Best Small Camping Trailers For 2022

Small camping trailers these days have many features and amenities that make them campers to consider if you don’t want to buy a pickup just to tow one around. In this post, we go over some of the best small camping trailers money can buy.

Small campers can usually be towed with a light truck (Toyota Tacoma), a Jeep Wrangler, and/or a mid-sized SUV and in some cases a crossover vehicle, even a 4-cylinder car. They can easily fit in a garage. Let’s begin with our recommendation for the best small camping trailers.

Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) should not exceed 5,000 pounds. The length of the camper (minus the hitch length) should not exceed 20 feet

So let’s get started with our recommended small camping trailers we recommend for your next RV adventures.

Small Camping Trailers With Bathrooms

Happier Camper

Best small camping trailers

The Happier Camper HC1 is still one of our favorite small trailers not only for its cool retro look but also because of its versatility. Inside the all-fiberglass body, you’ll find the Adaptiv modular system.

It easily lets you customize the interior layout of the small camper by using cubes or Adaptiv components.

Now they offer two models the HC1 and the HCT “Traveler” which have a longer footprint giving you more room for gear.

The Adaptiv components include a bench/bed, storage cubes, kitchenette, and many more. The sleeping space is suitable for 1 or 2 people only. The HC1 is an all fiberglass construction camper.

Getting in and out is easy via the rear door.

The HC1 was their first model and has a 3,500 pounds GVWR rating and a length of 13′ and that includes the hitch.

Many cars and small SUVs have the towing capacity to tow the Happier Camper.

Price: $34,450+

Winnebago Micro Minnie

Winnebago Minnie Micro small camping trailer

The Winnebago Micro Minnie 1700BH is the only plan in their Micro Minnie line-up that meets our criteria. The BH stands for a bunkhouse, and on this camper, it is located towards the rear adjacent to the bathroom.

This Micro Minnie exceeds our length criteria by only 9 inches but we included it because it is a great-looking camper. The layout has been very well done and it sleeps 5 which we like since the grandkids can come along.

Can you take the Micro Minnie off-road? We say maybe but you shouldn’t.

Even though the double axle gives it some really good suspension it’s not made to take the pounding an off-road camper can take.

The Micro Minnie has a spacious kitchen with a gas stove, a nice sleeping area with windows on each side for cross-ventilation, USB Ports, patio speakers, and an awning with LED lights. Overall a very nice living space and galley.

The smaller Micro Minnie is the 1708FB and it has an exterior length of 19’5″ with a GVWR of 5,000 lbs.

Price: $45,000+

Jayco Jay Feather Micro

Jayco Jay Feather micro small camping trailer

The Jayco Jay Feather Micro is a lightweight small travel trailer that has a gross weight ranging from 2,000 to 4,000 lbs. As of the publishing of this article, the actual dry weight of each plan has not yet been revealed by Jayco.

This makes the Jay Feather Micro an ideal camper to be towed with a light truck, mid-sized SUV, and even certain crossover vehicles.

The Micro is available in five-floor plans. All but the smallest (12SRK) have a bathroom.

The Jay Feather Micro includes residential-style kitchen countertops with a 3-burner cooktop. This floorplan also has a jackknife sofa and Jayco’s new patent-pending trays.

There are many standard features we think you’ll like.

Optional packages add solar panel prep for off-grid camping and a 13,000 BTU air conditioning system. The Jay Feather Micro is an excellent micro camper that is lightweight and does not shortchange you on comfort and features.

The smallest which now seems to be dealer stock only is the 12SRK which weighs 1,585 lbs and is just over 13 feet in length.

Price: $20,663+

Forest River R-Pod

ultralight small travel trailer

The Forest River R-Pod is another of the available small campers you should consider. It is available in 11 layout designs, the RP-202 is the heaviest with a dry weight of 4,574 lbs.

It is constructed on a powder-coated steel frame and comes equipped with a power tongue jack, self-adjusting electric brakes, and much more.

The interior has designer Carefree flooring, solid lumber core cabinet fronts, central vacuum, USB ports, LED lighting and it is solar panel prepped.

