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 two to six. 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.
An upgrade to the classic aluminum teardrop, this new option features real wood veneer cabinets, accent lighting and even Bluetooth speakers. Built-in storage units helps reduce clutter so the tight space feels surprisingly capacious.
This customizable French-made model reveals an all-inclusive camper that can fit up to four people in three different configurations with just a press of a button. The first Tipoons are set to be delivered in June 2018.
Originally designed by Bryan Thompson Design and acquired by Airstream in 2016, this sleek, petite caravan is finally available to purchase. Though pricier than other market offerings, The Nest may be worth the investment for those looking for an option built for the long haul: It's not only built for today, with tech upgrades like USB plugs and outlets built-in throughout the cabin, but it's also set to weather miles worth of wear in style with a premium fiberglass makeup.
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.
Fun fact: The iconic Airstream was actually inspired by another "silver bullet," the Bowlus Road Chief. Though only about 80 of these aluminum trailers were made in the 1930s, they gained a reputation among travel trailer-lovers. Geneva Long, who grew up spending summers traveling in vintage trailers with her family, decided to reboot the brand for modern times. The new "Endless Highways Edition" upgrades the trailer to technologically astounding levels, even being able to survive off-the-grid for a full week with a high-capacity battery and a mobile router.
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.
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Re-edited from a post originally published 4.1.2011 - LS