Minimalist’s Marvel: Little Guy Max

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Little Guy Trailers goes big with its best-equipped teardrop yet

In today’s society, the word “little” rarely has positive connotations. We’re often reminded that “bigger is better” and to “go big or go home.” We like big trucks, big houses and big dreams, so there usually isn’t much love for little, unless we’re talking about consequences, or kids. There are, however, those who pride themselves on getting by with little and making the absolute most of it. If you consider yourself among this outer fringe, then you will no doubt appreciate the new Max from Little Guy Trailers.

The well-lit living area features Euro-style influences and an abundance of windows.
The well-lit living area features Euro-style influences and an abundance of windows.

We know, using the words “little” and “max” alongside each other makes about as much sense as “giant” and “shrimp,” but this small Ohio-based company has managed to pack some great features, and high quality, into its 21-foot teardrop. Even as you approach the Max, you can tell right away that it’s not your ordinary mass-produced child of the RV industry. Aluminum wheels with 15-inch Kenda tires, a Thule awning with an LED-strip light, Furrion exterior speakers and an aluminum entry step are all clues that this is a premium product.

That feeling continues when you open the door and step inside. The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s not necessary to slam the door behind you, as with most trailers; it closes with a gentle click. The environment is light and bright, due in part to the 100 percent hardwood Light Maple cabinetry (Walnut is optional), but also to the abundance of Euro-style tinted acrylic windows.

The rear bedroom is a cozy retreat with a queen bed.
The rear bedroom is a cozy retreat with a queen bed.

Little Guy clearly understands that the whole point of a small trailer is to feel closer to nature, and all these windows (seven total) work to great effect in that regard. Each window, even the one on the entry door, tilts out and features integrated screens and shades. Though it was a rainy day when we viewed the Max, we daydreamed of camping in a spring meadow with all the windows open and the warm floral breeze blowing through (sigh…).

To the right of the entryway is a stand-alone table with a faux-marble top. It’s tight for four, but considering this trailer is designed for up to three (Mom, Dad and child), it works fine and is comfortable. The table collapses with the pull of a pin underneath and meets the two dinette benches to form a 32-by-76-inch bed. The fact that the table is stand-alone also means that it could be moved outside and used as a picnic table, a nice option.

Storage cubbies on both sides of the dining area are joined by a front shelf, supplying plenty of room for smaller items, and there’s a speaker and reading light above each diner. For larger items, the curbside dinette bench offers a pull-out storage drawer. A table-level console below the front window provides more storage nooks, plus an unexpected surprise: a 24-inch Furrion television that rises on an electric lift for viewing from the dinette or kitchen.

Most trailers this small don’t have a toilet at all, much less a full wet bath, but the Max does. Situated on the street side next to the dinette, the space has enough headroom for 6-footers, and is large enough to handle bathroom visits and showers in relative comfort. Toilet paper is housed in a water-proof dispenser, and there is a cloth shower caddy to hold shampoo, body wash and the like. A Fan-Tastic Vent directly overhead should remove steam in a jiffy. About the only thing we’d wish for here is a different door option; the opaque-glass door didn’t feel right to us.

Up front, the dining area has room enough for a small family, plus storage cubbies and more windows.
Up front, the dining area has room enough for a small family, plus storage cubbies and more windows.

The streetside kitchen is compact but well equipped and has tons of storage, thanks to three large drawers beneath the two-burner Dometic cooktop and one underneath the Dometic stainless-steel refrigerator, plus a floor-to-ceiling pantry with adjustable shelves. The rear sleeping space is a cozy retreat equipped with a 60-by-80-inch pillow-top queen bed, an entertainment center with a 24-inch Furrion TV and soundbar, and more storage cubbies. A huge window that arcs across the top of the bed provides a grand view of the treetops or evening stars.

There is more to say about this little trailer with a lot features, but really, you need to see one to experience its big personality.

Little Guy Trailers | 877-545-4897 | www.golittleguy.com/lg-max

Special thanks to B. Young RV in Portland, Oregon, a Little Guy dealer.
503-305 8685 | www.byoungrv.com

When it comes to storage, the Max is well named. The galley offers large drawers, plus a floor-to-ceiling pantry (not pictured).
When it comes to storage, the Max is well named. The galley offers large drawers, plus a floor-to-ceiling pantry (not pictured).

 

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