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Finding the best travel trailer for a couple can be hard – there are just so many different types of RV and travel trailers on the market! Shopping around for the best travel trailer for you and your partner? Whether you’re happily married or just beginning your romantic journey together, finding the ideal travel trailer for your camping trips matters!
Travel trailers are not every family’s first choice when going camping. Often, they do not offer their large families very much room. However, it is possible to find a travel trailer for couples, and we’ve saved you the time of hunting around by revealing our best finds in this blog! So if it’s just you and your significant other hitting the road, the travel trailers on this list will be your Cinderella slipper!
But what should you be looking for when it comes to a travel trailer for couples? Thankfully, I have the experience and know what to look for, since I live full-time in a 19-foot vintage travel trailer with my high school sweetheart and our dog.
Travel trailers are amazing homes on wheels for couples, and going on a journey is what they are made for!
What Are The Pros And Cons Of Travel Trailers For Couples?
So, your partner wants the two of you to take a trip together. Sounds great, and like a magical new experience for the both of you to share together!
You decide camping in an RV will be your best bet to have a safe and fun time, and you’ve chosen a travel trailer as your style of rig. But what about travel trailers makes them a good choice for couples?
Pro: Trailers Can Be Left Behind
The main perk of travel trailers in my book is their ability to be left at camp. If you’re on a journey, seeing new sights, the last thing you want is to travel in an overly large motorhome or camper. The best part of a travel trailer is the ability to leave it behind! Once you unhitch your RV from your vehicle, you’re free as a bird!
Pro: Towable Vehicles Offer Flexibility
No matter what specific type of travel trailer you look at, you need to be prepared for one very important detail: your trailer must be towed. This might not be what you are hoping for, but there are a lot of positives to towable travel trailers versus motorhomes. However, driving with a towable rig can be a little difficult, so you may consider this a con.
Pro: They Are Lightweight
Another perk of travel trailers is their lightweight design. Motorhomes and coaches guzzle diesel fuel or gasoline, a huge drawback if you are only planning a small budget for your upcoming trip. Some travel trailers are so light that you can tow them with the smallest of cars, which means you won’t have to worry about renting or borrowing someone’s large truck to tow your new rig!
Con: Travel Trailers Are A Small Space For Couples
If you’re a fairly new couple, or you know that you both value time and space away from one another, a travel trailer may feel like fairly tight quarters. If you aren’t prepared to always be in one another’s space, a travel trailer may not be a good fit for you. No matter how long the trip, travel trailers never feel like they have enough space!
However, there’s always the great outdoors if you’re looking for some time and space to reflect, and the travel trailer will be there when you are feeling relaxed and ready to be cozy with your partner!
Con: Some Trailers Are Expensive For A Tiny Space
RVs in general are a large investment, and some travel trailers with branded names such as Airstream, can cost an arm and a leg too. The high price tag for such a small space can initially be a surprise. But the price is often due to the innovation, time, and design process of creating campers that are small, yet still contain everything a couple traveling in a travel trailer could possibly need.
What Are The Types Of Travel Trailers?
So you’re feeling confident that a travel trailer is the right move for the two of you as a couple. How exciting! However, what type of travel trailer is best suited to couples?
All travel trailers are towed behind a vehicle using classic ball hitches. But how else do they vary from one another?
Let’s take a look!
Classic Travel Trailers
The most classic travel trailer you can get may be the right fit for you. And that’s because there are so many different fits!
A classic travel trailer is towed behind your vehicle using a ball hitch and ranges in length from 10-35 feet. These classic trailers often have four tires total and are the most traditional setup when it comes to the interior (bedroom, bathroom, living area, kitchen). Slideouts are also a popular feature on nearly all newer travel trailers.
Given the range of length, weight, and specifications possible on classic travel trailers, it’s recommended you check out all of the necessary weight requirements before purchasing one. Some trailers require a heavy-duty truck for towing, despite their small size, but if you don’t own a truck, it may be worth exploring a rental option if possible. My vintage rig may only be 19 feet long but given its old metal frame, I need a V8 truck to tow it!
A classic travel trailer may give you both the space you want, but make sure your vehicle can tow it!
