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If you’re looking for some of the coolest micro mini campers on the market, you’re in luck.
Today, we’re talking about some of the latest innovations on the market. These campers might be small in size, but they’re big on amenities and functionality. And to top it all off – they’ve got looks, too!
Let’s take a closer look at what makes a camper a “micro mini camper” and then we’ll dive right in.
What is a Micro Mini Camper?
A micro mini camper is a very small camper or travel trailer. You can tow these small campers with most passenger vehicles and weigh around 1,000 – 2,000 pounds or less. Although tiny, these campers have many amenities that you’d find in larger RVs.
Let’s take a look at three of the best micro mini campers on the market today.
1. PolyDrop Futuristic Micro Trailer
This innovative and futuristic-looking camper trailer is out of this world.
The futuristic looking teardrop trailer was designed by a promising architect from Los Angeles, Kyunghyun Lew.
The Polydrop Trailer is the choice for eco-friendly admirers, those who are fond of sharp lines and angular designs. The manufacturer (Polydrops) is also based in LA, by the way.
The 4-season mini-camper is one of the best micro campers because it is highly practical and functional. Its walls feature 8.2″ thick rigid insulation, which makes the trailer highly energy-efficient and well-protected against extreme weather conditions.
The Polydrop Trailer has a wood frame and an aluminum exterior. This is a very lightweight design: 760 lbs and 1150 lbs when “fully loaded”.
In addition, the trailer has independent suspension and hydraulic disc brakes for improved driveability and safety on the road.
Inside the small trailer, there is a bed for two. There’s a place to fold bedding and accessories, a roof vent, interior and exterior LED lighting.
The roof of the trailer also features a 100W solar panel. Inside the trailer, there’s a 110V power inlet for heating, charging, and lighting applications.
The Polydrop Trailer also comes with a heater. The back of this small camper has a comfortable kitchenette for all your cooking needs.
2. Bruder EXP 4 Off Road Mini Camper
This Australian micro mini camper has an epoxy composite body with high ground clearance and all terrain tires. If you want a mini camper that can go off-roading, the Bruder is a top pick.
The cabin of the trailer is made of light but strong epoxy composite with closed pores. This tiny camper features a huge sleeping area with a California king sized sleeping area and an extra bed for kids, pets, or guests.
The Bruder EXP 4 also features a floor plan with a sitting area, conveniently recessed into the sleeping area base. Other features include a TV, internal USB charging connectors, a 105A gel battery, energy-efficient LED lighting, and a 100L internal body tank.
The rest of the interior space has three large heavy-duty storage shelves, and there’s also a special area for clothes hangers.
Bruder Exterior Features
Outside the small camper trailer, there are 2 large lockable storage areas that can easily hold 3 jerry cans each. Optional upgrades include additional rooftop tents to accommodate large families. Additionally, you can use the roof itself to haul equipment and accessories, e.g. surfboards, push bikes, toolboxes, shovels, sleeping bags, snowboards, inflatables, skies, etc.
Like many teardrop campers, the Bruder has a rear exterior kitchen.
There’s also a 60L fridge, stainless steel sink, soft close drawers, stainless steel latches, and an electric cooktop. You don’t have to look for even ground or shade – the EXP 4 has your back covered! On the right side of the trailer, there is also a remote shower. The roof of the EXP 4 features solar panels that supply all electrical appliances in the trailer. An AC and/or a heater can be installed optionally.
This camper weighs 1874 lbs and sits on a heavy-duty sealed chassis with 17-inch Mickey Thompson discs, which already makes the model appealing for overlanding enthusiasts.
3. Intech Luna Lite Teardrop Camper
InTech routinely pleases customers with their high-quality travel trailer models. The latest experimental teardrop camper models are particularly worth mentioning.
Today, the company has officially launched a new teardrop model: the Luna Lite Trailer. This is a rather compact mini-camper, weighing less than 1543 lbs (700 kg).
Although it’s small, it has a wide range of amenities and comfort elements. Features include an air conditioning system, full kitchen with a sink, 2-burner cooktop, 12V/120V 40 qt. fridge, LED lighting, upper/lower cabinets, a MaxxAir vent fan, and a 32″ TV.
Like all inTech RVs, most of the Luna Lite trailer body is an all-aluminum, all-tube, fully welded cage frame, which makes it quite lightweight, protected against rust, and long-lasting. The set of 4×4 wheels allows you to travel almost any distance on any terrain.
