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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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.
These modern caravans are produced by German company Knaus. Fitted with bunk beds, built-in storage, and sleek convertible furnishings, the Deseo, shown above, is their smallest model. The exterior is a futuristic white shell with gray tubing.
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.
Made in China by the country's largest RV manufacturer, CenTech, this is a lightweight fiberglass trailer with a zippy colorful aluminum tubing frame. The interior comes with plenty of built-in storage.
For the retro lover, this adorable little trailer is ideal for camping and hauling. It's ultra lightweight with a huge rear hatch, wide entry door, honeycomb fiberglass floor and expansive panoramic windows. Plus, the interior is completely modular to allow its user to customize the inside of the Happier Camper easily.
Recently acquired by Airstream (originally designed by Bryan Thompson Design), this petite, stylish caravan will go back into production this coming summer. Sign up for alerts on the Airstream site to be one of the first to scoop one up!
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.
Made in the Netherlands, these are classic caravans designed to be placed on flatbed trucks. Dutch filmmaker Maarten Van Soest created the wooden shell and interior, which also works as a garden shed, guest house or workspace.
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Re-edited from a post originally published 4.1.2011 - AH