Small Campers, Big Fun: 5 Reasons to Consider a Small RV

If you’re new to the RV lifestyle, you might be familiar with big motorhomes or fifth wheels. But did you know that there are many small RVs available like pop-ups, teardrop campers, lightweight trailers, and more? These tiny but mighty options can pack lots of features into a compact footprint. This makes them perfect for those who love the outdoors and camping but also enjoy having a few creature comforts. And they’re great for first-time buyers, too! Here are five reasons why small campers make excellent starter RVs.   

1. They are lightweight

One of the biggest advantages of owning a small camper is the weight factor… or lack of it. Most pop-up campers and teardrop trailers weigh in at less than 3,500 lbs., which means you don’t need a truck with heavy towing capacity to take on big adventures. These lightweight travel trailers can be towed behind an SUV or minivan. There are also ultralight options for those with even smaller vehicles, like the svelte Little Guy MyPod which has a curb weight of only 630 lbs. Whatever you choose, make sure you don’t exceed your vehicle’s max towing capacity. Not sure what your vehicle can safely tow? Grab your vehicle information and check out our Tow Rating Guide.

a popup trailer sits on the beach at sunset
Lightweight, easy-to-setup camping trailers are a popular choice for young families and childless first-time buyers. But they aren’t the only small RV option.

2. Small campers are easy to tow and park

In addition to being lightweight, small campers are easy to move. Even if you’ve never towed anything before, don’t worry! Towing a camper is not intimidating as long as you’ve got the right towing equipment. A weight distributing hitch will help prevent your trailer from swaying side to side when you’re on the road. The result is that your trailer will stay aligned with your vehicle, and you’ll feel more comfortable and confident when driving. At the campground, small campers are easier to maneuver thanks to their shorter length. That means you’ll have more chances to snag a prime camping site in spots that are too tight for larger RVs.

3. You can choose to “rough it” or “go glamping”

Have you ever woken up sore from a night spent sleeping in a tent on the ground? Or wished you had a microwave to make a quick meal instead of building a fire? Then you’ll love the amenities that a small camper offers. These range from basic (just a bed) to feature loaded (wet bath, kitchen, TV, A/C, and more). If all you need is a comfortable place to sleep, consider the Little Guy MyPod or the Clipper 9.0 Express. Both these ultra lightweight trailers feature a full-size bed and weight less than 800 lbs. Pop-up campers offer more room; with sleeping space for up to six, the Clipper 108ST Sport is a great option for camping with the whole family. If an indoor kitchen, bathroom, and WiFi, are at the top of your wish list, check out the Little Guy Max teardrop camper.

the interior of a small teardrop trailer RV that shows the galley kitchen, convertible dinette, and lots of cabinets for storage
Is this what you pictured when you thought of a small RV? This Little Guy Max teardrop camper sleeps three and features a wet bath, full kitchen, and plenty of electronics for staying connected when on the road.

4. You can spend more time camping

Another reason why so many people choose small campers is because they make spending time outdoors more accessible. Things like AC or a generator can add several weeks (or months depending on where you live) to your camping season. And your spouse or children might be more excited to go too, if they know they won’t be limited to meals made over a campfire. You’ll also enjoy more time exploring or relaxing once you reach your destination because a small RV requires less set up time. When the season finally ends, you don’t have to worry about storing your small camper offsite. All the models we’ve mentioned will fit in a garage, which gives you greater flexibility in your camping plans.

5. Small campers are affordable

Perhaps the most important reason why so many people choose a small camper is the cost. Pop-up campers and lightweight trailers are the most affordable RVs, and because they are popular there are lots of new and used options. You can find great deals on used RVs. Sure, the décor might be a little dated but does that matter when it saves you a few thousand dollars? If you plan to spend lots of time outdoors and prefer to buy new, you can finance your purchase and work it into your monthly budget. Maintenance and ownership costs are also reduced compared to larger RVs since small trailers have no engine and fewer components.

a small camper called the MyPod sits in the woods with fishing equipment and kayaks nearby
You don’t need a big RV to make unforgettable memories. There are plenty of small camper options if your towing capacity is limited. This MyPod weighs less than 800 lbs.

The bottom line

You don’t need a huge RV to make unforgettable memories. There are many different types of small campers available – pop-ups, teardrop campers, ultra lightweight trailers – and it’s easy to find one that fits your needs and budget. Because they are lightweight and easy to tow, you won’t need a big truck to get out there. With a huge variety of floorplans and features like indoor kitchens, small campers can accommodate solo campers, couples, and families.

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Good, Healthy Fun: The Benefits of Camping

Summer has finally arrived and we’re anxious to get outside and enjoy it. Of all the ways to get out there, from amusement parks to zip lining, camping is our favorite way to experience the season. And it isn’t just fun, it’s good for you, too. Whether you’re spending quality time with others or unplugging from technology for a little while, camping offers several benefits! Here are just a few reasons why you should take a trip this season.

One of the benefits of camping? Spectacular views like this one of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Shenandoah National Park
One of the benefits of camping? Spectacular views like this one of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Shenandoah National Park.

Explore nature

First, let’s talk about an obvious benefit of camping – the chance to explore. Make time to take in all the beauty of nature that surrounds us. You’ll be left staring in awe at the incredible size of the Grand Canyon, the gorgeous colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains, star-filled skies over Arches National Park, and other natural wonders. There are more than 130 national parks and over 10,000 campsites in the United States, so there will always be somewhere new waiting to be discovered. Beaches, deserts, mountains, woods, and hundreds of places in between are yours to explore when you’re camping. Get away for a weekend or plan a longer road trip and make memories along the way. 

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Camping with Kids: Tips for making it a great trip for children of all ages

Remember camping as a kid? The experience seemed so magical, from the taste of charred hot dogs perfectly roasted over the campfire to the view of stars calmly twinkling in the silent nighttime sky.

No doubt you want to go camping with your kids so they can have those same memories. That’s why you purchased your fifth wheel, travel trailer, or motorhome and can’t wait to get out on the road.

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The Most Family-Friendly Fifth Wheel RVs of 2019

Camping is an activity the whole family can enjoy, and a family-friendly RV can make those dream vacations possible. Fifth wheel RVs are a great option because they offer everything you need to travel comfortably – slideouts for room to stretch, plenty of beds, large kitchens, and showers to clean up at the end of the day.
Now that 2019’s RV shows are underway and we’ve had a chance to tour some incredible floor plans, we’ve picked out the best new family-friendly fifth wheels. These well-equipped vehicles are packed with features like oversized bunk beds, residential-style kitchens, and sliding barn doors that will make you feel right at home. Keep scrolling to see which floor plans made our top picks!

Family-Friendly Fifth Wheels

Keystone Fuzion 410

Family fifth wheel Fuzion 410 floor plan
Any family will love the Fuzion 410’s modern interior decor.

If your family loves to gather around a good dinner, then the Fuzion 410 might be the perfect RV for you. This family-friendly fifth wheel makes cooking every meal simple, thanks to its huge, open-concept kitchen with a walk-in pantry. In addition to plenty of space, the kitchen comes well equipped, too. An 18-cubic foot fridge, 30” convention microwave, and a three-burner stove make it easy to enjoy healthy and filling meals wherever you go. The interior is inviting and refreshingly modern with light gray cabinets, white subway tile accents, and contrasting wood floors. Any family will love dining (and camping) in this of this fifth wheel toy hauler RV.

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