Best Small Pull CampersAnthony Day
- The smallest camper you can get that still has a bathroom is the iCamp Elite.
- The Happier Camper is the lightest of the campers to have a toilet.
- The Tiny Camper Kong XL and the TAXA Cricket Camper are the most compact.
Just because you have a smaller vehicle doesn’t mean that you can’t get a travel trailer. I listed the best small pull campers for smaller tow vehicles.
I will discuss many trailers in detail, but here are some of the best trailers on the market:
- iCamp Elite
- TAB Teardrop
- Happier Camper
- Escape Travel Trailer
When we started shopping for our new camper, it was important that we got something small. I scoured manufacturer websites, RV forums, and YouTube videos. Here is everything I learned in my search and more.
What Tow Vehicle Is Needed For A Small Camper
Before you start looking at the specific features of the small camper trailers on our list, let's take a look at the tow vehicles that will be needed to pull them.
If you are like us, you only have a subcompact SUV with a low towing capacity. The car or truck you have will decide the size and type of camper you can get, so you must look at this first.
While your owner’s manual will tell you what tow weight your vehicle can handle, I will give you a few examples here. Remember that not all vehicles include a tow package, so if you decide to tow a travel trailer, you must install everything needed.
It is important to remember that the weights listed below are dry weight numbers. You have to consider fresh and waste water weights as well as cargo weights when deciding what camper you should get.
- 1500 pounds - Light cars like Ford Escape Hybrid, Kia Soul, and Volkswagen Tiguan
- 2000 pounds - Larger vehicles like 2 door Jeep Wrangler, Volvo XC40, and Toyota RAV4
- 3500 pounds - SUVs like Subaru Outback XT, Chrysler Pacifica, and Land Rover Discovery Sport
- 5000 pounds - Small trucks like the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, and Subaru Ascent
Best Small Pull Campers
Aliner Classic Travel Trailer
If you are looking for a simple pop-up travel trailer then the Aliner is for you. As the name suggests, it is an A-frame camper that gives you a comfortable place to sleep and have your meals.
Although it doesn't have a toilet, it does have an outdoor shower for you and your equipment. Other amenities include a sink, microwave, small refrigerator, and cooktop. Since this travel trailer folds down, it doesn’t need to be parked in a large space when being stored.
If the no toilet is a no-go, then you can always pack a toilet tent and portable toilet. That is a cheaper option than going with a larger camper with a bathroom included.
- Small and easy to tow for beginners
- Extra pop-out sofa bed
- Quick set-up and take-down with minimal effort
- Limited space and basic amenities
- Smaller size may not be suitable for larger families or groups
- Lack of customization options compared to other travel trailers
Tiny Camper Kong XL
The Tiny Camper is a lightweight micro camper that boasts several features for comfortable camping. Its size and low profile mean you can use just about any vehicle to tow it.
Inside it has a dining table that folds into a bed and an air conditioner. The kitchen pulls out with a sink and two-burner stove. It sleeps 4 people, and it is a perfect camper that makes roughing it a little more comfortable.
This mini camper is easy to park and navigates tight spaces like a dream. If you are preparing for the zombie apocalypse, this is the right small camper trailer for you.
- Small and easy to tow
- Storage spaces available
- Everything is neatly folded away for easy travel
- Limited space
- No bathroom or toilet facilities
- Basic amenities may not be suitable for longer trips
Wanderlust Vintage Trailers
If you are into upcycling, then these are the tiny trailers for you. Wanderlust has a variety of vintage trailers for sale. They refurbish and upgrade all your old favorites into modern travel trailers with all the amenities.
They offer charming, retro-style trailers for those seeking a unique travel experience. These trailers include dinettes, kitchenettes, and beds. The Wanderlust trailers come complete with vintage furnishings and decor.
They sleep 1-4 people depending on the design you choose. With plenty of options, you can find the perfect travel trailer to suit your needs.
