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During our RV downsizing journey, we looked at quite a few small travel trailers. The number one requirement was the travel trailer had to be lightweight. Specifically, we were looking for travels trailers under 3,500 pounds. Between all the research, visiting dealers and attending RV shows, we got to check out quite a few small camper trailers.

This is a round up of some of our favorite lightweight travel trailers under 3500 lbs.

Small Travel Trailers Under 3,500 lbs (A-Z)

Small Travel Trailers

Alto Teardrop Camper Trailer by Safari Condo

The Alto by Safari Condo is by far our favorite teardrop camper. Kait’s aunt and uncle own the Alto R1713 and let us film a walk-through of their teardrop trailer which you can watch below. They found the Safari Condo Alto easy to tow with their Jeep Wrangler. We’ve also met a few architects that love this small lightweight trailer camper for its unique design.

GVWR: 2,500 lbs

Website: http://www.safaricondo.com/en/

Basecamp 16 Aluminum Travel Trailer by Airstream

Based in Jackson Center, Ohio. The Basecamp joins Airstream’s line of aluminum travel trailers. This small RV trailer comes with a decent sized wet bath and a wrap around window in the galley. The Airstream Basecamp 16 has a base weight of 2,650 pounds and a GVWR of 3,500 pounds.

GVWR: 3,500 lbs

Website: https://www.airstream.com/travel-trailers/basecamp/

Bean Trailers – Ultra Lightweight Travel Trailer

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bean Trailer makes lightweight trailers with a fiberglass shell. The Bean Stock and Class Bean trailer both have a dry weight of 1,650 pounds with a GVWR of 3,500 pounds.

Bean Ultra Lightweight Travel Trailer
Photo Credit: Bean Trailer

GVWR: 3,500 lbs

Website: http://www.beantrailer.com/

Boreas Campers Off-Road Travel Trailers

Based in Arvada, Colorado. Boreas Campers makes several models of off-road overland campers. The Boreas XT camper featured in the photo below has a dry weight of 2,200 lbs with a GVWR of 3,500 lbs and 19″ of ground clearance.

Boreas XT camper
Photo Credit: Boreas Campers

GVWR: 3,500

Website: https://boreascampers.com/campers/

Casita Spirit Fiberglass Travel Trailers

Based in Rice, Texas. This lightweight travel trailer manufacturer has been making small campers since 1983. Designed to be durable and aerodynamic, these fiberglass travel trailers can be easily spotted rolling down the road. Casita Spirit is the lightest travel trailer the company makes with the Casita Spirit 16 standard weighing in at 1,970 pounds dry.

GVWR: 3,500 lbs

Website: http://casitatraveltrailers.com/

Cricket Trailer by TAXA Outdoors

This small camper trailer’s big selling point is the “NASA inspired design.” We even briefly considered towing the Cricket trailer behind our Jeep Wrangler Unlimited when we were downsizing from our Class A RV. The dry weight is 1,800 pounds with a GVWR of 2,700 pounds. For more overland and off-grid adventures, there is the Cricket Overland edition of this lightweight camping trailer.

Cricket small travel trailers

GVWR: 2,700 lbs

Website: https://taxaoutdoors.com

Happier Camper HC1 Fiberglass Travel Trailer

Based in Los Angeles, California. The Happier Camper HC1 is the Lego of fiberglass travel trailers. This small pull behind camper is so modular, you can configure it in many ways to make it fit your camping trailer needs. We haven’t seen any other lightweight campers quite like the HC1 and the base dry weight is 1,100 pounds.

GVWR: 3,500 lbs

Website: http://happiercamper.com/

InTech’s Flyer, Luna & Sol Trailers

Based in Nappanee, Indiana. In 2010, the founders of InTech RVs set out on a mission to build the best travel trailers. The company now offer a variety of lightweight aluminum travel trailers that range in size and layout.

