10 Best & Most Practical Small Travel Trailers (in 2021)

Everyone looks for something different when it comes to buying a small travel trailer. Let’s take a look at 10 of the absolute best trailers in 2021.

Small travel trailers are my secret weapon for combating Camping Regret. What is Camping Regret? You may ask. Well, it’s that feeling when you wake up in a soggy sleeping bag because of an unexpected downpour.

If you’ve ever struggled to pitch a tent at night because you didn’t get to the campsite until after dark, then you know Camping Regret.

Camping should be a fun way to relax after a day of hiking, skiing, doing goat yoga, or whatever it is you do outdoors. Small travel trailers, camper trailers, RVs, or whatever else you want to call them, are the best way to do that. They have the amenities you need to feel comfortable away from home with some neat additions that make camping even more fun.

I’ve curated this list of popular 2021 models just for you based on how they measure up in the following categories:

  • Affordability. Small travel trailers won’t break the bank like a full-sized RV would. Prices typically range between $11,000 and $35,000 depending on the style and features you prefer. That’s less than the cost of most new trucks. And trust me, they are way more comfortable to sleep in than a truck bed.
  • Convenience. At about 20 feet long and less than 5,000 pounds when fully loaded, small travel trailers are easy to park and tow. I would say that if you have a mid-sized SUV then you’re good to go, but some of these models are so lightweight they can be towed by compact cars!
  • Amenities. Saving on size doesn’t mean skimping on the good stuff. You’ll be surprised at the variety of amenities loaded into these models. We’re talking bathrooms, dining spaces, entertainment, and private bedrooms. Think wet baths were only for full-size RVs? Think again!

And now, in no particular order, here are our top picks for the best and most practical small travel trailers in 2021.

1. Safari Condo Alto R1723

The Alto R Series (R1723) Camper Trailer is a standout teardrop camper. Its eye-catching design isn’t just for looks, these models are designed to be eco-friendly and easy on the vehicle towing them. What’s neat about the Alto is its one-of-a-kind power-retractable roof. It adds 18” of headspace when it’s up and reduced aerodynamic drag when it’s down.

There’s plenty of space inside whether you’re going on a solo trip or taking the whole family. It’s easy to convert either the front dining area or the King-sized bed into singles if you’ve got kiddos. Everyone gets their own sleeping space, no more sleep-kicks in the ribs at o’dark thirty.

Highlights

  • One-of-a-kind power retractable roof
  • Can be towed by smaller vehicles
  • Most materials are recyclable

Details

  • Sleeps 3 – 4
  • The dining table can move to create two- and five-seat dinettes
  • Exterior shower outlet
  • Fixed flush toilet with a black water tank
  • Weight 1,825 – 1,867lbs

2. Vistabule Teardrop

Look at that funky, retro vibe! Everything about the Vistabule is thoughtfully crafted. A large front-facing window with additional side and back windows provide a truly enviable view. Open both side doors to let in the breeze while you relax.

The cabin is cozy – not crowded – at about the size of a queen bed. This one also makes it easy to go from living space to sleep zone. Pop the galley hatch and you’ve got cover for washing and cooking. Did you see that pass-through from the kitchenette to the cabin? I dare you to use it without shouting, “Order up!”.

Highlights

  • Novel reverse teardrop shape
  • Pass through space between cabin and kitchenette
  • Easy to tow

Details

  • Queen size bed
  • Collapsible sofa table
  • Laminated galley counter with sliding doors below
  • Water tank: 9 gallons
  • Weight 1,200 – 1,500lbs

3. Forest River RP-192

The first thing everyone notices about the Forest River RP-192 is the decorative wrap. You either hate it or love it. Personally, I don’t get why it’s a frog and not a bee at the front. The honeycomb pattern with gold accents screams bee to me.

Brand new amenities for this model make camping easy with plenty of natural light sources, lots of exterior storage space, a power awning, and … we need to talk about this last one. Its amber exterior LED lights. If you’re not excited about that, you’ve never accidentally inhaled a cloud of gnats.

Highlights

  • Power awning
  • Removable exterior bush kitchen
  • Luxury on a budget

Details

  • Queen-sized Murphy bed sleeps up to 4
  • Dry bath
  • Central vacuum
  • Fresh, gray, and black water tanks all 30 gallons
  • Weight 3,379 – 3,900lbs

4. Airstream Bambi 16RB

In love with the iconic Airstream style? Me, too. The Airstream Bambi model has that familiar curved aluminum design with the practicality of a compact space. The kitchen is stocked with all the appliances you need for a fancy brunch without feeling cramped. Pretty much every living space doubles as a bonus sleeping space. Even the bathroom is roomy enough to get clean without feeling claustrophobic.

If feeling one with nature is your jam, the Bambi is definitely for you. You can take in the whole horizon with those front panoramic windows. Plus, this model is famously easy to maneuver. Fit into that coveted “perfect” spot with ease.

Highlights

  • Iconic Airstream design
  • Efficient use of space
  • Pillow-top memory foam mattress
  • JVC Stereo with Bluetooth

Details

  • Sleeps up to 4
  • Stainless steel kitchen appliances
  • Retractable awning
  • Exterior shower
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Fresh water tank 23 gallons
  • Black water tank 30 gallons
  • Weight 3,000 – 3,500lbs

5. Happier Camper HC1

The Happier Camper HC1 is frequently described as the Lego of small travel trailers, which I am in love with. This Lego camper has an innovative modular design that can be configured in a ton of ways to do whatever you need it to do. Using the Adaptive™ floor grid and components really feels like building a Lego kit, but with your furniture!

