Lightweight Travel Trailers
Everyone deserves to go on their own RV adventures from time to time. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to have a big truck to tow a heavy trailer around. Meanwhile, drivable RVs tend to be a huge investment. Fortunately, there is a way around this problem. Enter lightweight travel trailers.
There are dozens of awesome trailers on the market that weigh less than 4000 pounds. What does this mean for you? It means you might just be able to find a little towable RV that your current vehicle can pull around, giving you the freedom to roam wherever you see fit.
Of course, even the smallest of the light travel trailers can have problems. This means you’ll want to do some research and ensure you’re spending your hard-earned money on a quality product.
Lucky for you, you’ve come to the right place. Below we’ve listed our favorite lightweight RV trailers under 4000 pounds. This list will help you understand what are the easiest to tow travel trailers and which ones will serve you well for years to come.
Travel Trailer Dry Weight vs GVWR
Before we dive any deeper into this topic, it is important that you know the difference between dry weight, cargo carrying capacity, and GVWR. Understanding what these terms mean will help ensure you pick a trailer that can be towed by your vehicle.
The term “dry weight” refers to the weight of a trailer (or other vehicle) when it is completely unloaded and without aftermarket upgrades. It’s a nice weight to know, but it’s important to keep in mind that your trailer will likely weigh much more than just the dry weight once you get it packed up for camping.
Cargo carrying capacity is the amount of weight a particular trailer can hold safely. You will want to know this weight and make absolutely sure that your cargo does not exceed this limit. Packing beyond this limit is dangerous and can lead to swaying, tire blowouts, and structural damage.
Finally, there is GVWR, or gross vehicle weight rating. This is the dry weight of your trailer plus the cargo carrying capacity, and is the maximum amount your trailer should ever weigh when fully loaded.
We recommend using this measurement as your guideline when deciding whether you can tow a particular trailer. Therefore, we will be using this weight as our threshold for this article, and every option listed further down on this page is a travel trailer under 3,000 lbs GVWR.
Travel Trailers Under 4,000 lbs
A unique camper, the nuCamp TAB 400 is very fun to look at, but even more fun to camp in. This is the biggest of the nuCamp teardrops but is still quite compact, easy to tow, and below that 4,000-lb mark, even when fully loaded.
This trailer can sleep three people, with two in the dedicated bed and one in the small converted dinette. It is both modern and comfortable, and the rounded edges throughout give the space a bubbly vibe. We especially love the curved window near the bed that is ideal for stargazing and wildlife viewing.
This is a classic little trailer that is perfect for those who are just jumping into the world of RVing. The price is right and it can easily be towed by a small SUV. Best of all, because this lightweight trailer has bunks, a family of up to 5 people can fit inside comfortably.
Other things we love about this trailer include the full indoor bathroom, power awning, outdoor shower, and the electric tongue brakes that help make towing the RV even safer.
Lance is well known in the RV world for making a high quality product. While the company is best known for its beautiful and functional truck campers, they also have some pretty fantastic trailers, including this one.
The Lance 1575 is made with a lightweight aluminum frame that will last for years and years. Additionally, the Lite-Ply material that makes up the cabinets helps create lightweight cabinets that hold up well to regular use. Like the trailer above, this one also has a full indoor bathroom, and the kitchen is amazingly well-equipped and well-laid-out.
The KZ Sportsmen Classic is another affordable trailer that is great for those looking to try out the RV life. While it might not be much to look at, the simple little trailer is fully equipped and ready to take up to five people on the adventure of a lifetime.
We love that the dry weight of this rig is a mere 2,980 lbs, making it incredibly easy to haul around. We also appreciate the dining room slide that makes the space feel so much bigger. The bathroom is complete and indoors, meaning you can camp anywhere in comfort, and there’s plenty of storage space for all of your camping gear to come along.
Yet another tiny camper with a bunk room, we really love the Winnebago Minnie Drop trailers. These adorable little lightweight trailers have a unique shape that makes them stand out from the rest. Additionally, because they are made by Winnebago, you can rest easy knowing you’re getting an excellent product.
We adore that these trailers come in a wide variety of fun colors. On a more practical note, the NGX frame, aluminum floors, and plywood decking make for a long-lasting, weather-resistant home on wheels that is sure to last you for years to come.
Don’t care for this particular floorplan? Check out the many others available. You’re sure to find one that works for you.
Airstream trailers will always be on our list of favorites. This company puts out some amazingly well-made products, all of which have a unique and beautiful look that we can’t get enough of.
The Airstream Basecamp is one of the smallest the brand offers. The design of this lightweight trailer—like all other Airstreams—is incredibly well thought out, making it totally usable despite its small size. The panoramic window opens the interior up, making it feel much larger and bringing the outdoors inside.
