I am interested in camping, but I don’t want a camper trailer that is big and takes up a lot of space or weighs a lot. I decided to research some travel trailers that weigh under 3,000 pounds.
This list includes 10 perfect camper trailers that weigh less than 3,000 pounds. They are listed in no particular order, and there are several more that may be good that aren’t on this list, but these are ones that seem particularly great.
1. Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro Travel Trailer
This travel trailer has several different floor plan options, and six of them are under 3,000 pounds unloaded, and three of those options have a total gross vehicle weight of fewer than 3,000 pounds.
The E12RK, E12SRK and E14FK versions will be the lightest choices. The other choices go to just over 3,000 pounds.
These can sleep two to four people, and have a length of 11 to 21 feet. They have an exterior height that ranges from 7 feet and 6 inches to 9 feet and 7 inches. The exterior width ranges from 76 inches to 88 inches.
This trailer comes with a lot of features, such as a WiFi ranger booster, a 20,000 BTU furnace, external speakers, a manual awning, vacuum laminated roofs and walls, a 12 Volt TV with a DVD player, a 100-watt roof-mounted solar panel with a 1000 watt inverter, a Coleman stove and grill combo, a microwave, and possibly even a heated mattress.
“The Flagstaff E-Pro 12RK can easily be pulled behind just about any vehicle. For the couple who loves to get up and go, then this model is the answer to your travel needs!”
These have the option of including a 13,500 BTU AC, a tongue mount bike rack, and even an off-road package.
These come with a freshwater tank with a capacity of up to 20 to 37 gallons, and a gray water tank with a capacity of 6 up to 30 gallons. Some have a black tank that can hold 12 to 30 gallons.
Another plus is that most of these cost less than 10,000 dollars. So you can get the space you need without a ton of weight, and also without breaking the bank.
This trailer is a great option for a small number of people who want the camping trailer experience but don’t want to haul a huge trailer behind them.
You can find out more by checking out the trailer’s features on the Forest River website here.
2. Forest River Rockwood Geo Pro Travel Trailer
Forest River is a reliable maker of RVs and camper trailers, and you’re almost always guaranteed good quality when you purchase one of their trailers. That’s why this brand is on here twice.
The Rockwood Geo Pro is another Forest River travel trailer that doesn’t weigh a lot, but will still get you everything you may need. These are pretty environmentally conscious and work with fuel-efficient vehicles such as crossovers and smaller SUVs.
This model also has 6 floorplans with an unloaded weight that is under 3,000 pounds. The G12RK, G12SRK, and G14FK versions all will weigh under 3,000 pounds even after they’ve hit their carrying capacity, as well.
These also have lengths that range from 11 feet and 4 inches to 20 feet long. They have an exterior height range of 7 feet and 7 inches to 9 feet and 7 inches. The external width goes from 76 inches to 88 inches.
“The Geo Pro [has] great modern touches such as the two-tone fiberglass exterior, LED exterior lights, available roof mount flexible solar panel system, and distinctive décors with Euro-style cabinets.”
Like to E-Pro, these also come with a freshwater tank with a capacity of up to 20 to 37 gallons, a gray water tank with its capacity going from 6 up to 30 gallons, and a black tank that can hold 12 to 30 gallons.
This model also has plenty of standard features. It has a 12 Volt TV with a DVD player, a rear ladder, an AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth and a USB port, a WiFi ranger booster, a Shower Miser water saver, a 20,000 BTU furnace, the 100-watt roof-mounted solar panel, a Coleman stove and grill combo, a microwave, a spare tire, sometimes a heated mattress, and more.
Options that can be added are a 13,500 BTU AC, a tongue mount bike rack, an off-road package, a gas oven, a manual awning, a convection microwave, and more.
The G12RK is the only one of these that cost under 10,000 dollars, but the others are not too much more.
The Geo Pro is another good option from the Forest River family. You can learn more about them by checking out their website here.
3. Oregon Trail’r Do-Drop
Oregon Trail’r is a small teardrop trailer company, that make their trailers with the customer in mind, specially ordered, and they make them to last.
The Oregon Trail’r Do-Drop is an extremely lightweight teardrop-style travel trailer. These usually weigh from 550 to a bit over 700 pounds, which is definitely do-able.
The tongue weight is usually about 10% of the weight of the trailer overall. These are 4 feet wide, 3.5 feet tall, and 7 feet long in the main body.
“One of the smallest off-road camping trailers we’ve seen of late is also the one with the biggest attitude… The basic Do-Drop is… designed to be light, simple and affordable but plenty tough enough for off-road adventure when so equipped.”
