Rig Roundup: Lightweight Trailers That You Can (Probably) Tow with Your Current Vehicle

May 12, 2021 | Rigs

Rig Roundup: Lightweight Trailers That You Can (Probably) Tow with Your Current Vehicle

If you’re a solo adventurer, couple, or family looking to tow with a vehicle you already own, these lightweight trailers might be right for you.

By Ashley Rossi

Photo courtesy of Polydrop

Lightweight trailers offer plenty of options for tow vehicles thanks to their lower gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). Since these types of trailers are typically smaller, they’re easier to maneuver and more stable on off-road adventures, plus they tend to be less expensive. Thanks to heightened interest in budget-friendly, easy-to-use rigs, there are plenty of lightweight trailer options on the market that you can most likely tow with your current vehicle.

Important Features to Look for in Lightweight Trailers

If you’re looking for a lightweight trailer to tow, you’ll want to consider a few factors, including its GVWR and your vehicle’s payload capacity. Here are the features to keep in mind when you’re researching lightweight trailers.

Weight and Your Tow Vehicle 

If you’re looking for a trailer that you can tow with your current vehicle, it’s extremely important to understand your vehicle’s payload and towing capacity. In order to determine if a trailer is the right fit for your tow vehicle, make sure that your vehicle’s true towing capacity is below the GVWR of the trailer.

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Layout

Do you want a bathroom in your trailer or are you comfortable using campground bathhouses? Wet baths are much lighter than dry baths, so that is a feature to look for when trying to stay as lightweight as possible. What about an indoor or outdoor kitchen? Layouts vary significantly in this trailer category, so you’ll want to make a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves when considering rigs. If you are able to forego some features in the rig, it will likely be lighter and more affordable. 

There are a variety of layouts and trailer types that can be towed by most vehicles—like teardrop trailers, pop-up campers, and small fiberglass trailers. But there are also lightweight travel trailers and rigs that have room for your toys.


Lightweight Trailers You Can Easily Tow

If a lightweight trailer fits your RV lifestyle, here are 11 options to consider with GVWR ranges from 2,000 to 5,000 pounds (listed in order from lightest to heaviest).


Polydrop P17A 

Small travel trailer with open door and hatch
Photo courtesy of Polydrop

The Polydrop P17A is engineered to be towed by electric vehicles. While roadtripping in an EV might not be for everyone (yet), this lightweight trailer is an exciting development. Featuring solar panels, LiFePO4 batteries, A/C, and a heater, this trailer is built for off-roading and camping in all seasons.   

SPECS:

  • UVW: 1,200 pounds
  • GVWR: 2,000 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 140 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 13 feet, 7 inches
  • Exterior Height: 5 feet, 3 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 1.6 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 1.6 gallons
  • MSRP: $24,900

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

Add on the “Doggo” package which includes a built-in corner unit with a fluffy dog bed and cubby hole for pet supplies.

More information on this lightweight trailer can be found here.


Casita Heritage 17’ Deluxe

Interior view of fiberglass trailer with bunk beds, kitchen, and couch
Photo courtesy of Casita

This fiberglass trailer features a converting dinette as well as two bunks, so it can sleep up to four people. There’s also a wet bath, kitchenette, and plenty of storage space. Add on an aluminum-cased power awning and outdoor shower so you can fully enjoy the outdoor space.

SPECS:

  • UVW: 2,480 pounds
  • GVWR: 2,650 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 365 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 17 feet
  • Exterior Height: 8 feet, 5 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 16 gallons
  • Black Tank: 15 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 15 gallons
  • MSRP: $25,694

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

Boondockers can add on Zamp solar panels and upgrade to an AGM deep cycle battery.

More information on this lightweight trailer can be found here.


Aliner Expedition

Expanded pop-up with A-frame layout
Photo courtesy of Aliner

This pop-up trailer essentially doubles its livable space when the A-frame is unfolded. Choose from a variety of configurations, including permanent beds, sofa beds, and a dinette conversion. Depending on your layout you can choose to have an optional cassette toilet; all layouts come with a standard outdoor shower. Cooking is easy with a three-way fridge, a two-burner stove, a microwave oven, a sink, and an optional, add-on grill.

