10 Best Lightweight Travel Trailers Of 2022 - RV LIFE (2022)

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These lightweight travel trailers are lightweight and easy to tow. Photo courtesy of Little Guy.

Tread Lightly With These 10 Best Small Camper Trailers

The demand for small RVs is at an all-time high, and several RV manufacturers are responding to the demand for lightweight trailers that any car can pull. This list of the best lightweight travel trailers of 2022 spotlights the top-rated RVs for families, solo RVers, and adventure travelers.

  • Each small RV trailer weighs less than 5,000 pounds.
  • The ultralight trailers often cost less than a passenger car.
  • Each trailer has one of the lightest gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) around. Just about any size truck or even some larger SUVs can pull them.

Top 10 Picks For Lightweight Travel Trailers (Under 5,000 Pounds GVWR)

Each small RV is listed in order by weight, from lightest to heaviest.

2022 nuCamp TAG XL: The Stargazer

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The TAG XL weighs less than 1,500 lbs – even with all of the bells and whistles.

At the top of our super light travel trailers list is the TAG. This small RV is lightweight and easy to tow.Built with custom Ohio-Amish cabinetry, under-bed storage, and an exterior shower, this teardrop trailer is the perfect way to bring some of the comforts of home when you hit the road.

Cook in nature while using the well-equipped rear galley. At night, you’ll climb into a warm and cozy interior. Watch the stars through a large stargazing window. There’s air conditioning, LED lighting, alloy wheels, electric brakes, and an optional solar roof package. No matter where you go, the TAG teardrop trailer is ready for adventure.

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Climb into a warm, cozy interior – complete with a large window for stargazing.

Features:

  • Hitch weight: 119 lbs.
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 2,200 lbs.
  • Unloaded vehicle weight: 1,369 lbs.
  • Exterior length: 13′ 7″
  • Full exterior height: 6′ 3″
  • Exterior width: 7′ 8″
  • Interior height: 43″
  • Freshwater capacity: 8 gallons
  • Optional A/C and heater
  • Base MSRP: $24,674

2022 TAXA TigerMoth Overland: The Ultimate Overlanding Vehicle

This rugged overland travel trailer is the ideal adventure home. The TigerMoth Overland Edition is a small RV with big features, including increased ground clearance thanks to the Timbren axle-less suspension with a 4″ lift.

You also get a number of premium accessories including a generous kitchen, roof cargo deck, and an optional tongue-mounted toolbox.

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Enjoy 7+ off-grid days or longer

The TigerMoth can take you on a 7-day adventure or longer. The aerodynamic shape is fuel-efficient on the highway, and a generous interior space lets you do more with less. As a bonus, it’s also small enough to fit in a normal garage.

Features:

  • Hitch weight: 195 lbs.
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 2,400 lbs.
  • Unloaded vehicle weight: 1,458 lbs.
  • Cargo capacity: 942 lbs.
  • Exterior length: 12′ 0″
  • Full exterior height: 7′
  • Exterior width: 6′ 7″
  • Freshwater capacity: 5 gallons
  • 5 lbs propane tank & mount
  • Pre-wired solar input
  • Four acrylic, insulated windows with screens & shades
  • 16″ alloy wheel with all-terrain tires
  • Base MSRP: $29,350

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Go off-grid in comfort.

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2022 Travel Lite RV Rove Lite: Lightweight And Easy To Tow

Travel Lite’s new Rove Lite ultra-lightweight travel trailer is one of the most affordable travel trailers on the market (under $20K). It’s light enough to pull behind even the smallest of vehicles. You only need a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds.

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The new Rove Lite ultra-lightweight travel trailer is one of the most affordable RV trailers on the market. Photo courtesy of Travel Lite.

Enjoy the sleek Euro-style design made with state-of-the-art composite materials. There’s an aluminum chassis and a seamless poured-resin fiberglass roof. Interior features include a convertible bed and a bath with a shower. This small RV offers space-saving functionality at its best.

