Thinking of upgrading your tent to get off the ground, or even downgrading your larger travel trailer into something more maneuverable? We’ve put together some information to help you choose which tiny travel trailer may be perfect for you.
How will you be using your new little towable camper?
If you are planning to be in state parks and campgrounds, your needs may be different than if you are planning to be off-road or boondocking. Here are some things to consider when choosing:
- Do you need off-road capabilities? If so, look for features such as upgraded axles, larger offroad tires and rugged construction. Some off-road ready tiny travel trailers have diamond-plated front and rear to help keeps rock / debris damage to a minimum.
- Do you need water and electric hookups? Most small towables come with water hookups, but have smaller tanks. plug-in (shore power) electric is pretty standard with most newer tiny RV towables, and some even have great power features such as solar-ready or dual power banks. If you are thinking of boondocking (off-grid camping) you can also search for tiny travel trailers that have propane to help with heating and cooking.
- Do you need access to internet? If so, you probably want to search for a tiny towable that has interior plugs and of course, a power cord for shore power for charging your devices, and perhaps even cable hookup. You can also add an exterior satellite antenna.
- Do you need air conditioning? Most newer teardrops and smaller travel trailers have the option of air conditioning. Be sure yours does when you view it; or, see if there is a way to add air conditioning afterwards. You will likely see a $1,000 or more difference in price between a air conditioning and non air conditioned model.
- Do you need heat? If you have a way to add a plug-in heater, this will suffice in most smaller travel trailers. Ifs you are planning to be of-grid, seek a propane heating ready unit.
Do you prefer box, dome, hybrid or unique shaped RV travel trailers?
There are many styles of tiny towable and mostly it comes down to preference. Below are a few examples of the different type of small travel trailers to take a look at.
- Box style. These fun shapes are available from many smaller manufacturers across the US and Canada, and are becoming a popular alternative to teardrops from the larger manufacturers. Look for styles from Hiker, as well as newer feature-filled styles such as the Basecamp by Airstream, and the little Airstream Bambi for sale.
- Domes (also known as clamshells or teardrops). You can find many teardrops in all price ranges. Some we like: Little Guy, Bushwacker, and NuCamp.
- Hybrid. With a pop-up tent feature, you can get more space with a small footprint. A great example is the folding trailer line by Flagstaff.
- Unique. A really interesting “unique” is the Taxa Cricket, a fun outback-inspired rugged towable that is built for offroad adventure.
Which tow vehicle will you be using?
Many times, what you can safely tow does not match with what you prefer to camp in. In addition, you may find that depending on your camping needs, your tow vehicle may not be suitable. Above all, do your own research and verify with your RV dealer and car dealer. Here are some things to consider:
- Is my vehicle safely rated to tow this travel trailer?
- Do I have the right wiring, hitch and sway control?
- Do I need extra space for another person to sleep in my vehicle?
- Do I have a way to carry my extras such as fuel, bikes / kayaks, other camping equipment?
We hope this guide to choosing a small towable travel trailer was useful. You can browse all tiny towables for sale here on RVT. Happy camping!
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