Most of the people who wish to enjoy the RV life are held back by certain things. The number of passengers, not having a vast pickup vehicle, and budget restrictions are some things.
But fear not, this does not mean you have to give up on the experience of vacationing in a trailer. If not a big motorhome, you can consider buying a teardrop, small camper, or a “standy.”
A teardrop trailer got its name because of its shape and profile. It is a streamlined, compact, and lightweight trailer that can sleep at most two people and not have a kitchen.
If there is a kitchen, it is a very basic one in the rear of the vehicle. Nowadays, teardrop campers are highly prevalent because of their build and weight.
But some people do not enjoy the idea of not being able to stand up in their trailer. A standy trailer is an answer to that problem. A standy is a tiny trailer that is tall enough for you to stand up inside.
Best Campers Under 1500 Lbs
Having a lightweight trailer ensures fuel efficiency also.
Adding that to the list of other advantages of owning a small camper, it becomes a tempting purchase. If you are buying a camper under 1500 lbs, the list below has some of the best campers.
1. Timberleaf Classic
This camper has looks that steal most of the show. (At the risk of sounding shallow!). It is a new model which has a perfect retro look.
This camper has a fantastic build with the galley in the back of it. But not judging a book by “just” its cover, this teardrop camper also has a strong build making it a good choice.
In terms of build quality, these campers have great siding and insulation. They have tough enamel-baked aluminum siding and proper insulation to protect against icy weather conditions.
This trailer is built with suitable quality materials and is handmade so that you can trust the quality of work in its construction.
Features (Existing and adjustable):
- Fully functional sink (which is excellent for such a small size)
- Ceiling fan
- Solar panel hook-ups
- Custom wood cooler to match the galley
- Mounted toolbox
- Roof rack
Weight: 1400 lbs
Overall, they are good-looking trailers with great features. They come in beautiful colors and are retro-looking. You can be assured of style and quality if you opt for these trailers.
2. Hiker Trailer Highway:
If you someone who believes in Do It Yourself, this is just the trailer for you. Also, this camper is the best friend of your pocket.
They offer the minimalistic required design and features for the very reasonable price of just $3000. They are not very fancy or luxurious, but they are worth every penny.
Having a simple design and a basic build but is enough for a lot of people. While it offers the basic features of a teardrop trailer, some adjustable features are available if you have the need and money.
You can customize it according to your requirements. One might wonder about its build quality given its price.
You need not worry as it has a sturdy construction and does not compromise on safety. The inside is small, but it has sufficient space. If you wish to upgrade to get new features, it might cost as much as $9000.
One of the best things about these trailers is their customizable behavior.
You can make several upgrades to it as and when money suits you. You can buy this trailer if you are the type of person who likes to build their trailer.
- Solar charging kits
- More storage
- Roof rack
Weight: Less than 1000 lbs
Cost: $3000 to $6000
One of the best things about these trailers is their customizable behavior. You can make several upgrades to it as and when money suits you. You can buy this trailer if you are the type of person who likes to build their trailer.
3. American Dream Trailer
You may not be able to classify them as a teardrop trailer, but it has a similar design, and it passes our criteria with flying colors.
It has an entire boat on its roof (More like “as its roof”!). This camper has a unique design, and you can decide for yourself whether or not it is suitable for you.
It helps to fulfill the need for people who have fishing as a hobby. The trailer’s design helps to carry a reasonably large boat on the roof while still light enough to be towed easily by an average-sized SUV.
But being lightweight while carrying the boat has its own set of disadvantages.
It might not have the most incredible build quality or sturdy construction. Being made of fiberglass is not the best thing when it comes to durability.
It has a very controversial body. Some might think it is an intelligent look, while others might argue it is not the best in beauty. But again, it depends on your requirements.
It has a reasonably simple body and does not provide a whole lot of modern features. It provides some of the basic features that one expects from a trailer of its size and weight.
One of the most remarkable features that this trailer offers is having a boat on the roof. It is especially significant if you are a fan of fishing and use your trailers most of the time to go on fishing expeditions.
Weight: 650 lbs
4. Scamp Campers 13
This brand is famous for making small, lightweight trailers. All three of its models- 13′, 16′ and 19′ have a fiberglass body making them very light and easily towable by a car.
It also has a somewhat aerodynamic body making it easy to maneuver. Even the most miniature 13′ model has a dinette that converts into a double bed and a couch that converts into a bunk bed and can accommodate four people.