SPECS:

  • UVW: 1,850 pounds
  • GVWR: 3,500 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 240 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 18 feet
  • Exterior Height: 68 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 11 gallons
  • Black Tank: Not listed
  • Gray Tank: Not listed
  • MSRP: $34,819

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

Add on the extreme off-road package if you’re looking for boondocking adventures. 

More information on this lightweight trailer can be found here.


Little Guy Mini Max

Interior view of trailer shower and kitchenette
Photos courtesy of Little Guy Trailers
Interior view of dinette in trailer

With an interior height of 6 feet, the Mini Max is roomy for a teardrop trailer. The spacious wet bath, kitchenette, and dual sleeping and living area give you enough space for two people to comfortably travel. Other highlights include the four large windows that give you plenty of natural light.   

SPECS:

  • UVW: 2,320 pounds
  • GVWR: 3,500 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 240 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 17 feet, 2 inches
  • Exterior Height: 9 feet, 1 inch
  • Fresh Water Tank: 19 to 20 gallons
  • Black Tank: 9 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 25 to 30 gallons
  • MSRP: $29,139

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

Upgrade to the “Rough Rider” package to add off-road tires and an axle riser for higher ground clearance. Expand your camping space with an additional side-tent from the TeardropShop

More information on this lightweight trailer can be found here.


Starcraft Autumn Ridge 172FB

Exterior view of lightweight travel trailer
Photo courtesy of Starcraft RV

At less than 20 feet long, this lightweight trailer packs a lot into its layout. Featuring a full, dry bath, kitchen, dining area, and bedroom, this rig can comfortably accommodate up to four people. Outside you’ll find a power awning and storage bay. With a decent-sized fresh water tank, you can easily go off the grid. 

SPECS:

  • UVW: 3,020 pounds
  • GVWR: 3,750 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 260 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 19 feet, 3 inches
  • Exterior Height: 10 feet, 2 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 26 gallons
  • Black Tank: 19.9 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 19.9 gallons
  • MSRP: $21,165

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

You can add a two-way fridge so you don’t have to run your RV fridge on electricity only. 

More information on this lightweight trailer can be found here.


Forest River r-pod Travel Trailer RP-190

Interior view of travel trailer with separate bedroom and living area
Photo courtesy of Forest River

This lightweight travel trailer is roomy enough to be used by minimalists for full-time living. It features a large dry bath and separate living and bedroom areas with room for four people. There are tons of storage cabinets and even a slide-out. 

SPECS:

  • UVW: 2,979 pounds
  • GVWR: 3,807 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 307 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 20 feet, 4 inches
  • Exterior Height: 9 feet, 7 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 30 gallons
  • Black Tank: 30 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 30 gallons
  • MSRP: $29,456

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

Add on an R-Dome awning with a screen room and outdoor kitchen to expand your camping space outside.

More information on this lightweight trailer can be found here.


Palomino SolAire eXpandable 147X

Floorplan overview of trailer with pop-out beds, living area, and bathroom
Photo courtesy of Palomino RV

This expandable travel trailer comes with tons of seating and sleeping options between the two pop-out beds, dinette, and sofa sleeper. A full kitchen and bath make camping in this trailer even more comfortable. 

SPECS:

  • UVW: 3,073 pounds
  • GVWR: 3,815 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 315 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 19 feet, 1 inch
  • Exterior Height: 10 feet, 1 inch
  • Fresh Water Tank: 44 gallons
  • Black Tank: 30 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 30 gallons
  • MSRP: $28,653

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

You can add on a WiFi booster if you’re working from the road. Other comfort upgrades include a more powerful A/C, a TV, a bumper-mount grill, a larger fridge, and heated holding tanks. 

More information on this lightweight trailer can be found here.


