Life on the open road with your camping trailer in tow is a great way to see the world. But, if you’re interested in a small trailer that’s easier to transport from campsite to campsite, you might be concerned that your new home away from home won’t be very comfortable.
Thankfully, there are plenty of great hard-sided, small trailers, with bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms for your next adventure. Here are ten of the best options on the market today.
The 10 best small trailers with a bathroom:
1. Forest River RP-171 Ultra Lite (18 feet 4 inches)
- Weight: 2,504 lbs (Unloaded)
- Length: 18′ 4″
The Forest River R-Pod is one of the smallest trailers on the market. It boasts a very low towing weight and a unique shape that makes it more aerodynamic without sacrificing function.
One of the main benefits of the R-Pod is its luxurious design and fairly affordable price. You have a few different floor plans to choose from, but the RP-171 base model offers:
- Sleeping for up to 4 people
- Burner cooktop and refrigerator
- Convection microwave
- Air conditioning and furnace
- Dinette eating space and TV
- Full wet bath
The R-Pod is a solid all-around trailer because it includes everything you expect in a surprisingly spacious layout. Additionally, with the R-Pod, you have a fully separate living and sleeping area, so you don’t need to convert your set-up at night unless you’re traveling with more than 2 people. However, the R-Pod is on the longer end of the spectrum for a “small trailer” so it’s not as compact as some other models.
2. Airstream Sport 16RB (16 feet)
- Weight: 2,860 lbs (Unloaded)
- Length: 16′
Airstream is synonymous with quality in the world of camping trailers. The Sport 16RB combines great features with a compact size for a wide range of road trips. At just 16′, the Sport 16RB is small and easy to drive around. However, it still makes space for completely separate living and sleeping areas as well as a full bathroom and kitchenette.
Like all Airstream trailers, the Sport 16RB is efficient and comfortable. It’s also packed with high-end features and finishes that are great for weekend trips. That being said, the major drawback to this trailer is its price. Airstream isn’t known for its budget-friendly trailers, and the Sport 16RB’s $48k starting value is no exception.
3. Winnebago Micro Minnie 1708FB (19 feet 4.5 inches)
- Weight: 7,000 lbs (Unloaded)
- Length: 19′ 4.5″
The Micro Minnie 1708FB takes all of the excellent quality typical of a Winnebago trailer and packs it into a small trailer. This trailer measures at just under 20′ and has a fully outfitted interior with a pre-installed AV system, LED TV, and plenty of charging points.
The Micro Minnie also has a well-stocked kitchen with :
- Gas/electric refrigerator
- Recessed three burner range and oven
- Stainless steel sink
It also has a comfortable bathroom with a foot pedal flush toilet and skylight. The trailer comes with its own air conditioning and heating system as well as a power awning with LED lighting to help you take advantage of nice weather.
The Winnebago Micro Minnie is fairly affordable, despite all of its great features. But, it is quite heavy, which means you’ll likely need a medium size truck to tow it.
4. Safari Condo Alto F1743 (17 feet 9 inches)
- Weight: 1,765 lbs (Unloaded)
- Length: 17’9″
Safari Condo is a French-Canadian company that’s known for making functional trailers for outdoor adventure. The Alto F1743 has a large queen size bed for added comfort as well as a spacious front dining area that can be converted into a single bed.
The dining area in the Alto can also be reconfigured into two distinct seating arrangements, either a two-seat table or a five-seat dinette. Additionally, the trailer has a sizable bathroom with a fixed flush toilet and a fully enclosed interior shower.
One of the advantages of the Alto is its light weight. At just 1,765 lbs unloaded, the trailer can be towed by a wide range of SUVs and trucks. Plus, the Alto has a low center of gravity which makes it more stable and easier to drive.
5. Scamp Trailers Deluxe (13 feet)
- Weight: 1,300-1,600 lbs (Unloaded)
- Length: 13′
The Scamp 13′ Deluxe is one of the smallest and lightest trailers available. It has a sleek fiberglass construction and comes in two different layouts, so you can choose between either a dinette or a full bathroom, depending on your needs.