Toy Hauler Trailers
Looking for a home on wheels that will also transport all of your other recreational toys? A toy hauler does exactly what it says in the name, and may be a good choice for you and your partner if you have a lot of other fun vehicles!
Toy haulers are towable rigs and some of the largest travel trailers out there. They come with a fold-down ramp often at the back end of the trailer, perfect for wheeling out your ATVs, motorcycles, jet skis, and whatever else you can fit back there!
These trailers are designed as a half garage, half living space, with various different layouts affecting the style. The sky’s the limit in terms of customizing your toy hauler but at the end of the day, you need a vehicle that can tow it!
Toy haulers are often the heaviest of travel trailers, as they are carrying even more vehicles inside of them! These are the peak of recreational vehicles, allowing you the maximum amount of entertainment possible, but just make sure you can handle the weight!
Now that you’ve seen the biggest travel trailer options, let’s take a look at the smallest: teardrop trailers! These little guys are amazing for those of you hoping to tow with your small car, as most teardrops weigh less than 1,000 pounds to tow! What a great idea, making a camper so little! This also means it will be easy to store at your home. What’s the catch?
As I’m sure you might’ve guessed, these trailers are tiny. So much so that for the most part, teardrop trailers only have enough space for a mattress inside. A kitchen is often built off the back of the trailer, which means your cooking must be done outside. There are never bathrooms, which could be a deal breaker for some of you new campers out there.
Still, there are some very small travel trailers that do have bathrooms and I put together a list of my favorite here. The smallest of these is only 14′ so if you want to go small but don’t want to skip the bathroom check out that list.
However, teardrops are amazing little trailers and are so easy to tow! Their kitchens are often high-tech and amazing to have while camping, and I can’t think of a better trailer to bring along on short road trips or wonderful weather outings. If you’re not afraid to snuggle up, a teardrop trailer may be a perfect choice for you and your partner!
Pop-Up Travel Trailers
Unconcerned about the elements and looking for the best of both worlds when it comes to trailer towing? How about a pop-up travel trailer, which brings the best of towing, size, and budget to you?!
Pop-up trailers are inconspicuous at first, residing inside a flat, easily towable frame. When you arrive at camp, the canvas sides can pop up to create your camper, much larger than teardrops and lighter weight than toy haulers or classic travel trailers. It is a perfect combo of RV and tent and is recommended primarily for camping where the weather is nice.
Some pop-ups even have more rigid sides to their tents in order to better your experience if camping in a colder climate. Given the extra interior space, some pop-ups include bathrooms and living spaces, and usually, always have a kitchen. This may make pop-ups a good fit for you and your partner.
How Much Space Should Travel Trailers For Couples Have?
This may be the trickiest question you and your significant other must answer before purchasing a travel trailer: how much space do the two of us need to comfortably enjoy our time in our new travel trailer? This is a question only the two of you can answer together, but there are some things to consider before making your final decision.
The most important thing lending to your comfortability in a travel trailer is the layout of the space. The options are endless in terms of layouts in classic travel trailers, but you will find yourself much more limited once you look into the layouts of teardrops or pop-ups. Size matters, and you may find that the best way for you and your partner to be comfortable is to have a bigger rig.
Another thing to consider if you’re trying to save space without sacrificing comfort is how long you plan to stay in your trailer. Are you only buying a travel trailer for weekend camping trips? Or are you planning a long cross-country road trip? Or even more insane (like me), are you hoping to live in your travel trailer full-time!? This may affect your ultimate decision on how much space you feel the two of you need.
One last thing when it comes to space saving is packing less. No matter how long you plan on staying in your travel trailer, the amount of stuff you bring with you affects how much living space you will have. A trailer’s layout can even be negatively affected if you bring too much stuff! Keep your packing light, even when you’re hoping to stay prepared.
Tips For Couples Living In A Travel Trailer
Whether it’s a long and planned road trip or a quick weekend away, there are always stressors involved with towing and living in a travel trailer. Here are some easy and quick tips so you and your partner can enjoy your time in your new travel trailer!
Make A Packing List
It’s so stressful to forget something before going camping, and a travel trailer may have a more involved packing list than you’re used to! Take the time to make a packing list together before heading out. But remember, space is limited, so try to pack everything neatly!
