Trying to find the right RV for your needs can be overwhelming with so many different types and sizes. However, if you have a sufficiently powerful tow rig (i.e., a pickup truck or SUV), travel trailers are often the best value, thanks to their modest size and sleek accommodations.
While travel trailers can get pretty large, it’s sometimes ideal to choose a model that won’t weigh you down too much. For that reason, we will be highlighting the eight best travel trailers under 6000 lbs. Although this might seem relatively light, you can get a lot of RV at this weight.
To make our comparison even easier for you, we’ve ranked each travel trailer under 6000 lbs based on unloaded vehicle weight (UVW). When looking at RV specs, you’ll notice UVW and GVWR. The latter refers to gross vehicle weight rating, and it means the maximum capacity for the trailer with all of your gear (and guests).
So, even though we’re looking at the best camper under 6000 lbs, you will still want to pay attention to the gross weight, so you don’t accidentally break an axle.
- Length: 19′, 4.5″
- Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW): 3,360 lbs
- Accommodations: Patio speakers, full-size bed, kitchenette, cross-air windows
As far as RV brands go, Winnebago is one of the most well-known in the world. Typically, these rigs are either Class A or Class C, but the company also makes some pretty awesome travel trailers and fifth wheels.
In this case, the Micro Minnie lives up to its name at just over 3000 pounds. At this weight, you could potentially tow the trailer with a car or lightweight pickup, depending on the vehicle’s tow capacity. That being said, keep in mind that you will be adding gear and equipment, so be sure to give yourself a buffer to be safe.
Since this is one of the smallest travel trailers under 6000 lbs, there is not much to see inside. The Minnie comes with everything you’d expect, including a full bathroom with a shower, kitchenette, dinette, and a full-size bed.
One unique feature, though, is the addition of cross-air windows. If you like to camp during the summer, this design will help you stay cool at night. Just make sure that you use screens to keep the bugs at bay.
Another feature we like in this 6000 lbs camper is the addition of outdoor speakers. These pieces allow you to have some entertainment when sitting outside and relaxing by your RV.
Overall, this small camper is ideal for those who like the simple, minimalist life.
- Length: 21′
- Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW): 3,980 lbs
- Accommodations: Slide-out U-shaped dinette, faux granite countertops, extra storage over the bed, swivel-mount TV
When looking at the best travel trailers under 6000 lbs, space is sometimes going to be limited. One of the best ways to maximize your interior room is to buy a model with a slide-out.
If you’re unfamiliar with this option, it allows you to slide a portion of the wall out to make more space inside. Typically, slide-outs are used for the dining area, although they can sometimes house the sofa or entertainment center. We’ll be seeing a lot of these on this list.
As with the Minnie, the 1685 is a relatively compact model, as are many of the best travel trailers under 6000 lbs.
So, if you’re looking for tons of extra features and accommodations, you may want to browse the other RVs on this list. That being said, Lance has made the 1685’s interior both cozy and stylish.
The kitchenette comes with faux granite countertops, giving you the feel of being in a full-size kitchen. The wood is also stained to make it look timeless. This travel trailer is perfect for single RVers or couples.
- Length: 20′ 8″
- Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW): 4,300 lbs
- Accommodations: L-shaped kitchenette, sleeps four comfortably, stylish interior, convertible dinette bed
Along with Winnebago, Airstream is another well-known and respected brand. You can always spot an Airstream thanks to its metal finish and unique dome shape.
Here we have the Caravel, which gives you all the luxury of a bigger trailer but without the weight and length. At just 20 feet long, this 6000 lbs camper looks more like a teardrop trailer than a regular travel trailer. However, inside it is a dream.
Since Airstream has been around since 1931, the company has been at the forefront of developing RV accommodations. Even though you don’t have tons of space inside, every inch is functional. You get plenty of storage space, and each element is built solid so it will last. The design of the Caravel is also sleek and modern, giving the impression of a tiny hotel room.
You may be surprised that you can sleep four in this best travel trailer under 6000 lbs, thanks to the convertible dinette table. However, even though four people can sleep in the Caravel, we don’t recommend everyone staying inside during the day, or it will feel too cramped.
- Length: 28′ 8″
- Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW): 4,719 lbs
- Accommodations: Bunk beds, pass-through storage, master bedroom, stylish interior decor
Typically, the best travel trailers under 6000 lbs are going to be relatively compact. However, as we go through this list, you’ll see that manufacturers like Dutchmen can provide many different features and elements without increasing the weight too much.
Considering that the Aspen Trail is over 28 feet long, you’d expect it to be well over 6000 pounds. However, it is well below, hovering around 4700 instead.
