Top Ten Teardrop Campers Under 1500 Pounds for [year]

Lightweight Travel Trailers under 1500 lbs

The thought of pulling a trailer usually brings to mind a large truck used to pull it. So if you think you need a heavy-duty truck to go traveling, think again.

Teardrop trailers have become popular for those seeking adventure but are done with tent camping. Teardrops have a functional galley that lets you cook outside allowing you to still feel like you’re enjoying the great outdoors. Best of all you can keep all you gear stowed on the trailer so when you’re ready to go camping you just load the ice chest and go.

More and more trailer manufacturers are building light-weight options for just about any size vehicle, even motorcycles. These trailers are nimble and easy to maneuver, which allows you to go to more places. In fact, with so many options it’s hard to know where to start.

We compiled this list based on what we’ve discovered in our research

Lightweight Teardrop Trailers That Weight Less Than 1,500 lbs.

Camper Bed Size Weight Price Ideal User
NuCamp TAG
Queen
1284 lbs.
$16,724 base
Tons of Creature Comforts
Timberleaf
Queen
1500 lbs.
$21,500 base
All the bells and whisltes
American Teardrop Merlin
Queen
920 lbs.
$9,645 base
Solid and affordable
Vistabule
Queen
1330 lbs.
$19,995 base
Complete Cadillac of Campers
Bean Classic
Queen
1590 lbs.
$18,950 base
Minimalist
Aero Teardrops Broadway
Queen
1300 lbs.
$12,999 base
Overland Enthusiast
High Camp Trailers
Queen
1450 lbs.
$17,150
Everything's Included
So-Cal Teardrops The Sierra
Queen
1020 lbs.
$13,765 plus options
Aerodynamic & Afforable
Camp-Inn 550 Ultra
Queen
1240 lbs.
$18,669 base
Rolls Royce of Teardrops
Oregon Trail’R FronTear
Queen
1100 lbs.
$14,000 base
Built for Adventure
  1. nuCamp TAG

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Details about the Trailer

The T@G teardrop is a low-profile, sleek lightweight teardrop trailer which is one of the most popular campers out there. It comes with a fantastic galley setup that is feature-rich and well equipped. It comes in two sizes and boasts plenty of options.

At night the warm and cozy cabin where you can gaze out the stargazer window or watch your favorite movie. With the heat and air conditioning option you should be plenty comfortable.
Options include:

Solar Panels
Stargazer Window
Air Conditioning
Custom Amish Cabinetry
Electric Brakes
Exterior LP Hook-Up
Deep Sink w/ 10″ Faucet
Push-Button Ignite 2-Burner Stove
Under-Bed Storage
LED Lights
Exterior Shower
Ceramic Heater

Large battery and LP gas storage
Diamond Plate
LP Tub Acrylic Dual Pane Windows
Microwave Screen/Shade System
YETI® Cooler
Bluetooth® Media Center
Large Stargazer Window
Window 3-Speed Fan-Tastic Fan
Spare Tire
Alloy Wheels

layout

T@G and T@G XL floor plan
Weight: 1284 lbs.
Teardrop Camper Under 1500 lbs


 

2. Timberleaf – The Classic

Timberleaf - The Classic

Details about the Trailer

Classic style and fine craftsmanship make this a top choice among many. With its well insulated cabin and enamel-baked siding you’ll have no problem keeping out the elements. Timberleaf campers have all the amenities you’ll need a in a teardrop plus options for making it “yours”. It’s a 5’ X10’ trailer with a comfy queen size bed. Between the Classic and All-Road models you can find something to fit your travel aspirations. The craftsmanship is excellent and it really shows in the galley. The galley is well thought out and fully functional in every way.