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The 2022 Travel Lite RV Rove Lite ultra-lightweight travel trailer has a stylish and roomy interior. Photo courtesy of Travel Lite.

Features:

  • Hitch weight: 160 lbs.
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 2,500 lbs.
  • Unloaded vehicle weight: 1,707 lbs.
  • Cargo capacity: 793 lbs.
  • Exterior length: 15′ 4″
  • Full exterior height: 8′ 1″
  • Exterior width: 7′ 11″
  • Freshwater capacity: 10 gallons
  • Gray-water capacity: 30 gallons
  • Black-water capacity: 5 gallons
  • On-demand tankless water heater
  • 20,000-BTU furnace
  • Base MSRP: $19,424

Trillium Heritage Bunk 4500: New And Improved

Here’s a unique addition to our list of the best lightweight travel trailers of 2022: the ultralight, 15-foot, all fiberglass Trillium Heritage Bunk 4500 camper from L’air Camper Company in Ontario, Canada.

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The L’air Trillium Heritage is an ultra-lightweight travel trailer that can be easily towed by many smaller SUVs and crossovers. Photo courtesy of L’air Camper Co.

This small RV received a complete facelift for 2022. It features dual-pane acrylic windows, a bigger solar panel, a 4.6-cubic-foot fridge with a freezer, and a galley makeover.

With a GVWR of just 2,700 pounds, the Trillium is an easy tow for many smaller SUVs and crossovers. Options abound for personalizing.

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The living area of the Trillium Heritage has been updated with an all-new galley and 4.2-cubic-foot fridge. Photo courtesy of L’air Camper Co.

Features:

  • Hitch weight: 180 lbs.
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 2,700 lbs.
  • Unloaded vehicle weight: 1,650 lbs.
  • Cargo capacity: 1,050 lbs.
  • Exterior length: 15′ 2″
  • Full exterior height: 6′ 2″
  • Exterior width: 78″
  • Freshwater capacity: 13 gallons
  • Gray-water capacity: 5 gallons
  • Single 130W solar panel with charge controller
  • Base MSRP: $31,997

Venture Sonic Lite SL150VRB: Surprisingly Spacious

The Venture Sonic Lite SL150VRB hasfloorplans starting out at a fuel-saving 3,000 pounds! Both Sonic Lite and Sonic are engineered with a one-piece seamless fiberglass roof system. By arching the roof front to back, this system provides a more durable roof. When it rains, the water runs fore and aft.

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Sonic Lite trailers are engineered with a one-piece seamless fiberglass roof system.

Features:

  • Hitch weight: 460 lbs.
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 3,735 lbs.
  • Unloaded vehicle weight: 3,160 lbs.
  • Cargo capacity: 575 lbs.
  • Exterior length: 19′ 11″
  • Full exterior height (with A/C): 9′ 11″
  • Exterior width: 90″
  • Freshwater capacity: 38 gallons
  • Gray-water capacity: 30 gallons
  • Water heater capacity: 6 gallons
  • Refrigerator: 8 cu ft
  • LP gas capacity: 20 lbs
  • Base MSRP: $34,059

2022 Little Guy Micro Max: Fits In Standard Garages

Finding a small travel trailer that can be parked inside a two-car garage isn’t easy unless you check out the new Little Guy Micro Max. This ultra-lightweight, four-season RV camper is a brand-new offering from Little Guy that will be coming out in early 2022.

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The Micro Max ultra-lightweight trailer fits inside a standard garage! Photo courtesy Little Guy Trailers.

Some of the features included in this fully equipped micro trailer are an air conditioner, a queen bed in the rear and twin bed up front, two dining areas, an interior galley, and an outdoor shower.

Headroom is a respectable 5′ 8″, which keeps the overall travel trailer height lower than the typical garage-door opening.

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The interior of these lightweight travel trailers feels roomy with large windows. Photo courtesy of Little Guy Trailers.

