If you think you need a heavy-duty truck to tow the travel trailer of your dreams, think again.
More travelers than ever are looking to minimize their footprint and maximize their versatility, and manufacturers are jumping to meet their demand.
The market is now flooded with ultra-lightweight travel trailers under 2,000 pounds that manage to stretch a ton of living space out of incredibly lightweight frames.
Imagine the possibilities. Suddenly, almost any car with a hitch—even some sedans—can seamlessly convert into a weekend adventurer.
Sounds pretty perfect, right?
But with so many options, it can be tough to know where to begin. We’ve rounded up 11 of our favorite campers under 2,000 pounds to help you get started.
The Best Ultra-Lightweight Travel Trailers Under 2,000 Pounds
Amazing space-to-weight ratio
Weight: 1,545 – 3,015 pounds
Length: 13 – 20 feet
Starting at: $13,503 MSRP
Jayco does an incredible job of maximizing living space at an incredibly low weight range with their Hummingbird campers.
These ultra-lightweight travel trailers under 2,000 pounds are available in five different floor plans, fewer options than they’ve released in previous years.
While you’ll still find an incredible range in their five 2020 options, looking at used models from previous years can open up even more possibilities if you’re looking for campers under 2,000 pounds.
The larger floor plans are a bit over our 2,000lbs cap but they’re absolutely worth mentioning. Slide-outs are notoriously heavy, yet, Jayco manages three floor plans with large pop-outs all under ~3,000lbs.
The extra space allows Jayco to offer full dry baths, dedicated sleeping areas, large living rooms, and spacious kitchens.
It’s honestly hard to imagine how Jayco fits all that into an ultra-lightweight camper. If you’re looking for all the creature comforts of full-size campers at an ultra light weight, the Jayco Hummingbird really hits it out of the park.
Happier Camper – a customizable camper under 2,000 pounds
Fully customizable interior
Length: 13 feet
Dry weight: 1,100 pounds
Starting at: $24,950 MSRP
The Happier Camper has grown an almost cult-like following in recent years. Just look to Instagram to see how popular and loved these campers are.
The iconic silhouette gives off some major vintage vibes, and it’s easy to see how they quickly gained attention on image-first platforms.
When it comes to the interior, you’re only limited by your imagination.
And that’s just the start.
Happier Camper’s innovative Adaptiv™ technology makes this ultra-lightweight travel trailer under 2,000 pounds infinitely customizable. You can choose between several modular furniture pieces to create your own unique layout.
Fitting together like lego bricks, the modules can easily be rearranged, repurposed, and even taken out of the camper to be used outside. Being able to turn the outdoors into usable living space is a huge benefit for such a small camper.
You can even turn the Happy Camper into a small camper with a bathroom!
Aliner Ascape –an ultra-lightweight travel trailer under 2,000 pounds with an aerodynamic profile
Dry weight: 1,500 – 1,750 pounds
Length: 13 feet
The Aliner Ascape tends to be a polarizing camper under 2,000 pounds. The teardrop shape allows for optimal aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, something touted by fans. While the shape is a great feature for some, the aesthetics make it a miss for others.
If you appreciate the fuel savings and efficiency of the teardrop shape, the Aliner Ascape is one of the best travel trailers under 2,000 pounds available.
There are three versions of the Ascape, all with similar layouts. While that might feel limiting for people looking to customize their space, the tried and tested layout is ideal for most campers.
Featuring a wet bath, a standard kitchenette, and a large dinette seating area, they’ve tailored this unit to exactly what they know their customers want most.
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Dry weight: 1,360 pounds
Length: 12 feet
Sleeps up to 4 adults
Taxa designed the Tiger Moth to tackle the most rugged of adventures. If you’re looking to hit the dirt road in a 2,000 lb off-road camper, tackle some serious inclines, or travel remote and off the grid, the Tiger Moth is exactly what you’re looking for.
This travel trailer completely re-imagines what campers under 2,000lbs can be.
Revolutionary hatches and doors open and unfold to create living space seemingly out of thin air. A pull out kitchen and awning provide a totally functional and scenic cooking space.
The huge side hatch opens the camper’s living space to allow immersion with the nature around you, a huge plus for people looking to get up close with the outdoors. Optional mosquito netting and screen doors can create the ideal balance between the two.