Because there is more interior space, this 6000 lbs camper comes with two bunk beds, a master bedroom, and a convertible sofa. So, you could potentially sleep up to six or eight people comfortably, provided that they know each other well enough. Even more impressive is that you get all the usual refinements without having to incorporate a slide-out section.
Another feature we like is the inclusion of pass-through storage windows. These elements allow you to move gear in and out of the 6000 lb travel trailer without having to use the door and steps every time. They are a huge time-saver.
- Length: 23′ 11″
- Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW): 4,795 lbs
- Accommodations: Slide-out dinette, exterior storage, two twin beds with king bed insert, pass-through storage
Although this 6000 lbs camper is called Micro Lite, it is actually one of the heavier models on this list. What makes the weight even more jarring is that the trailer isn’t that long, measuring almost 24 feet. However, this model does come with a slide-out for the dinette, so you get some extra interior space to help you feel more relaxed while camping.
As far as sleeping arrangements go, you have two options. The master bedroom in this best camper under 6000 lbs comes with two twin beds, so you and a travel buddy can sleep separately without having to climb into a bunk.
However, if you want to snuggle close to your partner, you can use the king bed insert to merge the beds into one unit. Considering that most travel trailers only have a full or queen-size bed, the extra space can be quite luxurious.
Otherwise, this 6000 lbs camper has all the familiar elements, minus a sofa or recliner set. So, if you want to watch TV or relax, you’ll either have to do it in bed or use the dinette. This trailer also comes with pass-through and external storage.
- Length: 27′ 10″
- Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW): 5,069 lbs
- Accommodations: Slide-out dinette, bunk beds, outside kitchenette, rear cargo door, 19′ built-in awning, pass-through storage
While the Micro Minnie is designed for minimalists, here we have a full-service 6000 lb travel trailer from Keystone. The Passport comes with some extra highlights that make it a versatile, year-round travel trailer.
Best of all, it has more than enough sleeping accommodations, making it ideal for families or groups of friends. You can sleep up to eight comfortably, thanks to the double bunk beds. Even better, you can flip the bunks up to create more storage space underneath.
Another element that makes the Passport 6000 lbs camper so appealing is the outdoor kitchenette. Whether you like to tailgate or you just don’t want to have to go back and forth while cooking, this feature will come in handy a lot. The Passport comes with a 19′ awning, so don’t worry about frying in the sun while cooking your buns.
This best camper under 6000 lbs does have pass-through storage in the master bedroom, but there is also a rear cargo door for added versatility. This door is located directly behind the bunks, which is another reason why they flip up for convenience.
Finally, the Passport has a slide-out dinette section to give you more breathing room inside.
- Length: 26′ 8″
- Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW): 5,105 lbs
- Accommodations: Three slide-out beds, slide-out dinette, tri-fold sofa, swivel-mount TV
Typically, a travel trailer will only have one slide-out section. Technically, that is true of the Jay Feather X23E, but you will be extending multiple sections once you get this 6000 lb camper in place.
In addition to pulling out the dinette, you can also extend three different beds. These pieces are covered with durable canvas tenting, and they can accommodate one or two sleepers each (depending on how much everyone likes each other). Best of all, you don’t have to pull all three out, so you have more options when deciding how many others to bring along.
Because each bed is technically external, you have plenty of space inside this best travel trailer under 6000 lbs.
At over 26 feet long, you don’t have to worry about getting claustrophobic. This unit comes with a tri-fold sofa and a swivel TV so that you can watch your shows or movies comfortably from anywhere.
Overall, this trailer is another excellent choice for families or friend groups, and its interior space makes it easy to be a full-time RVer.
- Length: 29′ 11″
- Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW): 5,705 lbs
- Accommodations: Slide-out fridge and dinette, laundry chute, pass-through storage, double bunk beds, master bedroom, outside kitchen, power awning
Ironically, although this RV is called a “Super Lite,” it is the heaviest model on this list, coming in at just under 6000 pounds. This best camper under 6000 lbs is also the longest, so you get plenty of accommodations for your adventures.
The Super Lite is quite similar to the Passport in that it comes with a slide-out section, double bunk beds, and a master bedroom. However, to kick things up a notch, the slide-out doesn’t just house the dinette – it also includes the pantry and refrigerator.
Since all of these pieces extend from the center, you get even more space inside. The similarities don’t stop there, though. The Super Lite also has an exterior kitchenette to make tailgating or barbecuing that much easier. Best of all, the 19′ awning is automatic, so you don’t have to strain yourself to be protected from the sun.
One unique feature of this best travel trailer under 6000 lbs is the addition of a “laundry chute.” We put it in quotes because it is basically just a door to the outside where you can place a hamper for your clothes. Additionally, the Super Lite has pass-through storage.
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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.