13 Lightweight Travel Trailers That Won’t Weigh You Down

When towing a travel trailer, weight is a crucial factor to consider. With the rise of car-based crossover SUVs, more people can now tow a small trailer. Smaller and lighter trailers not only make towing safer, but they also provide a more fuel-efficient option for those on the road.

In this article, we will explore the 13 lightest travel trailers with a bathroom on the market. These trailers are listed in order of UVW (unloaded vehicle weight), with the Scamp 13' Deluxe being the lightest.

It's important to note that some of these models come in various trims and model numbers, so it's worth checking the manufacturer's website for other options that might suit your needs.

Smaller and lighter trailers also make for safer towing, and you can read all about it in our trailer sway article.

Without further ado, here is our list of the 13 lightest travel trailers (with a bathroom):

  1. Scamp 13' Deluxe
  2. Little Guy Mini Max
  3. Casita Spirit
  4. Forest River GeoPro/Flagstaff E-Pro
  5. Forest River Rpod
  6. Escape 17 Foot
  7. Livin' Lite CampLite
  8. Airstream Basecamp
  9. Jayco Hummingbird
  10. KZ Spree Escape Mini
  11. Airstream Sport
  12. Little Guy Max
  13. Airstream Nest

Note that the trailers listed here are the lightest trims available. However, many models offer variations with similar weights. If a particular trailer interests you, explore the manufacturer's website for additional options that suit your needs.

Scamp 13' Deluxe

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The Scamp 13' Deluxe is a lightweight fiberglass trailer that weighs only 1600 lbs. Despite its small size, it includes a bathroom with a toilet and shower, a sink, a gas range, and a refrigerator.

The interior height of 6'3" means most people can comfortably walk around inside. The dinette in the rear converts into a bed, making it ideal for 2 adult campers.

The Scamp 13' Deluxe is designed to be durable, easy to tow, and maneuverable. Small cars, SUVs, minivans, and trucks can tow it. The trailer is perfect for those who want to camp comfortably without sacrificing mobility.

For more information on the Scamp 13' Deluxe, visit the Scamp website.

Little Guy Mini Max

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UVW: 1993 lbs

The Little Guy Mini Max is a teardrop design trailer weighing just under 2,000 lbs. It combines the benefits of a teardrop with the luxuries of a full trailer. The trailer has a 6-foot interior height, which makes it slightly more cramped than the Scamp. The dinette can transition into either a Twin or Queen-size bed. The kitchen offers a sink, 2-burner stove, fridge, and microwave.

The UVW of the trailer is 1993 lbs. The Little Guy Mini Max is known for its amazingly light teardrop designs. If the Mini Max is too tight for your liking, the bigger brother, the Little Guy Max, is available.

For more information on the Little Guy Mini Max, visit the website.

Casita Spirit 16' DLX

UVW:2185 lbs

Like Scamp, Casita specializes in ultra-lightweight fiberglass trailers. The smallest size they make, however, is the 16' Spirit. In Deluxe trim, the Spirit includes a shower, toilet, and a full kitchen.

Because of its increased length, the Spirit offers slightly more interior room than the 13' Scamp, but note that Scamps also come in longer sizes.

Like the other trailers on this list, the bed area serves double duty as a dinette. When in bed mode, it measures 54' by 76". Casita points out that the Spirit offers the option to leave it as a bed permanently because the side dinette offers seating for two. Likewise, it can be converted into a 24" by 72" bed.

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Forest River Geo Pro G14FK / Flagstaff E-Pro E14FK

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UVW: 2259 lbs

The Forest River Geo Pro G14FK and Flagstaff E-Pro E14FK are lightweight, compact travel trailers with similar amenities. Both trailers weigh 2259 lbs and are perfect for crossover owners. The G14K/E14FK siblings offer a kitchen and lavatory, making them the smallest trailers in their range to do so.

