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The 11 Best Small Campers with Bathrooms [under 5,000 lbs]

Posted on July 12, 2022
The 11 Best Small Campers with Bathrooms [under 5,000 lbs]

Searching for a lightweight camper with a bathroom inside?

You’ve come to the right place.

Our RV experts reviewed the most popular trailers under 5,000 pounds that offer a bathroom, kitchen, and sleeping area, while still being light enough to tow with a small truck or SUV.

We’ve also added a few important definitions at the beginning to help with some RV terminology.

Let’s get started.

Criteria for the campers on our list

We dug deep when putting together our list of small campers with bathrooms. We walked through the campers at the RV shows, talked to real RV owners to get their thoughts, and analyzed what people were saying online.

Please note every small camper on our list:

  • Comes with either a wet bath or a dry bath.
  • Weighs between 3,500 to 5,000 pounds fully loaded.
  • Extends between 15 and 22 feet long.

Want to know more about wet and dry baths or learn about dry weight versus the weight of a fully-loaded trailer? Read on or use the table of contents to jump ahead to our list of the best small campers with bathrooms.

Table of contents

RV terminology

Wet bath

Wet baths are compact restrooms usually found on small trailers, campervans, and truck campers. A wet bath is a shower-toilet combination room constructed out of lightweight components made to get wet, and they're basically a toilet placed inside a shower.

RV manufacturers put wet baths inside campers for convenience, not luxury, and for some people, a small wet bath is better than no bathroom. In addition, wet baths take up less space inside an RV and don't require large holding tanks, which help keep tiny trailers and small campers within an ideal weight range for safe towing or driving.

Want to know more about holding tanks? Check out everything you need to know about sewer tanks on an RV.

Dry bath

Dry baths resemble residential restrooms and have a separate toilet and shower, a sink, a mirror, and a built-in vanity. Since the toilet doesn't sit inside the shower, you don't need to wipe down wet walls and floors to use the toilet after taking a shower.

Since longer RVs are typically built on stronger frames and chassis, they can handle more weight. More weight means manufacturers have more room to add residential-type components and larger holding tanks.

Dry versus fully loaded

Before you rent or buy a small camper, you should first determine how much weight your vehicle can tow safely. Manufacturers assign every car, truck, and recreational vehicle a weight rating to ensure the vehicle's components operate properly under varying conditions. Consult your owner's manual to find how much weight your vehicle can tow or carry.

For this article, we've broken down the weight of each small camper according to the RV manufacturer's specifications and included two weight categories: dry and fully loaded.

Dry

Dry weight is the weight of the RV shipped from the manufacturer and doesn't include propane, liquids, passengers, or other cargo.

Fully loaded

Fully-loaded weight, or GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating), is calculated by adding the weight of propane, liquids, passengers, and other cargo to the RV's dry weight. You should never exceed the manufacturer's GVWR (fully-loaded weight).

The best small campers with bathrooms

Listed from least to most expensive

Bushwacker Plus 15FK

The Bushwacker Plus 15FK by Braxton Creek is a self-contained tiny teardrop with everything you'll need to camp comfortably, including an air conditioner. Inside, the dinette converts to a bed, and the rest of the living space has a wet bath and kitchen. This model is perfect for solo RVers or two adults.

  • MSRP: $20,995.
  • Type of bath: wet.
  • Length: 15.6 feet.
  • Dry weight: 1,900 pounds.
  • Fully loaded (GVWR): 3,260 pounds.
  • Sleeps: up to two people.
  • Fresh: 18 gallons.
  • Gray: 18 gallons.
  • Black: 8.5 gallons.

Clipper Cadet 16CFB

The Clipper Ultra-Lite Cadet 16 CFB by Coachmen is small but mighty and comes with tons of storage space inside. The kitchen has plenty of room to cook, and the modern cabinetry and countertops help give the RV an upgraded feel.

  • MSRP: $25,146.
  • Type of bath: dry.
  • Length: 18.6 feet.
  • Dry weight: 2,783 pounds.
  • Fully loaded (GVWR): 3,863 pounds.
  • Sleeps: up to four people.
  • Fresh: 27 gallons.
  • Gray: 25 gallons.
  • Black: 25 gallons.

Geo Pro 15TB

The Rockwood Geo Pro 15TB has a king bed, which is something you won't find in many small trailers. Since the floorplan is flexible, you can have two twins or convert your sleep space into a comfy king.

  • MSRP: $25,826.
  • Type of bath: wet.
  • Length: 16.4 feet.
  • Dry weight: 2,667 pounds.
  • Fully loaded (GVWR): 3,877 pounds.
  • Sleeps: up to two people.
  • Fresh: 31 gallons.
  • Gray: 12 gallons.
  • Black: 12 gallons.

