We're rounding up some of the smallest, coolest trailers we could find. Although we would have loved to test each and every one of these, the list is more of a general overview — these are small travel trailers that look good, received good marks in our cursory research, and represent a range of prices and styles. For more detailed information, follow the links below.
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The classic American RV. Manufactured in Ohio, the aluminum Airstream is a luxury trailer that's become the icon of designer mobile homes. Apartment Therapy's toured several refurbished ones: here and here. Pricing for a new Airstream starts around $30k.
Made in the Netherlands, these are classic caravans designed to be placed on flatbed trucks. Dutch film-maker Maarten Van Soest created the wooden shell and interior, which also works as a garden shed, guest house, or workspace. Prices start around €44,000.
Based out of Rice, Texas, this company makes lightweight trailers that sleep 2-6. The shell is made from fiberglass in a rounded, aerodynamic 'space age' shape. Comes with convertible interior furnishings and a private shower and toilet. Pricing starts around $13,000.
This egg-shaped trailer is made from a molded, bonded fiberglass uni-body construction finished in a bright white gel coat. Most parts come from Indiana, and assembly takes place in Grandville, Michigan. Pricing starts around $11,000.
Made in China by the country's largest RV manufacturer, CenTech, this is a lightweight fiberglass trailer with a zippy colorful aluminum tubing frames. The interior comes with plenty of built-in storage. Pricing starts at $15,600.
Serro-Scotty trailers were made in Pennsylvania from 1957 to 1997, until a fire at the plant stopped production. In 2007, Serro-Scotty worldwide began reproducing the originals. Products range from small teardrop campers to larger RVs. Pricing starts around $12,000.
So-Cal Teardrop Trailers
This Upland, California company does a good job with the classic teardrop trailer. Covered in an anodized aluminum skin, the trailer is "a light camper that can be towed by a smaller, more fuel efficient vehicle." Includes a bed and galley. Pricing starts at $9,000.
These modern caravans are produced by German company Knaus. Fitted with bunk beds, built-in storage, and sleek convertible furnishings, the Deseo is their smallest model. The exterior is a futuristic white shell with gray tubing. Pricing starts at €7,000.
OTHER GOOD RESOURCES
• Travel Trailer Reviews at JR Consumer
• 2011 Prices and Specs at RVGuide.com
Photo: Interior of a Knaus Deseo Trailer
Re-edited from a post originally published 4.1.2011 - NT
(Image credits: Sarah Coffey)