My Top 6 Small Trailer Picks for Couples

Recently an idea popped into my head for a post here on The Small Trailer Enthusiast. If I were in the market for a single axle couples camper today, what would I want and why? After going through the Manufacturers page here on this site, I came up with six floorplans from six manufacturers that I’d love hauling behind my Yukon. Various factors came up to these six, such as quality, uniqueness of the floorplan, or just some unexplained feeling I had that told me I’d like it if it were mine.

So here are my 6 picks in alpha order:

Airstream Bambi Sport 22FB

Key Features: Iconic Airstream design; Enclosed and heated tanks; Separate short U-shaped dinette; Good sized rear dry bathroom.

Key Specs: Checks in at 21’8″ from hitch to tail with a dry weight of just over 3600 lbs; 7’3″ exterior width; 3-way 4.2 cubic ft refrigerator; 6’3″ interior height; 866 lbs cargo capacity; 422 lbs hitch weight; 4,500 lbs GVWR

Why I like it: It’s my contention that the 22FB Bambi Sport is the best bang for the buck when it comes to Airstreams. You get a fair sized bed, a U-shaped dinette, and a decent sized full bathroom. Currently, MSRP on one is around $56,000. Typically you can expect to get 18-20% off MSRP on an Airstream, which puts your out the door prices in the $46,000 range. When you consider a much shorter 16′ Bambi Sport after discount off MSRP would run in the upper $30K’s and an Airstream Basecamp will run you in the mid $30K’s as well, the 22FB Bambi Sport would be a comfortable option for someone OK with spending $300-some a month for 15 years. Plus, it’s an Airstream. Who wouldn’t like camping in the most iconic trailer that’s ever existed?



(courtesy Colonial Airstream)

Cherokee Wolf Pup 18TO

Key Features: Full size super slide; Ample counter space; Affordable entry level model; Tuck away bunk bed

Key Specs: Dry weight of just under 3800 lbs; 22’9″ long; 1200 lbs cargo capacity; 85″ wide; 10′ awning; 4999 lbs GVWR; 437 lbs hitch weight

Why I like it: Cherokee has been making great strides in recent years as one of the top entry level “stick & tin” trailers in the market, slicing into Jayco’s stranglehold in that segment. The Wolf Pup is Cherokee’s small floor plan family member, and the 18TO is their most appealing floorplan. It has a full super slide housing both the dinette and jack knife sofa. What’s more is you get a hideaway bunk that extends over the sofa for additional sleeping. If you don’t need the bunk, it stays smartly out of the way behind the back of the sofa. Also a queen bed up front gives a ton of sleeping options for a trailer under 23′ long, probably up to 7 or 8 if you have some kids in the mix. The kitchen has ample counter space with a 3.3 cubic foot refrigerator. This is a great little floorplan that gives you plenty of elbow room. These can be had for as low as the $12K range.






(courtesy Haylett RV)

Lance 1575

Key Features: Unsurpassed quality; Deep slide U-dinette; Azdel interior wall panels; One piece fiberglass roof; Acrylic tinted Thermopane Euro windows; Enclosed, insulated and heated fresh water tank; Tankless water heater; 5 cubic foot refrigerator

Key Specs: Dry weight of 2650 lbs; 20’5″ total length; 225 lbs dry hitch weight; 3700 GVRW; 1050 lbs cargo capacity; 6’6″ interior height; 85″ wide

Why I like it: It’s no accident that Lance is the number one selling composite trailer in 2017. Long known for their quality construction, Lance is a trailer built to last. The 1575 offers a great layout for couples with a large U-shaped dinette in a deep slide that can accommodate a couple of guests for the night. The bathroom is concealed by a not so common sliding pocket door. And that new Roadster upholstery is something to behold! The light weight of the 1575 (2650 lbs dry weight) expands tow vehicle options. The use of Computer Numerical Control machinery in the construction of each Lance trailer is very evident when you observe the fit & finish. Easily the last trailer you’d ever have to buy. Prices can be found in the upper $20K’s.







Little Guy Max

Key Features: Storage, storage storage; 7 insulated dual pane windows; 24″ dinette TV on electric lift; 24″ bedroom TV with soundbar; Stainless steel refrigerator, microwave, and 8″ deep sink; 100% hardwood cabinet with dovetail construction; Exterior color options: white or silver base with red, black, or silver trim

Key Specs: 3140 lbs dry weight; 21′ overall length; 7′ overall width; 6’7″ interior height; 3800 lbs GVWR; 60″x80″ queen bed; 2 year manufacturers warranty; Optional 3.5″ axle riser

Why I like it: When I first visited the Little Guy factory in Somerset, PA in June 2017, they were barely a dozen units into the production process. Despite that, the finished product I was looking was incredibly well put together. I was able to see all stages of production, so when I saw what’s underneath the final product, I knew this thing was going to take off, and it has. Despite its teardrop shape, the large and open feel on the inside is what makes this trailer shine. The 7 total windows really help the cause by really opening things up in the inside. What’s more is the crazy amount of interior storage totals something like 59 cubic feet! A larger than normal wet bath gives just about everyone plenty of elbow room. The front dinette 24″ TV with electric lift hides it when you don’t need it, which is something you typically won’t find in a trailer of this size. Overall an excellent product and they’re selling like hotcakes. As of this writing, expect to pay around $30K, give or take a couple thousand.

