Three tiny trailers, three lightweight models and three RVs that make it easy to get a good night’s sleep — plus the initial offering from newcomer East to West
From a mainstream ultralight to a nostalgic teardrop and a rugged off-roader, easy-towing mini trailers can be surprisingly big on amenities
Jayco launched its lightweight Hummingbird brand a couple of years ago. The latest model, the 13-foot 10RK (starting at $13,478), is also the smallest. The nimble little trailer fits under standard garage doors and has a GVWR of 2,000 pounds. It offers a 54-by-74-inch bed up front and an exterior kitchen out back, and comes with self-adjusting electric brakes and Goodyear Endurance radial tires.
Little Guy Mini Max
Manufactured in Pennsylvania by Liberty Outdoors, the 17-foot, 2-inch Mini Max (starting at $23,000) has many of the same features as Little Guy’s larger Max, but its 2,900-pound GVWR is 900 pounds lighter. Beyond a sizable refrigerator, the Mini has a microwave, a two-burner stove, and a queen bed or two singles. Options include off-road wheels and tires, an axle riser and a 100-watt solar panel.
Escapod Topo Series
Based on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, Escapod builds hearty teardrops for taking into the backcountry. With a GVWR of 3,500 pounds, the 13-foot Topo Series (starting at $13,800) has off-road suspension, 18 inches of ground clearance and Goodyear all-terrain tires. Other features include a 7-foot awning, Rhino-Rack roof rack, stainless-steel counters in the rear galley and a custom memory-foam mattress.
LIGHT BUT LOADED
Three lightweight travel trailers distinguish themselves from the pack with user-friendly standard features
Coachmen Spirit Ultra-Lite
Owners of the new 2963BH from Forest River’s Coachmen division won’t need a full-size truck to tow the nearly 34-foot bunkhouse. With composite side walls, an aerodynamic front and a 7,500-pound GVWR, the travel trailer can be towed by a wide range of vehicles. Trend-setting standards extend from lighted USB ports and motion-activated floor lights to an exterior leash clip for dogs. Base MSRP: $37,800.
Lance’s longest travel trailer to date, the 29-foot, 10-inch 2465 has a front-living-room floorplan with a large picture window above the convertible J-lounge and a dinette in a slide. In back, another slide houses the standard king-size bed, and the midship bathroom splits the shower and toilet on one side and the sink on the other. The composite-built trailer has a GVWR of 7,000 pounds. Base MSRP: $32,695.
Winnebago Micro Minnie
Another trailer with a 7,000-pound GVWR, the 25-foot, 5-inch 2306BHS has a Murphy bed up front, single bunks in the back, a dinette in a slide and a surprisingly large bathroom. A double-door refrigerator, microwave and three-burner range make for a well-equipped galley, and exterior speakers and a power awning with LED lighting add to the fun outdoors. Cherry red is one of eight exterior color choices. Base MSRP: $30,563.
Getting 40 winks is easy in a new twin-bed motorhome, mid-bunk toy hauler and bunkhouse trailer
Leisure Travel Vans Wonder
Built on the Ford Transit chassis, the RTB (from $118,300) features twin beds that slide together or an optional Murphy bed. But the beds aren’t the only big news in this motorhome. The 24-foot, 9-inch Class C has the largest kitchen in the manufacturer’s lineup and an innovative exterior garage that fits two full-size bicycles or other toys (within weight limits). GVWR is 10,360 pounds.
The 42-foot, 4½-inch 392T (from $64,310) is Jayco’s first toy hauler with a mid-bunk room. The fully enclosed room has a 60-inch trifold sofa with a flip-down bunk above it, housed in a slide. There’s more sleeping space in the loft above the room, plus a walk-around queen bed up front, a drop-down electric queen bed in the rear and three convertible sofas. The fifth-wheel has a 16,900-pound GVWR.
Travel Lite Aura
One of nine models in the new Aura line of lightweight travel trailers and toy haulers, the 30½-foot 31BHK (from $27,710) features a rear bunkhouse and a convertible dinette in a slideout. The sizable master bedroom offers a queen bed and a small sink, separate from the bathroom. With a GVWR of 7,840 pounds, the trailer has an aerodynamically tapered nose, a diamond-plate rock guard and a pair of entry doors. A rear camp kitchen and electric awning make it easy to enjoy the outdoors.
HOT OFF THE LINE
A new RV manufacturer, East to West rolls out the Della Terra
America’s RV-manufacturing capital recently welcomed a newcomer to its ranks: East to West, a division of Forest River. The fledgling Elkhart, Indiana, manufacturer’s initial offering, the Della Terra travel trailer, rolls off the production line with eight models from just under 23 feet to nearly 33 feet.
“Our focus is on manufacturing high-quality, value-added products with a limited number of floorplans,” says Lindsey Espiritu, East to West’s marketing manager. A case in point is the 30-foot 27K2D with dual entry doors and “value-added” standards that range from a 15,000-Btu air conditioner to an enclosed underbelly and holding tanks.
Across from the flush-floor dinette slideout, an 8-cubic-foot double-door refrigerator dominates the kitchen. A 9-inch innerspring mattress, typically an extra-cost option, tops the king-size bed. Two bunks in back also come with mattresses that are a step up from standard fare. The Della Terra 27K2D has a GVWR of 9,488 pounds and a base MSRP of $23,800.