Included with every Trailer:

R-7 Insulated walls and ceiling
.040 clear anodized aluminum roof .040
Custom painted aluminum sides
Maxxair cabin vent fan (7)
12-volt LED lights; (2) porch, (2) galley, (3) cabin
LED running lights & tail lights
Baltic Birch plywood on all exposed surfaces
Cabin cabinets and headboard with sliding doors
Two 14-inch x 16-inch venting windows with screens
Two 26-inch x 36-inch doors with vented windows
44-inch x 26-inch tinted polycarbonite skylight
Pull down shades on skylight

Colorado Queen Mattress – 6-inch foam
Retro laminate countertop, standard
Power Center; manages all the 110-volt power, converter and 12-volt battery power 100 amp-hour deep cell marine battery Four USB power outlets
Two 110-volt GFCI outlets
One general 12-volt charger
Galley cabinets with sliding doors and lower storage
Stainless steel sink with folding faucet
Eleven-gallon water tank tucked neatly away under cabin
Pull out drawer and cooktop shelf
All wood finished in 100% zero-VOC Polyuerathane
Rear hatch with 2 hydraulic gas props 205/75r15 spare tire
12-inch charge cord

interior

Kitchen and Cabin Interior Weight 1500 lbs. Base price $21,500


3. American Teardrop Trailers – Merlin

Timberleaf - The Classic

Details about the Trailer

This is the model  I am personally using right now. This thing is as solid as a tank. Truly American made in every way. The builder can build in just about anything you want and there are lots of options. The trailer tows like a dream and has great suspension so it doesn’t rattle apart. The cabin is roomy is truly comfortable to sleep in with its queen size bed and head room. Our galley has a Camp Chef stove and oven combo. If you ever get a chance to add an oven to your camper think “eggs and bacon” all warm at the same time. Cook your bacon then put it in the oven while you cook your eggs. It’s a game changer. Or how about fresh baked cookies nor even a pizza. Get one!
 American Teardrop is really affordable with options galore.

Standard Equipment


Dual Stabilizer Jacks
Dual Locking Hatch
Hatch Side Gutters to drain water from open hatch
2-Large RV Doors
Baltic Birch Cabinets
Birch Cabinet Doors Bull Dog latches
LED Running Lights LED Interior Lighting
Continuous Hatch Hinge
Laminate Counter Top
Large Galley Area
2 Windows with Screens Fantastic Roof Vent R16 Insulation
14 Tires
High Speed Axle
2×3 Welded Frame
Rust Resistant Coating Aluminum Exterior
White Enameled Finish Polyester Resin Ceiling
Aluminum Fenders Rock Guard
Vinyl Floor
Mil Aluminum Trim

Options:


Opt. Stargazer Window
Opt. Top Rack for storage and transport
Opt. Built in Stove and Sink
Opt. Oven and Stove
Opt. 12v/110v Refrigerator
Opt. Stainless Rear Counter
Opt. Color matched exterior
Opt. Brushed Aluminum Exterior
Opt. Awnings and side Rooms
Opt. Solar System
Opt. Sink or shower
Opt 20G water tank
Opt. Steel underbelly
Opt Offroad Tires
Opt. Jeep Fenders
Opt Stargazer Window
Opt limited only by your imagination
Many More options to choose from

Teardrop Camper Under 1500 lbs

interior

Kitchen and Cabin Interior Weight: 920 lbs. Base Price #9,645


4. Vistabule

Vistabule

Details about the Trailer

Although a little pricey teardrops don’t get much more luxurious than the Vestabule. With its spacious interior that features a bed that folds up into a couch seating area. The interior also includes a small table to sit your laptop, food,  drinks, etc. on. This is especially nice on days where you might have to sit out a rainstorm, or on really cold nights. The galley is ready to go just open the hatch and go.  There is room for two people to start cooking with one chopping while the other mans the stove. The sink is small but handy for rinsing your hands and cutlery between entrees. Towing the trailer is stress-free and a lot less hassle than a large rig. Again you can tow this with a small vehicle. I would suggest solar panels on any camper thee days, it helps keep your battery charged for powering a cooler, the lights, and other accessories.

