The top small travel trailers for 2016 including famous Airstream Bambi, Coachmen Clipper but also less known Opus, Gidget Brumby, Chalet LTW, Prolite, Safari Condo Alto, TaxaOutdoors Cricket, Lance, Scamp and many more….
Increased demand for small, easy to tow and store, fuel efficient and economic travel trailers that can also offer the decent level of comfort reflects the new reality on the RV market.
And this reality is a growing number of young as well as on the opposite side of the demographic spectrum “active” retired families with no financial means for luxury RVs but strong wish to “connect” with the nature.
Both groups represent families with either no children (not yet or already grown-up ones living their own lives)) or having very young kids.
And majority of these potential customers search for inexpensive ways to explore the “World”, to discover unknown, to live their adventures…
They are ready for excuse to just “hit the road” and such excuse can be availability of small travel trailers – typically inexpensive, economic and easy to operate but at the same time providing “good enough” comfort to follow dreams :-).
Below is the short presentation of best small travel trailers for 2016 with links to detailed information including description, specifications, features and obviously pictures and videos.
Airstream Bambi travel trailer - Model Sport 16ft and its floorplan.
The first Airstream’s Bambi camper was lunched back in 1961. It was a 16ft long rounded-shell design that with time only gained popularity thanks to nostalgic sentiments of new generations of customers. Now, more than 50 years later the name Bambi was extended over Airstream’s family of single-axle travel trailers including the series of Sport, Flying Cloud, International Signature and International Serenity trailers.
Sport – 16ft model proves that “great things really do come in small packages”. This smallest Bambi thanks to lightweight design offers outstanding fuel efficiency, but it is also surprisingly spacious and comfortable. The bedroom with 78” x 48” bed is located at the back of the trailer and offers not only a sleeping place for two persons but also privacy and entertainment (LCD TV in mounted on the wall, so when a cloudy sky prevents watching the natural spectacle of stars you can watch your favorite TV programs. Two hampers are handy for all kind of stuff you would like to keep in the bedroom…..
See more details at --> Airstream Bambi Sport 16
Classic American Dream Trailer in road configuration (boat attached on the roof).
Portland-based American Dream Trailer Company is not like any other in RV industry. Company’s goal was to address a specific group of travel enthusiasts – these loving the Mother Nature and appreciating simplicity of traveling and camping conditions.
Their Classic Dream Camper vintage design revives nostalgic past by proposing to meet the Mother Nature “leaving unnecessary (stuff) behind” and “embracing simplicity”. Indeed the camper is very simply, but offers something very precious: a combo integrating the small travel trailer and the rowboat that “will follow you and your dreams” on the roads less traveled, out of beaten paths…..
See more details at --> Classic American Dream Trailer
Luxurious pop-up travel trailer - Opus
Australian Purple Line’s Opus Drifter XT folding camper thanks to the “out-of-the-box” concept and ingenuity of designers set a new standard in pop-up campers industry: Luxury!
The Opus is a revolutionary design.
a) It is ultra-lite (so easy to tow even with small car)
b) It is strong and rugged so it can go for off-road trips
c) Thanks to two reinforced lids and racking system, Opus can carry boats, bikes, kayaks, even two motorcycles( with the option Opus Moto allowing to load them on the top)
d) It matches the practicality with luxury (unexpected in tent campers)
Double end-beds with inner “tents” provide the comfortable sleeping and privacy. Well equipped kitchen with stainless-steel sink w/glass lid, 2-burner gas stove w/piezo ignition and glass lid as well as cabinet-mounted 3-way refrigerator and work surface with drawer offers great conditions for making not only fresh morning coffee but frankly, gourmet meals. But may be the most stunning Opus’ feature is the sitting area with its large, horse-shoe-shaped sofa and table .....
For more details see: --> Purple Line’s Opus Drifter XT
Chalet LTW Travel Trailer
Chalet Inc. (Albany, Oregon) is one of American RV manufacturers known for its series of A-frame travel trailers. In recent years, these hard-wall folding campers gained considerable popularity thanks to their undeniable advantages. They are lightweight (so can be towed by almost any family car and fuel efficient), folding (so easy to tow on the road, maneuver on the campground and store in the garage), weather “resistant” and easy to set-up. The latter characteristics make the clear difference compared to tent pop-up campers.