Heat and A/C are an option for those who wish to have them, and the bike rack on the back is a perfect touch.
Another tiny Airstream that we absolutely love, the Airstream Bambi is a cute but functional little home on wheels that features enough sleeping space for up to 4 people. The 16RB is the smallest of the bunch and is ideal for those looking to tow with a small SUV.
This RV is, of course, well built and well thought out. We love that it has a tiny bathroom on board, as well as the two very separate sleeping areas despite its small size. Of course, the sleek and modern interior design is pretty fantastic as well.
There is no denying the fact that R-Pods are incredibly adorable. They have a rounded shape that is aesthetically pleasing, and they sport fun exterior colors that we just love. These trailers offer modern amenities such as a central vacuum as well as important must-haves like an awning and large holding tanks.
The 189 model is our favorite. This one includes a separate living area with a couch and coffee table that is super comfy for lounging around. The bathroom is relatively large in this model, and the kitchen layout is nice.
All that said, all of the R-Pod floorplans are wonderful in their own ways, and a few come in under 4,000 lbs.
Another unique and fun option is the Happier Camper Traveler. This is an adorable, retro-style camper that boasts all the comforts of home. It also has a lifted package making it easy to get out and explore, even off-road.
Perhaps the best thing about this lightweight trailer—and all Happier Camper models—is that it is completely customizable. These trailers include modular furniture which can be configured however you see fit, meaning what you use as a couch during the morning hours might become dining seating for dinner, and then a bed at night.
Casita campers have been around for a long time and there’s a reason why. These fiberglass trailers are incredibly sturdy, giving their owners years of camping memories. They rarely leak, and the interiors of these RVs are very high quality.
We love that Casita travel trailers are all small and lightweight. However, our favorite of the bunch is the 17-foot Spirit Deluxe. This model has all the bells and whistles, including either a bathroom or bunks, depending on what you prefer.
Travel Trailers Under 3,000 lbs
The 13’ Scamp trailer is our #1 pick when it comes to travel trailers under 3,000lbs. The molded fiberglass model rarely leaks, a feature that is so rarely found in RVs.
We love that this trailer is aerodynamic. We also love that you have the option of extra sleeping space or a toilet in this tiny towable, meaning you can customize it to suit your needs. Lastly, we very much appreciate the option to add a furnace and an air conditioner, meaning you can stay comfortable year-round.
A super cute little trailer with a retro vibe on the interior, the ICamp Elite Camper is 14’ long, just a bit longer than the Scamp. It can sleep up to 3 people and features a curved design to ensure every inch of possible space is used.
Features of this trailer include a combination heat pump and air conditioner unit, a toilet and shower, a cooktop, fridge, and sink, and plenty of interior storage. We love that all of this is automatically included in the base model, and that the trailer is so incredibly affordable.
At 15’ long, this trailer is the longest on our list today, and it’s worth every inch of that extra length. To begin with, the odd looking modular exterior is interesting and unique, making it a great conversation starter. This unusual design is also surprisingly aerodynamic, and the pop-up roof allows for plenty of headroom, keeping the tall people in your life happy.
Inside, the space is simple yet 100% functional, with sleeping spaces for 2 people, lots of storage, a table, and a full kitchen. While this is plenty for many campers, some people do opt for certain add-ons such as a toilet, bunks for the kids, or an A/C unit.
A more traditional style of pop-up camper, this trailer pops up and then out on either side to create two large sleeping spaces housed in a canvas tent-like structure. Because of this feature, the trailer goes from being a mere 12’ 11” while being towed to a full 17’ 11” trailer when set up.
Thanks to those two large sleeping spaces on either end, along with the table that turns into a bed, 5 to 6 people can sleep in this trailer quite comfortably. The RV offers a decent amount of storage, an air conditioner, an outdoor grill attachment, and a small indoor cooking space.
Aliner trailers have an unusual A-frame design that makes them stand out from the rest. When set up, these adorable trailers look like a tiny cottage with a peaked roof. However, closed down, the trailer has an incredibly low profile, making it easy to tow.
We chose to list the classic model because it seems to suit the needs of many. This particular model comes equipped with a dinette and sofa, and both convert to beds. There is also a small kitchen area with a fridge, stove, and sink.
There are many other floor plans offered by this company, and many of them fall under 3,000 GVWR, so if this particular setup isn’t ideal, be sure to look into others.
As you can see, there are a number of fantastic travel trailers that can be towed by smaller vehicles. Not quite ready to invest in a trailer of your own though? Prefer to try before you buy? You can rent all of these trailers and more right here on RVshare, giving you the opportunity to try your hand at towing and camping in a little travel trailer.
Interested in more? See our top picks for the Best Travel Trailers Under 5,000 lbs.