Snails have had it right this whole time. Carrying your house around with you on your back is an amazing way to get out there and experience the world without giving up the essential home comforts.
Maybe you’ve had dreams of acquiring that trailer for years now, but it’s a pretty big investment - not to be taken lightly.
The problem isn’t just that the trailer itself can carry a gastronomical price tag, you may also need to buy a new expensive vehicle with the power to tow it, but don’t worry; the dream isn’t dead.
We’re going to be reviewing five of the very best travel trailers that weigh less than 4000 lbs, giving your little car that could a fighting chance to facilitate your snail-y dreams and wanderlust.
We’ll even hitch on an in-depth buyer’s guide and brief FAQ section towards the end so you can fully prepare yourself for your life-changing purchase.
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Here’s our top pick right here so the adventure can begin.
Top 5 Best Travel Trailers Under 4000 lbs
OUR TOP PICK
Giving you a lovely night’s sleep in the wilderness of our number one spot we have an insanely popular little travel trailer that says to the world, traveling light doesn’t mean without luxury.
- Travelers: 2
- UVW: 3110lbs
- Length: 22.1”
You get out onto the road to break the bonds of the day to day grudge.
You shake them off for feelings of freedom, but it’s all for naught if you feel claustrophobic in your escape pod as well. That’s not an issue here.
The Sonic Lite provides you with a deceptively large open living area.
Even when with the murphy bed pulled down, you have considerable central space to move around in and spread your wings, so to speak.
Venture’s thoughtful attention to space doesn’t stop with the primary living quarters either.
The toilet space also carries this contradictory sense of being quite ample despite the objective compactness of the trailer as a whole.
In addition, the quality of the fittings and the 34 -inch shower feel nothing short of luxurious.
So how has Venture pulled this off? It all seems like an amazing magic trick.
Well, it’s partly thanks to plenty of pass-through storage, keeping any carry-ons completely discreet and out of the way.
The surprisingly roomy wardrobe in the sanitary area also goes some way in preventing a cluttered environment. The design is such that everything has a place in this trailer.
Externally, you can also expect excellence. The fiberglass roof is entirely one piece, allowing no build-ups of residue or damp, as the moisture runs off and away from the exquisite arching.
- More equivalent interior storage space than any other compact travel trailer on the market
- Roomy shower
- Luxury fittings
- Tons of central space
- Charging station features USB ports for charging phones and laptops
- So light, you’ll save money on fuel
- No dedicated bedding area (but that helps more space in the day)
Our second intrepid featherweight travel trailer comes from a giant of the industry, which if nothing else, guarantees three things...quality, quality, and quality.
- Travelers: Up to 4
- UVW: 3634 lbs
- Length: 21.8”
An airstream is for holidaymakers who want to travel in style.
The futuristic bolted silver paneling will have you feeling like you’re floating through space in an antiquey rocket ship.
Now, you’re not going to get anywhere near as much space with the Sport as you do with the Venture trailer, but that’s not because it’s a poor design.
Space is a little more finite in the Airstream because of all the plush furnishings that come along with it.
You can expect an awesome large bed with a memory foam mattress in a dedicated bedding area, a large convertible dinette, couch and bedding area, a spacious wardrobe, and a fantastic shower room.
This means that you’re limited to what we’d consider small hallways of space running the length of the trailer.
If you’re worried that luggage might clutter this space beyond navigability, don’t worry.
There’s plenty of external storage in an LED-lit compartment accessed from the outside. Pretty neat, ay?
What we really love about this trailer besides...everything else about it, is the responsive temperature control, keeping you in a perpetual state of comfort and bliss, no matter how gnarly the weather is outside.
You also get some upscale kitchen real estate here with stainless steel appliances and the fridge top doubling as shelf space.
- Stylish aesthetic
- Industry-leading brand
- 866lbs carrying capacity
- Sleeps up to 4 thanks to the convertible couch
- Dedicated bed space
- External LED-lit storage
- Lovely appliances and toilet area
- The silver paneling can feel a little industrial at times
- Not much open space
The backdrop to all of your future family memories at our number three spot is an awesome travel trailer with great sleeping facilities at a price almost as diminutive as its size.
- Travelers: 4
- UVW: 3654 lbs
- Length: 22.11”
Privacy is important when you’re out in the elements with your family, sharing space with other campers, which is why we really appreciated the large yet tinted windows in this trailer.
