Best 2016 Lightweight RV Travel Trailers

Maybe small is beautiful, but these days the “Lightweight” certainly is, so here is our list of best lightweight travel trailers for 2016.....

Vintage Cruiser 19ERD

      Gulf Stream’s Vintage Cruiser travel trailer is a combination of nostalgic past with modern-day technology and requirements.

     While designed in the “back-in-time” shape it incorporates modern features, amenities and lightweight materials. As the result, the Vintage Cruiser offers “home-away-from-home” ambiance, and can be towed with smear cars with increased fuel efficiency. The series includes four models: 17RWD (smallest), 19ERD, 19RBS and 23RSS (longest with slide-out sofa module and full bath).

Vintage Cruiser 19ERD is the mid-size unit. It has side-bath with walk-in shower and separate bathroom (toilet and vanity sink). Master bedroom with queen-size bed with premium foam mattress, two night tables and overhead storage is located at the front of the trailer.

 Kitchen features 2-burner cook-top, 2-door fridge, double sink, gas/electric DSI water heater, plenty of storage in cabinets and large dinette at the back of the trailer. There is a TV mount for the optional flat screen TV.  

Summarizing, Vintage Cruiser brings you back to 50’s, but you make this trip back in time in very familiar modern, residential-like environment….

Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser model 19ERD and its floor-plan (below)

Specifications:

Exterior length 

Exterior width

Exterior height

Interior hight

Dry weight

Cargo capacity

Sleeps

Fresh water tank

Grey water tank

Black water tank

LP tank

22'11"

7'6"

9'10"

6'11"

2,900 lbs

1,233 lbs

3

28 gals

30 gals

30 gals

2 x 20 lbs

Retro-style dinette

Features:

  • 2-burner cook-top
  • 2-door fridge
  • Double-sink
  • 6 gals gas/elec DSI water heater
  • Dinette
  • Wood cabinets
  • 20,000 BTU furnace
  • Walk-in shower and separate bathroom
  • LED lights
  • AM/FM?CD/DVD Entertainment system w/outside 
  • Hook-up for solar power
  • Pass-through front storage
  • Spare tire

Sportsmen Classic 190

     Sportsmen Classic - Model 190 is a middle-range model from the series of  ultralight travel trailers manufactured by KZ-RV (founded in 70’s – now the subsidiary of Thorn Industries Inc). 

The model 190 features a front bedroom with a bed (60” x 75”), two nightstands and overhead cabinets. The full bathroom at the rear end of the trailer includes a toilet, sink and shower.

The kitchen is equipped with 2-burner gas hot plate, microwave, sink and gas/electric refrigerator facing in the opposite side large dinette. Gas DSI water heater serves kitchen and bathroom. Large closet (left from the entrance door), plenty of cabinets and the spacious, accessible from the outside “pass-thru” storage in the front of the camper offer plenty of room for gear and “stuff” you may want to take with you on the road.

External 10ft awning (optional) extends the “living” space into outdoors.

KZ-RV's Sportsmen Classic Model 190

Specifications:

Exterior length 

Exterior width

Exterior height

Interior hight

GVWR

Dry weight

Cargo capacity

Sleeps

Fresh water tank

Grey water tank

Black water tank

LP tank

22'1"

90"

104"

75"

3,500 lbs

2,364 lbs

760 lbs

4

20 gals

32 gals

32 gals

20 lbs

Floorplan

Standard interior features:

  • 2-burner gas hot plate
  • Gas/Elec Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • 6 gallons Gas DSI Water Heater
  • Dinette
  • 60” x 75” bed with “Teddy-Bear” mattress
  • LED Lights
  • Bathroom (toilet, sink & shower)

Kitchen

Standard exterior features:

  • Spare tire
  • 2 stabilizer jacks
  • 12V Converter w/charger
  • Aluminum roofing 
  • Cable hook-up
  • City water hook-up
  • Electric brakes
  • Tinted windows
  • Norco/Bal Frame (E-Coated) & A-Frame (Epoxy Painted)
  • R-7 insulation

Options

  • 10ft awning
  • 2 Additional Stabilizer Jacks
  • 6 Cubic Foot Refrigerator (Floorplan Specific)
  • 8,000 BTU Air Conditioner
  • 13,500 BTU Air Conditioner (Roof Air)
  • 16,000 BTU Furnace
  • AM/FM/MP3/iPod Radio
  • Front-end Window (bedroom side)

And now let's get inside of the Sportsmen Classic trailer (Model 190)

Palomino Puma XLE Model 18FBC

      Palomino’s Puma XLE series includes several models of lightweight travel trailers ranging in length from 16’3” to 33’5”. The model Puma XLE 18FBC with its length of 22’4” belongs to the lower end of the series.  While in general these trailers weight less than comparable travel trailers, they are not “light” on amenities.  

The model 18FBC offers front-end bedroom with queen-size bed with two shirt closets and overhead shelf. The large bathroom at the rear-end of the trailer includes not only toilet, sink and 38” tub, but also spacious linen wardrobe. The kitchen is equipped with 2-burner cook-top, sink, refrigerator, microwave and on the opposite side comfortable dinette with the rack for TV next to it. The dinette can be converted into an extra sleeping place for two.