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Venture RV Sonic Lite 149VML

Key Features: One piece seamless fiberglass roof; Black tank flush; Porcelain foot flush toilet; Lighted safety step and grab handle; Slam latch baggage doors; Foldaway dinette table and chairs

Key Specs:  6’10” interior height; Lightweight at 2745 lbs dry weight; 3500 lbs GVWR; 290 lbs hitch weight; 755 lbs cargo capacity; 19’2″ total length; 90″ exterior width; 4.2 cubic foot refrigerator; Large tanks: 41 gal gray, 38 gal fresh, 30 gal black; 11′ awning

Why I like it: I’ve been interested in the Sonic lines by Venture RV for the past couple of years. They’ve got some cool floor plans that are outside the box, and the 149VML Sonic Lite is no exception. This rear kitchen, rear side entry trailer is a nice, lightweight couples camper that has a neat little foldaway table and chairs that replace a standard RV dinette. When not using the table, it opens up some good floor space between the kitchen and bedroom. It’s also got a HUGE 6’10” interior height which is unheard of in a trailer of this size. The kitchen in the 149VML boasts good pantry and cabinet storage, as well as a nice wrap around kitchen counter. These are two big things my wife always wants in her trailer, so this is a unit I know she’d like. The Sonic Lite 149VML is nicely priced in the mid teens.









Winnebago Micro Minnie 1705RD

Key Features: High gloss gelcoat fiberglass exterior; Dual propane tanks; Enclosed and heated tanks; U-shaped rear dinette; Ample kitchen counter space; Good overall cabinet storage; Multiple exterior color options; Battery disconnect switch

Key Specs: 20’9″ overall length; 3,080 lbs dry weight; 3,800 GVWR; 6’4″ interior height; 7’0″ exterior width; 12′ awning;

Why I like it: When Winnebago re-entered the travel trailer market a few years back, it didn’t take long for them to quickly put out one of the finest trailers you’ll find in that class. The gelcoat gloss finish on the fiberglass is unlike anything other manufacturers put on their trailers. I really like the light, off-white interior in the 1705RD, which opens up the entire interior of the trailer, making it feel larger than it really is. The storage in the 1705RD is more than enough for a couple looking to make this their trailer of choice. But what I really love about this floorplan is the U-shaped rear dinette, offering a comfortable spot to relax and look out the three windows that surround the dinette. The kitchen counter offers sufficient prep space as well as a stainless steel sink. You can expect to pay somewhere in the upper teens for a 1705RD. Love this one a lot!

(Images courtesy McClain’s RV Superstores)






So there you have it folks. A look into what tickles my fancy in terms of couples trailers in the 20′ range. Do you have one of these floorplans? If so, leave a comment below and let us know what you think of it. And speaking of trailer floor plans, this coming week is the annual RVIA show in Louisville, Kentucky. I’ll be there for two days this year bringing you news on the new models and floorplans coming out for 2018. I’ll be giving some live updates on the Facebook page and on Twitter. To follow along at either social media platform, you can join here: and here: You can look for those updates from the show starting this coming Tuesday, November 28. As always, a big thank you for reading, and have a happy holiday season!


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31 Responses to My Top 6 Small Trailer Picks for Couples

  1. Deni

    Not one with a walk around bed. We’re too old to crawl over to get to the lu at night. Retro 177SE for us.

  2. Sam Collier

    Not one with a Murphy bed… The way to get extra floor space… Bathrooms still too small… Two people could do better.

    • Richard Vermeulen

      I agree! A Murphy bed is a great way to make a small trailer seem much larger. They are an effective way to have a sofa and bed in a trailer without the added weight and potential problems associated with a slide. We chose a Rockwood Geo Pro 19FD and are happy with our choice.

  3. William Cowgar

    Would like a Murphy bed option and larger fridge , remove micro wave have shelf for toaster oven.

  4. Tom Freeman

    We like the Shasta Oasis 18 FQ. It has a walk around bed and plenty of room for a small trailer. It doesn’t even need a slide-out.

  5. Maureen

    I really cannot imagine why the beautiful and extremely well made T@B 400 was not on this list!

    • Pat

      Not any indictment on the T@B 400 for not making the list. These six were just my own personal preferences. Many good trailers out there. These are just my faves for various reasons.

  6. Bob Lange

    The layout make this Starcraft my choice for older couples who would like the larger dry bath. Starcraft 17UDS. Top of my list!