One feature we like that has been added is a dry bath in certain models as opposed to a wet bath which we don’t particularly like. It is solar-panel prepped for off-grid use and a backup camera prepped as well.

The smallest R-Pod camper in their lineup is the RP-153 with an exterior length of 17’6″ and an unloaded vehicle weight of 3,179 lbs.

Price: $29,453+

Small Fiberglass Camping Trailer

Casita Liberty Deluxe

Casita Travel Trailers small camper

The Casita travel trailer is an all-fiberglass construction camper (as well as the Scamp trailer below) available in 5-floor plans with each one having a standard and deluxe model.

The fiberglass shell is a two-piece marine-grade shell. There is a top and bottom half that are sealed together with fiberglass.

What’s great about this method of construction is the roof has no seams, which makes this camper virtually waterproof, durable, and, lightweight. The interior and exterior are both super easy to clean.

The frame is constructed of heavy-duty steel which improves underbody strength and helps in protecting the travel trailer from the road and rough terrain damage.

The Casita is available in 5-floor layout designs and each one has a standard version and a deluxe version. The major difference is the deluxe has a bathroom. It’s a wet bath which means the shower and toilet are in the same compartment.

The Casita Liberty Deluxe is our favorite small camper from this RV manufacturer. It has a dry weight of 2,480 lbs and a length of 17 feet.

Price: $28,694+

Most Affordable Small Camping Trailers

Sylvan Sport Go Camper Trailer

Sylvan Go Pop Up Camper

The Sylvan Sport Go is described by its manufacturer as the “Swiss Army Knife” of small tent trailers. Not only that but National Geographic called the Go “Coolest Camper Ever”.

There are many things that make the Sylvan Go cool and one of them is the ability to use the camper as a utility trailer to haul stuff, which makes it rather unique among small campers.

When used for camping the interior is spacious and the bed is wide and long. Many buyers rave about customer service from Sylvan as well.

This is a very capable tent camper that is comfortable on the road or off-road. When it comes to storage space you won’t find much but what is available is very useful. Note that there is no air conditioner on this camper.

The towing capacity of many small SUVs is well within the range to tow this camper. The pop-up tent is easy to set up.

When it comes to small trailers, Tammy and I really like the Sylvan Go. It gives you the outdoor camping experience but is a lot more refined than just being in a tent. With the rack you can add bikes, kayak etx.

This is one of the smaller campers on our list. Can be towed with just about any vehicle. It has a weight of just 840 lbs and is about 80″ in length.

Price: $10,995+

Scamp Travel Trailers

Scamp trailers

Scamp trailers are made to order all fiberglass lightweight campers. The fiberglass shell is lightweight and very durable.

It’s a small trailer which makes it easy to tow by small cars, minivans, and SUVs. The round corners make it aerodynamic which in turn increases fuel efficiency.

Scamp trailers are available in 3 sizes, 13′, 16′, and 19′. Each size is available as a “Standard” or “Deluxe” model. The big difference between the two is the “Deluxe” has a bathroom. or other amenities.

The smallest travel trailer is the 13-foot length model and weighs about 2,000 lbs. Since Scamp does not list their camper GVWR we suggest you actually weigh your fully-loaded camper so you know what vehicle you will need to tow the Scamp safely.

Price: $15,590+

Best Innovative Small Camping Trailers

Taxa Outdoors Cricket Camper

Taxa Cricket small and lightweight camping trailer

The Taxa Outdoors Cricket (our review) small camping trailer is both lightweight and rugged. It can be towed by vehicles with 4-cylinder engines. The inside allows for two adults and two children to sleep comfortably.

The roof pops up to provide optimized ventilation and the spacious interior has ample room for a full-bed and under-bed storage that converts into a dining table.

The kitchen features a large countertop, a sink, and a two-burner stove allowing you to easily prep your meal and cook.

There are 5 swing windows equipped with shades and screens and 5 mesh windows in the upper tent side that allow open views and cross ventilation from just about any angle.

Need a roof rack? No worries the Taxa has one if you need it.

With its NASA-inspired design, you’ll find the Taxa Outdoors Cricket is one very capable small camper trailer. If you plan on going off-road this camper can definitely handle that.