Base Package includes:

Large front and back windows  
Pull down honeycomb shade
Door & porthole windows (operable with screens)
Flip up door side tables
Porthole privacy covers
Front ventilation port pair (front sides of cabin)
Pass through opening with sliding screen
Headboard storage cabs (3 lower + 2 upper)
Sofa bed mechanism with mattress Collapsible sofa table Under bed storage compartments (pair)
2 dome lights & 2 reading lights
10 speed 2 way Maxx Fan with remote
2 exterior porch lights (above doors)
Laminated galley counter with sliding doors below
Galley-top cabs (spices/bottles/silver/cups/dishes)
Galley dome light
USB, 12 volt & 120 volt galley & pass through outlets Brushed anodized window trim
120 volt city power plug-in
Solar plug-in (Zamp connection)
115 amp hour AGM battery
Smart 10 amp 120 volt onboard battery charger
14″ alloy wheels w/ ST205/75 R14 Tires
Chrome lug nuts & hub covers
Sturdy smooth running 2200# torsion axle
0.040″ painted silver aluminum exterior

Options:

Two burner drop-in cooktop w/ glass cover
11 Lb. propane tank, regulator and propane hose system
Fresh water tank, pump & filter with sink, faucet & sprayer
Gray water tank (9 gal.)
3 Drawer cabinet (underneath stove)
3 drawer cabinet with breadboard (right of center)
Pullout cooler cabinet (underneath stove)
Portable freezer/refrigerator – installed  (12/24V DC, 120V AC)
Hatch bat wings & door window shades (specify color)
Bendy galley light (directable light for night cooking)
Custom countertop laminate choice (specify color)
Stargazer pkg (cabin front reading light, dual USB outlet, device shelf)
Mood lighting (selectable color LED lights in headboard openings)
Overhead sofa table light (directional)
Front storage compartment with lift off lid
5000 BTU air conditioner (120V – must be plugged into city power)
Furnace (Requires propane system)
Premium exterior color (specify color)
Aluminum frame
Electric brakes
3M invisible rock guard (on trailer nose and fenders)
Lithium battery pkg (100 Ah LiFePO4 + smart monitor & charger)
Zamp portable solar panel (90 Watt)
Rooftop mounted solar system (130 Watt)
Mini spare tire
Black tongue box for exterior storage
Tongue mounted 2-bike rack
Starter Kit (collection of useful trailer accessories – see below)
Teardrop cover

Interior and Kitchen Weight: 1330 lbs. Base Price $19,995

5. Bean Classic

Bean Classic

Details about the Trailer

As compact as this trailer is it packs a huge punch when it comes to teardrops. You can order these trailers in a simple configuration all the way up to a fully feature-packed experience.  First off the outer shell is made of fiberglass reducing the weight and giving the trailer a seamless outer shell, which really increases its water tightness. Another feature we really like is the pass-through kitchen storage area. The cabinets can be used by either the interior cabin or the galley as needed.

The 4-in foam queen mattress can also be slid up into a sofa-like seating area. The under-storage lid also doubles as a tabletop when using your trifold mattress sofa setup.

Standard Features:

CABIN
4″ Queen foam mattress.
Interior walls with stain and abrasion wall coverings
Upper cubby with LED push button down lighting & dual USB ports    
Insulated ceiling with soft touch vinyl headliner
(4) Plastic laminated interior cabinet with and galley pass through
Trofast compatible shelving system
Recessed warm lighting
Large cubby over cabinet doors
(2) large drawer under cabinet doors
14″ roof vent
Floor storage compartment with integrated lid

CHASSIS
Powder coated steel tube frame with pitched torsion axle, tongue, fixed 8,000 lbs jack
15” of ground clearance
Safety chains
Removable 2” ball hitch coupler 
2″ receiver
15” steel wheels with General AT tires
7 pin wiring harness
Drivers side-wall mounted spare tire
2 rear stabilizer jacks
Breakaway braking system pre-wired for electronic braking

ELECTRICAL
100 amp deep cycle AGM battery
Power converter
Shore power
(2) AC wall plugs with USB plugs (galley and cabin)
Solar power port
LED tail lights and illuminated side markers
License plate lighting

EXTERIOR
One piece fiberglass shell with marine grade colored gelcoat two-tone finish
White sidewall, colored endcap, white roof and white hatch
Fiberglass fenders with side marker
Front storage rack 
Aluminum battery box
(2) Curbside doors with integrated port window, circular shade and screen doors
Passenger side operational window

(2) Outdoor porch lights
Rear galley hatch with integrated lift and latching system

