Originally Posted by Kbnjw
Don’t forget storage! We just went through the same thing and we thought we were set to buy pretty much any small camper since we could tow 5,000 pounds with our Honda Passport. However, our issue became storage. We have a standard garage door that is 8 foot wide and 7 foot high. Our neighborhood does not allow campers to be stored in front of our house, even in our own driveway...
Good point. HOA's often have restrictive rules about RV storage. Off-site storage is another option, of course, but it gets expensive and adds to the hassle of getting ready for a trip.
There are a few smaller molded trailers, mostly vintage, that will fit into a 7' garage. Generally they either ride on a low suspension or have a pop-top. Boler
, Hunter, and Trailswest are among the possibilities. 2005 and older 13' Scamps without roof A/C will also work. Non-folding units are generally a tight fit, sometimes requiring a wheel swap for garage storage and again adding to the hassle of prepping for a trip.
If you go small and simple, the Meerkat is worth a look. It's a modern, molded take on the classic Eriba Puck. No wet bath option. Garageable, under 1000# dry weight
, and towable by CUV's with a 1500# rating.
The short-lived 2019 Hymer Touring GT is a larger, full-featured, pop-top unit with a wet bath that might fit in a standard garage- not sure of the exact height. Unfortunately the company folded (for reasons unrelated to this trailer; the GT was collateral damage). The company that made the shells for Hymer may bring it back under another name, but for now availability is limited.
Beyond that, all of the newer and larger, full-featured molded trailers are a no-go.
Congratulations on your Aliner. As much as I love my Scamp
, in your situation I might have made the same choice. Indoor storage goes a long way to preventing the problems that affect non-molded trailers. Molded trailers love it too, since it limits the UV exposure that degrades the glossy gelcoat finish.