These have 13-inch steel wheels and tires, a rubber torsion axle, a 4-pin tow connector, a 26-inch by 32-inch teardrop door with a tinted glass and screened opening window, a birch interior, an LED dome light that is powered by AA batteries, and an integrated storage shelf, and these can be somewhat customized.
The Do-Drop has an interior width of 47 inches, and a bed that is 78 inches long. These have a kitchen as well.
They are very cozy, and they are great for any adventure with just yourself, or as a close couple. These don’t have heaters or AC, however, so just be aware of the weather before you set off!
The base price for this trailer is $6,150. You can find out more from their website here.
4. BCT MOAB Gobi Trailer
MOAB Trailers is another small trailer company, run by people with family in mind. The company started in 2008 after the owners, Rick and Ron built their first prototype in a friend’s garage. They aim to create environmentally friendly trailers that are high-quality.
The Gobi trailer is an excellent option for anyone looking for a lightweight, off-road teardrop trailer. Yet, the trailer isn’t actually teardrop-shaped, which allows for more space and storage. It has a queen-sized bed, with a memory foam mattress that can sleep 2 to 3 people.
The Gobi has a trailer weight of 1,890 pounds, with a ground clearance of 16 inches and a height of 6 feet. The chassis length is 13.8 feet, with a width of 7.5 feet. The rear receiver hitch is 2 inches by 2 inches, and the standard cabin storage is 126 ft³.
“If you’re the type of camper who makes your own campsite instead of renting one, the M.O.A.B. Gobi off-road teardrop trailer is worth checking out.”
-Do It Yourself RV
There is a base package and a summit package. The base package comes with interior storage cabinets, a rear galley compartment that can be customized, an aluminum enclosed front box, a 2-inch ball coupler, and standard wheels and tires.
The summit package has all of that and a rear galley with a stove and a sink with running water, a tank-less hot water heater for an outdoor shower, with a 25-gallon water tank for the sink and shower.
It also comes with an AGM battery with 100-amp hour, a charger, inverter, 110V outlet and 12V ports. There are LED galley and cabin lights and more with this option.
These will cost around $12,800 to start with. The color can be customized to make it more your own. You can learn more by checking out the website here.
5. Jayco Hummingbird Travel Trailer- 10RK
Jayco is a well-known RV brand that makes trailers that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The Hummingbird series is one of the more lightweight options that Jayco offers.
There are 7 floorplans options for the Hummingbird, and 5 of them are under 3,000 pounds unloaded. However, only the 10RK version weighs less than that with the carrying capacity factored in, as its gross vehicle weight is 2,000 pounds.
Even with the lightweight, the Hummingbird 10RK is still 13 feet long, with an exterior width of 80 inches and an interior height of 53 inches, so there’s still plenty of space. It also has a freshwater tank with a capacity of 25.6 gallons.
“You’ll love its sleek, space-conscientious design and the ability to quickly and easily camp wherever you desire to land!”
Some of the features of this trailer is 30 amp service with a detachable power cord, standard security measures, a 2-burner cook-top, exterior speakers, a folding picnic table, LED lighting, 2.1 amp USB ports, cabinets, a 54-inch by 74-inch bed, a fridge, a microwave, roof-mounted solar prep, and more.
Optional additions include a 24-inch LED TV, an exterior grill, an 8,000 BTU AC, a 2-bike carrier rack, and more.
The Jayco Hummingbird 10RK starts at a price of $17,425, so it’s a bit more expensive than some of these other options. However, it has lots of room and extra features, and it will be good quality. You can learn more by checking out their website here.
6. The American Dream Trailer
The American Dream Trailer Company is another smaller trailer company, with a unique twist to their trailers. Their tagline is that “life, liberty, and spontaneous adventure await,” and indeed, they definitely make that easier for the customer.
This company makes one style of a small trailer, but it is customizable, which can make it feel much more personal. The trailer is unique because it has a removable rowboat that attaches to the roof, which means any spontaneous water adventure does not have to be passed by.
The American Dream Trailer only weighs 650 pounds, with an additional 87 pounds added for the weight of the boat. The tongue weight is 45 pounds. The size comes in at 11 feet by 5 feet and 5 inches, with a height of 5 feet and 8 inches.
“The rooftop boat removes via five latches. The trailer includes the separate roof below the boat so there’s no worry about exposure when the boat is in use. The boat is built to carry up to three people/500 lb (227 kg). It has a motor mount and can handle a motor of 2 hp.”
