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November 13, 2015

10 Awesome Small Camping Trailers

A boat and a camping trailer combined into one – The Sealander

What a novel idea! I looked at renting a houseboat on Lake Pal a while ago and the cost for one night was near $1000. This trailer allows you to go camping on land or on the water. You can hook up a small trolling motor and go anywhere on the water you want. When the Sealander small boat camping trailer was released it had a price-tag of $20k. I predict this will go down over time.

Small camping trailers - the boat trailer - sealander

Beautiful homemade teardrop camper

I love working with wood. This person did a beautiful job making a wooden teardrop small camping trailer. The teardrops are neat because the don’t create the same low pressure on the back of the trailer like almost all other campers. What this translates to is when you are driving you don’t have a low pressure pocket behind you creating resistance – ultimately making your mpg higher than it would have been with a normal trailer.

Small camping trailer - beautiful homemade wood teardrop camping trailer

Bicycle camping trailer

A very interesting concept, but if I was traveling any distance on bike I think I would just camp on a sleeping pad with a very light backpack. If it rains there are plenty of places with pavilions or just find a bridge and camp under it. I can’t image this is very light weight and easy to pull by bicycle, but nevertheless it’s pretty cool.

Small camping trailers - go cross country on a bike

A trailer Bilbo should have had on his incredible journey

Small camping trailers - hobbit hole trailer

Small motorcycle camping trailer

My dad had one of these motorcycle pop up tent trailers when he first got married. He and my mom used it to honeymoon all over Oregon and Washington. These types of small camping trailers are great because they are so light weight – making them ultra portable.

small camping trailers - trailer for a motorcycle

Australian UEV 440 Conqueror

The UEV 440 Conqueror is the ultimate in off road campers. From the moment I saw this video I wanted one. They use every possible nook and cranny to conserve space. The price is around $62,000, which is a quite a bit above my budget. This camper is seriously badass!

Happy Camper Van

There are so many variations of small camper vans available on the market. I like vans instead of RV’s because the fuel economy of camper vans can be as high as 22 mpg, whereas a recreational vehicle averages around 10-15 mpg. This camper van is simple, but it has lots of features. It would be fun to travel from coast to coast in one of these and just sleep in Walmart parking lots across the way.

The Prius Tent – The Ultimate Cheap Way to Travel

I bought a Toyota Prius last year. I don’t really care what people say about the car – I ABSOLUTELY love it! My wife and I were planning on taking a trip to Florida and back in our Prius. With a $50 foam mattress pad, one of these tents, and at 50 mpg we could have traveled for cheap. Much to our surprise we had a kid instead. I’m not complaining – my daughter is super sweet, but having kids definitely puts spontaneous trips like this on hiatus.

Truck Campers

couple's pan american 2 year tripI read an article on about a couple that decided to take a two year trip driving the Pan American highway. I thought this would be a great addition to my bucket list. I have always loved the campers that sit on the back of a truck. I know they are not the most popular, but if you ever are taking a cross country trip using this type of camper is so much easier than dragging a full trailer everywhere with you. Generally you can park in any restaurant or tight parking with a small truck camper. Even though this is technically not a trailer I count it as one because you can always park this on stilts and drive your truck around if you stay in an area for an extended period of time. A truck can be far more fuel efficient than an RV or an SUV with a trailer. Back to the idea of traveling the Pan American – just throw some solar cells on the roof and take a portable wind turbine with you.

Hallmark Cuchara is an awesome small camper that fits on the back of your truck.

Hallmark Cuchara

Asian Tricycle House

It’s constructed of translucent polypropylene plastic and it retains its strength during folding so it can open up and expand for increased space and connect to other units. This tiny structure contains a kitchen with a sink, a bathroom with a small tub and a water tank, a living/sleeping area with storage and even an attachable outdoor garden. Currently the Kenchikukagu designs are only available to dealers and cost between 7,000 and 10,000 Chinese Yuan or about $1,120 to $1,600.