Lightweight Travel Trailers Under 3000 Pounds

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Tucker Ballister

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2008 Fleetwood Bounder

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Tucker Ballister is our Content Strategist. He’s a lover of the open road and the proud owner of a 2021 Sunlite Classic travel trailer (his 3rd RV to date). Check out more of his RV adventures, gear reviews, and outdoor advice at thebackpackguide.com.

One barrier facing many aspiring RVers is their vehicle’s towing capacity. Your SUV, crossover, minivan, or midsize pickup can likely tow a moderate amount. However, many travel trailers are heavy, and not all vehicles can handle that much weight. Rather than purchase a new vehicle, consider the best travel trailers under 3000 pounds. 

Check your vehicle’s towing capacity and contact your vehicle manufacturer to see whether you can install a hitch if you don’t already have one. Once you know what you can tow and have the right hitch equipment, you’re ready for endless fun, adventure, and vacation memories.

Are you pining yet? Let’s look at the best lightweight travel trailers under 3000 pounds.

Coleman Lightweight Travel Trailers Under 3000 Pounds

Let’s start with three ultralight trailers in the Coleman lineup by Dutchmen RV.

Lantern LT 17B

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  • Length: 21’5”
  • Dry Weight: 2,985 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 5

The Coleman 17B travel trailer is a lightweight camper for family adventures. This bunkhouse camper is affordable and features everything you’ll need to easily transition from tent camping to RVing, including a six-gallon water heater, a bathroom and shower, a two-burner cooktop, a single-door refrigerator, and additional comforts. 

This is the quintessential small camper for new RVers, with easy-to-use features, a no-hassle setup, and a gentle towing learning curve. This is also one of the most readily available units at Camping Worlds nationwide.

Lantern LT 17R

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  • Length: 21’5”
  • Dry Weight: 2,970 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 3

The Lantern LT 17R is one of the most popular small campers in this Coleman lineup. Dutchmen adapted the 17B into a more comfortable couples camper, highlighted by the spacious rear bathroom and closet. 

This 3000 lb camper is readily available at most Camping Worlds nationwide. It can be towed by a wide range of vehicles, and owners can complete any number of Lantern LT 17R upgrades to improve its performance.  

Rubicon 1400BH

Rubicon 1400BH is one of the best lightweight travel trailers under 3000 pounds
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  • Length: 15’11”
  • Dry Weight: 1,908 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 3

Ideal for couples or small families, the Rubicon 1400BH is a rarity among travel trailers today. With an overall height of seven feet, it can fit in most garages. The rear outdoor kitchen features a bigger refrigerator than previous models, and the reinforced wheel fenders provide easy roof access. You might not believe it, but this actually includes a (small) bunk for kids, too. 

Forest River Lightweight Campers Under 3000 Pounds

Let’s move on to three unique lightweight travel trailers under 3000 pounds from Forest River, including one that’s all-electric!

Rockwood Geo-Pro 15TB

Floorplan image of small Rockwood travel trailer
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  • Length: 15’8”
  • Dry Weight: 2,667 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 3

The Rockwood Geo-Pro 15TB has a unique layout with two 30” x 74” twin beds that convert into one king-sized bed for couples. It’s one of Forest River’s smallest campers, but it still packs a full kitchen and bathroom for comfort and convenience.

This travel trailer also comes with an exterior gas grill. You’d be surprised how much you’ll use an outdoor kitchen in a smaller RV. The Rockwood Geo-Pro 15TB is a lightweight travel trailer with a 10’ power awning, plenty of exterior storage, and a 2” hitch receiver for a bike rack or cargo carrier.

Cherokee Wolf Den 16EV

Floorplan image of a Wolf Den 16EV small travel trailer, one of the best travel trailers under 3000 pounds
Image: Forest River
  • Length: 21’9”
  • Dry Weight: 2,995 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 5

The Wolf Den 16EV is a lightweight travel trailer perfect for families looking to explore RVing. The twin rear beds make this possible. Amenities include a fireplace, 12-volt refrigerator, air fryer, and dinette. Inside, we love the cubby storage that helps keep everyone organized and the camper clean! 

Outside, enjoy the shade of a 12-foot awning and store your favorite camping gear, such as grills and camp chairs, in the outdoor storage compartment. 