- Made-to-order, customizable trailers
- Added lights and outlets
- Spare tire included
- No bathrooms on any of the trailers
- Longer wait time to take ownership
- Air conditioner is an optional feature
Forest River Rockwood Mini Lite 2104S
The Forest River Rockwood Mini Lite is a well-built camper. While it is on the heavy side for small pull campers, it is still easy to tow. It comes in a variety of floor plans and sizes, making it a great option for families of all sizes.
It boasts high ceilings and a spacious interior for maximum comfort and large windows for plenty of natural light and great views. The LED lights throughout are great for energy efficiency. It sleeps 2 people.
There are plenty of reviews from users that have owned this camper for years. They are durable and long-lasting.
- Full kitchen and bathroom
- Solar panels for off-grid living
- Slide out dinette for extra space
- Can’t use all the features with the slide-out closed
- Need a larger tow vehicle like a truck
- Murphy bed blocks the windows during the day
The Scamp Trailers are unique because they are made to order. If you need more sleeping space instead of a bathroom, they can do that. If you just need sleeping space for two and want a shower and toilet, they can do that, too.
They come in different sizes, and the lightest travel trailer only weighs 1,500 pounds without a bathroom. That being said, I believe that a bathroom is an essential part of the camping experience.
There are a great many fans of these trailers and their worth remains high over time. Because of this, you will have a strong return on your initial investment if you decide to upgrade to a larger RV.
- Well-made with a reputation for quality
- Can be customized with various amenities and features
- Durable fiberglass shell is long-lasting and low maintenance
- Limited interior space may feel cramped for some
- No bathroom or shower available in smaller models
- Higher price point compared to other small trailers
Escape Travel Trailer
These small travel trailers are known for having excellent use of space. Escape Travel Trailers have lots of storage. They also have a really convenient rear hatch that makes it easy to load up big items like kayaks.
This brand of small pull camper has a dedicated following. There is even a forum dedicated to it that lists tons of tips and tricks. The troubleshooting area of the forum is extremely helpful for first-time RV owners.
With several types of trailers, and different floor plans to choose from, you are sure to find the small pull-behind trailer that works for you.
- Roomy interiors with customizable amenities and features
- High-quality construction and materials for longevity and durability
- Unique design and layout options for individual preferences
- Higher price point compared to some other travel trailers
- Their smallest trailer is a fifth-wheel design
- Limited availability and waiting lists for purchase
The Jayco Hummingbird is a compact and lightweight trailer that is perfect for couples or small families. It has a sleek and modern design that sets it apart from other small pull campers.
There are several floor plans available that will still keep the weight under 5,000 pounds. If you have a smaller vehicle, they even have one that is only 1,570 pounds. The smallest one sleeps 2 people and has a kitchen. If you can get a larger one, they include a bathroom.
These small camping trailers have an aerodynamic profile for easy towing and better fuel efficiency. They have a spacious and comfortable interior with plenty of storage space and LED lighting throughout for energy efficiency.
- Overhead storage throughout
- Larger models have a wet bath or dry bath
- Well-equipped kitchen
- Smallest size doesn’t have a toilet
- Limited sleeping arrangements
- No separate bedroom
The Airstream Basecamp is an iconic trailer that has been fully updated for modern adventurers. What I like about this small trailer is that its small size and streamlined shape make it easy to park and store.
The lightweight, aerodynamic design makes for easy towing. It has durable aluminum construction for superior strength. Airstream has been around for a long time, so they have perfected the designs and materials used in construction.
It has all-terrain tires and an independent suspension for off-road adventures. Another great feature is the full-size spare tire. There’s not much worse than trying to get to the repair shop on a donut.
- Wet bath
- Exterior shower for gear
- Solar panel for off-grid camping
- Limited sleeping arrangements
- Small living space
- More expensive than some other small trailers
Riverside Retro 190BH
The Riverside Retro is a charming and nostalgic trailer that harkens back to the golden age of camping. I love vintage designs, so this small camping trailer really stood out to me.
