Today begins small spaces month on Apartment Therapy! To kick things off, 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.
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
• Trailer Reviews at Roaming Times
• Travel Trailer Reviews at JR Consumer
• 2011 Prices and Specs at RVGuide.com
Photo: Interior of a Knaus Deseo Trailer