Options:

Hatch mounted dome light
RGB strip lighting with touch controller
Stainless steel or white solid surface with solid surface backsplash
Lower storage area
Stainless bottom edge trim
Paper towel dispenser
18″ Partner Steel two burner stove with rack-out.
Left mounted stainless steel sink, with folding/swivel faucet Under frame mounted 18 gallon water tank, pump and aluminum skid plate
Pump and filter. 
Cooler/fridge rack out 25.5 in x 17.5 in x 18.5 in  Includes Coleman Extreme 50 qt. cooler Can accommodate Norcold NRF 45 fridge 
Hatch mounted dome light RGB strip lighting with touch controller Stainless steel counter and solid surface backsplash Center mounted sink with 18 gallon water tank
Lower storage area with washable surfaces
18″ Partner Steel two burner stove with rack-out.
(2) D-Ring tie downs Stainless bottom edge trim Paper towel dispenser Pump and filter. 
Cooler/fridge rack out 23 in x 17.5 in x 18.5 in  Includes Coleman Extreme 50 qt. cooler
Can accommodate Norcold NRF 30 fridge

Bean Classic

Pass through storage and cabin Interior Weight 1590 lbs. Base Price $18,950


6. Aero Teardrops – The Broadway

Bean Classic

Details about the Trailer

Built-in Portland, Ore. Aero Teardrops builds handcrafted lightweight, affordable trailers. The Broadway has all the classic design characteristics of a sleek, easy to tow trailer. They’re a great mix of vintage and modern design. The cabin features a smart, functional layout featuring a mattress that folds into a sofa giving you a great little room to hang out in when it’s cold or raining. The additional table enhances the experience with a place for food and drink, or maybe play cards. You can add an optional children’s bunk for the little one. , or maybe the family dog. Aero builds these trailers with a lot of features built into the base price. Of course, there are options for upgrades where needed.

Standard Features

5’x8′ body
Fully welded frame
Black powder coat on frame and fenders
2000 lb Timbren axle-less system w/ brake flanges
Insulated roof
Fan-Tastic vent model 1250
Flat four style trailer plug
LED interior and exterior lighting
15″ OEM style steel wheels
ST205/75R15 radial tires
Hardwood cabinetry in cabin and galley
Underfloor storage compartment
120v GFCI outlets in cabin and galley
Bluetooth stereo system
12v USB/power ports in cabin and galley
12v deep cycle battery
Complete RV power center
Clear anodized aluminum siding
Powder-coated roof

Upgrades

Powder-coated sides
Premium 15’ wheels
Tongue Basket
Tongue Box–49″ Silver
Tongue Box–49″ Black
Diamond Plate Rock Guard
Diamond Plate Rock Guard, black powder-coated
Roof Rack Brackets Only
Roof Rack
Roof Basket 
FreeSpirit Awning, 56”
Flip Down Tongue Jack with Wheel 
Side Table 
Propane Tank and Mount
Solar Wiring and Plug 
Trailer Brakes
Rear Hitch Receiver
Stargazer Window 
Cabinets with Flat Screen & DVD Player 
Stainless Steel Countertop 

Galley and Cabin

Galley and Cabin Weight 1300 lbs. Base price $12,999

7. High Camp Trailers

High Camp Trailers

Details about the Trailer

The first thing you’ll notice about High Camp Trailers is there is no up-selling. One price and you get everything standard. I’m sure a lot of people can appreciate this approach. After all, we associate up-selling options as a sneaky way for the dealer to make more money. Though I think the teardrop trailer industry is a little different than say a car company, it can be fatiguing having to make so many choices with options/upgrades. By the way, they do have options. High Camp Trailers are a super solid design with an outstanding galley. The surfaces are beautiful and the pull-outs are versatile. These trailers come standard with things like electric trailer brakes, 2,500-pound torsion axle, and powder coated custom steel frame. The new High Camp in-house designed entry doors are outstanding. So much more solid than the typical RV doors. This trailer is rugged and ready for anything.