They bring lots of light in whilst keeping eyes securely out.
The dark wood-look fixtures and doors with real lumbar cores add to the feeling that you’re getting a hell of a deal here, and the tempered double-paned glass door poses a sleek and unique alternative to metal or plastic.
The bedding layout is both thoughtful and practical. Unfortunately, though, while the twin bunks may be perfect for children, they’re probably not so suitable for adults.
You can also choose to purchase it with an add on bush kitchen including a suburban griddle that attaches to the trailer’s exterior for some fun times cooking outside in the sun.
Due to its focus on family holidaying, it’s kitted out with an impressive 30-gallon water tank so you’re not constantly disposing of and replenishing water as your family drink and wash you out of trailer and home.
- Sleeps 4
- Bunk Beds are a great space saver
- Large load capacity
- Tempered glass door
- Well soundproofed
- Great value for money
- Decent water capacity
- Bunks only suitable for children
- Exterior graphics may put some people off
Giving you all the self-reliance you need to save loads of money on your dream holidays, at our penultimate spot is one of the lightest trailers on the market.
- Travelers: Up to 6
- UVW: 3440lbs
- Length: 23”
We can’t stress how light these things really are.
Even this 6 sleeping floor plan only comes to 3440lbs, so if you always liked the idea of taking some friends along with you on vacation, then look no further.
If you’re looking for the absolute lightest holiday trailer solution, you could always opt for a smaller floor plan.
The Autumn Ridge Single Axle trailer can still sleep four even in its smallest form.
A larger floor plan doesn’t just mean you can take more people along with you, it means that everything about this trailer is slightly more expansive, especially the kitchen and dining area.
The large dining table with comfortable 6-person seats makes the perfect accompaniment to the long and spacious worktop for cooking and preparing meals.
We’re also quite taken by the interior design details in this trailer, the marble-look countertop acting as an eye-pleasing counterpoint to the dark hardwood cabinets and doors.
Whether you appreciate the vinyl flooring throughout is going to depend on who you’re traveling with.
If you have pets or young children that get their kicks from spilling every single thing they get their hands/paws on, the easy-clean surface is a God-send.
With a fully walkable Magnum design roof with a warranty covered PVC membrane, construction-wise, it’s solid as a rock, which again belies the idea that this is in fact an incredibly light travel trailer.
- Super lightweight
- Sleeps 6
- Top quality hardwood furnishings
- Large kitchen and dining area
- Lots of insulation
- Extra solid roof
- Tinted windows
- Pet friendly flooring
- Windowless door
- Larger size means larger price tag
Our final little towable home is the perfect option for those with less powerful vehicles. It’s even lighter than our fourth pick and feels just as roomy.
- Travelers: 4
- UVW: 2775lbs
- Length: 20.5”
2775lbs is nothing. Some sedans can tow over 3000lbs, so this trailer may be exactly the thing you need to keep you off the carlot and your money safely in your bank ready for your holiday.
It’s clear that Lance has cut the load by using lightweight fixtures and furnishings, which means you’re not going to get any real wood in this camper, rather Azdel and Lite-ply.
The windows are hands down our favorite part of this trailer. Numerous and large, there’s at least one in every wall.
Mix those with two awesome skylights and it makes for a small space that feels two or three times larger than it is.
It does make privacy a little harder to attain, but by no means impossible.
Small has never looked so deceptively large than inside this trailer, and Lance’s attention to space manipulation gets even more impressive when you consider the extendable sliding dinette section.
That’s right, a whole section of the trailer pulls out from the main body to provide a whole new interior area for comfortable dining.
- Ingenious sliding dinette section
- Lots of space considering its size
- Loads of large windows make it feel larger than it is
- Skylights help to bring in even more natural light
- Probably the lightest 4 person trailer ever
- Large refrigerator
- Widows mean less privacy unless curtained
- No real wood furnishings
Best Travel Trailers Under 4000 lbs Buying Guide
Wait! Before you shake hands on your brand new travel trailer, there’s a whole bunch of stuff to consider first.
We know it’s exciting and you're itching to get your hands on the keys, but one quick run-through of our buyer’s guide will prevent any silly mistakes.
UVW stands for unloaded vehicle weight and if you’re looking for a travel trailer under 4000lbs, this is an absolutely essential figure.