Features:

  • Hitch weight: 260 lbs.
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 3,500 lbs.
  • Unloaded vehicle weight: 1,780 lbs.
  • Cargo capacity: 1,720 lbs.
  • Exterior length: 15′ 11″
  • Full exterior height: 6′ 10.5″
  • Exterior width: 80″
  • Freshwater capacity: 12 gallons
  • Gray-water capacity: 8 gallons
  • Base MSRP: $25,000

Apex Nano 16R: Backcountry comfort

Be off-grid-camping ready with the Apex Nano 16R. This lightweight trailer comes with off-road tires and high-clearance suspension.

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With a 3,800-pound GVWR, the Apex Nano 16R is compatible with most midsize pickups, SUVs, and some crossovers. Photo courtesy of Coachmen.

With heated freshwater and holding tanks, a 13.5K-BTU A/C, front bike rack, direct vent furnace, and sleeping accommodations for a family of four, the Apex Nano 16R travel trailer from the Coachmen line is a great choice for outdoor adventure-bound RVers. Its 3,800-pound GVWR is compatible with most midsize pickups, SUVs, and some crossovers.

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Coachmen’s Apex Nano 16R offers a 6-cubic-foot gas/electric fridge, two-burner cooktop, and microwave. Photo courtesy of Coachmen.

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Features:

  • Hitch weight: 330 lbs.
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 3,800 lbs.
  • Unloaded vehicle weight: 2,860 lbs.
  • Cargo capacity: 940 lbs.
  • Exterior length: 19′ 7″
  • Full exterior height: 9′ 10″
  • Exterior width: 7′
  • Freshwater capacity: 50 gallons
  • Gray-water capacity: 35 gallons
  • Black-water capacity: 35 gallons
  • 6-cubic-foot gas/electric fridge
  • Two-burner cooktop and microwave
  • 12′ awning
  • Base MSRP: $27,731

OPUS OP4: Adventure ready

There’s no other travel trailer setup like the Opus Camper’s OP4. After all, this innovative push-button, air-inflated tent camper inflates in less than two minutes and sleeps six.

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There’s no other lightweight travel trailer setup like the Opus Camper’s OP4. Photo courtesy of Opus Camper.

The OP4 has a spacious interior lounge area, high ceiling, and a ton of windows and skylights to make you feel like you’re outdoors. The external kitchen makes cooking for the family easy, and OPUS offers a long list of options, including heating, A/C, solar power, bike racks, and extension rooms to make any RV outing enjoyable.

Features:

  • Hitch weight: 400 lbs.
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 4,200 lbs.
  • Unloaded vehicle weight: 3,100 lbs.
  • Cargo capacity: 500 lbs.
  • Exterior length: 17′ (closed)/ 21′ 4″ (open)
  • Full exterior height: 5′ 4″ (closed)/ 7′ 10″ (open)
  • Exterior width: 7′ 2″ (closed)/ 11′ 6″ (open)
  • Freshwater capacity 40 gallons
  • Cassette toilet
  • 12V fridge
  • 12′ awning
  • Base MSRP: $27,999

Forest River Rpod RP153: Ultra lightweight

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The 17-foot floorplan RPOD from Forest River is an ideal size for singles and couples. Photo courtesy of Forest River.

The RPOD is one of the best-selling ultra-lightweight travel trailers on the market. Forest River has expanded the line to seven models by adding a smaller version called the Rpod 153. The 17-foot model has all the basic features of its bigger brethren, and its slightly smaller floorplan is ideal for singles and couples.

The rear bath is spacious, the galley very functional, and the Murphy bed in the front maximizes interior space. This is an RV camper that’s very well designed, appointed, and engineered. It’s a good match for half-ton pickups, midsize pickups, and SUVs.

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The 17-foot RPOD from Forest River is well-designed, appointed, and engineered. Photo courtesy of Forest River.