The Scamp Deluxe comes with a simple kitchen that has a refrigerator, cabinets, and sink. It doesn’t have much in terms of built-in appliances but is perfect for people who want a small trailer with minimal bells and whistles.
Designed to be an economical option for road warriors, the Scamp Deluxe is easy to customize after-market to meet your needs without breaking the bank. Plus, it offers some of the easiest towing and best gas mileage of any trailer on the market today.
6. Airstream Basecamp (16 feet)
- Weight: 2,585 lbs (Unloaded)
- Length: 16′
Luxury meets versatility with the Airstream Basecamp. As one of the smallest Airstream models, the Basecamp provides ample living space without detracting from your camping experience.
It has a unique design with a wrap-around fully-featured kitchen unit toward the front of the trailer. This allows you to take advantage of extra space not normally found in small trailers, giving you room for a surprisingly large full bath that’s actually comfortable to shower in.
In the Basecamp, you have a large dinette area that can be quickly converted into a sleeping space for up to 2 people. One of the drawbacks of this layout is that you’ll have to set up your bed every night, but it means you can do more with your space during the day.
You can also upgrade your trailer to the Basecamp X package for added durability on rough roads and cold-weather driving features. There’s also plenty of room to store gear in the Basecamp’s rear hatch, so you can bring your bikes, kayaks, and other toys on your next trip.
7. Casita Spirit Deluxe (17 feet)
- Weight: 2,480 lbs (Unloaded)
- Length: 17′
The Casita Spirit Deluxe uses a smart layout to take full advantage of limited space. With the deluxe version, you get a toilet and a shower, as well as a wardrobe closet at the front end of the trailer.
It also includes a dinette, which can easily be converted into a single bed with under-seat storage. As far as a kitchen goes, the Spirit has a smart galley design that allows you to cook food without feeling like you don’t have enough room to prep. Additionally, the trailer has a nice double bed for added comfort at night without sacrificing living space.
Overall, the Spirit Deluxe provides solid all-around quality and functionality. It’s slightly heavier than some ultralight options. But, it’s still relatively affordable and has all the features you need for an extended trip away from home.
8. Jayco Hummingbird 17MBS (19 feet 9 inches)
- Weight: 3,095 lbs (Unloaded)
- Length: 19′ 9″
The Jayco Hummingbird is an easy-to-tow trailer for regular campers. It can sleep up to two people using its adjustable murphy bed that converts quickly into a sofa for day lounging.
This trailer has a fully-featured corner kitchen with a stovetop, sink, fridge, and microwave, as well as plenty of pantry storage space. Unique among small trailers, the Hummingbird doesn’t have a wet bath. Instead, it has an enclosed shower and separate toilet for added comfort on the road.
A downside of the Hummingbird is that it’s fairly heavy when compared to other similar models. But, due to its aerodynamic design, it actually gets good gas mileage for its size.
9. iCamp Elite (14 feet)
- Weight: 2,366 (Unloaded)
- Length: 14′
The iCamp Elite is a super-compact travel trailer with all the features you need for an extended trip. It has a steel frame for added durability, as well as a gelcoat high-gloss fiberglass skin that’s easy to cleaning.
Inside, the iCamp Elite has a dinette with an adjustable table that can be converted into a bed. It also has plenty of overhead cabinets and a wardrobe for added storage. The trailer also has a marine-style toilet that uses minimal water for added efficiency. In the kitchen, the iCamp Elite also has a fridge, stovetop, sink, and oven.
The iCamp elite is a great option for people that want a very small trailer that’s also quite functional. While the dinette needs to be converted into a sleeping area each night, this helps to maximize your use of limited space for a more comfortable camping experience.
