Mini Camper Trailers – Lightweight and Towable by Small Cars, SUVs and Trucks

mini camping trailer

If you a small vehicle, it doesn’t mean you are 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 would be more desirable. Fortunately, there’s some great 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

mini camping trailers

Source: Happiercamper.com

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

cricket camper trailer

Source: 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

mini camper trailer

Source: Scamp Trailers

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.


MeerKat Trailer

meerkat mini camping trailer

Source: littleguytrailers.com

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.


Aliner Scout Mini Camper

aliner scout mini trailer camping

Pictured: Aliner Scout

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

casita mini travel trailer

Pictured: Casita Patriot 13 Trailer

Trailer Weight: 1880 lbs
Length: 13 feet
Sleeps: 2

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
  • Refrigerator
  • 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.


Weis Craft Little Joe

little joe mini camper trailer

Pictured: Weis Craft Little Joe

Trailer Weight: 1,100 lbs
Length: 12’6″
Sleeps: 2

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.

Other Options:
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.

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10 Comments on "Mini Camper Trailers – Lightweight and Towable by Small Cars, SUVs and Trucks"

  1. I LOVE little campers and your list is the tops of the chart. Unfortunately… the smaller it is, the more they cost!! The HC1 (exceptionally clever design!)is $17k with nothing in it!! It makes the Meerkat much more of a $$ deal. The delight is the used market for Scamps and the like. A used Scamp is easily emptied and customized with out too much of an investment. Cool costs $$!

  2. I realize you can’t name all little trailers but you left out one of the best..
    Little Joe by Weiser craft

    • Hi Dave,
      I was totally unaware of Weis Craft. The Little Joe would be a perfect lightweight travel trailer to add to this article I’m going to do as you suggest. Thank you for bringing my attention to their mini camping trailer.

  3. Aloha,
    The link for Meerkat Trailers is as follows: http://www.meerkattrailers.com
    To many choices! As an educator I want something inexpensive which allows me to jump in for the weekend, week long breaks or summer time without having to purchase a truck to tow the trailers. Also like the all weather aspect of the different manufacturered trailers. May need to find a place to rent and test the different trailers before buying

  4. Ricardo VanHoven | August 29, 2018 at 5:07 pm | Reply

    Cost of the Scamp 13Ft Standard?

    • Hi Ricardo,
      Not sure what the exact amount is, but from research online, it appears to be around the $12K mark with some options new. Hope this is helpful.

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