The actual interior space of this unit is mostly dedicated to sleeping, living, and storage. There is also an option to add a rooftop tent, converting this from a 2-person to 4-person sleeper.
For such a small profile and weight, comfortably sleeping 4 adults is a pretty huge feat.
Length: 13 feet
Dry weight: 1,200 – 1,500 pounds
All Scamp campers are designed to be lightweight and easily towed. Their aerodynamic, vintage exteriors have shot them up the ranks of popularity.
The 13’ camper, the smallest of their fleet, somehow fits their most-loved features into a tiny frame, making it one of the best ultra lightweight travel trailers under 2,000 pounds.
The two main layouts are mostly the same, with a kitchenette, a closet, and a large convertible dinette/sleeping area. The layouts differ with the buyers choice between a wet bath or a couch that converts into single bunk beds.
Overall, the Scamp is a great 2,000 lb camper for travelers wanting a classic camper at a slightly smaller scale.
Roulette Travel Trailers – one of many ultra-lightweight travel trailers under 2,000 pounds you can tow with a car
Length: 11’ 10” – 24’ 4”
Dry weight: 590 – 3,700 pounds
Roulette offers ultra-lightweight travel trailers in an astounding range of weights and sizes. Their smallest trailer weighs just 590lbs.
No, that’s not a typo, it really weighs less than 600lbs. That means virtually any car with a tow hitch can pull it.
The smaller models are pretty bare bones, offering a simple sofa bed that converts into a table and couch for daytime use. While that might be a bit too minimalist for most people’s needs, they do offer 15 different sizes and floor plans. You can select exactly the amount of space and amenities you need.
As you go up in size, Roulette adds various features like full baths, large kitchenettes, dual sleeping areas, and even private bedrooms. With so many options, it’ll be hard not to find a Roulette Prolite trailer that’s pretty perfect for you.
Length: 13.5 feet
Dry weight: 1,800 pounds
Starting at: $19,500 MSRP
Armadillo strives to revitalize classic rounded campers with modern amenities and forward-thinking designs.
The molds that build the Armadillo fleet are actually the same molds that produced legendary trailers like the Boler and L’il Bigfoot. Combining a beloved exterior with state-of-the-art interior features created some pretty great campers under 2,000 pounds.
The Armadillo trailers come in four floor plans, all offering an incredible amount of living space for a 2000 lb camper. Their newest layout features a triple bunk, offering enough space for even a growing family to comfortably sleep.
The style of the Armadillo is also hard to miss. The sleek box steel framing, wraparound LED lights, and retro-yet-futuristic round windows make this a camper that won’t fade into the background.
Length: 13’ 5” to 18’ 2”
Dry weight: 1,692 to 2,176 pounds
Travel Lite may have performed a few magic tricks to fit so much living space into a lightweight trailer under 2,000 pounds because their F-lite line almost feels too good to be true. The interiors are updated with sleek furnishings and LED lighting for a modern look.
Even the smallest, F-14 model includes a spacious kitchenette, convertible dining area, wet bath, skylight, storage, and more.
Adding a few extra feet with one of the larger models gives you the space for either a large dry bath or a separate dedicated sleeping area. With an extra sleeping space or bunk bed, this small camper can comfortably sleep an entire family.
When it comes to travel trailers under 2,000 pounds, being able to sleep 4+ is a pretty incredible feat.
Unique, circular pop-up tower
Length: 13 feet
Curb weight: 900 pounds
The Meerkat camper under 2,000 pounds is one of a kind. Featuring a totally unique, round pop-up top, this trailer has some serious personality.
The tower isn’t just for looks, the extra headspace in the living/cooking area provides stand-up headroom for just about any height traveler.
To help maximize your outside space, The Meerkat comes with an attachable awning room that extends off the front door, essentially doubling your living space.
If you add the awning room, The Meerkat boasts an impressive footprint for such a lightweight trailer.
Classic Timberleaf Teardrop – retro-inspired travel trailer under 2,000 pounds
Dry weight: 1,500 pounds
Length: 14 feet
Retro-inspired design features
The Classic Teardrop by Timberleaf is a small cabin travel trailer perfect for weekend adventures under the stars. With the largest skylights of any teardrop camper available, the interior cabin feels open and spacious even when safely closed off from the outdoors.
The exterior rear galley is filled with retro-inspired styling details like aluminum edging and leather handles to bring rustic charm to your cook space.
