30 Best Lightweight Travel Trailers Under 5000 Lbs Review 2023

In this article, we included a review of the best RV manufacturers and selected some of the best floorplans for lightweight travel trailers under 5000 lbs that we have for 2022 and 2023. We review the specifications of some of the best 10 brands of travel trailers on the market today, with very different floorplans. We discuss trailer models for all tastes: lightweight travel trailers for couples, floorplans with bunk beds, single side-out or no slide-out, full dry baths, outdoor kitchens, starting prices, etc. And all options of lightweight travel trailers under 5000 lbs. We will also differentiate between GVWR and dry weight (UVW) options. Let’s move on!

In alphabetical order, we will see the following brands of travel trailers with recommended floorplans for couples, families, and friends. Some of our favorite manufacturers for their excellent quality RVs such as Grand Design RV were excluded only because we are focusing on the weight of travel trailers under 5000 lbs.

  • Airstream
  • Forest River
  • Highland Ridge
  • Jayco
  • Keystone
  • KZ RV
  • Palomino
  • Prime Time
  • Riverside RV
  • Venture

We reviewed floorplans of campers perfect for couples, and travel trailers with bunk beds, including affordable, spacious, and lightweight campers under 5000 lbs.

Let’s see the Review with the Best Lightweight Travel Trailers Under 5000 lbs for 2023 (GVWR and UVW). Specifications. Walkthrough Videos and Floorplans.

Airstream Travel Trailers Under 5000 lbs  – Bambi & Caravel

Particularly, I am not a fan of Airstream because I prefer travel trailers with slide-outs, and more space inside and I am not a fan of the stainless-steel interior. The more space the better. But I must admit that the attractive shiny, silver, metal exterior with those classic retro camper rounded lines is very appealing.

Many of our RVer readers definitely prefer to pay more for the distinctive design that Airstream travel trailers offer. So, we have included some floorplans of the Bambi and Caravel travel trailer models of 5000 lbs GVWR or less.

Below you will find the differences in the specifications of the 2023 Airstream Bambi and Caravel models with the lightweight travel trailer options.

  • Airstream 2023 Bambi 19CB
  • Airstream 2023 Bambi 20FB
  • Airstream 2023 Bambi 22FB
  • Airstream 2023 Caravel 19CB
  • Airstream 2023 Caravel 20FB
  • Airstream 2023 Caravel 22FB

The Airstream Caravel and Bambi units appear quite similar in weight and length. Both weight and length are key when deciding to purchase a travel trailer. We must be sure if it is possible to tow the travel trailer and this relates to the GVWR which is the equivalent of the weight of the travel trailer when it is shipped by the manufacturer, plus the interior weight added when we use it (also known as cargo or maximum load capacity).

Regarding the length of the travel trailer, this directly impacts the maneuverability that we will give to our towing vehicle along with the travel trailer attached.

In general, for travel trailers under 5000 lbs GVWR, we do not have to worry much about the length, since usually lightweight travel trailers are under 25 feet, generally about 20 feet.

Best Lightweight Travel Trailers Under 5000 Lbs Review 2023
Source of photos and specs: https://www.airstream.com/

While the external appearance of the units, floorplans, and specifications of the Airstream Caravel and Bambi are quite similar, the starting price is significantly different between the lightweight travel trailers under 5000 lbs 19CB, 20FB, 22FB Caravel and Bambi, with prices of $74,000 and $59,300, respectively.

Below you can see the floorplans of the 2023 Caravel 19CB, 20FB, and 22FB models, all lightweight travel trailers under 5000 lbs GVWR, with better construction details and finishes than those found on the 2023 Bambi 19CB, 20FB, and 22FB models.