Standard Features

Frame & Running Gear:
   Fully welded and Powder coated custom steel frame
   2,500-pound torsion axle
   2″ ball coupler
   10″ electric drum brakes
   15” solid aluminum rims and 6-ply Grabber ATX tires
   Emergency breakaway switch (automatically activates trailer brakes from the on-board battery)
   Dropdown trailer stabilizers at the rear corner
   Powder Coated heavy gauge steel fenders
   Clear Anodized aluminum exterior (.04″ thick) for durability and a maintenance-free satin finish
   7-pin trailer connector equipped with tow vehicle charging and brake line (*requires a brake controller installed either in vehicle or on trailer*)
   LED marker lights & LED tail lights with integrated reverse light
   Lighted license plate bracket

Propane & Electrical Systems:
   Propane:
     11-pound (2.4 gallon) tongue mounted propane tank (*or upgrade to dual 11-pound tanks*)
     Custom aluminum propane tank mount
     Rugged, insulated Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) propane lines and brass fittings throughout

   Electrical:
     Duracell 100 amp-hour Group 27 deep cycle battery (*or upgrade to a Victron 170 amp-hour full-discharge deep cycle battery for extended power supplies*)
     Progressive Dynamics 3-stage intelligent battery charger/converter
     15 amp shore power plug
     5 fuse-protected circuits for cabin lights, fan, DC outlets, and galley lights/DC outlet

Cabin:
   5-foot wide cabin
   High-quality queen size 5″ firm foam mattress
   Custom manufactured doors are the largest available on any teardrop trailer (triple door seals, locking latch with deadbolt security & locking screened windows)
  13-speed remote controlled roof fan with rain sensor strip (turns fan off and lowers dome during rain)
   Single 5′ x 8′ exterior grade 13-ply plywood floor
   Entrance doors on both driver and passenger side.
   2 swiveling LED reading lights in cabin
   1 overhead LED light in cabin
   2 LED porch lights above each entrance door
   2 headboard folding cup holders
   2 headboard DC outlets for charging phones. laptops & devices in the headboard cubbies
   2 coat hooks
   Warm birch cabinetry and paneling

Galley:
   Slide-out 3-burner stainless steel cooktop
   Slide-out stainless steel Coleman cooler (*or upgrade to Dometic CC40 12 volt fridge*)
   48″ warm-light spectrum LED overhead light in the galley
   Large (36″ L x 18″ H x 8″ deep) under counter storage cubby
   Heavy-duty automotive hatch lifts
   Locking hatch handle

Options

Propane Forced Air Cabin Heater

Dometic 12-volt Fridge/Freezer

Rear receiver for bike rack

Tongue Utility Storage Box with Dual Propane Tanks

Trailer-mounted Brake Controller (Installed)

Custom Storage Cover

Roof Rack

Roof-Top Tent

Portable On-demand hot water heater

Solar Charging Package

Body-Applied Gravel Guard

Slide-Out Stove and New in-house built doors

Slide-Out Stove and New in-house built doors Weight 1450 lbs. Price $17,150


8. So-Cal Teardrops – The Sierra

So-Cal Teardrops - The Sierra

Details about the Trailer

This is the classic of designs, totally retro. Folks this is a no-nonsense style that maximizes function and ruggedness. These trailers will go anywhere and they are small enough to do so. It’s not always easy to know what you need in a camper until you’ve used it a few times. Every time I take mine out I come back needing something else (options). With these trailers, you can add the options that need to be adding during the build then came back after you’ve used it a bit for additional items. These trailers are well made and their customer service has a great reputation. I would say you’re getting a custom-built trailer every time. So go!

