If you’re new to RVing, searching for your first travel trailer can be overwhelming. Trailers don’t come cheap; they’re worth thousands of dollars. When looking for a travel trailer, there are many things to consider, like the type of car you have to tow it, where you want to travel, how often you’ll be using your trailer, and features you must have. Looking at factors like how easy the trailer will be to tow and its maneuverability will play a huge part in your travels.
The best travel trailers for first-time owners are the ones that are small and lightweight, yet still include all the great features that make trailers desirable. These features include a kitchen, shower, and comfortable sleeping arrangements.
Discover some of the best travel trailers for beginner RVers below!
Jayco is a brand that’s been around for almost 50 years, and they’re a trusted brand in the travel trailer industry. The Hummingbird is what Jayco’s lightweight collection is called, and Hummingbird floor plans run from 13 to 20 feet in length. The weight of Hummingbird trailers ranges from 2,000 pounds to 3,950 pounds. Although that may sound like a lot, most of them can be towed with a minivan or SUV.
If you’re the type of person who likes to hit the dirt roads, the Jayco Hummingbird is for you. The rubber-torsion suspension system is great on dirt, and the single axel is lightweight. The 10RK version comes with a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, meaning you’ll be ready for adventures with a fridge, microwave, and sink. Plus, it even comes with an LED TV!
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Coachmen Apex Nano 15T
Another travel trailer that’s best for first-time owners is the Coachmen Apex Nano 15T. It’s the smallest trailer in its Apex lightweight line at 18 feet and 7 inches and weighs 2,862 pounds, making it an easy-to-pull trailer. SUVs, minivans, and half-ton trucks can easily pull this trailer as long as your vehicle has a towing capacity of 4,000 pounds.
The Apex Nano 15T was designed with small families and adventurers in mind. It features a front sofa bench that can be turned into a 60 by 80 inch bed and twin bunk beds. At the rear end, you’ll find a bathroom that includes a toilet, shower, tub, and skylight from the sun. The kitchen has a built-in microwave, fridge, stovetop, undermount sink, and best of all, a fold-out camp kitchen to cook meals outside!
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KZ Sportsmen Classic
At a weight of 2,790 pounds to up to 3,400 pounds, the KZ Sportsmen Classic makes an ultralight trailer that’s budget-friendly and comes with standard features like a full-size shower, sleeping quarters, 78 inch ceilings, space for storage, an awning, and USB outlets. Floor plans range from 18 feet and 11 inches to 23 feet and 2 inches, and some come with pass-through storage for bikes, camping gear, and more.
The Sportsmen Classic SE collection is the manufacturer’s most affordable and lightest model. They’re light enough to be towed by a minivan or SUV. And, the smaller floor plans allow for outdoor kitchens.
The KZ Sportsmen Classic is one of the best beginner travel trailers on the market.
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Airstream Sport Travel Trailer
Airstreams are incredibly popular among vanlifers, and the Airstream Sport makes a great first Airstream for those new to RVing. It’s one of the lightest trailers by Airstream that can be towed with an SUV, and is easily recognizable as an Airstream with its beautiful aluminum exterior. The interior features a lot of the comforts of home - all in a compact trailer. It’s available in either a 16 foot or 22 foot floor plan.
In the front, you’ll find a bed that’s roomy enough for two, and panoramic windows with blackout shades. The kitchen comes equipped with a fridge, microwave, stove with two burners, and a stove cover and cutting board sink cover that extends the countertop space. Something you won’t find in a lot of trailers is a dining table that converts into a two-person bed, but the Airstream Sport features this. In the rear of the trailer, the bathroom includes a shower and toilet in the same space, and a pass-through shower option to rig an outdoor shower.
Dutchmen Aerolite Travel Trailer
Dutchmen’s collection of Aerolite travel trailers are lightweight, but that doesn’t mean they come light on amenities. These trailers range from 4,000 to up to 6,500 pounds. They’re 25 to 35 feet long and come in a variety of floor plans. Aerolite trailers can sleep four to ten people and have one to three slideouts.
The Dutchmen Aerolite travel trailer has a double door fridge, LED light power awning, storage drawers, a Jensen audio soundbar, and outdoor shower. If you’re looking for a smaller trailer, opt for the Aerolite 2133RB. It’s the smallest trailer in the Aerolite collection, and ranks among the best trailers for beginner RVers. Aerolites also include an electrical control system.
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Not all of these travel trailers have an automatic leveling system. A beginner mistake is not keeping your trailer level, putting you and your guests’ safety at risk.
Do things right from the start and keep your new trailer level with the Lynx Leveler (it can withstand up to 40,000 lbs of weight!).