Features:

  • Hitch weight: 300 lbs.
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 4,280 lbs.
  • Unloaded vehicle weight: 2,880 lbs.
  • Cargo capacity: 1,400 lbs.
  • Exterior length: 17′ 3″
  • Full exterior height: 9′ 8″
  • Exterior width: 8′
  • Freshwater capacity: 30 gallons
  • Gray-water capacity: 30 gallons
  • Black-water capacity: 30 gallons
  • 8′ awning
  • Base MSRP: $25,500

2022 Rockwood Geo Pro 20FBS: Roomy and comfortable

Forest River’s spacious Rockwood Geo Pro 20FBS caught our attention. A walk-around bed is a real rarity in a single-axle travel trailer and a testament to the designers taking to heart what customers have been asking for in years past.

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Forest River’s 2022 Rockwood Geo Pro 20FBS comes with a high-clearance axle setup and 15-inch Mud Rover Radial tires. Photo courtesy of Forest River.

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The large bathroom across the rear of the RV has an oversized shower, and the 72-inch sofa in the slide-out can rotate into a comfortable hide-a-bed. The Geo Pros also come with a high-clearance axle setup and 15-inch Mud Rover Radial tires well suited for backcountry RV camping.

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The 2022 Rockwood Geo Pro 20FBS has a walk-around bed, which is a rarity for a single-axle travel trailer. Photo courtesy of Forest River.

Features:

  • Hitch weight: 400 lbs.
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 4,400 lbs.
  • Unloaded vehicle weight: 3,442 lbs.
  • Cargo capacity: 958 lbs.
  • Exterior length: 21′ 8″
  • Full exterior height: 9′ 10″
  • Exterior width: 92″
  • Freshwater capacity: 31 gallons
  • Gray-water capacity: 30 gallons
  • Black-water capacity: 30 gallons
  • 54″x74″ Full-size bed
  • 14-foot awning
  • Outside shower
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • 20,000-BTU furnace
  • Base MSRP: $32,675

That’s our list of the most innovative new lightweight travel trailers of 2022. These small RV models are big on affordability, convenience, and amenities.

As a bonus, the features are packaged in a small camper footprint. In most cases, you won’t need to purchase a tow vehicle for these trailers. To find out how much weight your car can pull, open your vehicle’s manual. Look for the maximum trailer towing capacity and you’ll find the answer.

Why lightweight travel trailers are in demand

If you’re thinking about buying one of these lightweight travel trailers, you’re in good company. Demand for big and small RV models is soaring.

For example, according to the latest issue of RV RoadSigns, the quarterly sales forecast published by the RV Industry Association (RVIA), RV manufacturers are still scrambling to meet consumer demand that started in 2020. This year, more than 600,000 new RVs will be sold. These figures are all-time high that will exceed the record-breaking RV sales of 2021.

“The remarkable production from the RV manufacturers and suppliers is nothing like we have ever seen before, and our new forecast shows the record-breaking streak will continue,” said RVIA President and CEO Craig Kirby.

Editor’s note: RV manufacturer materials costs are constantly increasing. The current base costs for the small, light travel trailers on our list may have chanced since the time of this writing (Q4 2021).

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10 Best Lightweight Travel Trailers Of 2022 - RV LIFE? ›

Top 10 Picks For Lightweight Travel Trailers (Under 5,000 Pounds GVWR)
  • 2022 nuCamp TAG XL: The Stargazer. ...
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  • 2022 Little Guy Micro Max: Fits In Standard Garages.
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What is the most reliable brand of travel trailer? ›

7 Best Travel Trailer Brands of 2022
  • Airstream.
  • Grand Design RV.
  • Oliver Travel Trailers.
  • Lance Campers.
  • Outdoors RV.
  • Winnebago.
  • Jayco.
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What travel trailer will last the longest? ›

One of the most popular travel trailer brands is also one of the longest lasting. Airstream travel trailers are incredibly durable and will last you a long time as a result. However, that is not the only reason to purchase an Airstream travel trailer.

Which travel trailers depreciate the least? ›

Class C. Of all the motorized campers, the Class C vehicles depreciate the slowest. With a length of 33 feet, a Class C RV is the sweet spot between a camper van and tour bus. After five years of life with a Class C vehicle, you can expect a rate of about 38% depreciation.

