Small trailers and campers may be small in size, but there is a lot to be excited about. RV sales have been skyrocketing and the demand for small units only continues to grow. Why? There are some pretty great benefits that you may not have realized and they just may make you realize, bigger is not always better!
What is considered a small RV (small campers or small trailers)?
Typically speaking and for the purpose of this article, we are defining “small” as 5000 lbs or less and shorter than 24ft. Within this category, you will often hear terms such as mini, micro, and teardrop associated with a unit. There is also a differentiation between campers and trailers.
Travel trailers insulate campers from the wild while camping trailers immerse them in it–TAXA Outdoors
Small trailers allow more tow vehicle options
Not every RV needs to be towed with a large truck! Many small campers and trailers can safely be towed with SUVs and cars. MyPods, for example, can even be towed with a motorcycle. We own a Little Guy Max and tow it with a van. Just make sure you check your vehicle’s tow rating and use sway control and weight distribution when needed.
Campgrounds & getting in when others can’t
The days of pulling in to a campground at the end of a long day and expecting to grab a spot are nearly gone. Due to the increase in RV sales, more people are camping and campgrounds are filling up and spots can be hard to come by. We ran into such an issue over Labor Day Weekend. The campground was full, but the owner asked how long we were. We responded 21ft. The owner then gave a us a site typically reserved for Class B vans because we were small enough.
Are National Parks on your must-see travel plans? Keep in mind, National Parks also have length restrictions.
Maximum lengths for trailers, campers and motor homes vary from park to park. The average maximum length permitted is 27 ft, but some parks can accommodate up to 40 feet in lengthUS-Parks.com
Small RVs give you more room at campgrounds
Cramped spaces at campgrounds can be annoying. Give yourself more room with a small trailer. Small trailers take up less space and therefore give you more space to relax and enjoy outside at your site.
Take the roads less traveled
Small campers can often get to locations that bigger rigs can not access. Get off the beaten path and get your camera ready for those instagram-worthy photos! Read our post on Boondocking Basics and camp to an envious level in places most only dream about.
Spend less time on maintenance
You’ll still have routine maintenance, but since your RV is smaller it will take less time to do it. Spend more time camping and less time washing and waxing!
Save money on storage
If you don’t travel full-time, you need a place to keep your RV when not in use. Many small trailers and campers can be stored either in your garage or in your driveway, saving you hundreds of dollars a year. If you have a small trailer but still need to store it, fees are typically less for smaller RVs.
Small RVs are less intimidating for beginners
Whether it is being nervous about towing for the first time or worrying about fixing things if they go wrong (which you’ll learn is the expectation rather than the exception), small trailers and campers can’t be beat.
We have, what my husband calls “self-rescued” ourselves numerous times. We have been out in the middle of nowhere during the winter and our furnace stopped working – fixed it. Kitchen sink leaked – stopped it. We are not handy people by any means. But the simplicity of our trailer allowed us to problem-solve much easier. This not only gave us a sense of pride, but saved us time and money from bringing it back to the dealer for repairs.