Offering more comfort than a tent and sleeping bag without the price tag of an RV, tow-behind travel trailers bridge the gap between roughing it and glamping.
These trailers offer a variety of amenities ranging from a bed, a kitchenette and living room space, to solar power capability and built-in bathrooms. Many can be pulled behind smaller vehicles – some are designed specifically for use with crossovers.
Finding a travel trailer suited to your needs is a lot like buying a truck. But finding a suitable make and model still requires research. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the best tow-behind travel trailers for a variety of uses.
The Taxa Outdoors Cricket Camper, designed by a former NASA employee, comes in two models: Camp and Trek.
The specifications are the same on both, but the roof rack, ripstop nylon patio awning, shower tent, all-terrain tires and powder-coated gravel guards are standard on the Trek.
Both trailers sleep up to two adults and two children and measure 15 feet in length, making it possible to store them in a standard garage. The interiors include a queen-size mattress with under-bed storage, a birch-wood kitchen area equipped with a Truma hot air and water system, and a Dometic stove/sink combo. Interior LED lighting complements red reading lights, USB charging ports and a multispeed vent fan. The pop-up roof increases ventilation and add storage when opened.
Weighing in at 1,500 pounds unloaded, the Cricket Camper is towable by many four-cylinder vehicles. With a foot of ground clearance and torsion beam suspension, it’s also capable of traveling off-road.
Taxa built the exterior out of UV-treated aluminum panels it put onto a powder-coated galvanized steel frame. The base model starts at around $27,800.
For anyone looking for a travel trailer on a budget, or one that can be towed by a passenger car, the Colorado Teardrop Basedrop is an ideal option.
The Basedrop measured 5 feet by 8.5 feet and weighs 900 pounds empty. The trailer features an aluminum shell. Two insulated doors and screened sliding windows offer customizable comfort depending on weather conditions.
Its 14-foot-by-14-foot pop-up vent houses a memory foam queen-size mattress, two reading lights and a center cabin light. Colorado Teardrop includes plenty of interior shelving and a 15-inch-by-60-inch countertop in the galley. There’s room under the countertop for an ice cooler, water tank and camp stove.
The Basedrop starts at $11,300, but upgrades are available that add a power package, solar, stargazer window and front cargo rack.
Basecamp is Airstream’s most compact and lightweight travel trailer, towable by most mid-sized SUVs. It measures 16.3 feet in length and 7 feet in width and features the same hand-built quality as the brand’s more expensive trailers.
The Basecamp seats up to four and sleeps up to two. The rear living space includes two benches and tables that convert into the sleeping space. Its forward interior has a kitchenette and a bathroom, including a small refrigerator, two-burner cooktop, stainless-steel sink and an optional microwave.
Airstream includes a 22-gallon freshwater tank, hot water heater, eight interior windows and skylights and a cabin-heating system. The trailer’s 26-inch-by-46-inch rear hatch makes for easy gear storage and access.
There’s also a solar pre-wire kit that allows buyers to outfit the roof with solar panels. For upgrades, Airstream offers the Basecamp X package that includes a 3-inch lift kit, Goodyear Wrangler tires, stainless steel rock guards and a solar window guard.
The Basecamp starts at $36,900 and offers three interior floorplans with varied flooring, laminate and seating options.
Escapod designed the Topo Series for rugged terrain. The 5-foot-by-8-foot body is built on a hand-welded 2-inch-by-2-inch steel frame, while the aluminum exterior walls and roof minimize the trailer’s total weight.
External amenities include Rhino Rack cross bars, a Sunseeker awning and a rear galley outfitted with a stainless-steel countertop, three drawers and rear cabinets, LED lighting and a Yeti Tundra 65 cooler.
The interior is fully insulated for four-season use and includes two side doors. The sleeping area includes a 5-inch foam queen-size mattress, USB charging stations and a double-pane stargazer window.
Escapod’s Topo trailers weigh 1,500 pounds unloaded and feature Goodyear Wrangler Trailrunner all-terrain tires, 17-inch black aluminum Mickey Thompson wheels and 20-inch standard ground clearance.
Buyers have the choice of add-ons including a propane tank, Rhino Rack bike or kayak rack, water heater, shower and air conditioning unit. The base model starts at $16,500 and increases with each add-on.
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