Airstream caravel Floor Plans Best Travel Trailers Under 5000 lbs GVWR for 2023
Airstream Caravel Floor Plans – Best Travel Trailers Under 5000 lbs GVWR for 2023
Source of photos and specs: https://www.airstream.com/
Airstream Bambi Floor Plans Best Travel Trailers Under 5000 lbs GVWR for 2023
Airstream Bambi Floor Plans – Best Travel Trailers Under 5000 lbs GVWR for 2023
Source of photos and specs: https://www.airstream.com/
MakeModelFloorplanGVWRDry Weight (UVW)Hitch WeightMax
CCC
Exterior Length
Airstream2023 Bambi19CB50003650525135019′ 1″
Airstream2023 Bambi20FB50004000540100020′ 7″
Airstream2023 Bambi22FB50003900500110021′ 11″
Airstream2023 Caravel19CB50004000550100019′ 5″
Airstream2023 Caravel20FB5000430056570021′
Airstream2023 Caravel22FB5000420052580022′ 2″
Source of photos and specs: https://www.airstream.com/

In terms of the weight specifications of the Airstream floorplans selected for this review, there are no major differences and they are all lightweight travel trailers under 5000 lbs (and precisely 5000 lbs GVWR) with only a few inches difference in length.

Although capable of sleeping up to 4 people, due to their limited interior space the 19CB, 20FB, and 22FB Airstream Caravel and Airstream Bambi floorplans are a great choice for couples looking for maneuverable and lightweight travel trailers.

Walkthrough Video 2023 Airstream Caravel 22FB

If you are into the retro camper style that offers Airstream, the 2023 Caravel 22FB is one of the Best Travel Trailers Under 5000 lbs for 2023.

Here is a Walkthrough Video 2023 Airstream Caravel 22FB.

Let’s move on to our next selection. Forest River’s brands.

Forest River Options: Best Travel Trailers Under 5000 lbs with Bunk Beds or Just for Couples for 2023

In this search for the best lightweight travel trailers under 5000 lbs, we have selected several different types of floorplans. Forest River’s Rockwood Geo Pro and Flagstaff E-Pro brands offer several reasonably short, lightweight, and versatile travel trailer floorplans under 5000 lbs with and without bunk beds, under 22 feet.

  • Rockwood Geo Pro G20FBS: Lightweight Travel Trailer for Couples
  • Rockwood Geo Pro G20BHS: Travel Trailer Under 5000 lbs with Bunk Beds
  • Flagstaff E-Pro E19FDS: Lightweight Travel Trailer for Couples
  • Flagstaff E-Pro E16BH: Travel Trailer Under 5000 lbs with Bunk Beds
ModelFloorplanGVWRDry Weight (UVW)Hitch WeightMax
CCC
Exterior Length
2023 Rockwood Geo ProG20FBS4400344240095821′ 2″
2023 Rockwood Geo ProG20BHS4495354749594821′ 2″
2023 Flagstaff E-ProE19FDS44523360452109220′ 2″
2023 Flagstaff E-ProE16BH44863280486120618′ 6″
Source of specs: https://forestriverinc.com/

The 2023 Rockwood Geo Pro G20FBS and Rockwood Geo Pro G20BHS models have very similar specification weights and dimensions. Also, the floorplans are similar with the main difference being the sleeping capacity.

The 2023 Rockwood Geo Pro G20FBS is one of the best lightweight travel trailers under 5000 lbs for couples on the current market. As you can see in the floor plan below, at the right of the entry door is located a full-size bed (54” x 74”) with enough space to walk around. Across, there is a kitchen fully equipped to the right and a large sofa in the single side-out with a comfortable TV view. The rear full dry bath is equipped with a foot flushable toilet, a walk-in shower with fabric curtains, a skylight and a vent system, and a hand basin with over-the-head cabinets around. Also, there is a griddle kitchen outside, a 14-ft long awning, and three exterior storage compartments. The 2023 Geo Pro G20FBS offers a great floor plan for couples.

Best Lightweight Travel Trailers Under 5000 Lbs Review 2023
2023 Rockwood Geo Pro G20FBS offers a great floor plan for couples.
Source of photos and specs: https://forestriverinc.com/

The main difference between the Geo Pro G20FBS and G20BHS is the Geo Pro G20FBS travel trailer has double bunk beds. That allows for increasing the sleeping capacity at the cost of a considerable reduction in the interior space of the bathroom, which lacks a hand basin in the camper. The full-size bed loses its walk-around space that we mentioned in the Geo Pro G20FBS model. And the slide-out is larger, resulting in a slide-out booth dinette.

best travel trailers under 5000 lbs with bunk beds GVWR 2023 review
Rockwood Geo Pro G20BHS Travel trailer with bunk beds under 5000 lbs
Source of photos and specs: https://forestriverinc.com/

Next, let’s review the 2023 Flagstaff E-Pro E19FDS and Flagstaff E-Pro E16BH which are excellent travel trailer options under 5000 lbs.

