Campers less than 2,000 pounds? We don’t blame you for your skepticism. The average camper weighs around 5,000 to 6,000 pounds, and they’re already not too big, to begin with.
So, you may wonder how possible it is to find ones that weigh less than 2,000 pounds. Will the lightness of the trailer impact the quality and your experience on the road? Are they even worth it to purchase? Let’s find out!
Let’s get the big question out of the way. Yes, there are campers under 2,000 pounds and there are actually quite a few.
Top 5 campers weighing under 2,000 pounds:
1. Jayco Hummingbird
The first one on our list is the Jayco Hummingbird. This adorable vintage-looking trailer has a dry weight (unloaded weight) of 1,545 pounds! It looks super cute but is more functional than you would think.
For starters, the Jayco brand really did a great job maximizing the small space.
You can find the Hummingbird with a larger floor plan, but that will increase the weight to 3,000 pounds.
If you opt for options under 2,000 pounds you can still find a full-sized bed and overhead storage to keep your belongings off the ground (a great way to save room and keep you organized!).
The Jayco Hummingbird has enough room for 2, with a fridge, TV, sink, tons of storage space, a rear outdoor kitchen and your choice of an outdoor grill attachment.
2. Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro
Like Jayco and most other camper brands, Forest River also offers a line with various floor plans. The Flagstaff E-Pro has a few options under 2,000 pounds, with the lightest one barely scraping above 1,000!
Surely there isn’t enough room for amenities, are there? You will be pleasantly surprised because the Flagstaff E-Pro is quite roomy for its size.
The smallest size is towable by even some minivans, so don’t miss out on fun road trips just because you don’t have a ton of horsepower. You will get a bed, a TV, overhead storage, and microwave within this tiny camper.
The interiors aren’t incredibly luxurious or anything, but simplicity is good when you’re on the road. Smaller trailers aren’t designed for you to live in for days and are more of a place for you to rest, and take a breather before you head on down the road again.
If you’re worried about towing and the price, the Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro is an excellent option to consider.
3. Riverside RV Retro
The Retro camper from Riverside RV is even more of a throw-back tribute to vintage-style campers than the Jayco Hummingbird. The exterior can be deceiving, but the Riverside RV Retro is decked out with modern features.
The Retro line offers one option that is below 2,000 pounds – the Retro 511. It comes in at 1,780 unloaded! Although it’s super compact, the small camper can sleep two people very comfortably.
You may see the Retro 509 for sale on the web (not on their site), which is even lighter weight, but only the 511 is available on the Riverside RV site.
The floor plan for the 511 shows room for a sofa, a tiny kitchenette, shelving, an entertainment center, and a wardrobe, but you may be able to put a small mattress in there. The Retro 511 is more for living rather than sleeping.
4. Scamp Travel Trailer
Scamp is a brand that focuses a lot on small travel trailers with a few options under 2,000 pounds. What sets the brand’s options apart from the rest is that other options offer lightweight trailers at 13 feet, but Scamp has an option that measures 16 feet and is under 2,000 pounds.
The inside doesn’t look extremely modern. Instead, it opts for a more homey and cozy feel, which many people love as well. Out of the 13-foot options you can pick from Scamp’s deluxe trailers or their standard ones.
The difference being the deluxe model will feature a bathroom (we’d pick this one in all honesty).
You do have your pick of the type of wood for the interiors, but it won’t do much in terms of modernizing the appearance.
Other trailers may look vintage on the outside with a surprisingly advanced interior with modern features, but Scamp is the one to choose if you want an old-school retro road trip feeling with your other half or travel buddy.
5. Aliner Campers
Aliner Campers offers two options on its site that are below 2,000 pounds. The brand very clearly sorts its models into small, medium and large campers.
The small models are 10-foot boxes on a 13-foot frame, which makes them very compact indeed. You have your choice between the Scout-Lite and the Ranger 10.
The Scout-Lite is a little smaller with an unloaded weight of 1,180 pounds and the Ranger 10 is 1,225 – not much of a difference.
When you look at the floor plan, you will be amazed by how Aliner maximizes the space. Let’s take Ranger 10 for example, where you have a sink, stove, storage, and refrigerator.
The dinette, complete with seats that have storage underneath can convert into a bed when necessary.
The Scout-Lite is smaller but it still packs plenty within the tiny profile. However, it does not have a stove, or a refrigerator, and instead has a bunk. The dinette is the same as what’s in the Ranger 10 and converts into a bed.
Manufacturers know that compact options are preferred by many. After all, not everyone has the means to tow trailers that push 9000 pounds or the money to afford them.
A smaller trailer that is under 2,000 pounds still gives you a place to rest comfortably, won’t take too much out of your wallet, and is easy to tow. You may not even need a large truck to get some of these lightweight trailers going on the road.