Sunray 149

Sunset Park RV makes several lightweight travel trailers with bathrooms on board, but the teardrop shape and retro vibes make the Sunray 149 one of the more popular models because it's functional and fashionable.

  • MSRP: $26,959.
  • Type of bath: wet.
  • Length: 16.2 feet.
  • Dry weight: 2,260 pounds.
  • Fully loaded (GVWR): 3,500 pounds.
  • Sleeps: up to three people.
  • Fresh: 27 gallons.
  • Gray: 28 gallons.
  • Black: 28 gallons.

TAB 320 CS-S

No list of small campers would be complete without one of the most recognizable tiny teardrops on the market. The TAB 320 CS-S, made by nüCamp, has everything you'll need to feel comfortable on long road trips or a quick campout. The CS-S comes with an outdoor kitchen with a clamshell hatch, a full or split bed configuration, and a wet bath.

  • MSRP: $31,995.
  • Type of bath: wet.
  • Length:15.3 feet.
  • Dry weight: 2,075 pounds.
  • Fully loaded (GVWR): 2,900 pounds.
  • Sleeps: up to two people.
  • Fresh: 19 gallons.
  • Gray: 18 gallons.
  • Black: 5 gallons (cassette toilet).
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R-Pod 180

Forest River makes several different R-Pod trailers that fit into the small camper category. The RP-180 is spacious inside and features a queen bed, large dry bath, pantry, and even a slide out in the kitchen.

  • MSRP: $35,107.
  • Type of bath: dry.
  • Length: 20 feet.
  • Dry weight: 2,950 pounds.
  • Fully loaded (GVWR): 3,830 pounds.
  • Sleeps: up to two people.
  • Fresh: 30 gallons.
  • Gray: 30 gallons.
  • Black: 30 gallons.

Sol Dawn

Intech designed Sol Dawn to be innovative and futuristic. The panoramic windshield, one of Intech's signature elements, gives campers a broad view of the outdoors and creates a feeling of serenity from the inside out. In addition, this little RV is spacious, so when you're inside, you'll feel like the space is much larger than 16 feet long.

  • MSRP: $36,453.
  • Type of bath: wet.
  • Length: 16 feet.
  • Dry weight: 2,560 pounds.
  • Fully loaded (GVWR): 3,500 pounds.
  • Sleeps: up to two people.
  • Fresh: 20 gallons.
  • Gray / black combo: 28 gallons.

Hike 170 S

The Winnebago Hike 170 S is one of the bigger trailers in our lineup, but it still comes under 4,200 pounds fully loaded. The extra length means more interior space, a large dry bath, a wardrobe, and plenty of storage in the kitchen.

  • MSRP: $38,485.
  • Type of bath: dry.
  • Length: 20.7 feet.
  • Dry weight: 3,502 pounds.
  • Fully loaded (GVWR): 4,200 pounds.
  • Sleeps: up to three people.
  • Fresh: 31 gallons.
  • Gray: 25 gallons.
  • Black: 25 gallons.

No Boundaries 16.6

Forest River No Boundaries (NO BO) 16.6 is a lightweight trailer equipped with a queen bed, bunkhouse, dry bath, and an indoor kitchen. The trailer has adaptable storage space for recreational equipment and higher ground clearance than most small trailers, meaning you can take it practically anywhere.

  • MSRP: $39,150.
  • Type of bath: dry.
  • Length: 21.8 feet.
  • Dry weight: 3,439 pounds.
  • Fully loaded (GVWR): 4,760 pounds.
  • Sleeps: up to four people.
  • Fresh: 30 gallons.
  • Gray: 30 gallons.
  • Black: 30 gallons.

Little Guy Mini Max

Xtreme Outdoors Little Guy Mini Max is a small camper designed with extreme comfort. This travel trailer has upscale features, an oversized wet bath, and twin beds that convert into a full-sized queen. But, don't let the name fool you — it's anything but little once you're inside.

  • MSRP: $40,411.
  • Type of bath: wet.
  • Length: 17.2 feet.
  • Dry weight: 2,320 pounds.
  • Fully loaded (GVWR): 3,500 pounds.
  • Sleeps: up to two people.
  • Fresh: 20 gallons.
  • Gray: 25 gallons.
  • Black: 9 gallons.

Bambi 16 RB

Airstream designed its small and iconic aluminum trailer, Bambi 16 RB, to be little, lightweight, and compatible with many SUV and crossover vehicles. Bambi has all of the luxury features you'd expect from an Airstream, like panoramic windows and smart storage spaces, as well as a wet bath and room to sleep up to four people.

  • MSRP: $59,300
  • Type of bath: wet.
  • Length: 16.1 feet.
  • Dry weight: 3,000 pounds.
  • Fully loaded (GVWR): 3,500 pounds.
  • Sleeps: up to four people.
  • Fresh: 23 gallons.
  • Gray / black combo: 30 gallons.

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