Again, in this review, we include one of the best under 5000 lbs campers for couples that we currently have on the market the 2023 Flagstaff E-Pro E19FDS travel trailer. Unlike the Rockwood Geo Pro G20FBS, the Flagstaff E-Pro E19FDS is a travel trailer with a murphy bed (full size 54′ x 74″) that allows for comfortable sleeping at night, and easily exposes a 72″ long couch during the day. The kitchen is extended in the single slide-out. The opposite is a booth dinette with a 32” TV. The entire rear of the trailer is occupied by the large dry bathroom that is fully equipped. Outside, the E-Pro E19FDS is equipped with a griddle outdoors, four exterior compartments, and a 14-foot-long awning.

E-Pro E19FDS travel trailer with a murphy bed under 5000 lbs review
2023 Flagstaff E-Pro E19FDS travel trailer with a murphy bed under 5000 lbs
Source of photos and specs: https://forestriverinc.com/

The Flagstaff E-Pro E16BH offers a floorplan completely different and one of the best travel trailers under 5000 lbs that sleeps up to 4. This camper is great for camping with your family. The Flagstaff E-Pro E16BH starting price is $36,943 (MSRP) and the sale price is about $29,980 depending on many factors.

best travel trailers under 5000 lbs with bunk beds review GVWR
Flagstaff E-Pro E16BH offers a floor plan with a sleeping capacity of up to 4. It is one of the best travel trailers under 5000 lbs for 2023 with bigger double bunk beds (30″ x74″)
Source of photos and specs: https://forestriverinc.com/

When you’re done eating, playing games, or watching TV, the Flagstaff E-Pro E16BH travel trailer provides sleeping room for four between the 30″x74″ bunk beds in the back and the 54″x82″ bed made from the U-shaped dinette up front. The single slide-out with the stove, microwave, and 12V refrigerator will provide the chef with a bit extra floor room as well.

Everyone will feel refreshed after using the big bathroom, and there is storage space throughout the room for your possessions. Don’t forget to use the external storage compartments while loading the outdoor gear, the outdoor griddle for cooking, and the 12′ power awning when seeking shade from the sun. Also, the E-Pro E16BH is a great choice for those who are looking for a bunkhouse travel trailer under 20 feet.

Walkthrough Video 2023 Flagstaff E-Pro E16BH Travel Trailer with Bunk Beds

Enjoy this Walkthrough Video 2023 Flagstaff E-Pro E16BH Travel Trailer with Bunk Beds.

Walkthrough Video 2023 Flagstaff E-...
Walkthrough Video 2023 Flagstaff E-Pro E16BH Bunkhouse Travel Trailer

2023 Highland Ridge Range Lite Air Travel Trailers Under 5000 lbs GVWR

Range Lite Air Travel Trailers made by Highland Ridge offers two recommended floorplans for 2023: 2023 Range Lite Air 16FBS travel trailer for couples (starting price $37,929 MSRP) and Range Lite Air 17BH travel trailer with bunk beds (starting price $35,829 MSRP). Both options reviewed are travel trailers under 5000 lbs GVWR and only 20 feet of exterior length.

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2023 Highland Ridge Range Lite Air Travel Trailers Under 5000 lbs GVWR
Source of photos and specs: https://www.highlandridgerv.com/
ModelFloorplanGVWRDry Weight (UVW)Hitch WeightMax
CCC
Exterior Length
2023 Range Lite Air16FBS49953830440116520′ 0″
2023 Range Lite Air17BH49953840420136020′ 7″
Source of photos and specs: https://www.highlandridgerv.com/

Jayco Options for the Best Travel Trailers Under 5000 lbs GVWR

Now, we have four floorplans by Jayco as great options for couples and families to decide between these amazing lightweight travel trailers under 5000 lbs GVWR.

Jay Flight SLX and Jay Feather Micro travel trailers are Jayco’s models offering lightweight and under 20-25 feet travel trailer options.  

If you are looking for a lightweight travel trailer under 30 feet, the 2023 Jay Feather Micro 166FBS is our recommendation. It is a fully equipped versatile travel trailer under 5000 lbs GVWR with a good maneuverable length of under 30 feet.