Is fiberglass or aluminum travel trailer better? ›

Fiberglass wins hands-down in durability, shine and cleanliness. However aluminum sided campers have been, and will be, around forever.

What type of RV is best for full time living? ›

Drive-able Motorhome RVs for Full Time Living

Many RVers believe that Class C or Class A motorhomes are the best type of RV for full time living because they are comfortable for long travel days. Drive-able RVs also give you more flexibility to chose an everyday vehicle instead of having to drive a heavy duty truck.

What is the best 4 season RV? ›

The 6 Best 4 Season Travel Trailers
  • Keystone Montana–Best Luxury.
  • Northwood Arctic Fox–Best Budget.
  • Forest River Cherokee Arctic Wolf–Best for Families.
  • Oliver Legacy Elite–Best Compact.
  • Jayco Eagle–Best for Extreme Weather.
  • Lance 2295–Best for Milder Weather.
Oct 13, 2021

Is it better to live in a travel trailer or 5th wheel? ›

But first, the quick answer: 5th wheels are better suited to the BIG trailers of 28′ or more. Travel trailers have advantages that make it better suited for the trailers of 28′ or less. Why? Because 5th wheels tow better and have multiple levels and higher ceilings–all things that make it suited to a larger trailer.

Is there a 4 season camper? ›

Having a four-season camper means you can stay comfortable year round. Typically, four-season campers have thicker and more efficient insulation and walls. This ensures the camper stays cooler longer during the summer and holds heat better in the winter.

How long do trailer roofs last? ›

The average RV roof will last around 20 years before it needs to be completely replaced or repaired. During that time, you can usually expect some leaks around 10 years, sometimes 5 depending on the usage and conditions the roof endures. Leaks at 5 years, and a new roof at 20.

Are travel trailers a good investment? ›

Is an RV a Financial Investment? The short answer is no. With the exception of some in-demand vintage models, the value of an RV depreciates over time. An RV is an investment in a lifestyle, but you can mitigate the expense by renting it out when not in use through a third-party rental site like Outdoorsy or RVshare.

Which campers hold their value? ›

The type of RVs that hold their value best

But if resale is your top priority, you'll want to consider a Class B RV. Based on CR's data, Class B models tend to hold their value better than most RVs. Another plus is that Class B models can be both practical and lavish.

Will camper prices go down in 2022? ›

There will still be enough demand for RVs to keep prices high through most of 2022. The good news is that we are unlikely to see further increases in RV prices as the market stablizes. The bad news is that we are unlikely to see prices go down substantially on new RVs.

What is the most popular RV? ›

It can be found that in the Class A section of RVs the same could be said. The pros and cons of Class A motorhomes are something to consider. Class A motorhomes are the most popular RV you can buy because of its superior features and quality.

Are Jayco travel trailers good? ›

Jayco RVs are known for their exceptional quality and high standards. They have a wide variety of layouts available for nearly any traveler, and their RVs are affordable. A few things that set Jayco apart from its competitors include its Magnum Truss Roof System.

Is Keystone a good trailer? ›

Keystones make good quality RVs, camper trailers, fifth wheels and miniature trailers. Founded in 1996, Keystone RV is the leading manufacturer of fifth wheels in North America and a leading manufacturer of caravans. Keystone RVs are available in many types and sizes of towable products.

Are travel trailers a good investment? ›

Is an RV a Financial Investment? The short answer is no. With the exception of some in-demand vintage models, the value of an RV depreciates over time. An RV is an investment in a lifestyle, but you can mitigate the expense by renting it out when not in use through a third-party rental site like Outdoorsy or RVshare.

What is a 4 season travel trailer? ›

A 4 season travel trailer is a camper you can live in summer, spring, winter, and fall! What is this? That means they're equipped with some special specs (insulation, a high-power air conditioner and furnace, etc.) that keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter–we'll talk more about those specs later on.

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