While it has a vintage design, it includes all the modern amenities like a fully equipped kitchen with appliances and counter space. It also has a full bathroom with a shower and a small tub for children or pets.
It sleeps four people with a queen size bed in the front and bunk beds in the rear. It is the perfect small camper for your family. While compact, the interior still feels spacious and comfortable.
- Colorful choices
- LED lighting
- Outdoor shower
- Limited storage space
- Small bunk beds
- No solar capabilities
KZ Sportsmen Classic 130 RB
The KZ Sportsmen Classic is a budget-friendly option for those who want a small pull camper without breaking the bank. It is perfect for couples that are ready to see the country.
At 2,350 pounds, it is great for smaller vehicles while still giving more room for extras. It has a fully equipped kitchen with appliances and plenty of counters. Most importantly, it does have a shower and a toilet.
It has a dinette that folds out into a bed. While it is on the smaller size, it has everything you need in a small trailer camper.
- Affordable price for a camper with a bathroom
- Off-road package available
- Compact mini camper
- Basic design
- Small sleeping space
- Not much storage space
Winnebago Micro Minnie
The Winnebago Micro Minnie is a well-built and stylish camper that is perfect for small families or couples. It comes in a variety of compact styles and floor plans so you can pick the one that will work best for you.
The fully equipped kitchen has a three-burner stove and a large fridge. It can comfortably sleep up to four people. Like most newer small camper trailers, it has LED lighting for energy efficiency.
What I like about this small camper is that even though it is on the heavier side, it has ample storage space for its size.
- Available off-road package
- Comfortable and roomy
- Power slide out
- Limited sleeping arrangements
- Can only be pulled with a truck or stronger tow vehicle
- Small capacity on water and waste tanks
TAB Teardrop Camper Trailer
Vintage teardrop trailers are one of my dream camping trailers. If you are looking for a classic design with newer features, give the TAB Teardrop Trailer a look and see if it measures up to your expectations.
The makers of this small camper, nuCamp RV, know how to keep the classic lines while still giving you great amenities. It has a full-featured kitchen and a wet bath with a cassette toilet - all in a compact size.
For sleeping arrangements, you can fold the dining table away for a split bed, or convert the area into a queen size bed. It comfortably sleeps 2 people but can accommodate 3.
One of the features that I really like about this small camper is the stargazing window over the bed. It is perfect if you want to do a little UFO hunting in the dark skies off the beaten path.
- Lightweight and aerodynamic for ease of towing
- Great construction
- Lots of storage for the size
- Limited space for larger groups or families
- Not suitable for extreme weather conditions
- The sink drain is small and drains slowly
Here is another stylish, retro-styled camper trailer that is designed to adapt to a wide range of camping scenarios. Although it is a smaller trailer it has some features that you can’t get anywhere else.
They have several sizes available, but the Happier Camper HC1 is the smallest camper trailer around. At 1,100 pounds, it is an ultra-lightweight camper that can be pulled by almost any vehicle.
With customizable interior modules, it can be configured to suit your specific needs and preferences. The Adaptiv® modular components snap into the floor and can be changed at any time to suit your desires.
- Small kitchen and small toilet module
- Sleeps up to 5 depending on modules used
- Advanced insulation and power systems for all-season camping
- Requires more setup and customization time before use
- More expensive than other campers with more features
- No indoor or outdoor shower
The SylvanSport Go is a lightweight micro camper designed for outdoor enthusiasts who love to explore. The unique design allows for easy conversion into a utility trailer, so it is a great value with multiple uses.
The trailer features a rooftop tent with room for 4 people to sleep, windows for ventilation, and a large storage area for gear. It has an optional solar panel package for off-grid living.
The trailer's durable construction and lightweight design make it ideal for off-road adventures. While it is basically just one step above tent camping, the fact that it doubles as a utility trailer for kayaks, bikes, and other equipment means it makes this list.