The sleep or interior cabin is 6 feet and 8 inches by 4 feet. The boat is 8 feet by 3 feet and 9 inches.
The rear of the trailer also includes a cooking and storage galley. The inside has power outlets, storage cubbies, a side table, lights, a couch that converts into a bed, and a Bluetooth stereo.
The price starts at 12,180 dollars to 16,965 dollars, depending on the style you get. Other customizable options will make it cost more once they are added.
This is really a great trailer for any single person or duo who seek adventure, especially those who love to go out on the water. The American Dream Trailer is certainly unique, and it will be sure to stand out among friends. You can learn more from their website here.
7. Vistabule Teardrop Trailer
Vistabule is another small teardrop trailer manufacturing company. Their trailers are unique because of their large windows, coziness, and their customizable designs and features.
These trailers weigh 1,220 pounds unloaded, and they have a 2-inch ball hitch, which makes them easy to tow behind almost any vehicle. The tongue weight is 130 pounds. The wheels are 14 inches.
It has a length of 14 feet total, with the body length at 10 feet. Its total width is 6 feet and 10 inches, with the body width at 5 feet. The interior cabin height is 43 inches, and the total height is 67 inches.
The bed is 58.5 by 78 inches. There is a freshwater tank and a gray water tank with a capacity of 9 gallons. There is also 6.5 inches of under the floor storage and foot room.
The main feature is the large window that can make for some great views and a true close-to-nature feel. There are also windows on the sides that can pop open with a screen for a nice breeze, and there are shades that can be pulled down for privacy.
“It’s the five “vista windows” that will fully immerse you in your surroundings, and an enormous, angled skylight that’ll have you sleeping under the stars.”
There is also a floor to ceiling headboard with storage space, and there is storage space beneath the floor. The bed is convertible to a couch to make for more room when not sleeping.
The rear has a kitchenette that has room for pots and pans, a cooler, and other kitchen essentials. There is also a sink with running water and a two-burner stove to make cooking while camping easy.
There are also tables, one mounted to the floor for when the bed is acting as a couch and folding side tables for when it’s a bed.
The Vistabule starts at $17,995, but it is made with good quality materials, it is customizable, with plenty of extras such as a small refrigerator and mood lighting able to be added for a cost.
You can out find more about this trailer by checking out their website here.
8. Aliner Ascape Travel Trailer
Aliner started out with a man and some materials, much like several other small trailer companies. Now, the company has built a name for itself and is established as a manufacturer of good quality, unique travel trailers.
The Aliner Ascape series is a lighter option with 8 floorplan options, all of them with an unloaded and even gross vehicle weight that comes in under 3,000 pounds. They all actually have a gross vehicle weight of 2,500 pounds.
The lightest unloaded is the Ascape MT at 1,170 pounds, and the Great Ascape Plus and ST are the heaviest unloaded, at 1,850 pounds. The carrying capacity varies from there to allow a total of 2,500 pounds for the trailer.
Each has a freshwater tank capacity of 11 gallons, and a gray water tank capacity of 13 gallons, except for the Ascape ST, which has a gray tank capacity of 26 gallons.
“The compact design paired with the plenty of amenities make this recreational vehicle a fantastic blend of comfort and convenience.”
-Folsom Lake RV
I will write about one of the smaller floor plans, the Aliner Ascape Camp, but you can find out more about the other floor plans by checking out the website here.
The Ascape Camp has a length of 13 feet, an exterior box width of 66 inches and the overall exterior width is 73 inches. The height without AC is 7 feet and 5 inches, and the height with it is 8 feet and 4 inches. The interior height is a nice 6 feet and 4 inches tall. The bed is 77 inches by 64 inches.
This plan comes with double-pane windows, a refrigerator, a sink, a water heater, a two-burner stove, an electric water pump, an 18,000 BTU furnace, a solar port, and AC. Optional additions include an awning, a 26-inch flat-screen TV, and dual propane.
Every Aliner Ascape comes with LED running lights, 10-inch electric brakes, 13-inch aluminum wheels with a spare tire, 4 stabilizer jacks, a detachable power cord, and solid maple wood cabinet doors.
This model can be towed by many different types of vehicles, and it is another great option for a trailer under 3,000 pounds.
9. TAXA Cricket
TAXA trailers are known for their rugged and unique-looking, NASA-inspired designs, which help to make camping fun and feel adventurous.