They can be fully set-up and fold-down in about 30 seconds (just by touching the button!). And hard-side walls provide full protection against any weather elements (no headache typical for tent-campers that have to dry before folding, no risk of mold due to humidity etc…
The series of Chalet’s A-frame travel trailers includes: LTW (smallest one presented in details here: --> Chalet LTW A-Frame Travel Trailer
Gidget Brumby Teardrop trailer with its slide-out unit and roof-installed solar panels makes the new standard in RV industry
Most modern teardrop travel trailers are designed for specific customers – young nature lovers and/or retired couples sharing common characteristics: an adventurous spirt but no enthusiasm for backpacking and tent. Providing sleeping place for two, these lightweight and economic campers (not only due to fuel efficiency and towing by a typical family car, but also due to the low initial cost) have one serious disadvantage. Usually, they do not offer any living space, and on the campground feel tiny and crampy….. They are just like a hard-wall tent on wheels, always ready to provide a place for sleeping!
Well, it seems that this limitation was eliminated once an Australian company introduced an innovative Gidget Brumby Teardrop Camper. Thanks to the slide-out module (the solution often used in larger travel trailers) the old idea of retro teardrop trailers got new life.....
For more details see: --> Gidget Brumby Teardrop camper
Lance 1475 - floorplan shows an impressive interior
The 1475 and 1575 Lance’s travel trailers are the two smallest models of campers with the floor lengths correspondingly 14’10” and 15’9”. However, despite such small difference in dimensions, these two models have completely different interior layout thanks to the slide-out module in longer one.
The Lance 1475 is an example of camper designed based on customers inputs. One of the results of this approach is no dinette as many customers expressed a wish to eat either outside or when sitting comfortably in the lounge chairs! Another wish was to have a decent size bath – and when you put that all on the 14ft floor, obviously you have to make some “tough” choices. But from looking at the layout and attached pictures, it is clear, that despite the very small size (and benefits coming with it), the Lance 1475 Travel Trailers makes a “mini-home” with warmness and comfort you would like to experience when on the road......
See details at: --> Lance 1475/1575 Travel Trailers
Safari Condo Alto R1723 w/retractable roof!
Safari Condo is not a “newcomer” in the market of travel trailers. The family-owned company operates from Quebec (Canada) since almost forty years, but only recently thanks to very attractive, “out-of-the-box” innovative approach, they gained widespread recognition in the world of RVs.
Currently, Safari Condo offers three models of ultralight campers, correspondingly R1713 and R1723 (models with retractable roof) and F1743 (model with fixed roof). All of these models have common characteristics: aircraft-inspired design, light weight, good aerodynamics (streamlined underbelly tanks), durability and modern, very comfortable, well-thought “open-space” interior. With large windows offering abundance of sunlight and great views, as well as construction allowing driving on dirt roads, Alto travel trailers are designed for nature lovers daring to explore roads “less-travelled”.....
See more at: --> Safari Condo Alto trailers
Cricket Trek Travel Trailer
TaxaOutdoors is a Houston based company founded by a NASA visionary engineer Garret Finney.
The company manufactures three versions of the camper. The simplest one - the Cricket Gear is a gear hauler offering its large interior room for your favorite toys. Its interior features are limited to very minimum (kitchen cabinet with sink, but for example no bed). The second version – Cricket Camp provides modest living and storage space targeting weekend campers. Interior features include not only kitchen cabinet with sink, but also water heater with electric pump, bed/seating and LED lights as well as roof tracks for an optional Thule rack. The ultimate goal is however the Cricket Trek designed for longer “out-of-civilization” adventures.
Cricket Trek shares the same kitchen galley with all Cricket trailers (about 12 sq. ft of counter-top and 8.6 cu ft of under-counter storage space) but it also is equipped with an Engel fridge. Additionally it offers all necessary features for modest living like: 12V electric water heater w/ electric pump, bed/seating (75” x 57”) with under-bed storage (about 12 cu.ft.), pop-up table, spare tire, tongue-mounted toolbox, LED light, awning, screen-doors, roof-mounted Thule rack for bikes, kayaks etc. ….
See details at: --> TaxaOutddors: Cricket Trek Travel Trailer
LivinLite Camplite - model 11FK travel trailer
Livin-Lite is a well-known manufacturer of ultra-lite, “all-aluminum” campers including popular series of Quicksilver tent-campers and series of Camplite Travel Trailers. The Camplite 11FK is the smallest from the latter family of hard-side trailers.
Thanks to innovative design and engineering (aluminum and composite materials, but no wood, no steel) the Camplite 11FK represents the new class of lightest hard-wall, fully-equipped travel trailers in the RV industry. Compact and light, it can be towed by almost any full-size family car. But its small dimensions and lite-weight do not compromise the quality as well as comfort and ambiance you will find inside of the camper.