Choose To Spend Time Together And Apart
This has been the most valuable thing I’ve learned living in a trailer with my partner. When space is limited inside, it’s tough to not always feel on top of each other. Take the time to go on a walk on your own, or carve out a portion of the day for doing separate activities if you find the trailer too cramped!
Practice Driving With The Travel Trailer
Driving a travel trailer can be a very stressful situation, let alone backing in and parking the thing! Practice this with your partner before you hit the road. Hand signals are amazing when backing in a trailer, and usually lead to less shouting at one another once you reach camp (take it from my experience)!
8 Best Travel Trailers For Couples
So you’re feeling comfortable being in close quarters with your partner and know what the two of you are looking for? Here comes the best part: shopping for your new trailer! If you’re not up for renovating a vintage rig (like me and my insane partner), here are some of the best travel trailers for couples on the market.
Best Classic Travel Trailer for Couples: Micro Minnie 1708FB by Winnebago
- MSRP: From $37,182 USD
- Exterior Length: 19′ 5″ – 22′ 5″
- Exterior Height: 10′ 5″
A mainstay and a family name, Winnebago has been regarded as one of the best in the RV business for quite some time. They aren’t reinventing the travel trailer wheel, but the Micro Minnie 1708FB is a comfortable classic I know me and my partner would enjoy, all with an affordable price tag!
I like that this is a relatively affordable option as RVing costs plenty already! There are also 10 floor plans to choose from ranging in size from 19 feet to 25 feet if the Micro Minnie plan doesn’t tick all the boxes. No matter what, these trailers remain lightweight, easy to tow, and comfortable inside; ideal for keeping couples happy on the road.
Winnebago has thought about where to place windows for the best cross breezes, as well as keeping the kitchen and living area open, which helps keep the space light and breezy. When I’m parked in a stunning spot in the wilderness, I like to spend more time outside my trailer than in it! This Winnebago takes things up a new level as it comes standard with patio speakers, a motorized awning, and slick LED lighting at the touch of a button.
The additional exterior storage means it’s easy to get packed away and move onto a new spot. Since the Micro Minnie’s dry weight is just over 3,000 pounds, it’s a lightweight rig, but will likely still require a sizeable towing vehicle.
The price on this trailer can’t be beaten, and it’s definitely one of, if not THE most budget-friendly RV on this list. If you’re hoping to start your travel trailer journey with tradition and budget in mind, the Micro Minnie is perfect for you and your significant other!
Best Toy Hauler for Couples: The Quicksilver VRV XTR 614 by Livin’ Lite
- MSRP: From $25,769 USD
- Exterior Length: 19′ 1″ – 33′ 9″
- Exterior Height: 10′
I didn’t even know toy haulers could be made so small until I found Livin’ Lite’s designs. The Quicksilver VRV XTR 614 is an impressive travel trailer, as is the entire Livin’ Lite line. They all boast an anti-rust aluminum frame, which means these toy haulers are lightweight and built to last many generations.
The VRV XTR 614 is only 2,300 pounds and can haul two adult ATVs, perfect for the adventurous pair! It may start off a bit spartan in its layout, but Livin’ Lite leaves the specifications up to the RVer, with loads of add-ons. Some of these include a dry bath, outdoor entertainment, a screened-in back ramp, and uniquely designed fold-up furniture.
The other great thing about Livin’ Lite’s customizable design is the ability to have many different sleeping options. Even though it’s just me and my partner, I like the option to design the trailer with up to two tip-out bunks, leaving us with extra space for when friends and family meet up with us on the road.
Finding a toy hauler at just over 19 feet long means this trailer isn’t too intimidating to tow, yet still offers couples plenty of space to live and travel comfortably in each other’s company. The only downside for me is the price tag, as it’s pretty high, especially for those wanting to customize lots of features. However, it may be worth the investment for two adventurers looking for a lightweight option with many different layouts and trailer types available!
Best Teardrop Trailer: The Classic Teardrop Trailer by Timberleaf
- MSRP: From $24,150 USD
- Exterior Length: 14′
- Exterior Height: 5′ 5″
The name itself can’t be beaten when it comes to teardrop trailers, and Timberleaf knows teardrops like no other. Their Classic model is everything I can imagine a teardrop trailer to be, with even more customizable options than I thought possible in such a small space! It’s also attractive, which can be hard to find with RVs, as they are commonly kinda ugly!
