Amazing Tiny RVs
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Amazing Tiny RVs
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Downsizing, RV-Style

Mention an "RV," and images of massive, gas-guzzling homes on wheels that mainly appeal to those nearing retirement are usually the first thing to come to mind. But a new industry trend driven by — who else? — millennials is seeing recreational-vehicle profiles getting "smaller, sleeker with more technology built in," Recreational Vehicle Industry Association spokesperson Kevin Broom told The Spokesman-Review in 2019. Cheapism has rounded up a few of these tiny RVs that are turning heads, at a number of different prices — from more affordable trailers that cost less than $15,000 to luxury motorhomes that ring up at a staggering $500,000.

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Polydrop Trailer
Polydrop

Polydrop Trailer

A more angular take on the ubiquitous teardrop trailer profile, the Polydrop looks like a tiny spaceship, especially with its gull-wing doors raised. At just over 12 feet long, with a double layer of insulated wood and aluminum skin, it's designed to be cozy, even in cold weather. 

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Polydrop Trailer
Polydrop

Polydrop Trailer: The View Inside

Like other trailers with similar profiles, the Polydrop includes a cabin with sleeping space and storage, and the camper's back opens up to a minimalist, mod-looking cooking space that includes a cabinet for electronic components and two storage drawers — no cooktop, sink, or refrigeration here. Polydrop's 2020 model will cost $13,000.

inTech RV Chase Flyer
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inTech RV Chase Flyer

This Indiana company offers a number of RV models considered tiny by today's standards. The Chase Flyer is one of the more versatile options with plenty of available add-ons and mods. At 7 feet, 5 inches long and 3 feet, 9 inches high, it sleeps two, but can accommodate up to three more people with an add-on tent feature.

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inTech RV Chase Flyer
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inTech RV Chase Flyer: The View Inside

RVers who really like to get off the beaten path can do so with the Chase's off-road tires, all-aluminum, fully welded cage frame, and lift kit. Larger versions of the Flyer — the Pursue and Explore — come with slide-out kitchens and tip-outs for extra sleeping space. New models of this trailer sell for around $10,000-$13,000.

Aliner
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Aliner

This pop-top, "original A-frame" camper was conceived of in the early 1970s. It now comes in 11 different versions that offer differing features. These include exterior options such as an outdoor shower, baggage doors, LED running lights, exterior outlets, off-road axle, outside grill, and more. Interior options include a shower, toilet, and front and/or rear beds.

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Aliner
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Aliner: The View Inside

Some models also include a refrigerator, microwave, and stove top. The company also makes a small-footprint, teardrop-like RV camper called the Ascape with solar panel and flat-screen TV options. Plan to drop anywhere from less than $15,000 to $30,000 for 2020 Aliner models, depending on size and features.

Aero Teardrop Broadway
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Aero Teardrop Broadway

Portland, Oregon-based Aero offers a number of customizable tiny RV models, but the 5-by-8-foot Broadway is its most compact. Like many teardrop-style trailers, the Broadway features a sleeping cabin and galley that can be accessed via a liftable door. It also comes with a Bluetooth stereo system, hardwood cabinetry, LED lighting, and underfloor storage.  

Aero Teardrop Broadway
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Aero Teardrop Broadway: The View Inside

Custom options such as exterior finish, wheel type, tongue storage, and awning, as well as interior add-ons such as TV/DVD player and stainless steel countertops increase the price. Aero has a super-intuitive trailer-building feature on its website that lets customers know exactly how much each feature costs. Models start at $13,000.

Scamp Trailer
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Scamp Trailer

Scamp has been making trailers since the 1970s, and is still going strong today. The camper's original aerodynamic profile is still used in the modern standard and deluxe models available in 13- and 16-foot trailer versions, as well as a 19-foot fifth-wheel version. This latter option comes with oak or birch hardwoods, a larger bath area, more storage, and space to accommodate a larger refrigerator.

