One of the barriers to starting to RV for many people is their vehicle. Most people own an SUV, crossover, minivan, or midsize pickup that can tow a moderate amount. However, many travel trailers can get pretty heavy, and that means your everyday vehicle likely isn’t rated to tow the weight.
Rather than purchase an entirely different vehicle just to tow your RV, use what you have. Contact your vehicle manufacturer to see whether your car can be equipped with a hitch. It may not be a costly or timely adjustment to alter your vehicle to tow. You’d be surprised how useful it can be. Tow a small cargo trailer to move your house without hiring movers. Or tow a jet-ski or ATV out for a joyride. But our favorite use has to be to pull an RV. There’s nothing more freeing than towing your home behind you. The possibilities for fun, adventure, and vacation memories are endless once you hitch up and hit the road. Are you pining for a hitch yet? Let’s look at the RVs available for lightweight towers.
There are many towable travel trailers that have very low dry weights. They’re lightweight and nimble, making them perfect introductory RV’s for entering the RV lifestyle. To help narrow down your options, I’ve rounded up five lightweight travel trailers with a dry weight of fewer than 3,000 pounds. That means most crossovers, SUVs, minivans, and smaller trucks should have no problem trailering them.
Jayco Jay Flight SLX 195RB
The Jayco Jay Flight SLX 195RB is a simple rear bath unit that features a queen bed, a camp side dinette, and a kitchen across from the dinette. There’s also a nice wardrobe by the entrance door at the rear of the camper. Jayco builds quality campers, and the Jay Flight SLX is a long-running model. This particular floorplan measures almost 22 feet in length and weighs just 2,890 pounds, meaning your crossover or SUV should be able to handle this travel trailer with no issue.
Jayco Hummingbird 17RB
The Hummingbird 17RB is another lightweight model from Jayco. This unit features a 60 by 74-inch bed at the front of the unit, a camp side dinette and a kitchen across from it. Its layout is pretty similar to the Jay Flight SLX discussed above, but this model features a linen closet and a full bathroom at the rear of the unit. Not to mention, the Hummingbird also has a slide-out, which gives the RV a more spacious feel when parked. You’ll be surprised at how much you enjoy a little extra kitchen space. The Hummingbird 17RB measures nearly 20 feet in length and weighs 2,865 pounds, meaning it’s suitable for SUVs, small trucks, and many crossovers.
Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro 19FD
The Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro 19FD is a unit that has a unique layout with a 73-inch sofa and a 54 by 72-inch Murphy bed. The bed’s foldaway feature makes the interior RV feel spacious and multipurpose during the day. The dinette and kitchen area are across from each other–a smart design. This travel trailer also comes with an exterior gas grill. You’d be surprised at how much you’ll use an outdoor kitchen in a smaller RV. The Flagstaff E-Pro 19FD weighs a lightweight 2,829 pounds and has a length of 20 feet. Like the others on this list, towing it with an everyday crossover, SUV, or smaller pickup truck should not be an issue.
Forest River R-Pod 179
The Forest River R-Pod 179 is an excellent, lightweight travel trailer with everything a couple could need for a weekend warrior camping getaway or a longer trip to a wonderful wild landscape. To the left of the entry door are the cooktop, sink, and prep space. On the off-camp wall is a slide with the refrigerator and 75 by 45-inch U-shaped dinette, which are great for game nights or having fellow campers over. There’s a large queen bed at the front of the unit and a wet bath along the camp-side wall. With a dry weight of only 2,756 pounds and an overall length of 20 feet, the R-Pod 179 should be a cinch for your crossover, SUV, minivan, or small truck to tow.
Travel Lite Aura 21RB
The Travel Lite Aura 21RB offers quality construction and a unique layout. On the camp side of the unit is the kitchen, with the dinette across, housed in a slide. The front has a queen bed with storage underneath. Hidden storage is key in a smaller travel trailer, and this layout has plenty. A good-sized bathroom at the rear features a shower with a skylight and a roomy wardrobe. Looking for more storage? There’s a small, enclosed coat rack area by the entry door. The Travel Lite Aura 21RB has a dry weight of 2,840 pounds and measures just under 21 feet in length
First-time RVers are often apprehensive about RVing, thinking their tow vehicle isn’t up to the task. You’d be surprised at how light and nimble today’s RV’s are. Manufactured with lighter weight materials, and designed to be aerodynamic, today’s towable travel trailers are getting increasingly easier to pull. It doesn’t take much to tow 3000 pounds down the road, and with that you have a full kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom wherever you park it–a real tiny home on wheels.
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