Small campers are a great way to up your camping game without needing a huge rig or tow vehicle.
These small travel trailers have all the comforts of home – a bathroom (sometimes) a kitchen, a sitting area, a bed – but are light enough to tow with a small or medium-sized vehicle. That means better gas mileage and easier storage.
Some of these even fit right in a normal garage!
Plus, who can possibly resist the cuteness of a small camper?
Which one would you choose?
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1) Happier Campers Small Campers
- Weight: 1,200-1800 pounds
- Cost: $25,000 and up
These retro-inspired small campers are built in Los Angeles and have a 100% customizable interior. You can easily configure the modular interior to suit your needs in a matter of minutes – to camping, to hauling, to a guest room, to a pop-up office.
You can even take the components outside this tiny camper trailer if you want to set up a little outdoor experience.
Each add-on increases the weight and cost of your camping trailer, but luckily, you can pick and choose what exactly you’ll need.
These best small campers can be towed by most vehicles and can fit in most parking spaces and garages.
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2) Airstream Bambi Small Camper
- Weight: 3,000 pounds
- Cost: $49,900
Yes, this best small camper will take a chunk out of your paycheck, but it’s hard to resist its retro and sleek look.
The Airstream Bambi comes in three lengths; starting at 16′ up to 22′. This single axle small camper comes with a dedicated sleeping space, convertible dinette, a kitchen and an on-board restroom.
You can choose between a variety of floorplans to find the configuration that’s best for your lifestyle.
Most Bambi’s are small enough to be towed by an SUV, are simple to maneuver and park, and fit in most campsites.
You’ll definitely want to peek inside this small camping trailer to see the efficient use of space and top-notch design.
3) The Hatchling Small Camper
- Weight: 840 pounds
- Cost: $6,250 and up
This adorable small camper trailer by Casual Turtle Campers is way too cute to pass up. Lightweight and durable, The Hatchling looks like a cozy cabin on wheels.
Left empty, this small travel trailer can accommodate a full-size bed with room to spare, or can be built-out with a custom interior.
These small campers can be towed by a variety of vehicles, and are lovingly handmade out of red cedar in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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4) The MeerKat Small Travel Trailer
- Weight: 900 pounds
- Cost: $17,820
The Meerkat is a small camping trailer that can be towed by just about any car, thanks to its lightweight build. Inside the trailer, you’ll find stand-up headroom, a porta-potty, sink and an icebox.
Plus, the bed turns into a table and bench seats when not in use, so you can read, hang out, or get some work done while on the road.
It’s a basic tiny camper trailer but can fit into a standard garage.
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5) The Cricket Small Camper, by Taxa Outdoors
- Weight: 1,500 pounds
- Cost: $22,000 (estimated, depends on dealer price)
Taxa Outdoors is known for creating adventure campers, and The Cricket is no exception. This small camper trailer with a pop-up tent roof is lightweight and rugged, and can be towed by most 4-cylinder vehicles. Want an off-road camper? No problem!
The Cricket has integrated plumbing and electrical systems, meaning you can go boondocking for days.
The Cricket small camper can fit two adults and two children, and comes with a marine-grade wood kitchen and storage, vent fan, USB charging ports and a Dometic stove and sink combo.
6) Classic Teardrop Tiny Trailer, by Timberleaf Trailers
- Weight: 1,500 pounds
- Cost: $19,000 and up
This customizable tiny teardrop travel trailer is built with fine wood and enamel-baked aluminum siding. You can choose your own color and style when you order one of these small campers, which feature a fully-insulated cabin to keep wind, heat and cold out.
The back of this tiny trailer pops up to expose the galley, complete with a sink, faucet, LED lighting and optional stove and custom-made cooler.
The classic package for this teardrop trailer comes equipped with a Maxxair vent fan, storage cabinets, a queen bed, a 100 amp hour deep cycle battery, and power outlets.
7) Basecamp Small Travel Trailer, by Airstream
- Weight: 2,585 pounds
- Cost: $37,400 and up
The rugged and small camper fits two people and is made for the adventurer. These small camping trailers are built out of the same riveted aluminum structure as Airstream’s traditional travel trailers, but have an aerodynamic body and roof.
Plus, a panoramic window gives you a view of all that beautiful nature around you. The Basecamp comes with a kitchen, bathroom with a porcelain toilet and shower, and sitting area that converts into a bedroom.
8) Highcamp Teardrop Trailer
- Weight: 1,450 pounds
- Cost: $17,150
Highcamp’s small campers are a classic teardrop design with a pop-up galley in back. These small camping trailers are handcrafted in Portland, Oregon, and feature a beautiful wooden cabin design.
The galley is complete with a pull-out propane burner and Coleman cooler, with plenty of counter space for cooking in the great outdoors.
Highcamp prides itself by taking the time and effort necessary to completely finish its trailers with high-quality materials.
9) Wide Path Bicycle Camper – A Tiny Camper!
- Weight: 176 pounds
- Cost: $4,500
A list of small campers wouldn’t be complete without including a tiny bicycle camper! This itsy bitsy camper includes a sitting table, bed for two and a storage room.
It’s made out of light wood furniture with gray cushions and gray walls. This camping trailer is perfect for a long bike trip and provides shelter and warmth from the elements when you’re on the road.
These light-weight campers are durable, collapsible, and can be set up in as little as three minutes. So, grab your bike and go!
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A small camper can be anywhere from $5,000-$37,000, depending on the size of the tiny travel trailer and the brand. Airstream tops out as one of the most expensive, with the Basecamp hovering around $37,000. Try looking for a used small camper for a better price.
This depends on the size of your camper and how much weight your vehicle can tow. If you get a tiny travel trailer under 3,000 pounds, it can be towed by a mid-size car like a Suburu Outback. You can also use an SUV or a minivan to tow small campers. Larger campers require a bigger rig, like a pickup truck.
Yes! You can tow a small camper with something like a Suburu Outback. The Happier Camper, for example, starts at just 1,200 pounds and can be towed with most small cars.
Small campers can be as light as 1,000 pounds and as heavy as 8,000! Make sure you check your vehicle’s towing capacity before choosing the best small camper for your outdoor adventures.
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Kristin Hanes is a journalist who founded The Wayward Home as a place to learn about alternative living. She currently lives on a sailboat and in a Chevy Astro van, and has written articles about alternative living published in Good Housekeeping, Business Insider, Marie Claire and SF Gate. Read more about Kristin here.