Deciding what lightweight travel trailer to purchase is a huge decision, especially if you are limited to the amount of weight you can pull. Luckily, RV manufacturers have put a lot of effort into designing these smaller travel trailers to fit everyone’s needs.
You will probably be surprised at how nice they are and the number of different features they come with. So let’s take a look at the top 10 Best Travel Trailers under 2,000 pounds.
The Top 10 Travel Trailers Under 2,000 lbs:
- Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro
- Jayco Feather Micro 12 SRK
- Roulotte ProLite Plus
- Armadillo Backpack Trailer
- Happier Camper Traveler
- Forest River No Boundaries 10.6
- Happier Camper HC1 Starter
- Safari Condo Alto R1723
- Travel Lite Falcom F-Lite
- ALiner Grand Ascape ST
Now, let’s dig a little deeper into each one of these lightweight campers to help you decide which one would fit you best. Some may even be able to be towed with a car or small SUV!
RV Weight Terms to Know
Before we get into your options, lets quickly look at some important tow terms to know!
What is Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, GVWR?
GVWR stands for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and refers to the maximum weight allowed of both your RV and cargo. Cargo needs to include the weight of your belonging, camping gear, passengers, and anything in your tanks (fresh water tank, grey tank, black tank). I always recommend traveling with near empty, if not empty, tanks.
What is Unloaded Vehicle Weight, or UVW?
Dry weight is also referred to as UVW, which refers to the weight of the trailer or RV alone. This does not include cargo, propane tanks, or another upgraded accessories.
What it Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC)
Cargo Carrying Capacity refers to the most weight that you can pack into your RV. This includes all your personal items and any water in your tanks. The CCC is determined by subtracting the UVW from the GVWR.
What is Tongue Weight (TW)
Tongue weight or TW is the amount of weight an RV puts on the towing vehicles’s trailer ball. It is calculated by subtracting the weight of the towing vehicle from the weight of your vehicle and the trailer combined.
Related Reading: Choosing the Proper Weight Distribution Hitch for Your RV
Our List of Top Small Campers
|RV Model||Dry Weight (lbs.)||Sleeps||Average Retail|
|1. Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro 12 SRK||1,763||2||$16,650|
|2. Jayco Feather Micro 12 SRK||1,585||2||$16,838|
|3. Roulotte ProLite Plus||1,390||2-3||$20,000|
|4. Armadillo Backpack Trailer||1,800||2||$25,900|
|5. Happier Camper Traveler||Shell: 1,800||Up to 5||$50,000|
|6. Forest River No Boundaries 10.6||1,570||2-4 (with NoBo Tent option)||$16,899|
|7. Happier Camper HC1||Shell: 1,100||Up to 5||$34,350|
|8. Safari Condo Alto R1723||1,867||3-4||$41,300|
|9. Travel Lite Falcon F-Lite||1,692||2||$15,000|
|10. ALiner Grand Ascape ST||1,700||2||$17,000|
Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro 12SRK
I love all the E-Pro designs that Forest River has to offer. They provide quite a bit in a small space. This Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro 12SRK comes in at a dry weight of only 1,763 pounds and sleeps up to 2 people. The floorpan includes a sofa is 74″ long and folds out into a nice bed.
Includes an outdoor kitchen complete with stovetop, microwave, and refrigerator. Inside, this travel trailer comes equipped with a 13,500 roof A/C, Stereo with Bluetooth, DVD player, and a 20,000 BTU Furnace.
The only downside to this E-Pro is that it does not come with a bathroom, but you are good to go if you stay at a campsite with public restrooms and a shower! Plus, you won’t have to deal with dumping the black tank.
Dry Weight: 1,763 lbs.
Hitch weigh: 258 lbs. UVW
Fresh Water: 20 gal.
Grey Water: 6 gal.
Size: 12’3″ by 88″
190W Roof Mount Solar Panel
Jayco Feather Micro 12 SRK
Our next small travel trailer is the Jayco Feather Micro 12 SRK. This is the updated version of Jayco’s hummingbird models with extra features that will impress. This one is definitely one of a kind!