The Classic Teardrop does not have a bath or shower option, so this trailer is better suited for short-term or weekend trips.
But with an aerodynamic, teardrop shape, this 2,000 lb camper can go just about anywhere you want to take it without draining your fuel efficiency along the way.
Length: 11’ 4” – 21’ 1”
Weight: 1,252 – 3,513 pounds
Forest River’s E-Pro line of travel trailers under 2,000 pounds was designed specifically for people without heavy-duty towing trucks.
With over 15 different floor plans and lengths, they offer a lightweight version of about every type of camper you could want. While above our 2,000lbs threshold, there are toy hauler E-Pro models, perfect for people looking to take some serious gear along with them.
Forest River also prides itself on offering more standard features than its competition. That means every E-Pro camper comes with convenient features like a WIFI booster and a roof-mounted solar system.
Looking through their many, many floor plan options, you’ll notice a huge range of functionality. These floor plans aren’t small tweaks upon one main layout, they’re each completely unique spaces, each totally rethought and structured.
Whether you want a huge entertaining space, a cozy, private bedroom, or a space maximizing bunkhouse, you’ll find an E-Pro perfect for your needs.
Base weight: 990 pounds
Length: 12’ 9”
A-frame with pop-ups
The LTW is Chalet’s smallest and most lightweight A-frame, pop-up camper under 2,000 pounds. If you’re not familiar with A-frame trailers, they have a few unique benefits.
Chalet’s campers peak at 8 ft of head space, offering more vertical room than most comparable trailers could provide. And with the hard-sided dormer pop-outs, even tiny layouts can expand and maximize once you’re set up at camp.
Unlike most soft-sided pop-outs, Chalet’s hard dormers offer more protection from the elements, eliminated drying time, and freedom from campsite restrictions on soft-sided tents.
The closed A-frame structure is also great for aerodynamic towing and can help keep your fuel costs down. The further you plan on driving your trailer, the more gas savings you’ll eventually see.
After three decades of learning and improving upon their designs, Chalet has truly mastered the technology of pop-up campers, and the LTW can be set up or taken down in less than 30 seconds. If that doesn’t impress you much, try setting up camp in the pouring rain and then we’ll talk.
A 30 second setup time is a huge benefit, especially if you plan to move camp often.
Q&A about the best ultra lightweight travel trailers under 2,000 pounds
What size travel trailer can I tow?
The maximum weight you can tow depends on a couple of factors. First, you’ll need to know your car’s GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating), GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating), and GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating).
Make sure your vehicle can safely tow your travel trailer’s weight and ensure that the load on any axle of the towing vehicle doesn’t exceed the GAWR.
It’s important to remember the difference between dry weights, wet weights, and loaded weights. The dry weight of your trailer doesn’t include any liquid in the tanks or gear in the storage. Consider the weight of everything inside your trailer in addition to the trailer itself.
Is it difficult to tow travel trailers under 2,000 pounds?
Surprisingly, no. One of the reasons smaller trailers are rising in popularity is their drivability and maneuverability. As long as your vehicle is rated to tow the weight of the trailer you’re towing, it really shouldn’t be very difficult to tow at all. Some aspects, like reversing, are a bit more difficult to master but are also not needed in most day-to-day travels.
How fast should you tow a travel trailer?
Even ultra lightweight travel trailers under 2,000 pounds should be towed with some level of caution. Many manufacturers recommend not towing anything beyond 60mph, with most people recommending a cruising range of 55-65mph.
Never go faster than you feel comfortable, but be aware of your surroundings and never drive slower than is safe for the road you’re on.
How to avoid trailer sway?
Make sure you have sufficient hitch weight. If your hitch weight is less than 10% of your total travel trailer weight, you’ll need to move some weight around. One option is to move heavier gear toward the front of the trailer, or you could empty your holding tanks to lower the overall tow weight.
Conclusion on ultra-lightweight travel trailers under 2,000 pounds
Hopefully, this article has shown you the potential of your small tow capacity vehicle. Even at under 2,000 pounds, there are some amazing travel trailers on the market waiting to take you on your next adventure.
Whether you’re just looking for a covered bed to sleep in at night or a full-scale kitchen and dry bath setup, there’s a tiny home on wheels that offers everything you need and more. Happy camping!