It also has a systematic kitchen with a sink, a two-burner propane stove, and a 1.9 cubic foot refrigerator. It has sufficient ventilation keeping the camper open and not suffocating because of its size.
- For a little extra money, you can switch out the couch that converts to a bunk bed for a fully-equipped bathroom that has a shower and a toilet.
- Dimensions: 13′ x 6’8″ x 7’6″
Weight: 1200 lbs
5. TAXA Cricket Camp:
It is a tiny, lightweight trailer and is still quite spacious. If you want a trailer that sleeps four people, you can choose to have extra bunk beds installed. Its design is quite similar to that of a teardrop trailer, if not the same.
Talking about its design, it is probably one of the most engineered trailers in the market. Although expensive, it is worth every penny, and you will be able to enjoy it for a long time.
In terms of its look, it is a very well-built trailer and quite appealing to some while appalling to others. If this trailer fits your needs, you can choose to buy it without a doubt, and it won’t disappoint you.
- A rear hatch that you can open to enjoy the calm wind.
- Open and spacious design
- Well designed.
Weight: 1500 lbs
Cost: $30,000 to $40,000
6. Colorado Teardrops Canyonland:
Colorado Teardrops has three models which have all the essential features expected from a teardrop trailer.
This trailer has a relatively strong build along with a full skid plate and heavy-duty torsion axle so that we can take it on the beaten road easily. It has a rear access galley kitchen, under-the-floor storage, and a queen-sized bed.
Apart from these features, this model offers a power pack and a solar power add-on for some additional charges.
By purchasing that upgrade, you can have the power generated to light the trailer and charge smartphones.
This way, you can take it to off-road adventures without worrying about the battery running out. This trailer provides you luxury, comfort, and style (and not to forget sustainability!)
You can also modify this camper in several ways according to your requirements. It also has several attractive color models available, so you can choose the one you find the most attractive.
Weight: 1100 lbs
Cost: $18,200 (Approximately)
If you are interested in buying this camper, you can check out more details about it on their official site.
7. Rustic Trail Papa Bear:
This type of trailer is perfect if you want to have a small party in your camper. It has a seating area that can comfortably seat 2 to four people around a table (Making it a great place to play poker!).
It is a very inexpensive trailer and offers all the outstanding features of a teardrop trailer. It has suitable cabinets, a bed, and a dinette. Apart from that, it does not compromise on construction and build quality.
- Quite spacious
- Classic and straightforward teardrop look
- Pocket friendly
- The kitchen is not accessible after opening up the galley in the rear end. It is inside in this trailer.
Weight: 975 lbs
It is another great option for campers under 1500 lbs and is great for solo or couple vacations. There is a dinette and proper seating space in this camper that transforms into a sleeping space comfortably sleeping, two people.
For storage, there is sufficient space below the cushions. It has a properly designed kitchen as well. The kitchen has wood cabinetry, a sink, an icebox, and a 120V electric system.
Apart from all these, it also has a closet where you can hang your clothes and store some other items. Also, it has sufficient headroom despite being small and lightweight.
- Enough headroom.
- Well-equipped kitchen.
- Under the cushion storage.
Weight: 1000 lbs
9. Oregon Trail’R DoDrop Alpha:
If you played with trucks when you were a child, you would understand what I mean when I say this is like the monster truck of campers under 1500 lbs.
If you are the type of adventurous soul who enjoys off-road camping every once in a while, this is just the trailer for you.
As the name suggests, it is the “alpha” when it comes to off-road experiences. Despite being lightweight, it is a rugged trailer with no sensitive parts that might break on complex journeys.
Like its properties, it has quite a rugged look. It gives off a very sporty and strong vibe by just looking at it.
- Best for off-road adventures. It does not get affected when you take it out on roads filled with rocks and pebbles.
- It does not have a luxurious feel to it.
- They are preferred mainly by adventure enthusiasts.
Weight: 700 lbs
All the trailers listed above are excellent choices in their ways. Before deciding on the final product, I suggest you jot down your needs and prioritize them.
Then set a budget for your purchase. Only after that go on to research the different trailers that meet up to your expectations. This list is only here to narrow your choices from many products available in the market.
It is effortless to get distracted by the fancy words that the dealer utters to sell the product. In my opinion, you should do your research before stepping into a store.
Talk to the people who already own a camper to know better. I hope the list is helpful when you make the final decision. Happy camping!