10. Airstream Nest (16 feet)
- Weight: 3,400 lbs (Unloaded)
- Length: 16′
The Nest is a modern Airstream design that is sleek and elegant but efficient when it comes to interior space. At just 16′ long, it’s well within the limits of a “small trailer,” but it has all-wood furniture and cabinetry, as well as plenty of high-end features.
This trailer has large windows for plenty of natural light, as well as wrap-around dinette seating that can easily be converted into a comfortable bed for getting a good night’s sleep. Or, you can opt for a fixed bed and a smaller dinette if you’d rather prioritize your sleeping space.
With both floorplan options, the Nest has a full bathroom with a modern shower and toilet set-up. It also has a kitchenette with high-end appliances and plenty of smart storage options for your gear.
Of course, the Nest is an Airstream trailer, so it’s not the most budget-friendly option, nor is it the lightest. But, when it comes to all-around functionality and comfort, it’s hard to beat.
How To Choose a Small Trailer
Buying a small trailer is a major investment in your future adventures. So, you want to be sure that you’re getting the right model for your needs. Here are the most important things to keep in mind as you shop:
Vehicle Towing Capacity
This is perhaps the most important consideration when it comes to buying a trailer unless you’re also interested in getting a new vehicle. Simply put, if your car or truck can’t tow your trailer, you’re not going to get very far from home.
Every vehicle has a maximum towing limit and, as you can imagine, SUVs and trucks will be able to tow more than your standard crossover or sedan. You can find your vehicle’s towing limit inside your owner’s manual or you can usually get this information from a quick google search.
Thankfully, compact trailers generally weigh less than their larger cousins. So, you’ll have more options within your car’s maximum towing capacity when shopping for a small camper.
Just keep in mind that your trailer should be at least 1,000 lbs (450kg) below your vehicle’s maximum towing capacity. This leeway is important because you’ll fill your trailer with gear, water, food, and fuel, as well as greywater and waste, which can all be quite heavy. If you’re planning on transporting a lot of gear, you might want to increase that weight latitude to about 1,500 lbs (680kg).
If you’re looking for a small trailer, you’re already concerned about its overall length, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that length is an important consideration when shopping for a camper. Even within the realm of “small trailers,” though, there are plenty of size differences. While some small trailers are as short as 13′ others are upwards of 19′ or even 20′.
Longer trailers offer a clear benefit of more interior space for living, relaxing, and storing gear. However, the main drawback to a long trailer is that they’re more difficult to drive and to back up. Additionally, longer trailers are usually heavier, which means higher fuel costs for your vehicle.
Let’s face it: Camping trailers are a major investment. So, it’s important to find a trailer that fits your budget. Keep in mind, though, that the list price of a given trailer is just one of your expenses.
You’ll also need to consider if you want to do any upgrades to the trailer or if you want to customize the layout to better suit your needs. Even the little things, like wheel chalks, electrical cords for hookups, and decorations can really add up.
Features / Floor plan
A camping trailer is meant to be a comfortable place to relax and live when you’re on the road. That being said, trailers come with a wide range of different features to choose from.
Most models will come with a basic floor plan that you can then add additional features to if you want to customize your space. One of the most important features to consider is the dining/sleeping area.
In some small trailers, the dinette converts into a bed at night. This allows you to make better use of your space but can be a bit of a hassle. Alternatively, you can get a fixed-bed model, which is more convenient but less efficient.
A small camping trailer is a fantastic investment. When shopping around, make a list of your priorities and go through your checklist every time you review a new trailer. This will help you find one that’s perfect for your needs and all your future adventures.
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David Parnell is the founder and lead editor at Trail and Summit, who enjoys writing on a wide range of topics from travel trailers to trail running. He’s an accomplished mountain endurance athlete who has completed over 25 ultra marathon races (follow on Strava). He is most proud of his finish at The Drift 100 – a high elevation, 100 mile winter foot race that zigzags along the Continental Divide in Wyoming. In the future he hopes to compete in the ITI 350 and ultimately the full 1,000 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational that follows the same path as the historic dog sled race.
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