Fully equipped kitchen at the front-end has elegant stainless steel 2-burner cooktop w/cover and sink w/faucet......
See more details at: --> Camplite 11FK travel trailer
Prolite: Model Plus "S"
Prolite is a young but successful manufacturer of lightweight travel trailers located in St Jerome (Quebec - Canada).
From the line of models: Suit 11, Eco 12, Cool 13, Mini 13, Plus S, Plus, Profile 14, Escapade 15, Evasion 16, Max 21, Xtreme 24 and Supreme we selected the model Plus S for presentation.
The camper Plus S is designed to be towed by small SUVs (smaller Prolite models can be towed even by family or compact cars). Despite its small size and light weight it provides a comfortable living and camping environment for family of two.
The kitchen with 3-burner stove, 3.7 cubic feet refrigerator, sink, and cabinets offers a comfortable cooking environment. Large front dinette presents a comfy area not only for simple breakfast or a cup of coffee, but certainly also for more complex meals. For the night the dinette converts into the 74” x 52” bed . The sofa across the kitchen is an ideal for relaxing during a day. Interior toilet, shower as well as fresh and black water tanks and water heater....
See details at: --> Prolite Plus S Travel Trailer
Modern Hi-Lo Travel Trailer: Wanderer 16xx
When back in 1956 Jim Snyder lunched the series of Hi-Lo trailers it was a kind of “revolution” in RV industry. These “collapsible” travel trailers brought a clever solution to two difficult to meet requirements. They offered a weather-tolerant “hard-side design” with an easiness of “towing & storage” typical for “folding” (pop-up) campers. …..
Currently the Kerola’s Group designed two models of campers known under the name of Wanderer 16. With external length slightly exceeding 16 foot they belong to the class of small travel trailers. Their main difference is the floorplan arrangement. The Wanderer 16SD (Side Dinette) offers larger and more comfortable living area as well as an extra sleeping place when the dinette is converted in the bed. The Wanderer 16RB (Rear Bed configuration) has folding down table instead of classic dinette but offers an extra wardrobe/porta pot/storage space at the expense of the living area......
For more details see: --> Hi-Lo Travel Trailers
Jayco's Jay Flight SLX travel trailer: Model 145RB
Jay Flight SLX 145RB camper with its 16’6” external length is the smallest from 14 trailers making the family Flight SLX. Despite its small dimensions it is designed to provide as much of comfort as possible matching in this aspect many larger campers.
The well-equipped kitchen with 2-burner gas stove, 3 cubic ft. refrigerator, sink, microwave and hood as well as cabinetry and working space offer nice environment for preparation of even more “serious” meals. The front-end dinette provides genuine space for more than just breakfasts or a morning cup of coffee. For a night it converts to the large, queen-size bed for two persons, for a day it can be moved outside. However even in such case, the sofa located on the opposite to galley (if not used as an “extra” sleeping place) serves as a comfortable seating space. The private bath with a wet toilet, shower with tub and skylight is.....
For more details see: --> Jay Flight SLX 145RB trailer
Scamp - one of 13ft models (comes in 4 floorplan versions)
Scamp is an American family owned business designing and manufacturing small, hard-wall travel trailers. These compact, lightweight, fiberglass trailers can be towed by almost any car, they are easy to maneuver and guarantee high fuel efficiency. The company offers many floor-plans as well as optional items (including appliances), so each camper can be customized according to the customer’s preferences. Thanks to good thermal insulation as well as optional AC and furnace they can be used from spring till fall.
The series of Scamp Travel Trailers includes 13ft, 16ft and 19ft models – all coming with several floor-plans and versions (standard and deluxe). The smallest 13ft model was the first one introduced into production back in 1972.
Today’s 13ft models come in four different configurations:
For details see: --> Scamp Travel Trailers 13ft series
The smallest from the AmeriLite Super-Lite series of travel trailers: Model 14RBC
The 14RBC is designed to offer the comfortable vacations “away from home” for two people. The kitchen is equipped with two-burner cooktop, one-bowl sink with faucet, refrigerator, microwave oven, a counter-top with large working area and abundance of cabinetry including overhead ones. The front-end dinette makes a nice “eating-corner” which converts to large bed for night. The sofa facing the kitchen offers an extra seating space where you can relax while 6’4” interior height guarantees more than needed room for living.