The trailers feature a dinette that converts into a 2-person bed in the rear and a small bathroom/shower combo up front. The full kitchen includes a microwave, refrigerator, pantry, range, and sink. The modern styling of these trailers makes them an attractive option for those seeking a stylish and lightweight travel trailer.

For more information, visit the Forest River website.

Forest River R-pod RP-172

UVW: 2338 lbs

This is an extremely versatile platform. Unlike many other trailers on this list, at least 4 adults can sleep in this one: two on the bed and one on each bunk. Remember that Forest River makes a huge variety of R-pods, all with a dry weight of under 3,000 lbs. So, if you like what you see here, look at the full lineup to find what suits you best.

All R-pods also offer a huge 36-gallon freshwater tank to extend those trips as long as possible. 2019 models offer a toilet/shower combo as well as an awning. And with a full kitchen including a good-sized refrigerator, the R-pod packs a big punch in its small frame. And, aside from the 171 and 172 models, all offer a slide-out.

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Escape 17-Foot Plan B

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UVW: 2400 lbs

The Escape 17-Foot Plan B is a fiberglass Scamp clone that offers a built-in bathroom, making it a great lightweight trailer option for those who want a bathroom in their trailer. With a UVW of 2400 lbs, this trailer is easy to tow and maneuver.

This 17-foot trailer can accommodate up to 4 people and has plenty of storage options for everyone's weekend bag. The kitchen has a 2-burner stove, sink, range, and 3 cubic foot fridge.

Escape trailers are Canadian-built and come with a full two-year warranty. However, they can be hard to find at typical RV dealers.

Escape offers other trailer designs, including 19-foot, 21-foot, and 5th-wheel options. The 21-footer only weighs in at about 3200 lbs, making all their trailers great lightweight options for anyone seeking a lightweight trailer.

Visit their website for more information on the Escape 17-Foot Plan B.

Livin' Lite CampLite CL11FK

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UVW: 2430 lbs

Livin' Lite's range of CampLite trailers is another treasure trove of crossover-ready trailers. The lightest of the bunch, the CL11FK, weighs under 2,500 lbs. It also includes a wet bath and a kitchen with a 2-burner range, sink, and refrigerator. Those needing a microwave will have to step up to a higher-end model. No worries, though, as 4 more models weigh 3,010 and under.

Regarding sleeping, the CL11FK differs slightly from the other trailers on this list. Sure, it has a dinette that converts into a bed. Nothing special there. But buyers can also opt for a tip-out bunk bed measuring 46" by 68". That brings the sleeping capacity up to 4 adults, as long as 2 don't mind the rather short 68" bunk bed.

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Airstream Basecamp

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UVW: 2585 lbs

The Airstream Basecamp is a 16-foot trailer that weighs 2585 lbs. It is the lightest offering from the esteemed trailer manufacturer. The Basecamp's layout is Scandinavian in its minimalist approach, with a huge wrap-around window that creates a much more airy interior than most other trailers. The rear door offers easy access for storage of such things as bikes or kayaks. A small bathroom features a toilet and shower, while the rear 2-person bed folds into a dinette during the day.

The kitchen up front offers a great amount of counter space and a small fridge, 2-burner stove, and sink. The Basecamp also features a hideaway screen door and lockable storage compartments.

While the Airstream Basecamp lacks in size, it makes up for it in creature comforts. The Basecamp is easily towable with a variety of mid-size SUVs. However, it is important to note that the Airstream Basecamp costs 2-3 times as much as most other trailers on the market.

For more information, visit the Airstream website.

Winnebago Minnie Drop 170K

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UVW: 2,760 lbs

Four people can easily find comfortable sleeping spots in the Minni Drop 170K between the bunk beds and dinette-bed conversion. And, with a kitchen slideout and 6'5" of headroom, the rest of the interior shouldn't feel too cramped, either. Note that three other floorplans are available, all weighing under 3,200 lbs.

All offer a slideout, and some even come with a dry bath. Those looking for a great lightweight trailer should find plenty to love within the Minni Drop lineup.