The Cricket is 15′ in length and has a GVWR of 2,700 lbs. Most cars can’t tow it however SUVs like the Nissan Pathfinder with a towing package can easily do so.

Price: $32,439+

Safari Condo Alto

Safari Condo Alto off-road small camping trailer

The Safari Condo Alto is one of the more unique small teardrop trailers we know. What makes it so unique is the retractable roof system.

Essentially the roof expands upward to add interior height.  You can easily go from 83.5 inches to 101 inches when the roof is open. It’s a great classic teardrop camper-looking design.

You can almost consider it a pop-up camper since the top actually pops up to increase interior headroom and space. Deinfitlet one to consider if planning any off-road expeditions.

The roof and walls are made of a plastic honeycomb core that is laminated with aluminum on one side and Alufiber on the other side.

Alufiber combines aluminum and fiberglass to create a durable lightweight material.

One interesting thing to note about the Safari Condo Alto is that they have intentionally used materials that water has little to no effect on. This camper mainly uses aluminum, Alufiber, plastic, Formica, and glass in its construction.

When it comes to storage space it has just enough for most folks and quite a bit more than a typical teardrop camper.

With a length of 17′ and a GVWR of 2,700 lbs, you’ll find it easy to tow this small camper with a small truck or full-size SUV.

Price: $28,500+

Polydrops P17 Essential

At only 13’7″ the Polydrops P17 Essential is one of the shortest campers on our list. It has only 4 feet of interior height but it doesn’t seem small or cramped inside. This is due to gullwing doors which make getting in and out of the P17 quite easy.

The dry weight of the P17 is a mere 820 lbs which makes it easily towable by just about any vehicle.

Available options include a roof rack, awning, skylight, and a solar panel.

Price: $1

Best Retro Micro Camper

Riverside RV Retro 135

Riverside RV 135

Tammy and I were heading to Lake Texoma when we decided to stop at Treasure Valley Casino. Out front, they had this cool-looking unit from RiversideRV. We managed to peek inside and immediately fell in love.

For a small camper, it had quite a bit. This little beauty has a queen-sized bed, a dry bath (toilet and separate shower), a cooktop and sink, a refrigerator, and a sofa.

It also managed to fit in a microwave and outside shower. Storage space is limited on this camper but still very useable.

The interior has a retro wood paneling design. To maximize space it has a rear hatch or door.

The RT 135 has a dry weight of just 2,540 pounds and a Cargo Carrying Weight of 1,170 pounds.

Price: $23,499+

Small Off-Road Camper

Boony Stomper By Sunnyside Offroad

The Boony Stomper

When it comes to a small camper you can tow, even with a side-by-side, the Boony Stomper leads the packs. The Boony Stomper is manufactured by Sunnyside Offroad in Reno, NV.

The camper is only 11″ in length and that includes the trailer tongue and rear bumper. At its widest point it is 68″. it weighs in at 600 lbs. and will increase depending on any options your choose.

The interior has finished walls, linoleum floors, and carpeted walls and headboard. The suspension is custom fabricated with independent trailing arms. It will give you a smooth ride even at high speeds.

Price: $9,555

Best Small Camping Trailers Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a small RV trailer to spend your weekends in or even an extended road trip any of the above small camping trailers should work just fine for you.

For Tammy and me, our preference would be the Jayco Jay Feather Micro or the great-looking Riverside RV 135. Both are very capable and lightweight.

What are mini Camper Trailers Called?

There are a few different names for mini campers including micro campers, teardrop campers, and small camping trailers ti name a few.

How Much is The Smallest Camper?

On our list above the smallest camper is about $10,000, however, it depends on the type a small travel trailer starts at around $15,000 and up, whereas a teardrop camper can start as low as $8,000.

How Much Does Scamp trailer Cost?

Scamp travel trailers start at around $16,000 and go up from there depending on the options you chose.

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Ray & Tammy Roman

Ray and Tammy Roman are the co-owner/authors of Go Travel Trailers. They have been featured in AARP, RV Today, and Porch.com, among others. When not writing about RVs and the RV lifestyle, you'll find them fishing, vacationing in Red River, NM, and spending time with family and friends.