KZ Escape E17 HATCH

Couple standing outside travel trailer with back hatch open at campsites with bikes
Photo courtesy of KZ Recreational Vehicles

You can easily bring along your toys because of the rear hatch door in this rig. A separate living and sleeping space divides the trailer with enough room for a kitchen, dinette, and dry bath. Enjoy open-air camping with the hatch opened and screen rolled down. This affordable, lightweight travel trailer has been named a 2021 Top RV Debut by RVBusiness.  

SPECS:

  • UVW: 3,235 pounds
  • GVWR: 4,000 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 520 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 22 feet
  • Exterior Height: 112 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 20 gallons
  • Black Tank: 30 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 30 gallons
  • MSRP: $27,845

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

The Off/Grid package includes solar panels, an inverter, a tongue-mounted bike rack, a griddle, extra ground clearance, electronically controlled heated holding tanks, and more features.

More information on this lightweight trailer can be found here.


Taxa Outdoors Mantis

Interior view of living area in a lightweight travel trailer
Photo: TAXA Outdoors

Designed by a former senior architect for NASA’s Habitability Design Center, Taxa’s rigs are built with a purpose. The Mantis comes standard with a full galley kitchen and full-sized bed with the option to add on a wet bath. There are plenty of creative storage spaces and the back hatch opens so you can enjoy the outdoors. 

SPECS:

  • UVW: 2,972 pounds
  • GVWR: 4,200 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 435 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 19 feet
  • Exterior Height: 10 feet (open)
  • Fresh Water Tank: 20 gallon
  • Gray Tank: 22 gallons
  • MSRP: $41,950

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

You can add on a folding couch bunk bed system or a three-person roof tent for additional sleeping space.

More information on this lightweight trailer can be found here.


Jayco Jay Feather Micro 171BH

Interior floorplan of RV with bunk beds, living area, bathroom, queen-sized bed, and kitchen
Photo courtesy of Jayco

Ideal for families, this lightweight travel trailer sleeps up to five people between the queen-sized bed and bunks. There’s also a full kitchen, living area with dinette, and dry bath with a tub and shower. With a large fresh water tank, you can easily dry camp with everyone on board. 

SPECS:

  • UVW: 3,930 pounds
  • GVWR: 4,995 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 425 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 20 feet, 3 inches
  • Exterior Height: 9 feet, 8 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 55 gallons
  • Black Tank: 30.5 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 30.5 gallons
  • MSRP: $35,543

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

Add on an accessory roof rack so you can bring along any toys. Also, upgrade to heated tank pads if you enjoy camping in the winter. 

More information on this lightweight trailer can be found here.


Escape 21C

Interior floorplan of an RV with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and dinette
Photo courtesy of Escape Trailers

This spacious floor plan includes a converting dinette, wet bath, separate sleeping area, and full kitchen. The fiberglass trailer is easy to tow, has plenty of storage, and can comfortably fit four people. Escape trailers come with tons of upgrade options, including a composting toilet, compressor fridge, built-in microwave, additional outlets and lights, and more.

SPECS:

  • UVW: 3,465 pounds
  • GVWR: 5,000 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 366 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 21 feet, 4 inches
  • Exterior Height: 9 feet
  • Fresh Water Tank: 28 gallons
  • Black Tank: 22 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 28 gallons
  • MSRP: $28,995

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

With nearly 50 options for personalization, Escape trailers are very customizable. Add as many or as few as you want to make your rig work for your lifestyle.

More information on this lightweight trailer can be found here.


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A Note on Rig Specs

It’s incredibly important to pay close attention to specs when shopping for a travel trailer. Use the VIN (vehicle identification number) to find the towing capacity and payload capacity for your specific tow vehicle.

GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)

GCWR (Gross Combination Weight Rating)

UVR (Unloaded Vehicle Rating)

CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity)

Tongue Weight

Dry Hitch Weight


Disclaimer: Togo RV is part of a joint venture, partially owned by Thor Industries, Inc., of which Jayco and K Z Recreational Vehicles are subsidiaries.

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Ashley Rossi

Ashley is the managing editor at Togo RV. She comes from a background in travel writing which has taken her from Australia to Haida Gwaii. Her favorite national park is Zion and she's helping her parents plan an epic cross-country retirement trip in an Airstream.

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