GVWR: 2,220-3,500 lbs

Website: https://www.intechrv.com/

Lance 1475 Small Travel Trailer

Based in Lancaster, California. Before Lance released the 1475, we considered towing the Lance 1575 camper. This small travel trailer doesn’t have any slides and the most notable feature are the large windows by the swivel chairs. Below is our video tour of the Lance 1475 travel trailer.

GVWR: 3,500 lbs

Website: http://www.lancecamper.com/

Scamp Fiberglass Travel Trailers

Based in Backus, Minnesota. Scamp Trailers make fiberglass travel trailers to order at the factory and use suppliers based in the U.S.A. “When you purchase a Scamp, know that they are quality-manufactured by Americans who are proud to uphold the Scamp tradition of excellence.”

Scamp Fiberglass Travel Trailers
Photo Credit: Scamptrailers.com

GVWR: 2,200-3,500 lbs

Website: http://www.scamptrailers.com/

SylvanSport VAST Lightweight Travel Trailer

Based in Brevard, North Carolina. SylvanSport has a few towable options with the VAST being their first travel trailer. The company’s slogan is about “adventurous comfortable camping” with the aim to reset consumer expectations for RV trailers.

GVWR: 3,000 lbs

Website: https://www.sylvansport.com/

Timberleaf Teardrop Trailers

Based in Grand Junction, Colorado. Timberleaf currently offers three models of their handcrafted teardrop trailers. The budget friendly Kestrel camping trailer starts at $7,800 and weighs in at 860 pounds. The Classic model starts at $21,500 with many of the bells and whistles that customers want in their travel trailer.

Timberleaf Teardrop Trailers
Photo credit: Timberleaf Trailer

GVWR: 3,500 lbs

Website: https://timberleaftrailers.com/

Vistabule Teardrop Trailers

Based in St. Paul, Minnesota. We learned about these cool teardrop trailers camping next to one in Big Bend National Park. Kata and Marina, the owners of the Vistabule teardrop trailer below, were gracious enough to give us a tour. At the time, they were towing this small RV trailer with their Subaru. Check out their adventures on Instagram at Vistabule302.

Vistabule teardrop trailer

GVWR: 2,200

Website: https://vistabule.com/

Other Small Camper Trailers to Consider

There are a few more travel trailers worth looking into if you’re in the market for a small pull behind camper.

Airstream’s Nest Fiberglass Travel Trailer

Airstream acquired NEST Caravans a few years ago to offer a fiberglass version of their iconic “silver-bullet” travel trailers.

GVWR: 4,000 lbs

Website: https://www.airstream.com/travel-trailers/nest/

Bigfoot Fiberglass Travel Trailer

Bigfoot RV is based in British Colombia, Canada. They manufacture fiberglass travel trailers and truck campers for four season camping. The smallest travel trailer has a dry weight of 3,179 with a GVWR of 4,300. The video walk-through below is the 25B21RB model.

GVWR: 7,500 lbs

Website: http://bigfootrv.com

Black Series Off-Road Travel Trailers

Black Series is based in Australia. They make rugged off-road caravans and pop-up tent campers that have been roaming around the Australian outback for over a decade. You can now buy the Black Series of travel trailers in the U.S. which come with a 5 year structural warranty.

GVWR: Wide range

Website: https://www.blackseriescamper.com/

Escape Fiberglass Travel Trailers

Based in Chilliwack, British Colombia, Canada. Escape Trailer manufactures fiberglass travel trailers that are sold direct to consumers. While most of of their small camping trailers are well over 3,500 lbs, the Escape 17A and 17B have a GVWR of 4,000 lbs. 

GVWR: 4,000 lbs

Website: https://escapetrailer.com/

Oliver Fiberglass Travel Trailer

Oliver Travel Trailers is based in Tennessee. They make double-hulled fiberglass travel trailer that are heavier than other options listed in this post. If staying under 3,500 lbs isn’t a criteria for you, then check out the Legacy Elite II travel trailer.

GVWR: 7,000 lbs

Website: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/

Rent a Small Camper Trailer

Layout, length, GVWR. There is quite a bit to consider when shopping for a small travel trailer. Try out a few travel trailers to see which one is the right fit for your camping needs.