Puma XLE model 18FBC

Specifications:

Exterior length 

Exterior width

Exterior height

GVWR

Dry weight

Cargo capacity

Fresh water tank

Grey water tank

Black water tank

22'4"

96"

10'1"

4,782 lbs

3,466 lbs

1,316 lbs

46 gals

42 gals

32 gals

Puma 18FBC - floorplan

Standard features (Value Leader Package)

Interior features

  • 2-burner cook-top
  • Refrigerator
  • 6 gallons gas DSI water heater
  • Real wood drawers
  • LED lighting

Exterior features

  • Rubber roof
  • Tinted windows
  • Bathroom skylight
  • 20 lbs LPG bottle w/cover
  • Rear stabilizer jacks

Master bedroom with cloths cabinets on both sides of the bed

Options:

  • Electric awning
  • Oven
  • Spare tire
  • AM/FM/CD/DVD Entertainment center
  • Microwave
  • 2-front stabilizer jacks
  • 6 cu-ft Double-door refrigerator
  • Ducted A/C (13,500 or 15,000 BTU)

Prime Time Avenger 18TH

        Avenger 18TH is a Toy Hauler made by Prime Time Manufacturing (Division of Forest River – one of the largest American RV producers). It is the smallest toy hauler from the series of Avengers including also models 21TH and 25TH.

The interior layout is arranged the way to provide a necessary space for sleeping and living (kitchen, dinette and bathroom) but the main goal of the design was to maximize the space for “toys” (ATVs, motorcycles, bikes etc…) and storage space for gear.

The Avenger 18TH is very well equipped, standard features provide quite good comfort and “autonomy” when in wilderness. Large double-door refrigerator, 3-burner range with hood, lights and ventilation, microwave and storage cabinets provide good opportunities to enjoy cooking. Folding dinette open space for toys when on the road, but provides comfortable dining area when camping. Full bathroom with toilet, sink and tub, high capacity water tanks and water heater well serve needs when away from civilization. Finally the Murphy bed/sofa provides convenience of seating space during a day and sleeping room for night.

Large storage room in front is accessible from the outside making it easier to pack and unpack your gear and favorite stuff. ……

Prime Time's Avenger 18TH Toy Hauler

Specifications:

Exterior length 

Exterior width

Exterior height

Interior height

Hitch weight

Dry weight

Cargo capacity

Fresh water tank

Grey water tank

Black water tank

24'0"

96"

10'7"

6'10"

725 lbs

4,618 lbs

3,107 lbs

48 gals

34 gals

34 gals

Floorplan

Standard features (Mandatory Advantage Package)

  • Luxury foam mattress
  • Exterior hot/cold shower
  • Ducted AC
  • Patio Awning
  • Thermal Package (enclosed underbelly, heated holding tanks)
  • 4 stabilizer jacks
  • Tinted safety glass windows
  • Two LPG bottles
  • Marine-grade outdoors speakers

Avenger 18TH - view from the read doors

Above: opened ramp, folded dinette and plenty of space for toys

Below: camping configuration - open w/dinette

Construction:

  • High strength low alloy steel frame
  • Aluminum exterior skin
  • R-7 insulation
  • Walk-on rubber roof with decking

Appliances/Equipment

  • 3-burner range with hood, light and fan
  • Large oven
  • Deep double sink
  • Double-door refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • 6 gallons Gas/Elec DSI Water Heater
  • Furnace
  • 50 Amps Power Converter
  • 12V water pump
  • Co/LP/Smoke alarm-detector

Options:

  • 15,000 BTU AC
  • LCD TV
  • DVD player
  • Power awning
  • Spare tire w/cover

Starcraft Launch Ultra Lite 21FBS

       Launch 21FBS is the smallest travel trailer from the Starcraft’s series of Ultra-Lite campers (the largest model  31BHT is 36’11” long and with its 3 slide-outs represents a residential luxury). The model 21FSB despite being only 23’7” long offers very comfortable interior and warm ambiance. The bedroom has queen-size bed with two side wardrobes and overhead shelf. 

Kitchen “corner” including 3-burner range, double-sink, large fridge, pantry and plenty of cabinets offer all you may need for testing your cooking skills. The 24” x 40” table and folding slide-out sofa offer opportunity to enjoy meals and extra space. Converted to the bed , the sofa can sleep two more persons. 

Full bathroom with toilet, sink, shower, medicine cabinet and skylight offers autonomy when exploring Mother Nature. Finally, 13 ft awning extends the living space to outdoors (what can be more enjoyable than “meeting the nature” when sipping the freshly brewed coffee?)

Thanks to lightweight it can be towed by a minivan or SUV. 

Starcraft's Launch Ultra-Lite travel trailer model 21FBS

Specifications:

Exterior length 

Exterior width

Exterior height

Interior height

Hitch weight

Dry weight

Cargo capacity

GVWR

Fresh water tank

Grey water tank

Black water tank

Sleeping

23'7"

96"

121 3/4" (w/ AC)

78"

305 lbs

4,075 lbs

785 lbs

4,900 lbs

28,5 gals

30,8 gals

30,8 gals

3-4

Floorplan

Customer Convenience Package (Mandatory)

  • 13,500 or 15,000 BTU AC
  • 6 gals gas/elec DSI water heater
  • 8 cu.ft. gas/elec refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • 3-burner range and hood w/ lights and vents
  • Dual 30 lbs LPG bottles w/cover
  • Mirrored wardrobe doors
  • Stabilizer jacks
  • Electric brakes
  • Spare tire w/cover



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