Got back a few days ago from a 19 day trip in the Little Joe
, so I guess it's time I weighed in.
I've got to say, we were amazed at the number of folks who stopped by to see the Little Joe
in Elkmont Campground, GSMNP. I lost count, but it was 20+ who came by asking about it, many considering downsizing, one guy from a 28 footer. For him going to the Little Joe
would be like going cold turkey.
The Little Joe is well built, of quality materials and excellent fit and finish. For what it is, it's probably overbuilt, but as I have commented in other posts, I think the trailer is built for rough back country use.
The Little Joe is built from the original LiteHouse molds, which Weiscraft bought after LiteHouse went out of business. The LiteHouse was built on a boat trailer frame I believe, with typical light
boat trailer size wheels, while the Little Joe is built on a welded 2x3 inch stee box beam chassis on a 3500 lb torsion axle
, with 14 inch wheels. Regarding the LiteHouse molds, they have not been modified to remove the wheel wells, which takes up under bench storage space in the Little Joe. This is the only design problem I have with the trailer, and may address it at a later date. Thus far we have been fine with the available storage.
If anyone has done any cruising on a small sailboat, you will notice the similarity in layout, with the galley on either side of the entry and the bed up front (when made up). However, the queen size bed doesn’t have the characteristic V shape. When the bed is set up, floor space is at a premium, but there is enough room to pull the Porta Potty out from under the bed for use it at night and to do light
cooking on the stove, or take a navy shower in the sink opposite.
The Lite House
was advertised and labeled as the “Camper for Two’ and the Little Joe sure fits that description. It’s not for everybody, but we find it perfect for our needs.
Our trailer, with sink, 3 way reefer and two burner stove, 80 watts of amorphous solar
on the roof, a Group 24 Deep Cycle battery
, an 11 lb cylinder of LPG on the tongue, front mounted window AC and the water tank full, weighs out at 1760 lb loaded, with a 180 lb tongue weight
The trailer pulls great with our 2014 Subaru Outback 2.5L with the CVT transmission. When towing we drop down to 20-21 mpg from our normal 30-31 mpg. I have added trailer brakes
, and when stopping we hardly notice it’s there.
Contrary to a previous post, we did buy our Little Joe used, at somewhat more than half the price of new. It was two years old at the time. There was another member who found and bought one used recently. He was in Oregon as I recall.
Being from California, I’d say you have a better chance of finding one out west (we bought ours in Ft Worth from some people from Las Vegas), as Weiscraft’s production is relatively small, and most Little Joes are sold out that way. I know of only a couple East of the Mississippi.
It must be said that we travel with a 12 x 12 ft. Coleman canopy stowed neatly between the bench seats, and that’s where we spend the bulk of our time when camping.
If you have any specific questions, fire away.