This nifty little trailer is a single axle and one of the first enclosed underbelly of its size. It comes with tinted safety-glass windows, an outside kitchen, a retractable futon sofa, a power roof vent, and much more.
You can choose the interior design, either modern farm-house or vintage washed gray, both of which are gorgeous. Included a nice size television that can be mounted in the outside camp kitchen or inside the trailer.
Dry Weight: 1,585 lbs.
Hitch Weight: 180 lbs.
GVWR: 2,795 lbs.
Fresh Water: 25.5 gallons
Size: 13’4″ by 6’8″
Roulotte ProLite Plus “S”
The Roulette ProLite Plus “S” stands out for a couple of different reasons. First, its kitchen is indoors. Now, you may prefer it outdoors, or you may like it indoors.
Also, this model comes equipped with a Cassette toilet with a shower, a huge plus in my book. My wife’s primary concern when going camping is the bathroom situation, which would be a must for her.
While researching this particular trailer, I noticed that the specifications differed slightly depending on what dealer you purchase from, so be aware of this and do a little more homework before you buy.
Dry Weight: 1,390 lbs.
Hitch Weight: 145 lbs.
Fresh Water: 10 gallons.
Grey Water: 15 gallons.
Black Water: Cassette toilet (5 gallons)
Size: 15’2″ by 6’5″
Armadillo Backpack Traler
Armadillo Trailers is a Canadian company that builds custom to order and sells directly from their factory. These custom trailers are built to last, and the company stands behind their work.
Their Backpack model comes in three different layouts, one of which you can see below. This layout offers a portable toilet, so there is no black tank. My favorite thing about this layout is the size of the dinette/bed. When folded out, you get a big king-size bed, which is hard to come by with these super lightweight trailers.
This company does a great job of incorporating extra storage. For example, a huge drawer is hidden underneath the trailer. You can see it in the video below. Although it may be harder to get your Armadillo Backpack to your house from their factory, the company suggests using USHIP.
Dry Weight: 1,800 lbs.
Hitch Weight: 180 lbs.
GVWR: 2,700 lbs.
Fresh Water: 10.8 gallons
Size: 14′ by 6’6″
Happier Camper Traveler
The Happier Camper original model, the HC1, is one you may have heard about. Their newest model, The Traveler, is longer in size, giving you more living space plus a built-in bathroom with a wet bath and dry flush toilet.
The Happier Camper Traveler has two separate living spaces so that you can transform one of them into a bedroom area and the other into a living or dining area. One thing to note is it only comes with a refrigerated drawer, so space is limited for your cold food items.
The Traveler is probably the most expensive lightweight trailer on our list, coming in around $68,000 on their website.
Dry Weight: 1,800 lbs.
Tongue Weight: 220 lbs.
GVWR: 2,500 lbs.
Fresh Water: 17 gallons
Grey Water: 17 gallons
Forest River No Boundaries 10.6
The Forest River No Boundaries is a great little trailer under 2,000 pounds with a long list of features. This model can function as a toy hauler for all your outdoor toys. There is a nice zip-up screen to keep all those critters and bugs out of your space when your ramp is lowered.
Its wrap-around awning and Rhino-Rack Roof Rack are a couple of options where this small trailer outshines the rest. It comes with a 28″ inch LED television with great storage for its size. When the seat cushions are laid out in their bed modes, they create a queen-sized bed, which you will not find in many other models discussed here.
One of the coolest available features of this forest river is its ability to have a NoBo nest tent option for additional sleeping space. So really, you could sleep a family of four.
Dry Weight: 1,570 lbs.
Hitch Weight: 210 lbs.
CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity): 2,140 lbs.
Fresh Water: 30 gallons
Size: 13’10” by 88″
Happier Camper HC1
The Happier Camper HC1 is the smaller model made by the company Happier Camper, weighing at only 1,100 pounds and can be towed with most standard cars. This weight is only the shell itself, though. Once you add in your interior and other exterior components, that weight will increase.