If you are looking for a bunkhouse, check out here the 360-Tour of the 2023 Jay Feather Micro 171BH travel trailer with a bunk bed under 5000 lbs.

MakeModelFloorplanGVWRDry Weight (UVW)Hitch WeightMax
CCC
Exterior Length
Jayco2023 Jay Flight SLX184BS45003420375108021′ 7″
Jayco2023 Jay Feather Micro171BH49953775380122020′ 2″
Jayco2023 Jay Feather Micro173MRB49953945380105020′ 10″
Jayco2023 Jay Feather Micro166FBS4995402542097027′ 2″
Source of specs: https://www.jayco.com/

Keystone RV: New Best Travel Trailer Floorplans for 2023

We took two floorplans of the 2023 Hideout Travel trailers made by Keystone to recommend as lightweight travel trailers under 5000 lbs.

The models 2023 Hideout 176BH with a bunkhouse (sleeping capacity: up to 6) and the 2023 Hideout 179RB for couples and visitors (sleeping capacity: up to 4) are our recommendations.

Both floorplans are very similar with a booth dinette-slide -out and a queen size bed in the front of the camper. Mostly, the arrangement differs to accommodate the rear double bunk beds. Also, both campers are under 22 feet, which is great to maneuver. The starting price of these floorplans is about $ 27,390.

2023 Hideout 179RB Travel Trailer:  check out the 360-Tour

New Best Travel Trailer Floorplans for 2023
2023 Hideout 179RB Travel Trailer – One of the Best Travel Trailers Under 5000 lbs for 2023 Perfect for Couples
Source of photos and specs: https://www.keystonerv.com/

2023 Hideout 176BH Travel Trailer: check out the 360-Tour by clicking on this link.

New Best Travel Trailer Floorplans for 2023
2023 Hideout 176BH Travel Trailer with Bunk Beds (30″x68″) – One of the Best Travel Trailers Under 5000 lbs with bunkhouse, single Slide-out, under 22 ft, and sleeping capacity of up to 6 people. Amazing floorplan for 2023!
Source of photos and specs: https://www.keystonerv.com/

Keystone surprises us with an explosive increase in floorplans for all types of towing RVs. If you visit the Keystone RV site I am sure you will find a floorplan that has just what you want! Keystone’s quality is great, that’s why we included them in this review. Plus, we give them extra credit for building a great website that works perfectly with many filters that allow you to easily navigate and find what you are looking for before contacting a dealer. Well done, Keystone!

Here are a few more floorplans we definitely recommend checking out if you are looking for the best lightweight travel trailers under 5000 lbs (both, dry weight and GVWR).

MakeModelFloorplanGVWRDry Weight (UVW)Hitch WeightMax
CCC
Exterior Length
Keystone2023 Springdale202RD65004725565177525′ 0″
KeystoneBullet Crossfire1800RB4400365748074321′ 4″
Keystone2023 Hideout176BH4443375352069021′ 5″
Keystone2023 Hideout179RB4537381048072721′ 5″
KeystoneBullet Crossfire1700BH47003694375100621′ 4″
Source of specs: https://www.keystonerv.com/

KZ RV Floorplans Under 5000 lbs GVWR

The 2023 Escape E211RB and E231BH campers manufactured by KZ RV offer two great floorplans for couples (Escape E211RB) and families (Escape E231BH) of lightweight travel trailers under 5000 lbs (GVWR).

Both floorplans are similar, with a front queen size bed, a rear full dry bathroom, and a kitchen and sofa placed in the single slide-out.

The KZ RV 2023Escape E231BH is also a great option for couples who are looking for their first RV for full-time living.

MakeModelFloorplanGVWRDry Weight (UVW)Hitch WeightMax
CCC
Exterior Length
KZ RV2023 EscapeE211RB50004000440100025′ 2″
KZ RV2023 EscapeE231BH5000417050583025′ 2″
Source of specs: https://www.kz-rv.com/
KZ RV Floorplans review
KZ RV Floorplans: Best Lightweight Travel Trailers Under 5000 lbs GVWR
Source of photos and specs: https://www.kz-rv.com/

More Travel Trailers Under 5000 lbs to Consider (and to NOT Consider!)