Coming in at 1,500 pounds dry, this little guy can be towed by almost any standard vehicle. However, I think the main perk of ordering a Timberleaf trailer is their attention to the suspension. The Classic Teardrop can come in 3 different suspensions, varying depending on the expected level of adventure. I love that there’s even a totally off-road option, as there’s no better feeling for me, than being able to park alone in nature, away from distractions and the stress that often comes with city life!
There’s no bathroom with this teardrop, but there is an amazing kitchen off the back. Fully customizable, the galley is a stunner and there’s no sacrifice in terms of comfort (except I must admit, a dishwasher!). The interior itself is clean and fits a queen bed which is perfect for couples. It includes tons of storage so that both parties don’t have to worry about bringing too much.
The best part of the Classic Teardrop for me has got to be its large skylight over the bed. Bringing the outdoors in, this skylight is the biggest offered in the teardrop industry, and I couldn’t even imagine how beautiful the night sky looks through it. What better way to feel romantic than that!?
Best Pop-Up Trailer for Couples: The Cricket by Taxa Outdoors
- MSRP: From $38,543 USD
- Exterior Length: 15′
- Exterior Height: 6′ 11″
I have to start off by saying that this is not your typical pop-up trailer. In fact, this little guy is the most unique trailer on this list fulfilling a classic category! The Cricket pop-up travel trailer by Taxa Outdoors is made for adventurers, outdoor enthusiasts, and designers. How can it please all of these types of people? Through one-of-a-kind building and design.
First off, this little guy is tiny: it’s only 15 feet long and less than 7 feet across and weighs 1,700 pounds dry. Can you believe that!? While there are countless non-standard features, the Cricket comes built out with a full bed, kitchen, and loads of storage for such a small space. It also has an included cafe table, a standard entry door, and a back hatch that opens, allowing even more of the outside in, which is something I love to see with trailers.
The roof pops up, as is the way of the pop-up travel trailers, allowing an extra 3 feet of headroom and windows! These little guys can also come with a portable toilet, outdoor shower, and awnings to make the most of the outdoor camping experience. I like the additional option of roof racks, as these are ideal for holding adventure gear, but these aren’t part of the standard package.
What else can be said about Cricket, besides its eye-catching good looks? It may be at the higher end of the budget and be a bit too unique for the average camper, but if you and your partner are up for the challenge, this little pop-up might be exactly what you’ve been searching for. I think it’s potentially one of the best travel trailers for couples, especially those seeking more immersion in nature.
Best Overall: R-pod RP-180 by Forest River
- MSRP: From $25,503 USD
- Exterior Length: 20′
- Exterior Height: 9′ 7″
As an Oregon state camp host, I see these little R-pod trailers everywhere. Ranging in size from 17 feet to 20 feet, r-pod trailers are all the rage right now. I can’t help but wonder why, and now I know. Forest River has been in the business a long time, and they know what RVers are looking for, especially couples camping!
The R-pod RP-180 is the smallest trailer of this model that still comes with a bathroom. I had no idea how lightweight they could be, coming in at under 3,000 pounds dry! 18 feet shouldn’t be too difficult to control on the road, and you’re getting every amenity you need for you and your significant other. However, there are around 11 different floor plans to choose from, most all very lightweight and easy to tow.
With a powder-coated steel frame able to resist corrosion, this trailer requires little to no maintenance, but I’d still advise winterizing over the cold period! It can also be designed and ordered with many upgrades such as an entertainment system, solar panels, and even a screened-in awning. This is a game-changer for me, as I love to spend as much time as possible outside, but this can be difficult if the sun is beaming down or it’s raining.
With an awning, one easy-to-operate slide-out, and boasting tons of interior and exterior storage, this trailer is a comfortable camper for exciting cross-country road trips for couples. Even if you’re simply camping for the weekend, this R-pod has everything needed to provide a cozy space to enjoy the great outdoors, all on a relatively affordable budget!
Best Mid-Range Option: Sunset Park RV Sunray 149
- MSRP: From $26,849 USD
- Exterior Length: 16′ 2″
- Exterior Height: 9′
Built on a powder-coated steel chassis, the Sunset Park RV Sunray 149, is a travel trailer well-suited to couples, offering an immaculate blend of durability and comfort. This trailer comes in at a relatively mid-range price, yet somehow doesn’t lack any features. There’s even a 100W solar kit installed to make off-gridding possible for a few days, so you and your special someone can enjoy some time under the stars together.