This travel trailer is a little different from the rest, which is why I like it so much.
Every HC1 comes standard with what they call an “Adaptiv interior,” which allows you to move and rearrange the interior features to suit your needs for each trip or even time of day. The modular components are made from durable materials that can easily and securely be rearranged to change the layout of the trailer and even be used outdoors for chairs and beds.
It has a large rear hatch door and a regular door for easy assessability and convenience. Many options are available for this camper, including rooftop solar panels and a rooftop air conditioner.
Other available features are a kitchenette that includes a 5-gallon freshwater and gray-water tank, a 4-gallon road shower featuring an easy-to-refill way to stay clean, and a dry flush toilet option that does not require plumbing.
Dry Weight: 1,100 lbs.
GVWR: 3,500 lbs.
Tongue Weight: 110-150 lbs.
Size: 13′ by 6’11”
Rear Hatch Door: 54.5″ w by 53.5″ h
Safari Condo Alto R1723
The Safari Condo Alto R1723 has some cool features that make it stand out from the rest. First, the whole roof opens up to provide more space inside and allows it to be stored in some garages. When the roof is closed, the Alto has an exterior height of only 83.5″. When opened, the interior height is 82″.
The R1723 comes equipped with a toilet/shower area, although it is not super-private from the rest of the trailer. The walls only go waist-high. The grey and black tanks on this are impressive for its size; 60-gallon grey tank and 46-gallon black.
The Alto R1723 can sleep up to 3 people and includes a 60″ by 76″ king-size bed with a 36″ by 81″ single bed. It also comes with a two-burner stove and nice size refrigerator.
Dry Weight: 1,867 lbs.
Tongue Weight: 220 lbs.
GVWR: 2,500 lbs.
Fresh Water: 60 gallons
Grey Water: 60 gallons
Black Tank: 46 gallons
Travel Lite Falcon F-Lite FL-14
The Travel Lite Falcon F-Lite FL-14 is at the bottom of our list because, unfortunately, the company, Travel Lite, announced that they were forced to close down. But, you can still find these trailers at RV dealers for used and rarely new. I still wanted to include it on our list of best travel trailers under 2,000 lbs because it is still a great option if you don’t mind being previously owned. Plus, it will save you some money.
The Travel Lite Falcon comes with a small wet bath and multiple storage compartments. The dinette is a nice size and serves as a comfortable bed for two people.
This trailer also has a solar option, outdoor shower, 6-gallon water heater, exterior speakers, two burner stove, nice size fridge, and an indoor/outdoor stereo.
Dry Weight: 1,692 lbs.
Fresh Water: 18 gallons
Grey Water: 15 gallons
Black Tank: 15 gallons
Size: 13’5″ long
ALiner Grand Ascape ST
The ALiner Grand Ascape ST is a fully equipped travel trailer from ALiner. My favorite feature of this trailer is how they make use of the counter space in the kitchenette. The two-burner stove top and sink have glass tops, so you can use that space for preparing food.
This trailer comes standard with double pane windows, a 26″ TV, dual propane tanks, outside shower, rooftop AC, microwave, refrigerator, and more!
Dry Weight: 1,700 lbs.
CCC: 800 lbs.
Hitch Weight: 225 lbs.
Size: 14′ by 79″
Fresh Water: 11 gallons
Grey Water: 13 gallons
Black: Cassette Toilet
Hopefully, you found something that spiked your interest to see in person. After much time and research, those are the top ten travel trailers under 2,000 lbs. RV companies revamp their models with the newest gadgets and amenities every year, so some features, specifications, and floor plans may have changed a bit depending on when you’re reading this.
If you’re interested in something a little lighter check out our other list of “9 Perfect Teardrop Trailers Under 1,500 lbs.” Or maybe something a little heaver, “12 Incredible Travel Trailers Under 4,000 Pounds.”
Before you embark on your first trip with your new travel trailer, make sure you have everything you need for your first camping experience. Once you have all your gear, you are good to go! Have fun and make those lasting memories!