9 Best Travel Trailers Under 4500 Pounds or Lighter

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Travel trailers that weigh under 4,500 pounds can be towed by some sports utility vehicles and small trucks. You won’t need a huge truck to take these travel trailers out on the road. We have researched most of the popular travel trailer manufactures to see which of their models can meet the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)  of under 4,500 lbs. Here is what we found during our research.

Travel Trailers That Weigh Under 4500 Pounds

Our favorite travel trailers that have a GVWR of 4500 pounds or less. For a typical automobile this weight might be too much, however, a full-sized SUV or truck such as a Ford F-150 can easily tow this size travel trailer.

Micro Lite by Flagstaff (23FBKS)  – 4,419 pounds GVWR

The Micro Lite by Flagstaff doesn’t need a truck to be towed A full-sized SUV or pick-up can easily tow the Micro Lite.

The Micro Lite comes in 14-floor different plans with the 23FBKS under 4,500 lbs GVWR. This is an excellent lightweight travel trailer with lots of space for couples or a small family.

Mini Lite by Rockwood (2304KS) – 4,419 pounds GVWR

The Mini Lite by Rockwood a division of  Forest River is a very nice travel trailer that offers lots of value in a small package.  14 different floor plans are available. This travel trailer is very similar if not almost identical to the Micro Lite the difference being the interior layout and standard equipment.

Jayco 2018 Jay Feather (22RB) – 4,280 pounds GVWR

Jayco is a very popular RV manufacturer and for very good reasons. They make excellent travel trailers as evidenced by one of their best sellers the Jay Feather. The Jay Feather is a lightweight travel trailer available in 13-floor plans. Lots of standard equipment and several excellent upgrades make this travel trailer one of nicest in our roundup.

Lance 1985 – 4,245 pounds GVWR

We are big fans of Lance travel trailer for many reasons. One is that our research had shown they make very good quality trailers. Their use of Azdel composite panels shows how dedicated they are to making travel trailers that will last. The Lance 1985 is a good example of lightweight coupled with superior design. The interior is minimal but elegant. Functionally, all Lance travel trailers are made to make the best use of space.

Livin’ Lite Camplite (CL23RKS) – 4,108 pounds GVWR

Livin’ Lite was recently awarded the 2017 RVDA Quality Circle Award for their entire line-up of travel trailers including the Camplite travel trailer. Available in various floor plans the Camplite is a versatile well-designed and reliable travel trailer.

Airstream Flying Cloud – 4,500 pounds GVWR

Iconic is the one word that comes to mind when looking at Airstream travel trailers. The Flying Cloud is one of Airstream more popular models and has more floor plans that any other travel trailer in their line-up. The interior has the Euro-style design that is both stylish and practical. They are not cheap with a starting price of about $66,000 but then again you are getting an Airstream.

Coachmen Viking (17SBH) – 3,716 pounds GVWR

When it comes to lightweight, and having a travel trailer with a GVWR of fewer than 4,500 lbs it’s hard to beat a Coachmen Viking. These travel trailers are affordable but do not compromise or quality and comfort. Towing a Coachmen Viking is a breeze with a typical full-size SUV or light truck.

Coachmen Clipper (14CR)- 3,803 pounds GVWR

Like the Viking above the Coachmen Clipper is another lightweight travel trailer. Designed with fuel efficient tow vehicles in mind the Clipper has floor plans that start at 2,500 GVWR. The plan selected here is the 14CR which has a GVWR of 3,803 lbs.

Venture RV Sonic – 4,000 pounds GVWR

Venture RV is not a name I am personally familiar with, however, my research indicates that make a very well design travel trailer. Venture’s parent company is K.Z inc which happens to be a subsidiary of Thor Industries. K-Z got started with truck campers back in 1972 so there is lots of experience in this company.

The Venture Sonic comes in 7-floor plans so you are bound to find one that meets your needs.

Travel Trailers Under 3500 Pounds

If 4,500 pounds is too heavy for your vehicle to tow than you might want to consider a travel trailer under 3500 pounds. These are ones we found during our research that have a GVWR of 3500 pounds or less

Winnebago Minnie Drop (1710) – 3,500 pounds GVWR

A unique design, excellent use of interior space make the Winnebago Minnie Drop one of our favorite lightweight travel trailers. You can read our review of the Minnie Drop right here.

