Looking for a lightweight camper in MI - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-28-2018, 07:19 PM   #1
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Looking for a lightweight camper in MI

I am looking for a small camper I can tow with my Nissan Rogue. I am located in Upper Michigan but am willing to travel for the right one. I don't mind an older model as long as there aren't any major fixes that need to be done. Please message me.

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Old 04-28-2018, 07:50 PM   #2
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Towing capacity for the 2018 Rogue is only 1102 pounds. I don't know of any camping trailers that lightweight. A 13 ft Burro is the only one on the listing:

Trailer Weights in the Real World

Might have to settle for a pop-up.
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Old 04-28-2018, 08:40 PM   #3
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Thanks for the information. That is what I was wondering! I will look into Burros and popups
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Old 04-29-2018, 12:06 PM   #4
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There lighter weight alternatives. They aren't molded fiberglass.

Bob of the CheapRVliving channel on YouTube has started a series. Some include WeeRoll,which are adapted cargo trailers. Don't laugh, take a look. They come in not only lower weights, but shorter heights to cut wind resistance, a big deal. Others are Runaways, Rustic Trails stand up teardrops, and various other teardrops.

You can find websites, or reviews on YouTube.
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It sounds like I have options. I would prefer not to have a pop-up, but would go that way if that is my option. I Will check out the ones you mentioned.

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The collective wisdom conclusion on this forum is - "Buy a trailer you like and upgrade your tow vehicle to the one you need."
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about the only thing in the 1000 lb class thats not a popup is a teardrop, these are very minimalist, they are basically a bedroom with just enough headroom to sit up, and a outdoor kitchen under a lift tail that is shelving, room for a coleman type stove, room for a ice chest, and some drawers for your utensils and dishes.

teardrops normally do NOT have any sort of water system, nor propane, no heater, no a/c. they will often have a battery for LED lighting (charged by the tow vehicle) and maybe a stereo and/or tv.


even with teardrops, you'll need to watch the weight, there's many larger teardrop designs now (probably including the one pictured above) which have gross weights up over 2000 lbs so you'll need to watch your load... my big cooler full of ice and beer and food can weigh close to 100 lbs by itself...
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Before you load it....a compact jr is under 1000
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I had a Bunkhouse popup trailer designed to tow behind a touring motorcycle. Weighed about 350 pounds. I was considering towing it behind my Honda Element but I ended up selling the trailer first.
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I was looking at motorcycle popups. How did you like it?
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The collective wisdom conclusion on this forum is - "Buy a trailer you like and upgrade your tow vehicle to the one you need."
Yes, and wise it is. Tow vehicles come and go, but trailers not so much.
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for us, it was more like, buy a Tacoma, then buy a Casita... fast forward a couple years, upgrade to an Escape, and then buy an F250.
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I was looking at motorcycle popups. How did you like it?
For what it is, they are great! Light weight, compact, can store anywhere. Mine popped up in about 15 seconds. Fiberglass tub, so very durable. King sized bed. 5 foot by six foot standup area in front of bed.

Its really a place to sleep, much more comfortable than a tent. But can be camped like a tent.
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I would love to have a larger tow vehicle, and a larger budget. If I can't find a smaller option I will be happy with, then I will have to give up the idea of a camper altogether and keep on tent camping. Just that I'm retired now, fixed income, limited resources.
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