Scamp Trailer
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Scamp Trailer: The View Inside

With a convertible dinette and queen-bed loft area, the super-sized Scamp can also sleep five to six. Expect to spend around $15,000 to $20,000+ for new models.

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Dub Box Dinky Sleeper
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Dub Box Dinky Sleeper

If you're a fan of the VW Bus, you'll love the Dinky Sleeper's design, which looks a lot like the classic vehicle, only in towable form. This tiny RV comes with or without an outdoor kitchenette, and both models include a custom queen mattress and options features such privacy window shutters, roof rack, AC/heat, portable cooler, indoor curtain track, and pop-up top with weather curtains.

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Dub Box Dinky Sleeper
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Dub Box Dinky Sleeper: The View Inside

Dinkys can be ordered in a choice of colors, and are easily towable at about 1,000 pounds. The kitchenette version starts at $17,700, and one without at $16,900.

The Sealander
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The Sealander

A tiny RV that also happens to be amphibious, the German-built Sealander can be a camper or, with the addition of an outboard engine, a boat — and all for around $20,000. The vessel's hull is constructed of gel-coated, fiberglass-reinforced plastic connected to the unit's monocoque — meaning the body and chassis are integrated — shell. This design lets users easily take the Sealander from road to water.  

The Sealander
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The Sealander: The View Inside

The unit comes with an onboard grill, fresh-water toilet, stainless steel sink, dinette with seating for six that turns into a sleeping area, 2,300-watt stove module, leather and stainless steel fixtures, and an onboard shower.

nüCamp TAB Teardrop
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nüCamp TAB Teardrop

For the RV owner who likes a nod to vintage styling combined with Amish craftsmanship, there's this line of tiny towables. Unlike most other teardrops, where the kitchen is accessible from the unit's exterior, nüCamp's TAB models include it in the interior, and there are even a floor plans that include a wet bath.  

nüCamp TAB Teardrop
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nüCamp TAB Teardrop: The View Inside

The camper's base package includes central AC and heat, a 19-inch TV/DVD/radio combo with Bluetooth technology, and an external shower for hosing down gear, pets, or yourself. Optional features include LED lights, solar panels, a Yakima roof rack, off-road tires, and more. Prices for these trailers start in the low $20K range and can exceed $30,000, depending on model and features.

TAXA Outdoors Cricket
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TAXA Outdoors Cricket

With a dry weight of just over 1,700 pounds and a design inspired by NASA, the easily towable Cricket has a ton of features that make this tiny RV versatile. Once parked, campers can open a pop-up roof for added ventilation and space. It also comes with a built-in, birch plywood kitchen, under-bed storage, and a bed that can be converted into seating.  

TAXA Outdoors Cricket
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TAXA Outdoors Cricket: The View Inside

Available options include a portable toilet, kids' berths, window AC unit, and more. The Cricket also has thoughtful exterior details — bottle opener, carabiner clips, hot/cold exterior shower — that any adventure-thirsty gearhead will love. The new 2020 model goes for around $30,000.

OPUS OP 15' Hybrid Caravan
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OPUS OP 15' Hybrid Caravan

Built with "tough luxury in mind," this tiny RV includes a bamboo interior, a pullout stainless steel kitchen that includes a chopping board, prep deck and pantry access, as well as an electric Dometic cooler that has both refrigeration and freezing compartments, and a pop-up roof that provides extra headroom.

OPUS OP 15' Hybrid Caravan
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OPUS OP 15' Hybrid Caravan: The View Inside

The OP's interior includes a leatherette dining area, shower/toilet combo with hot water availability, a king size bed and twin bunks, and plenty of available storage via a wardrobe and other storage areas. At nearly 5,000 pounds, it'll require a more robust vehicle to tow it but, as GearJunkie recently noted, with this many features, it "may be nicer than your home." Models start at around $34,000.