The trailer has a one-piece fiberglass roof, as well as insulated fiberglass panels which perfectly withstand heat and further protect the trailer from extreme weather conditions and other harmful external factors. As for the interior, it’s quite minimalistic but at the same time spacious – you have a quite spacious 60″ x 80″ sleeping space with a comfortable orthopedic mattress. The kitchen area is outside, at the rear, which is, basically, a really rational and useful solution.
The weight of the Luna Lite is between 1,775 and 1,850 lbs on the package. Since the trailer is small and compact, even by the standards of wheeled houses, it is, obviously, more suitable for those interested in mini-campers than full trailers. However, do not be fooled by the size – inside (and outside), the Luna Lite has everything that can be useful to a true car enthusiast.
Micro-Camper Types and Features
Wheeled mini-homes have undeniable advantages – comfort, coziness, and mobility. Sometimes, all of us need to leave the bustling city. That’s when mini-campers can be really useful – their owners don’t have to look for a place to sleep. And, traveling becomes highly efficient. If you’re not familiar with this unique type of wheeled houses, you should first learn their classification.
Residential mini-trailer is a full house, which has a minimum set of furniture pieces and household appliances. It must have a toilet, kitchenette, and sleeping area. The size of the trailer can be very compact or large, but spacious in both cases. All the varieties are divided into two large groups: uniaxial and biaxial – the former are smaller in size than the latter. They can haul a small amount of cargo.
In comparison with a regular motorhome, single axle models are much cheaper, easier to maintain, and can be used to drive around the country all year round.
Trailer Tent Options
If you want to buy a compact slide-out mini-house on wheels, experts recommend paying attention to a trailer tent. For stationary use, it folds out as a hood/cap. It noticeably increases the inner area which can be used to organize a comfortable recreation area.
There are models that can be assembled and moved apart at the touch of a button! Such a trailer allows you to go virtually anywhere without losing the common civilization benefits. The trailer unfolds automatically, and the internal living space is doubled in size due to slide-out side sections. The owners can use berths, a comfortable toilet and shower, a kitchenette, and a compact dining room unit. There are also places for storage of clothes/accessories, a battery with a generator, and a spare gas cylinder for the cooktop. Unfolding and assembling of the trailer takes less than a minute.
There are also motorcycle campers. These tiny campers are small and inexpensive and are best for one person or a couple that doesn’t mind getting close.
Those who like to sleep in the fresh air can get a trailer-hybrid – a compact folding wheeled mini-camper, equipped with tents that can be unfolded in a stationary mode and organized for sleeping.
How to Choose a Mini-Camper
After studying the proposed models, it should not be difficult to formulate your own preferences. If there is any doubt, experts advise following certain rules.
According to Jim Malkovich from Mechanic Faq blog, It is important to decide in advance on how and where you will use your mini-camper. You also have to decide if you need a shower and toilet or a portable toilet in your tiny micro camper. If your trip involves a long stay in a stationary position, it is better to choose a biaxial model – its internal layout is larger than that of uniaxial, you can sit comfortably inside of the trailer and enjoy the surrounding nature.
When you have to spend most of your rest on wheels, you should give preference to short uniaxial trailers. With them, it will be easier to maneuver on the road and move around through urban areas.
When choosing your trailer style, you want to rely on your own taste preferences – there are no restrictions here. Technical parameters are much more important. Thus, pay attention to the heating and air conditioning system.
Typically, there are two heating systems installed – water and air systems. The former is capable of operating in conditions where the air temperature drops to -40F. The second one fails at 5F. The second heating option is most often used in mini-campers – it heats the interior very fast. The manufacturer will also calculate heating system capacity.
Moreover, there should be at least two ACs: one running on your car’s engine, the other one must be powered by an external source (e.g. solar panels). It is installed in the sitting area instead of the hatch or under the sleeping area. The cost of both ACs is usually the same.
We highly recommend that you rent a mini micro camper before you buy one to make sure it really works for you and your camping style. Outdoorsy is a great place to find small mini camper RV rentals if you are interested.
This article was contributed to the RVBlogger website by Dale Lomas. Dale is an automotive fan, journalist, photographer, racer, Ring Taxi driver and he runs the largest unofficial Nürburgring fan site BridgeToGantry.com.