The Cricket series has two floorplans, the Cricket Camp and the Cricket Trek. Each weighs 1,500 pounds unloaded, and they have a gross vehicle weight of around 2,5000 pounds. They are both also 15 feet long.
They can sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children, there is a pop-up roof to make ventilation better, and they both have a queen-sized bed with storage under the bed.
They both have a stove and sink, USB ports, a vent fan, a shower tent, a mesh screen for the door, a portable toilet, a 12V fridge and freezer, a patio awning, 15-inch aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires, an exterior shower, LED lights, a solar system pre-wired, and fresh and gray water tanks that can go up to 15 gallons.
There is exterior storage, 12 inches of ground clearance, and a rear hatch, as well as a 32-inch by 20-inch window that helps create a great view.
The Trek plan also comes with a roof rack to hold gear, powder-coated gravel guards, a spare tire, an optional 5,000 BTU driver-side window AC, and a hanging kids berth. Some of those features can be added onto the Camp plan but may cost extra.
These trailers are nice and lightweight, and with their fun designs, they will be sure to make any adventure a great one.
You can find out more about the TAXA Cricket models by checking out their website here.
10. Airstream Sport 16RB
Airstream is an established name, known for its uniquely designed, high-end trailers. While they may cost more than other trailers on the market, they will last a long time, and quality is pretty much guaranteed.
Hardly any Airstreams weigh less than 3,000 pounds. But, if you are an Airstream enthusiast, the Airstream Sport with the 16 RB floor plan weighs 2,860 pounds unloaded.
This does mean that with a carrying capacity of about 640 pounds, it does have a gross vehicle weight of 3,5000 pounds. However, it is still included because Airstream is a good brand, and I thought this still worth mentioning.
The Airstream Sport 16RB has an exterior length of 16 feet and 4 inches, an exterior width of 8 feet, and an exterior height of 9 feet 3 inches with the AC. Its interior width is 7 feet 7 inches, and the interior height is 6 feet and 4.5 inches. This is pretty roomy and means it has plenty of space for some great amenities.
There is a freshwater tank that can hold up to 23 gallons, and a black tank that can hold 21 gallons. It also has 4 stabilizer jacks, a cable TV hookup, cast aluminum almost everywhere, an exterior shower with hot and cold water, LED lights, a rear-view monitoring system, a spare tire, and thermal barrier protection between the interior and exterior of the vehicle.
“These lightweight and compact travel trailers are the perfect choice for someone new to the RVing lifestyle because they include every amenity you would need for outdoor camping yet come in a one-axle unit that can easily be towed behind any SUV.”
The master bed is 48 inches by 78 inches, with a memory foam mattress, and the vehicle has a sleeping capacity of up to four people because there is a convertible lounge bed that is 40 inches by 91 inches.
It comes with a refrigerator, a 12,000 BTU furnace, 30 amp service, a microwave, coat and key hooks, plenty of cabinets and storage space, a two-burner stove, a stereo for radio, CDs, and Bluetooth, a dinette top, an HD TV, a stainless steel sink, a porcelain toilet, a shower with a removable head, and more.
This also comes with 3 years of 24/7 roadside assistance with Coach-Net®, a 3-year limited warranty, an entrance mat, a fire extinguisher, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and a winterization bypass valve.
Airstreams always offer the best features, and their nicely decorated and homey atmosphere makes them a great investment. The 16RB option starts at 48,900 dollars. You can learn more by checking out the website here.
Camping in a small trailer seems like an amazing adventure. Trailers that weigh less than 3,000 pounds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so you can definitely find the perfect one for you and your lifestyle.
Remember to be aware of your vehicle’s towing capacity before you make a purchase! This website has several helpful articles to help you figure that out. Make sure you’re looking at the gross vehicle weight so you can be certain you won’t damage your car, SUV, or any other vehicle.
Also be sure to think about how often you’ll be traveling, to where, and how much upkeep you may want to do. Whatever you decide, however, you can have a great camping experience without a lot of space. Great things can come in small packages, after all!
I am Tony, an RV designer and RV developer. I create bill of materials for RV manufacturers for travel trailers and fifth wheels. I worked as a freelance transportation consultant for Lyft. As an RV development consultant, I create customization trees for RV manufacturers who want to offer a solution to prospective customers to design their custom RV with variant configuration. Apart from this, I sell in Indiana trailer hitches, hitch balls, goosenecks and weight distribution systems where I provide advice to customers who want to know which is their towing capacity, which hitch ball should they utilize and how to deploy a weight distribution system. I do my best to explain all these processes and their installation, in the Lifestyle edition of Business Finance News.