Options or upgrades

Flag Pole Holder
Aluminum Paper Towel Holder (SCT)
Teardrop Dolly
Trasharoo – Spare Tire Trash Bag
Bungee Curtain Holders
Dressing Room
RotopaX
LP Tanks- Side Mount
Tubular LP Tank Cage
Diamond Deck Rock Guard
Under Mattress Storage
SCT Fridge Slide
50 Qt. ARB Refrigerator, with SCT Fridge Slide
Weekender 50 Liter Fridge Freezer  w/ SCT Fridge Slide
19 Gallon Water Tank w/ Hand Pump – Tongue Mounted

30 Gallon Water Tank with Electric Pump – Sagiv Valve
Water Heater / Side Mounted in Lockable Aluminum BoxRoad – Double Sealed Doors
Detachable Aluminum Sink – Side Mount
Gas Grill
Rhino Roof Rack
Roof Basket
ARB Rooftop Tent
Scipio Awning – Requires Roof Rack or Roof Basket
Scipio Annex Package
ARB Awning 2000 (includes mounts for a Roof Rack/Roof Basket)
SCT Ladder
Propane Furnace
AC / Heat Unit
Mac’s Tie-Downs

SoCal Teardrops

Galley and Interior Cabin Weight 1020 lbs. Base Price $13,765


9. Camp-Inn – 550 Ultra

Camp-Inn - 550 Ultra

Details about the Trailer

Camp-Inn makes a popular camper. It’s a nice blend of a lot of the designs above. With its stainless steel kitchen keeping things clean and sanitary is easy. The sink is easy to clean and comes in handy while preparing a meal. There is also plenty of storage in the under-counter birch bins for all your cooking utensils. Keeping with its minimalist design it keeps things light and ready to go.

The interior is made of birch giving things a warm cabin feeling. There’s plenty of storage in the cabinets as well as the underfloor storage area. The cabin also features lined curtains for privacy and even sleeping in a bit. There is a front storage cabinet that features pass-through outside storage. The roof is insulated helping to keep things cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The trailer is skinned in brushed aluminum for that cool reto look.

Features

Insulated
Stainless steel sink
Sprayer hose
Two burner stove
Birch kitchen cabinets
Utensil drawer
Automatic hatch prop
Locking hatch
Locking Utility door
LP/City water hookup
Hook-up Hoses
8 gallon fresh & grey water tanks
Propane tank
LP reserve
Under-counter storage
Fire extinguisher
Lighting
DC & AC outlets
Battery with auto charger
Shore power connection
7-pin trailer connector
14″ Chrome rims
Two-inch ball hitch
Leveling jacks
Torsion flex style axle

Upgrades

AC
GPS Tracker
15 inch TV/DVD Player
Drop Front Desk
Galley Windscreen
Upgraded kitchen Door
Propane furnance
AGM Battery Upgrade
SUV Off-Road package
Internal battery isolator
CTEK Batter Charger/Controller
Electric Brakes
Electric Brakes with Park
Trailer Mounted Brake controller
Yakima Roof Rack
Stainless Steel Bumper
Backup Flood Lights
Receiver hitch
White Wall tires
Custom frame color
Rain-sensing Fan upgrade
Solar Hook-up
Radio sound system
Alcan cover
Spare Tire
Door Screens

Cabin Interior and Galley Weight 1240 lbs. Base Price $18,669

10. Oregon Trail’R – FronTear Oregon Trail’R – Frontear

Details about the Trailer

The FronTear from Oregon Trail’R is classic in style but with very modern comforts. The trailer is compact and lightweight for towing with just about anything. Its basic weight is about 1100 lbs. and a fully loaded version might way around 1400 lbs.  The body is about 5’ wide and 8’ long. With its long list of options, you’ll be quite comfortable. These trailers are built really well and designed to handle the demands of serious campers and other outdoor users. The builders, Jon and Sawyer Christianson take building these trailers seriously and you can see it in every teardrop they build.

Upgrades

  • Custom cabinetry
  • Custom galley drawers
  • Custom key hooks
  • Back up lights
  • Battery sled
  • Folding cup holders
  • Curtains
  • Custom doors
  • Digital amp upgrade for sound system
  • Fantastic Fan
  • Rain sensor fan
  • HDTV/DVD
  • Warm LED
  • Water system
  • Water system
  • Propane stove
  • Heavy duty tires
  • Panic siren
  • Porch Lights
  • Interior lighting options
  • Roof rack
  • Audio system
  • Tongue rack
  • Tongue box
  • Star gazer window
  • Spare tire
  • 20 inch wheel upgrade
  • Side table
stove area and cabin

Stove/galley area and cabin

Weight 1100 lbs. Base Price $14,000