Salem FSX 164RBLE

Image: Forest River
  • Length: 20’
  • Dry Weight: 2,819 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

For couples or solo campers looking for an easy-to-tow RV with lots of storage capacity, the Salem FSX 164RBLE might be the ticket. This lightweight travel trailer has fairly basic amenities and features, but the benefit is additional cargo capacity. 

With a high-capacity axle and basement storage, you can bring more gear than you usually might with a camper of this size. Inside, enjoy a north-to-south queen-size bed with two wardrobe closets and overhead storage. While compact, this is a straightforward, no-frills unit, which means you save on the price tag. 

Jayco Lightweight Travel Trailers Under 3000 Pounds

Next in our roundup, you’ll find two lightweight travel trailers from Jayco.

Jay Flight SLX 154BH

Jayco Jay Flight SLX 154BH floorplan, one of the best lightweight travel trailers under 3000 pounds
Image: Jayco
  • Length: 18’
  • Dry Weight: 2,810 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 4

The Jay Flight SLX 154BH is a simple bunkhouse floorplan with 29” x 75” bunks, a convertible front dinette, a full bathroom, and a modest kitchen. There’s also a nice ward next to the entrance door, a spacious pantry, and plenty of storage in the overhead cabinets.

While it’s already easy to tow because it’s small and lightweight, this camper is also prepped for side and backup cameras. Plus, the exterior includes an LP quick connect, an exterior TV hookup, and roof solar prep as standard features.

Jay Flight 195RB

Small Jayco Travel trailer under 3000 Pounds
Image: Jayco
  • Length: 21’10″
  • Dry Weight: 2,940 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 2

For couples or solo campers looking for a lightweight Jayco, the Jay Flight 195RB combines affordability, function, towability, and comfort all in one RV. Interestingly, you enter the 195RB towards the back of the trailer, adding additional privacy. You also have a pull curtain for extra privacy between the main sleeping area and the rest of the floorplan. 

Enjoy tons of overhead storage, a substantial kitchen countertop, a two-burner stovetop, and a freezer/fridge combo. The star of the storage is the large wardrobe closet at the back of the small camper that adds even more storage.

Other Lightweight Campers Under 3000 Pounds

Sometimes less is more, especially for small lightweight travel trailers. Less to tow, less to maintain, and less to clean means an easier adventure. 

RV owners often find peace of mind by towing smaller travel trailers, especially when navigating certain roads and paths. Whoever said good things come in small packages must have referred to these travel trailers.

Coachmen Catalina Summit 165BHX

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  • Length: 19’6”
  • Dry Weight: 2,969 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 5

For a travel trailer under twenty feet, the Catalina Summit 165BHX is an excellent family bunkhouse travel trailer. It features two 28” by 70” bunks and a 60” sofa. This is built with solid construction and offers a quality upgrade from similar bunkhouse campers we’ve seen. Enjoy amenities like a 12V fridge, 19,000-BTU furnace, GE stainless microwave, and a deep farmhouse-style sink. 

Airstream Basecamp 16

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  • Length: 16’2”
  • Dry Weight: 2,650 pounds
  • Sleeping Capacity: Up to 2

Airstream’s revitalized Basecamp 16 travel trailer is another excellent lightweight travel trailer under 3000 pounds. Built for two, it’s perfect for adventurous couples who need a cozy place to rest each evening. It has a full wet bath inside and is equipped with thoughtful amenities like a rear hatch for cargo loading and an exterior shower for rinsing yourself and your gear.

How Much Does A Small Camper Weigh?

RVs of varying weights can be classified as small campers because there is no official definition. Often, small campers are under 30 feet and weigh less than 5,000 pounds, but it really depends on what vehicle you have. For example, many SUVs wouldn’t be able to tow a 5,000-pound trailer, but a truck with a bigger towing capacity would have no issue.

Find Your Lightweight Travel Trailer

Today’s towable travel trailers are increasingly easier to pull because they’re manufactured with lightweight materials and designed to be aerodynamic. Though smaller, you get a full kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom wherever you park in one of these tiny homes on wheels.

Luckily, it doesn’t take much to tow 3,000 pounds. You might even be able to tow your ideal RV with a minivan

Can your tow vehicle pull one of the best lightweight travel trailers under 3000 pounds? 

Use our Towing Guide to find out!


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