.
So here we go…
Airstream Basecamp 2.0
We start off with a bang! At just 16ft this great little Airstream Basecamp 2.0 fits beautifully into our criteria.
It’s not that classic Airstream shape that we all know so well (and they’ve now stopped production of the Airstream Sport… unfortunately 🙁 ) but it’s still a stylish design and sleek aluminium finish.
They’re sturdy little campers too, perfect for those that want to hit the outdoor adventures.
GVWR: 3,500 lbs
Price: starting at $39,100
This little guy manages to fit everything into one tiny little package!
The toilet/shower combo would take some getting used to (it’s tiny, and it folds up from what is basically a box) and would not be something I’d like; but it does fulfil the criteria of having a toilet and shower, so we’re keeping it in here.
GVWR: 2,500 lbs
Also check out the ‘Expedition’ and ‘Family’, as they are the other two models from Aliner that include a bathroom.
Atia RV GU147
We call these pop-top caravans in Australia, and they are super popular. Small, light and with the roof being able to be lowered down, they fit nicely into a garage or carport when not in use.
That’s what the ‘GU’ stands for, ‘Garagable Unit’.
GVWR: 2,700 lbs
They have a few other floor plans and lengths (right up to 18ft), all of which would fit into our lightweight category.
Braxton Creek Bushwhacker Plus
Everything you need and want, all in this lightweight travel trailer package.
GVWR: 3,000 lbs
Casita Spirit Deluxe
I’m sure you knew this one was going to be in this list. Am I right? These little fibreglass travel trailers are known for being small and light travel trailers.
I’m so, so, so glad to see the upgrade in the interior decor too!
Dry Weight: 2,480 lbs (Only the dry weight is shown on their website)
Casita have a number of different layout options, some with bathrooms, some without; but all of them would fit in the ‘lightweight travel trailer’ category.
Coachmen Clipper UltraLight 14CR
Here’s an example of a manufacturer calling their trailer an ‘ultra light’ but it’s one of the heavier of this list. It just goes to show that the terms ‘lightweight’ and ‘ultralight’ really are subjective.
GVWR: 3,823 lbs
Forest River R-Pod 171 Ultra Lite Travel Trailer
Having everything you need in one tidy little package like the R-Pod… I would be very happy with this set up! (Admittedly, I do change my mind every third travel trailer or motorhome I look at. :-/)
GVWR: 3,252 lbs
There are lots more R-Pod layouts for you to check out on their website too.
Another Forest River product to look at is the Flagstaff E-Pro. A bit heavier at 3,866 lbs GVWR but is still a lightweight. You can see the Flagstaff E-Pro here.
Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite 16RE
Gulf Stream call this model a super lite weight travel trailer, and compared to most travel trailers with all these features, that name kinda fits.
GVWR: 3,950 lbs
Gulf Stream make it quite easy to find all their lightest travel trailers. This overview page shows all the Ameri-Lite lightweight travel trailer plans and their weights.
Helio O Series
These little travel trailers look like teardrop campers that have grown up! Still small and still cute, but these have the required bathroom and internal kitchen.
GVWR: 2,000 lbs
InTech Sol Dawn
With that huge panoramic window, it’s easy to imagine living and working in a space like this. Maybe it wouldn’t feel like such a small box when you can let so much of the outside in!
GVWR: 3,500 lbs
Jayco Jay Flight
Previously I had the ‘Hummingbird’ by Jayco listed here, but they don’t seem to be manufacturing that one anymore.
There is a new kid on the block, the ‘Jay Feather Micro’, but on closer inspection, none of these lightest travel trailer come in under 4,000lbs (except the model that does not include a bathroom).
But never fear! Jayco do have their Jay Flight, and it fulfills our criteria nicely!
GVWR: 3,200 lbs
KZ RV Escape E14 HATCH
Now this is a great idea…
With rear hatch, this ultra lightweight travel trailer can now be utilized as a bit of a toy hauler. It’s still only small, but that top opening rear door allows you to easily load and unload gear, and with the insect screen up you can bring the outdoors, in.
GVWR: 3,500 lbs
Lance 1475 Travel Trailer
It’s quite refreshing to see the updated decor options on the Lance 1475 travel trailer. I’m sure there will be people who hate the new grey palette just as much as I hate the old brown palette, but I’m very glad to see some updates.
And those swivel captains chairs look for comfy!
GVWR: 3,700 lbs
nüCamp TAB S
Now this is a tiny little number. But it’s got the shower and toilet, and the inside kitchen, so it’s on the list!
GVWR: 2,900 lbs
I really love the Tab 400 as well (which I wrote about in a post called: Small Campers that have everything you need) and it fits into the small and light criteria as well.
I am sorry if you’re a Scamp lover… but I think the Scamps might just be the ugliest little campers I’ve ever laid eyes on. Both inside and outside they look horrendous! (Personal opinion, of course).
BUT – I can’t help but acknowledge just how compact, functional and practical everything is.
These fibreglass trailers are just 16ft yet manage to contain everything you need. And being made of fibreglass, I’m guessing they’re insulated pretty well too.
GVWR: 2,600 lbs
Travel Lite Rove Lite
Now that we’re at the end of this list, there’s not too much left to say about the Rove Lite.
It has a nice modern-ish interior and everything you need.
Dry weight: 1,676 lbs
What is the lightest travel trailer with a bathroom?
According to this list, the lightest travel trailer with a bathroom, is the Helio O Series. It’s a teeny tiny wet bath, but heck, in a trailer this small there’s no way it could be any bigger!
And there we have it. All the lightweight travel trailers with a bathroom, that I could find online.
Do you have others that I should add to the list? Don’t forget, they don’t have to be ultra lite travel trailers, but they should be under 4,000 lbs GVWR and less than 20ft long.
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Save these lightweight travel trailers to Pinterest
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- Leisure Travel Vans.
- Heartland RV.
- Grand Design RV.
- Riverstone by Forest River.
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- Grand Design RV.
- Oliver Travel Trailers.
- Lance Campers.
- Outdoors RV.
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- Slide Out Problems.
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- Grand Design Transcend Travel Trailer.
- Keystone Hideout Fifth Wheel.
- Grand Design Solitude Fifth Wheel.
- Grand Design Momentum Toy Hauler Fifth Wheel.
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The type of RVs that hold their value best
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- Keystone Montana–Best Luxury.
- Northwood Arctic Fox–Best Budget.
- Forest River Cherokee Arctic Wolf–Best for Families.
- Oliver Legacy Elite–Best Compact.
- Jayco Eagle–Best for Extreme Weather.
- Lance 2295–Best for Milder Weather.
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Airstream. Winnebago Industries. Grand Design RV. Happier Camper.
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- Most Budget Friendly: Winnebago.
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- Jayco Redhawk 26XD Motorhome.
- Lance 4-Seasons Travel Trailer.
- Forest River Arctic Wolf.
- Jayco 327CKTS Eagle Fifth Wheel.
- Heartland Bighorn Fifth Wheels.
- Keystone Raptor Fifth Wheel.
- Heartland LM Arlington.
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- Insulate RV Windows. ...
- Use Your Heater.
- 1.) Lance 650.
- 2.) Northstar Liberty.
- 3.) Adventurer 80RB.
- 4.) Travel Lite Super Lite.
- 5.) Lance 825.
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This is the case for our Scamp 13', which has a very roomy full-sized bed for two people (54” wide x 76” long) and, after conversion, a generously roomy kitchen table for four people.Does the Scamp 13 have a toilet? ›
13' model, with shower/ toilet, window above stove, exhaust fan, furnace, 3 way fridge, holding tank, ...Do scamps have brakes? ›
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