  7. Claudio

    Thanks for the article. There are many to consider! I understand it is hard to limit to just 6 trailers… These six have many great features. Some are rather expensive for me.

    My next small trailer will also need a bathroom sink. Of the six, only the Airstream Bambi has bathroom sink. I have been interested in the Coachmen Apex Nano 193BHS or 191RBS (walk around bed). Anyone have feed back on these or Coachmen Apex quality?

  8. Chris T

    In our 70s, it was imperative that we have open sides to a queen bed, large dry bath, shower not tub and be towed with our Toyota 4 Runner, and on budget. The Venture Sonic 190VRB fit our needs well. After one season it proves to live up to our expectations. Seems like most of the comments on this site were about not having most of the features that this model has. Please checkout this trailer.

  9. Martrecia

    Thanks for a great post!! I was taken with the Little Guy Max, just watched the 20 minute video when I should be Christmas decorating. Lol. Are these all light enough to be pulled with a mid size SUV? Just a dumb woman question.

  10. Walter Deinzer

    We have a Rockwood A frame which is a Forest River product. I confess that if the Wolf Pup recommended above is a poorly made as our A frame, would not recommend it. We have had our A frame a little over a year and had it and it’s been in for warranty repairs 7 times. It still isn’t right. It has been a very frustrating first camper experience for us.

  11. Just discovered your Facebook page, and enjoyed your review of your top six choices for small trailers. No mention of Casitas, however, which surprised me, or T@Bs.

    Looks like a great Facebook site.

  12. Dean May

    Hi Pat,

    Sweet issue of The Small Trailer Enthusiast! Plenty of eye candy!!! There are so many options for couples looking for a small trailer. Loving our Casita, but I like to look!!!



  13. Clifford Joseph Baker

    Little Guy Max is a real good tear drop shape and will accomadate a traveling couple just fine. I love it. Thanks Brother ! Good interior too !

  14. 4 the money, we like the retro look of the 177se @ less than 4000 lbs

  15. Nancy Thome

    We are in our 50’s and are in the market for our first couples trailer. I don’t understand how folks function without a sofa-I find dinettes so uncomfortable for anything but eating. For this reason, we are only considering trailers with the Murphy bed/sofa option. 3 we are considering are: Rockwood Geo Pro 19FD (same as Flagstaff E Pro 19FD and similar to Flagstaff Microlite 19FD), Salem CruiseLite 171RBXL (same as Wildwood XLite 171RBXL), and Winnebago Micro Minnie 2108DS. Incidentally, we recently toured the Little Guy Max and loved its design and quality-if it came with the Murphy bed/sofa option instead of a crawl-over bed, it would be at the top of our list.

    • Pat

      Nancy – I’m a little partial to Winnebago products myself. However, a dealer friend I know is quite high on the Geo Pro, and he’s a really good judge of trailer quality. Salem Cruise Lite is good for the budget conscious, but if you want something that’ll last longer term, I’d look at Winnebago, then the Geo Pro.

    • William Thornton

      what for construction (2×2 pine, osb floor) vs (aluminum, plywood)

  16. Gary

    You have to read the reviews for sure! I was looking at the Sonic Lite 167 VMS. We really liked it, and the roof wasn’t rubber. One solid sheet from front to back. The problems different folks had were numerous and heart breaking. Worse, The manufacture KZ was no help in a lot of situations. People were about to pull their hair out. Take this article seriously and do your homework!

  17. Heidi

    The Lance 1475 should be on every couples camper list! It is the only one I have found this small that has swivel rockers for the dinette with a picture window. My fav so far. Looking to buy in 2019!

  18. Sherry

    Help. My husband and I just retired. I have 10 tent camping and wilderness camping all of my life. We are looking for something that will fit our needs. There are so many options out that there. Murphy bed is not an option because of a injury from my husband to his spine. We would rather have a sofa than a Sofa Rather than a dining set. Need a full queen size bed . My husband is not a small man so we need a generous bathroom. Our preference is hard sided or fiberglass.

    Please help

    Lola glamor

  19. Randee

    We have a Suburu Outback that can pull up to 2700 lbs. Can anyone recommend a trailer 2000 or less dry that includes inside cooking, bathroom and adequate storage?

  20. DaddioRick

    Found this article very helpful as we 65ish couple search for something that would be an easy tow for our light pickup. Agreed we will no longer climb over or crawl to exit a bed. Agreed no dinette. They are ridiculously uncomfortable for anything longer than 15 minutes of eating. But very few non dinette units and the Lancer with its lounge chairs has a queen that requires climb out. Makes me think I would have to modify a brand new trailer by tearing out a dinette and installing at least two barrel chairs. Sad that the RV industry is missing the boat in terms of what must be a sizeable demographic of newly retired folks.

    • MrsM

      You could do that with an Aliner Expedition twin bed. But there is no shower. We are your age and have no problem raising the top, but we have no dormers. Easy to tow.

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