There are two main living spaces you can play around with. Everything you don’t use in your design can double up as storage or outdoor furniture. The potential is crazy. You will definitely spend a chunk of time figuring out your favorite setup.

Highlights

  • Modular Adaptive™ design
  • High-quality 100% fiberglass construction
  • Off-road features

Details

  • Solar ready
  • Dry or plumbed toilet options
  • All-season insulation
  • Fresh and gray water tanks both 17 gallons
  • Weight 1,800 – 3,500lbs

6. TetonX Hybrid

This hybrid camper trailer is designed for going off the grid. You can tell right away by the Super Cool stylized ‘X’ on the side panel. It has a higher ground clearance than other small camper trailers and averages 2,9000lbs when loaded with the most popular features. A trailing arm suspension makes traveling over rugged terrain easy.

Here’s what I love about the TetonX Hybrid: it saves interior living space with optional front and rear slide-outs that house your fridge, sink, stove, and pantry. That’s a whole u-shape kitchen! Think of all the gourmet camping food you can cook to impress your friends. I know I am.

Highlights

  • Off-road design
  • A la carte option pricing
  • Over wheel full pop-top

Details

  • Private hot shower
  • Forced air heat
  • 6’6” head clearance
  • Weight 2,900 – 3,500lbs

7. TAXA Outdoors Cricket

This little Cricket is a space camp alumni. The big selling point for this small camper trailer is a “NASA-inspired design.” Think more International Space Station functionality and less Jet Propulsion Laboratory. What that catchy phrase really means is that practicality is maximized as a rule.

It’s lightweight and rugged enough to be towed nearly anywhere no matter what vehicle you drive. Under-bed storage quickly converts into a dining area. Five swing windows in addition to the pop-up roof’s five mesh windows create superior cross ventilation – a.k.a. your favorite summertime feature.

Highlights

  • NASA inspired design
  • Pop-up roof for optimized ventilation
  • Spacious storage

Details

  • Sleeps 2 adults and 2 children
  • Forced air heat
  • Solar ready
  • Fresh and gray water tanks both 15 gallons
  • Weight 1,800 – 2,700lbs

8. Bean Stock

This Bean Stock travel trailer often gets overlooked in the shadow of the brand’s more popular models, but if you’re looking to save on weight and cash then this one is for you. The exterior is composed of a one-piece fiberglass shell and composite sidewalls that make it ultra-lightweight. The Bean is fully capable of handling off-road excursions with 15” of ground clearance. Just stow your gear in any of the interior or roof rack storage options and you’re ready to go!

You won’t be disappointed by the Bean’s roomy cabin – complete with a 4” Queen foam mattress – and pleasantly simple aesthetic. Hey, it’s not always about having the most luxurious amenities. A good, solid travel trailer like this is one you can confidently recommend to friends just getting started in RV life.

Highlights

  • Ultra-lightweight design
  • 15” ground clearance
  • Pass through storage

Details

  • Queen size sleeper
  • Bunk option
  • Overhead attic for additional storage
  • Rear galley hatch
  • Weight 1,650 – 3,500 lbs

9. Airstream Basecamp

You read that right. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Airstream holds two places in this list. The Basecamp has everything the Bambi does: a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living space that converts into a bed. The difference is primarily in cost and size with a few quality of life features to improve your next camping experience.

Multiple charging stations with both USB and 110V outlets are available to charge devices wherever you’re lounging. Say goodbye to battery rationing. You can binge your preferred streaming service to your heart’s content. Bench and bungee storage in the cabin can hold awkward-sized gear and an outdoor shower will clean both you and your equipment.

Highlights

  • Iconic Airstream design
  • Efficient use of space
  • Attachable tent

Details

  • Sleeps up to 4
  • Multiple floor plan options
  • Easy access main entry door
  • Solar pre-wire kit
  • Weight 2,650 – 3,500 lbs

10. Jayco Jay Flight SLX 7 183RB

No list about small travel trailers would be complete without it. The Jayco Jay Flight has been the top-selling small travel trailer in North America for the last 15 years for a reason. The interior design and quality are stunning.

Each model has magazine-perfect brushed nickel faucets, vinyl flooring, and solid hardwood cabinets. Cooking is actually enjoyable with all that counter space. It honestly feels more like a luxury apartment than a small RV. The Queen size mattress and skylit wet bathroom certainly feel luxurious.

Highlights

  • LUXURY
  • Full wet bathroom
  • 10’ power awning

Details

  • Queen size sleeper
  • Exterior cable TV hookup
  • Wall-mounted air conditioner
  • Marine-grade toilet with foot flush
  • 14” Goodyear tires
  • Weight 4,100lbs

Final Thoughts

Everyone looks for something different in their small travel trailers. That’s why talking about favorites is so interesting!

Whether you prefer a minimalist experience or refuse to camp without a wet bath, all these small travel trailers hit the mark when it comes to practicality. You won’t regret hitching one up the next time you’re ready to hit the road.

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