Airstream Basecamp, Nest, and Bambi
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Airstream Basecamp, Nest, and Bambi
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Airstream Basecamp, Nest, and Bambi: The View Inside

All three come with a functioning kitchen and waterproof interior bathroom (as well as exterior shower with hot and cold water). And each has a base weight of 3,300 pounds or less, making all three easy to tow — although the Bambi might require a regular rather than midsize SUV.

Hütte Hut
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Hütte Hut

This teardrop-esque trailer appears more work of art than RV — its design has received raves from publications such as Fast Company, which deemed it "a veritable jewel box on wheels." Hütte Hut's minimalist cabin combines epoxy-bonded, screwless Joubert Okoume marine ply with Baltic birch fixtures and floors, a retractable, water-repellent canvas canopy, and a multi-posture convertible cushion. All of that is mounted on a proprietary aluminum space frame chassis.

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Hütte Hut
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Hütte Hut: The View Inside

Those with a budget should keep in mind the camper's price tag of $64,000. While Afar.com called it the "most exquisite, intelligently designed ...teardrop camper ever built," it's unlikely to be in most people's price range.

Winnebago Revel
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Winnebago Revel

The Class B — commonly called van campers — is another category that lends itself well to smaller footprint RVs, and Winnebago's Revel is a popular, award-winning choice in this genre. It's the first off-road ready camper to be mass-produced and sold in the U.S. in decades, and Outside magazine called it a "breakthrough camper van." It includes a power-lift bed with under-bed storage, an all-in-one gear closet and wet bath, and swivel cab seats, as well as a kitchen with single-burner induction cooktop, stowable countertop extension, and 2.5 cubic foot fridge.

Winnebago Revel
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Winnebago Revel: The View Inside

Other desirable features include AC/heat, dual-pane acrylic awning windows with shades for ventilation, and snap-in screens on sliding and rear doors to "let the breeze in while keeping the bugs out." All that versatility comes with a bit of sticker shock, however — new 2020 models sell for around $130,000-$170,000.

Winnebago Boldt
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Winnebago Boldt

Following the success of the Revel is Winnebago's newest camper van, the Boldt, which debuted at the RVX industry trade show in March. Built on a 24-foot Mercedes-Benz chassis with a V6 diesel engine that's also available in a 4x4 option, this modern motorhome includes safety features such as airbags, blind-spot monitors, and assist systems for auto-high beam, active lane keeping, and active braking. The two floorplans combine sleeping areas, galley kitchens, and dining areas.

Winnebago Boldt
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Winnebago Boldt: The View Inside

Winnebago claims it's the "most comfortable B-van ever created" and, at nearly $200,000, it should be. For that amount of money, travelers also get Corian countertops, an AI voice interface system, integrated Wi-Fi, a 24-inch LED TV and sound system, and enough extra insulation to make it four-season road-worthy.

EarthRoamer XV-LTS
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EarthRoamer XV-LTS

At 29 feet, the EarthRoamer is longer than most RVs on this list, but it's a truck camper — which means a lot fewer of those feet involve actual living space. And that's pretty much where this RV's limitations start and end. Even pre-owned versions of these vehicles top $500,000, which tells you a little something about how many bells and whistles, both interior and exterior, the EarthRoamer has. It's built on a four-wheel drive, turbo diesel, Ford F-550 chassis, with solar and battery power designed to take travelers far off-road.

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EarthRoamer XV-LTS
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EarthRoamer XV-LTS: The View Inside

A few other eye-popping features include 85-gallon water tanks, 95-gallon diesel fuel capacity, 900-mile trip range, electric awning, and fiberglass sandwich construction used in yacht hull and aircraft manufacturing. On the inside, EarthRoamers' five floor plans offer a king-size, memory-foam bed and, in the kitchen, an induction cooktop, 8 cubic foot fridge, convection microwave, granite countertops, touch faucets, and a mounted Keurig coffee maker. Feel like cooking outside? The EarthRoamer has that covered, too, with its exterior kitchen package.