If you own a small vehicle, it doesn’t mean you’re without options for towing a mini camper. Teardrops have long been a popular option. However for some, having a bit larger trailer with more interior space, or a different configuration would be more desirable. Fortunately, there’s some great trailer options available that are lightweight enough to be towed by even 4-cylinder vehicles. Here’s some popular small camper manufacturers you might consider:
The Happier Mini Camper HC1
Trailer Weight: 1,100 lbs
Length: 13 feet, including fold back trailer tongue
Sleeps: Up to 5
At first glance it’s obvious this retro-looking mini camping trailer is a big hit stylistically. With a visually appealing look of the 50’s era, the Happier Camper HC1 is anything but retro in it’s design and construction.
At a dry weight of 1100 lbs., HC1 small pull behind campers feature a double hull fiberglass shell and a honeycomb fiberglass floor. Support is based on a Lippert tube frame chassis. This mini camp trailer includes marine parts and components throughout, LED lighting, as well as rear stabilization jacks. HC1 also include an Adaptiv ™ interior that can be customized to your own desirable configuration.
Some of the great options available are a contoured 100 watt solar panel integrated into the roof, air conditioning, custom awning, and a large assortment of additional add-ons.
The Cricket by TAXA Outdoors
Trailer Weight: 1,450 lbs
Length: 15 feet
Sleeps: 2 adults and 2 children
The Cricket Trailer is inspired by NASA, with a lightweight, aerodynamic design that is towable by many four cylinder vehicles. Multiple setup options and two different models are offered: The Cricket Camp or Cricket Trek.
Cricket is available with a multitude of options and configurations including an efficient electric water heater, external shower system, battery recharge when hauling the trailer, solar panels, air conditioning, refrigerator, LED lighting and much more.
The roof pops up for more room and ventilation, and Cricket can be stored in a standard garage.
Scamp Mini Trailer
Trailer Weight: Standard 1200-150o lbs, Deluxe 1300-1600 lbs
Length: 13 feet
Sleeps: Up to 4 people
Since the early 1970’s, Scamp trailers are one of the original mini campers designed for easy towing by small cars and trucks. Scamp trailers come in 13’, 16’ and 19’ lengths, in both standard and deluxe versions. Don’t let it’s compact size fool you, even the 13′ comes with all the amenities you’d expect in a larger travel trailer, and tons of upgrades. The Scamp 13′ has a hitch weight of 100 pounds. One of Scamp Trailers hallmark features is it’s egg-shape fiberglass shell, which is both aerodynamic and lightweight for improved towing fuel efficiency.
Trailer Weight: 900 lbs
Length: 13 feet, including trailer tongue
Sleeps: 2 Adults, 1 child
The MeerKat, manufactured by Little Guy Trailers, has a curb weight of just 900 lbs and can be towed by small cars. A 6’ tall individual can stand in it, and is customizable for individuals standing 6’5”. The interior includes 12V DC and 120V AC outlets. Interior has wood cabinetry, an icebox and a hand pump sink where you supply the water container. Also includes blinds and table seats turn into a queen size bed. All trailer windows open, has exterior LEDs and 4 stabilizers.
Trailer Weight: 1395 lbs
Length: 15 feet
Sleeps: Up to 4
Aliner offers a small A-Frame camper trailer that looks similar to a pop up tent trailer when folded up. However, as you can see in the image, the main difference is it offers hard walls and a roof which provide a more definitive barrier and protection from the elements. This trailer weighs just 1,395 lbs. making it towable by most vehicles.
Casita Patriot Deluxe 13′ Mini Trailer
Trailer Weight: 1880 lbs
Length: 13 feet
Casita Travel Trailers started making small camping trailers in 1983 and is family owned and operated. Casita trailers are based on a steel frame, with an aerodynamically shaped, marine-grade, fiberglass shell construction. The trailer is very durable and sturdy, yet lightweight. Improved towing fuel economy and the ability to be towed by most vehicles makes Casita trailers a nice option.
The Patriot Deluxe 13’ trailer would be a great mini camper for a couple with a smaller SUV or vehicle since it’s lightweight, especially for it’s size. Unfortunately, Casita has stopped manufacturing the 13′ so the used market might be your best best.
Casita 13′ specs include:
- Dry Weight of 1880 lbs.
- Dinette converts into double bed
- Has a toilet, shower and closet
- Sink and stove range
- Electric Brakes, torsion rubber ride suspension
- LED running/tail lights and more.
Options include interior LED lighting, Flat screen TV w/ DVD, TV Antenna w/ amplifier, awning, outside shower and others.
Wee Roll Classic Camper
Weight: 980 lbs
Dimensions: 5’W x 8’L (the Box) x 66″ Interior Height
The most affordable option on this list is Wee Roll’s Classic mini camper. At $3995 for the core model, It’s a very pragmatic solution as these trailers appear in shape to look not much different than your average cargo trailer, which ends up being a great solution for space. However, it doesn’t take much to notice there’s more to these trailers, with vented windows on each side, and a full size side door.
The trailer sits on a steel tubular frame and 3,500 lb axle, with stabilizer jacks. It has vented windows on both sides, and a roof vent. The ceiling and walls are insulated, and there’s a port in the side of the trailer for optional A/C. The interior walls are lined with birch and with the 6” interior height, most can stand up straight no problem. All lighting is LED and the trailer is wired with a 4-way electrical plug, a 15-Amp motor base plug and 2 110-Volt outlets.
From this point, the interior is all a clean slate, and great option for those looking for a somewhat DIY mini camper option to express their creativity.
Weis Craft Little Joe
Trailer Weight: 1,100 lbs
NOTE: It appears the Weis Craft website has gone dark, so for the time being looking on the used market for these mini campers appears to be the only option.
Pointed out in our comments by Mr. Dave King, the Little Joe is a lightweight mini camper trailer, designed for 2. At 1,100 lbs., this small trailer can be towed by compact vehicles including some compact cars, Jeeps or small trucks. Construction includes a molded fiberglass body that sits atop a light and sturdy steel frame.
- Some features include a sink, stove, seating area, bed, ample storage and an awning
- Camper interior height of 6 feet, exterior height of 7’4″, width 5’8″
Weis Craft also offers an upgraded version of their popular mini trailer, called the Ponderosa Little Joe, which includes more features and amenities.
Of course, you could always go the route of a teardrop trailer and there’s a ton of options. Nowadays, there’s all sorts of niche manufacturers designing and building them. Many fall well within the towing limits of many smaller vehicles, making it an appealing option.