Airstream Basecamp – 3,500 pounds GVWR

Another Airstream entry this time weighing at 3,500 lbs GVWR is the Basecamp. The Basecamp is small but it is very well-design like all the other Airstream travel trailers. A panoramic front window makes the Basecamp a cool looking travel trailer that is also extremely functional for its small size of 16-feet in length. In 2017 the Airstream Basecamp was voted RV of the year by RV Business Magazine.

Happier Camper – 3,500 pounds GVWR

If you have never looked at a Happier Camper we suggest you do. When it comes to a unique design that is both lightweight and functional we don’t think you will find one better in this weight range. The Adaptiv modular cubes allow you to design the interior of the Happier Camper just about any way you want.

The retro styling and colors make the Happier Camper stand out from the crowd. Check out the Happier Camper here.

Lance 1475 – 3,500 pounds GVWR

Can you tell we like Lance? Here we are again with another Lanlightweightght travel trailer. This time it’s the Lance 1475. This is the smallest travel trailer in the Lance line-up. Even at this small size, it has a separate shower and toilet which is something we always look for in a small travel trailer. We are not big fans of the wet bath (shower and toilet in one).

Jayco Jay Flight SLX 7 (154BH) – 3,250 pounds GVWR

The Jayflight SLX 7 offers plenty of room in a small easy to tow travel trailer. This model is the bunkhouse models that sleeps 3-4 people comfortably. Not one of my favorite models but it is lightweight and affordable. The floor plan is well laid out and does have a separate toilet and shower.

Livin’ Lite Camplite (CL11FK) – 3,500 pounds GVWR

Livin’ Lite makes another lightweight travel trailer that made our list. This one has a GVWR of 3,500 lbs. You can view details and specs on this Camplite trailer on their website. This floor plan is nice and offers many of the creature comforts found in the other models.

K-Z RV Escape Mini – 3,500 pounds GVWR

K-Z RV Escape Mini is another travel trailer with a GVWR of 3,500 lbs. The Escape is affordable and lightweight. It comes as a hard-sided travel trailer or expandable. Both models offer great value, reliability, and durability. 10-floor plans are available that are rated at 3,500 lbs GVWR or below.

Lightweight Travel Trailers Under 2500 Pounds

At this GVWR we are getting into travel trailers that are really ultra-light. Some of these can be towed with just a car. Make sure to check your vehicle tow rating or speak to a quality mechanic or RV dealer. There are 6-floor plans two of which are toy hauler travel trailers. They even have a queen size bed and separate shower an toilet. The Cherokee Wolf Pup offers a tremendous amount of value.

Forest River Cherokee Wolf Pup (17CJ) – 1,743 pounds GVWR

The Cherokee Wolf Pup was voted “Best of Show” for 2018 by RV news. These are ultra-lightweight easy to tow travel trailers with ample interior space and lots of storage.

Riverside RV Retro – 1,937 pounds GVWR

What is Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or GVWR?

Gross Vehicle Weight or (GVWR) as it is commonly abbreviated is, the maximum allowed the weight of the travel trailer and all of its content. It included the weight of the travel trailer, all fluids, cargo, optional equipment, and any accessories as well. 

If you would like to calculate GVWR here is an easy to use trailer GVWR calculator.

Tip For Buying a Lightweight Travel Trailer

When you are ready to buy or even just thinking of buying a lightweight travel trailer there are a few things you can do to help you make a better purchase decision. Here are some tips you can use.

  • Know just how much your car or truck can tow. This is the can be found in your owners manual. Two key rating you want to know.
    • Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) which is the maximum weight of the vehicle and travel trailer combined.
    • Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) is the maximum weight the rear axle can support.
  • Talk to other owners of the model or models you might be interested in. Ask questions, ask to see the inside if possible.
  • At the dealership goe inside the model, open cabinets, feel the materials, look for flaws etc. Be very critical as this is not a cheap purchase.
  • Ask the dealership if you can talk to past customers, ask questions about service, warranty etc.

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