- Small and can be towed by most vehicles
- Optional connecting tent
- Durable construction for off-road use
- No bathroom
- Limited headroom
- May not be suitable for larger families or groups.
Little Guy Mini Max
The next tiny trailer on the list is the Little Guy Mini Max. This camper trailer may be small, but it is still sleek, stylish, and functional.
Its compact size means it can go to any RV park you desire. If off-grid camping is more your style, there is a rough rider package and solar power package just for you.
Although it is the smallest teardrop around, it still has ample indoor and outdoor storage space. It has lots of windows for your viewing pleasure, but the windows are tinted so no one can see inside.
- 6-foot interior height
- Can be pulled with a small SUV
- Wet bath with shower and toilet
- Only sleeps 2
- Not as affordable as some other small trailers
- Not enough water storage to boondock
Coleman Lantern LT
If you are familiar with Coleman products, you know they are all about value for your buck. Their travel trailers aren’t any different.
The Coleman Lantern LT sleeps up to 6 people and still has a full bathroom with a toilet, shower, and sink. The kitchen is also full of features with a cooktop, microwave, AND oven.
This small travel trailer shows you don’t have to pay a lot to feel like a big spender. At an affordable price, it helps lots of people live their dream of RV ownership.
- Bathroom skylight for more shower room
- Spacious with high ceilings for comfort
- Easy set-up and tear-down
- Heavier weight may require a larger towing vehicle
- Doesn’t have much counter space compared to similar trailers
- Quality and durability may not be as high as more expensive trailers
TAXA Cricket Camper
The Cricket Camper is another one of those micro campers without a bathroom, but if you can pack a bathroom tent and portable toilet, then this baby might be what you are looking for.
The TAXA trailers are made by an ex-NASA engineer who has tons of RV experience. You can count on them to be rugged and durable despite their small size. With a separate kids berth, they have room for two adults and two kids, unlike some other micro campers.
It has an air conditioner, furnace, sink, and two-burner cooktop. It also has tons of options like a roof rack, solar-ready inputs, and a portable toilet and shower tent.
- Unique and modern design with customizable interior features
- Aerodynamic for easy towing and better fuel efficiency
- Durable aluminum construction for longevity and low maintenance
- Higher price point compared to other micro trailers
- Limited storage space and amenities
- Smaller size may not be suitable for larger families or groups
If you are looking for a unique looking vehicle, then the Terrapin Camper is perfect for you. While the simplicity of these trailers is not for everyone, it is perfect for people that are looking to get close to nature.
Another made-to-order trailer, you can customize it to your exact needs. If you need more shelving, you have it. If you need more drawers, you have them. You can even choose one big bed or two small beds.
While very simple in design, they are a rugged and durable option for off-road adventures, with their sturdy aluminum frame and all-terrain tires. Since they don’t have any plumbing or electrical, they weigh very little.
- Made to order
- Lots of windows to take in the views
- Unique design
- No plumbing means no kitchen or bathroom
- Very basic with no amenities
- Not made for more than 1 or 2 people
The iCamp Elite offers a sleek and modern look, with a fiberglass exterior and minimalistic interior. The weight of this trailer is only 1,337 pounds which is impressive considering what comes in it.
Its unique design features include a pop-up skylight and an expandable sleeping area. When the trailer is converted into a three-room tent, it has two beds and one living area. What I love the most is that even with its compact size, it still has a kitchen and bathroom.
If you are worried about the storage capacity, worry no more. This camper trailer makes great use of its space. Even with everything else, it still has several storage compartments.
- Lightweight and compact
- Full of great features and amenities
- Overhead storage and wardrobe
- Larger size trailers are not available
- May not be suitable for severe weather
- Small living space
About THE AUTHOR
Hi, my name is Anthony, and RVs are what I'm passionate about. I bought my first RV when I was 21, and I've been hooked ever since. I'll guide you on how they work, how they can be used in different environments, and how they fit into our everyday lives.Read More About Anthony Day