Let’s see a few more campers under 5000 lbs. All these below are travel trailers with very different floorplans. Let’s review Solaire Ultra Lite 208SS, 2023 Sonic Lite SL169VUD, and Winnebago Mini Minnie travel trailers and see which ones are recommended and which one is definitely not recommended.

MakeModelFloorplanGVWRDry Weight (UVW)Hitch WeightMax
CCC
Exterior Length
Palomino2022 Solaire Ultra Lite208SS63154823615149224′ 2″
Prime TimeAvenger17FQS3855301435584120′ 7″
Riverside RV2023 Retro190BH4440350044094021’10”
Venture2023 Sonic LiteSL169VUD4400352046088021′ 10″
WinnebagoMini Minnie1700BH4200335441484620′ 9″
Source of specs: https://palominorv.com/, https://primetimerv.com/, https://goriversiderv.com/, https://www.venture-rv.com/, https://www.winnebago.com/

Palomino has the 2022 Solaire Ultra Lite 208SS, which is a great option for those who are not looking for bunk beds. Let’s be honest, when kids grow up, bunk beds are no longer comfortable. Plus, may not be with you on every trip. So, it is a waste of the space you need to be comfortable.

I do believe Solaire Ultra Lite 208SS is a great floorplan for couples who are looking for an RV for full-time living and a great balance between a moderate exterior length and weight. For all that, we highly recommend the Solaire Ultra Lite 208SS as one of the best lightweight travel trailers under 5000 lbs (UVW dry weight) and less than 25 feet long. We expect to see specifications and floor plans updated for 2023 from Palomino.

Best Lightweight Travel Trailers Review 2023
Palomino Solaire Ultra Lite 208SS Travel Trailer: One of the best RV bathrooms for a travel trailer under 5000 lbs (UVR). Source of photos and specs: https://palominorv.com/

Venture 2023 Sonic Lite SL169VUD travel trailer (starting price: $28,000) is another great option to consider, with a sleeping capacity of up to 4 people and an exterior structure under 22 feet. As you can see below in the floorplan, the 2023 Sonic Lite SL169VUD travel trailer is equipped with a griddle outdoor kitchen outside, a pass-thru storage compartment, and a 13 feet electrical awning.

This SL169VUD travel trailer under 5000 lbs has a front 60” x 75” bed, a booth dinette slide-out, and a rear full dry bath next to the double bunk beds. The interior space is incredibly well utilized. It is a great option at a tempting price if you are looking for a travel trailer with bunk beds, and an outdoor kitchen, lightweight, and easy to maneuver.

Venture 2023 Sonic Lite SL169VUD review 5000 GVWR bunkhouse under 22 feet
Venture 2023 Sonic Lite SL169VUD travel trailer under 5000 lbs, under 22 feet, double bunk beds, full dry bath, a sleeping capacity of up to 4 people, including an outdoor kitchen, and a tempting starting price.
Source of photos and specs: https://www.venture-rv.com/

Finally, one of the options we reviewed by request of our readers but definitely we don’t recommend it. Let’s review the Mini Minnie 1700BH.

Winnebago has a lot of fans. For Winnebago’s fans, the Mini Minnie 1700BH is a good option for those who are looking for a camper under 5000 lbs with bunk beds. A divider curtain may offer some privacy to the front bed. Although, this camper includes a dry bath is not full (no hand basin). The bunk beds are shorter than usual.

We have many readers who keep asking us to review the Winnebago, especially the Mini Minnie floorplans. As for comfort, consider that this is a camper without slide-outs. So expect something accordingly. The interior spaces are quite cramped and are not compensated with a longer trailer length. This is a 21 feet long travel trailer. The finish of the furniture and materials seems a bit cheap. Actually, we don’t think that this floorplan presents any advantage over the campers reviewed in this article. Also, if we compare the starting price of about $37,000, you will definitely pay more for less comfort. That’s our humble opinion.

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Source of photos and specs: https://www.winnebago.com/

We try to review floorplans that are currently on the market, including the 2023 models that are already on sale with dealers. We hope our selection of the 30 best lightweight travel trailers under 5000 lbs (GVWR and dry weight) will help you find your RV.

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