The Micro-Camper Trend: Downsizing the Recreational Vehicle

The Micro-Camper Trend: Downsizing the Recreational Vehicle

If you love the idea of hitting the open road this spring break or summer in an RV, but the massive size of those behemoths is too overwhelming, you’re in luck. Whether you’re turned off by the gas mileage or intimidated by the thought of maneuvering such an enormous machine through traffic and into campsites, you might be interested in the newest trend — lightweight trailers that can be towed behind cars and smaller SUVs.

One example is the 16-foot-long 2017 Airstream Basecamp trailer, which weighs just over a ton. With a resemblance to a space capsule, it’s among the most distinctive on the road. It sleeps two and comes with options like a fridge, microwave, air conditioning, and stove, plus a hefty price tag of about $40,000.

If you’re looking for smaller and more affordable options, inTech RV has one for you. It’s built on an all-aluminum frame and has less head space inside, making it easier to store in a residential garage. Despite its smaller size, it can carry a kayak or bike on the roof, and the inside features a queen bed, premium sound system, USB outlets for charging cellphones, and a slide-out kitchen with burner and fridge. It weighs in at about a mere 1,500 pounds,  which is reflected in its lighter price tag: $12,000.

Many other manufacturers are offering mini-campers, too. If you’re interested in learning more about this trend, or RVs in general, visit the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association’s comprehensive website.