Winnebago’s colorful new Minnie travel trailer drew crowds at last week’s RV show in Hershey, PA. Compact and lightweight, the new travel trailer was attracting attention from young couples purchasing their first RV, singles who enjoy camping and empty-nesters looking to downsize and simplify their lives.

Going Small is Big Right Now

While the luxury RV market still demands plenty of space, compact RVs seem to be trending for 2014. Spurred by high gas prices, most major RV manufacturers have already introduced or are coming out with compact, lightweight towables that appeal to both eco-minded and cost-conscious RV buyers. But the smaller RVs have also struck a chord with traveling Baby Boomers who like the maneuverability and simplicity of the smaller travel trailers.

About the Minnie Winnie

Of the numerous compact RVs on display at Hershey, the brightly painted Winnebago Minnie was an eye-catching stand out. Painted in vivid primary colors — cherry red, lime green, lemon yellow and white (for traditionalists) — the Minnie is available in 6 models that range in size from the compact 19-foot 2-inch 1801FB to the moderately-sized 26-foot 9-inch 2451BHS. Dry weights range from 3,330 to 4,880 pounds.

The Minnie may be small in size, but Winnebago has packed the designer interior with plenty of popular features including a queen bed with a luxury memory foam mattress, full-size appliances, large pantry, solid-surface countertops, energy-efficient LED lighting and a Touch Elite stereo system with Bluetooth streaming music. Affordable prices and a nice range of floor plans and optional features, including a power awning, make the Minnie a good choice for many RVers.

In addition to compact travel trailers like the Minnie, Winnebago and other industry leaders are featuring an increased selection of ultralight towable trailers and Class B van-style motorhomes.

Also see the article from PennLive.com with pictures and information about the Hershey, PA show.