If a travel trailer is bang on 4000lbs unloaded, it’s going to be an awful lot heavier carrying you, passengers, and all your appliances, clothes, and supplies - possibly breaching your vehicle’s towing capacity.
It may be difficult to do, but you’ll need to figure out the combined weight of all the things and people you plan on taking with you on the road, and it’s important you’re as accurate as possible.
You’ll also need to know exactly how much weight your vehicle can tow.
Aluminum Vs Fiberglass
Both materials make for some really great trailers, but if you’re looking for featherweights, fiberglass is the one for you.
It’s roughly 40% lighter than aluminum and as an added bonus, they require less maintenance and hold their value better.
Dimensions - Length, Width, and Height
Your travel trailer may have plenty of room when you’re out on the road and camped out in the large field of a park, but what about when you get back to your home that isn’t so mobile?
Even small trailers will be over 20 feet long and around 10 feet high. That’s just short of the size of your average bus.
Before you pull the trigger on a beautiful trailer, scout around your property for prospective holding spaces. It doesn’t have to be a driveway. A large garage would be perfect.
Even a garden will do if you can prop it up sufficiently. Note down the measurement of any possible holding spots for matching up to the dimensions of your future trailer.
Smaller trailers usually have around 26-gallon freshwater tanks. This is only going to last around two days max for a party of four, even less if everyone’s having showers.
Be prepared for some pretty constant replenishment if you do choose to go this small. That said, If you’re traveling alone or with one other person, 26-gallons should last you a while.
If you’re traveling with three or more people, 30 gallons or above is preferable.
Black and Grey Tanks
Your dirty water tanks should have the exact same capacity as your freshwater tanks.
That way you can always replenish and deposit whole tanks at the same time.
This is one of the main things to consider when shopping for your new trailer.
Who do you plan on taking with you on your adventures? Will you be whisking your partner away? Are you taking your kids for a family getaway? Is it a solo mission?
We think a 6-person trailer is probably the max if you want to keep things below 4000lbs, especially if most of your party are adults.
If you plan on traveling alone or with one other person, instead of going as small as humanly possible, to prevent sardine syndrome, we suggest getting a four-person capacity trailer.
This way you’ll have extra room for storage and you can each have some personal space when you need it.
It’s also important to think about the caliber of the sleeping spaces. No one wants to be trapped in a neck-breaking boudoir for the duration of what was supposed to be a relaxing trip.
Check the dimensions of the sleeping quarters and the materials used to make the beds and any included bedding.
Ventilation is always important in living quarters, but it’s even more imperative in a compact space. With a kitchen, bedroom, and toilet all within about 18 feet of one another, smells can get pretty overwhelming and mingled.
If a trailer doesn’t have an actual ventilation system, make sure it has plenty of windows that open, or consider having one installed.
You might have to drag your little mobile home over some challenging terrain at times, so it’s always a good idea to assess the quality and capabilities of the wheels before purchase.
When a travel trailer gets stuck, it’s going to take some pretty serious power to free it up.
If your idea of a vacation involves soaking up plenty of quality programming as well as sun, you’ll want a trailer prewired for a TV antenna. This should be easy to find out on the trailer’s specification page.
If it’s not TV ready, but you’re sure it’s the one for you, you can always have an electrician retrofit the appropriate wiring.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are fiberglass or aluminum travel trailers better?
With a sleek, smooth design that makes them nicer to look at and more aerodynamic, fiberglass trailers are often thought of as superior to aluminum.
They require less maintenance than aluminum as they’re more equipped to deal with the weather and impacts. The only drawback is that they’re hard and expensive to repair when something does go wrong.
What travel trailer has the best resale value?
It depends on the quality and the size of the trailer, but generally speaking, fiberglass trailers retain more value than aluminum.
How much weight can a Range Rover tow?
The average Range Rover can tow between 5000 and 6000lbs.
How much can the average car tow?
The average car would tow anywhere between 600 and 4000lbs.
That’s a very rough estimate though.
There you have it, globe trekker, five of the most impressive travel trailers that don’t require a full-on tank to tow them, hurray!
Any one of these could be the perfect way to channel your inner snail and make your dreams of wandering, a reality.
Need something smaller? Check out our favorite travel trailers under 3,000 lbs.