The Minni Drop is full of surprises as well, including the exterior pull-out kitchen with a stove, sink, and refrigerator. If the weather turns bad, you can always take things inside and use the full kitchen there. How much Winnebago could pack inside this small, light trailer is amazing.

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Jayco Hummingbird 16MRB

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UVW: 2780 lbs

While it features the same large-teardrop shape as the R-pod, Jayco's Hummingbird 16MRB uses a much different layout. Two features stand out in this class of small trailers. First, a large rear bathroom dwarfs anything else in this class. This is one of the few trailers to offer a dry bath (where the shower is separated from the rest of the bathroom by a curtain).

Second, we have a unique bed design. During the day, all you will see is a sofa at the front of the trailer. However, a Murphy bed swings into place at night, offering a 60" by 75" sleeping area. Of course, a full kitchen sits between these two features. While it is only made to accommodate two travelers, the Hummingbird 16MRB is built much more like a large trailer than any other on this list.

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KZ Spree Escape Mini M181KS

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UVW: 2828 lbs

KZ's M181KS offers sleeping space for 3 adults between the small side dinette and permanent queen bed at the front. A 10-foot awning is included in the deal as well.  Like the Jayco, a dry bath at the rear of the trailer keeps the toilet and sink from getting soaked anytime someone uses the shower. Note that, with an exterior length of nearly 21 feet, the Escape Mini is longer than most other trailers on this list.

One hard-to-find feature is the small slideout, which creates extra space between the kitchen and the dinette. Not too many sub-3,000 lb trailers offer slideouts. The kitchen features the usual amenities: a 2-burner stove, sink, microwave, and refrigerator. A 30-gallon freshwater capacity is decent for this class of RVs as well.

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Airstream Sport 16RB

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UVW: 2860 lbs

The next Airstream on our list, the Sport 16RB, looks more like a conventional Airstream than the Basecamp. The layout is also more conventional, with a bed at the rear and a dinette at the front. The price tag, however, is even higher than that of the Basecamp. Chalk it up to the extra width, 2 extra sleeping spaces, and a couple more amenities.

The dinette can sleep two adults if converted into a bed, bringing the total capacity to 4. In the middle of the bed and dinette are the kitchen and bathroom. The small wet bath features a nice little window to make things feel more spacious. A decent amount of storage space flanks a small fridge, 2-burner stove, microwave, and sink.

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Little Guy Max

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UVW: 3140 lbs

You can think of the Little Guy Max as the final evolution of the teardrop trailer. And, as the first trailer on our list to crest the 3,000-lb mark, it offers some extra amenities you won't find elsewhere. The 6'7" interior height creates an airy, open feel within the trailer. Little Guy says a 2-inch rear receiver hitch is offered first on a teardrop trailer. Some trailer enthusiasts might bristle at calling this a teardrop, but there you have it.

If you use the queen bed at the rear and the dinette conversion up front, the Max can sleep up to 4 adults. The side kitchen offers the usual 2-burner stove and fridge, but the sink, microwave, and 4-cubic foot fridge are all relatively large for their class. A "Rough Rider" package spices things up with off-road tires, wheels, and 3.5 inches of extra ground clearance.

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Good Luck Finding Your Perfect Light Trailer!

Looking for a lightweight travel trailer that suits your needs can be daunting, but with the right information, you can find your perfect match. Lightweight trailers are perfect for those who want to tow with a smaller vehicle or want something easier to maneuver. Here are some tips to help you find your ideal lightweight travel trailer:

  • Consider your towing vehicle's capacity and ensure the trailer's weight falls within the range.
  • Look for a trailer with the needed features, such as a bathroom or kitchenette.
  • Check the trailer's size and ensure it is suitable for your needs.
  • Test out a few trailers in person to see what feels most comfortable before making your final decision.

The search results provide a great starting point for finding the best lightweight travel trailers. Check out the links provided to get more information on each trailer. With the right research and some luck, you'll find your perfect lightweight travel trailer in no time!

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