With a portable speaker and LED lights, it isn’t hard to create an ambient mood in the Sunray 149, and with several color choices, it’s possible to create the aesthetic you and your partner want. I’ve mentioned before how much I love to camp out in nature, and the option of adding off-road tires to this trailer makes this even more possible – just try and avoid dry rotting!
The roof rack has a 500-pound capacity alone, so there’s no need to leave adventure gear behind – couples can bring along whatever equipment they want, without having to worry about making the interior space of the camper feel cramped, messy, or disorganized.
Although there are several different floor plans available with the Sunray, I chose to add the 149 to our list of the best travel trailers for couples as it includes a toilet! Not everyone is happy to grab a shovel and head into the woods, and bathroom time in an RV can be awkward and tricky to navigate. Having a private space to go to the restroom helps make everyone feel comfortable, especially if you’re a couple in the early stages of a relationship!
Best Luxury Teardrop Trailer For Couples: Nucamp TAB 320 S
- MSRP: From $41,615 USD
- Exterior Length: 15′ 3″
- Exterior Height: 7’8″
There are plenty of reasons why this Nucamp TAB 320 S is our best luxury travel trailer option, not just the high price tag! This trailer definitely isn’t a budget-friendly travel trailer option for couples, but it is jam-packed full of high-end finishes and detailing to make any RVers feel like they’re in a sleek, modern, space, such as the deluxe Ohio-Amish cabinetry and glass top stove that acts as additional countertop space when the stove isn’t in use.
The galley kitchen is surprisingly sizeable, and the U-shape dinette cleverly converts into a spacious bed when it’s time to rest after a long day of hiking in a forest or bathing in natural pools. I like the full wet bath, and can’t believe Nucamp managed to fit so much in such a small space!
I travel in my trailer no matter the weather. Even if it’s scorching or freezing outside, I’ll be in my trailer, hunkering down somewhere! This can get hard, especially when camping in summer, so the central air conditioning and power roof fan are game-changers that will definitely make for happier couples on the road!
The only downside to this trailer in my eyes is the price. But with such a modern aesthetic, classic teardrop shape, and abundance of features, you do get a lot for your money with the Nucamp TAB 320 S, making it hard to resist this luxury!
Smallest Travel Trailer For Couples: Happier Campers HC1 Studio
- MSRP: From $39,950 USD
- Exterior Length: 13′ 5″
- Exterior Height: 7’9″
It was hard to pick a title for this travel trailer, as it’s one of the most innovative creations I’ve seen in the RV trailer world, but it’s also the smallest option on our list! Don’t be put off by the humble size of this Happier Campers HC1 Studio trailer, however, because with a queen size bed, bathroom, and kitchenette, it still has everything needed to be one of the best travel trailer options for couples out there!
Now, let’s get into the sheer innovative masterpiece that is the Happier Campers signature Adaptiv modular system with a unique rear hatch. Beyond the bathroom is a space that can be configured in whatever way suits you best at that time, whether it be a dining area, lounge space, or comfy queen-size bed – all it takes is a bit of reshuffling, and voila!
I can picture how perfect the rear hatch would be at a beach-side location, where the salty ocean breeze can dance through the trailer. The rear hatch is such a wonderful feature in this camper, and it truly brings a new meaning to bringing the outdoors in, as a new sheltered space is effectively gained through opening the hatch, as shown in the video below:
This Happier Campers HC1 Studio has d-rings and tie-downs for transporting items securely, which is one of my golden rules for towing any vehicle safely. With a 17-gallon fresh and 17-gallon gray water tank, the HC1 holds a substantial amount of water, however, this may not be enough for several days off-grid in the mountains, so I’d advise bringing another container along just in case!
Finding the best travel trailer for couples is a big task, but hopefully, our list has brought some clarity with exactly what you and your partner need from a travel trailer. My biggest piece of advice would be to practice towing, know how much you can fit, and bring a nice bottle of wine as a treat after you’ve finished setting up camp! The two of you can only grow closer with a travel trailer in your life.