On the back of the trailer there is a spacious wardrobe as well as “hard-walled” (private) bathroom with shower/tub and toilet. Overhead cabinets located all around the trailer provide enough of storage room for whatever you may need on your longer trip.
The trailers are built rather traditionally. The tubular steel frame and full-width steel outriggers....
For details see: --> Ameri-Lite 14RBC Travel Trailer
The smallest from the Starcraft's family AR-ONE: 14RB Travel Trailer
The AR-One series for 2017 includes nine models starting with the smallest one in the family – 14RB (exterior length 16’6”) and ending on the luxurious side with 19RT (exterior length 23’6”).
The model 14RB belongs to the popular class of small travel trailers that can be pulled by most SUVs and minivans, but still providing a lot of amenities that till recently were only part of higher-end campers.
Looking at the floorplan we can find all-familiar “blocks” of a home-away-from-home” – kitchen, dinette converting to bed, wet-bath including toilet and shower, sofa providing comfortable seating place and a lot of cabinetry including a closet.
The kitchen is equipped with 2-burner stove, power range hood, sink w/high faucet, microwave oven w/carousel, 3 cu ft. gas/electric fridge and plenty of countertop space.......
For more details see: --> Starcraft AR_ONE 14RB Trailer
The smallest from the family of Travel-Lite Express travel trailers: Model E14
Travel Lite (operating in New Paris, Indiana) is known for its line of Truck Campers. In 2012 the company started also manufacturing travel trailers introducing two series: lower end Express and higher end Idea.
The series Express includes five models from the smallest Express E14 (exterior “box” length 10’6”) to the largest one - Express E19QBH (exterior “box” length 17’6”).
The first one - travel trailer Express E14 comes in two versions- Basic and Expandable (E14X), both sharing the same layout and dimensions. The only difference is an extra flip-out bed in the model E14X offering more sleeping space and “tent-like” environment that may attract nature lovers.
The Express E14 belongs to the class of small travel trailers that can be towed by any 6-cilinder vehicle (camper’s dry weight is below 1,800 lbs). Although let’s face it – this is not a luxury camper, it is an example of recent trends....
See more details at --> Express E14 Travel Trailer
Casita's Patriot - 13ft fiberglass travel trailer
Since 1983, Casita Enterprises Inc. located in Rice, TX dedicated its resources to the design and manufacturing of fiberglass travel trailers. Currently they offer five models of travel trailers from the smallest one – 13ft long Patriot Deluxe, correspondingly 16ft (Standard) and 17ft long (Deluxe) versions of Spirt, Freedom and Liberty and the largest member of the family – Independence (both versions Standard and Deluxe are 17ft long).
Standard versions of Casita’s travel trailers have extra sleeping space, while versions Deluxe offer wet-bath with toilet, sink and shower.
The Patriot is the only one Casita’s trailer that is offered just in version Deluxe, but that is what makes it may be the most interesting on the list. Thanks to small dimensions and weight, it is easy to tow and may be as important – easy to store in the garage, but at the same time is equipped with all essential features including wet-bath. Although nothing.....
For more details see: --> Casita Patriot Fiberglass travel trailer
Coachmen Clipper Travel Trailer: Model 14R
Coachmen (currently Division of the Forest River Inc.) is one of the pioneers of the RV industry. Founded in 1964 by brothers Corson, the company continues its traditions with the series of ultra-light Clipper travel trailers. The series includes models ranging from 16’8” (model 14R) to 21’4” (models17xx).
The Clipper 14R specially designed for small, fuel-efficient towing vehicles is the smallest in the family. Despite its reduced dimensions its internal features make it a comfortable place for camping adventure for two people. The kitchen area located in the center of the trailers includes 2-burner stove, single bowl sink, refrigerator, microwave, large countertop and abundance of maple cabinetry including an overhead section. The spacious dinette at the front of the camper with a large storage area converts into a bed. The sofa facing the kitchen provides......
For more details see --> Coachmen Clipper 14R Travel Trailer
Riverside’s Retro 155XL travel trailer combines modern-time amenities with nostalgic past of shapes, colors and details allowing for trip to the nature in an ambience of remote past.
The 15XL with its external length of 14’9” is the smallest one from the family (the longest one – model 199FKs is 25’6” long). With the weight below 2000 lbs, the Retro 155XL can be towed by most family cars. At the same time, the large set options offers everything you would like to have when camping.
The kitchen equipped with 2-burner stove, large sink w/faucet…….
Fore more details see: --> Riverside Retro 155XL camper