It isn't necessary to have a gas guzzling 8-cylinder vehicle to tow your travel trailer. Many of the newer 6-cylinder vehicles have stronger towing capacities and tow ratings. These 6-cylinders, both front and rear wheel drive, can tow successfully as long as the manufacturer's recommendations are followed and specs are paid attention to. Match the weight and size of the travel trailer you plan to tow to your towing vehicle. Check these options out for different camper trailers – from full-size to smaller and more towable, here are some options for RVers if you’re looking for small travel trailers or smaller campers that still have storage space and fun upgrades.


Teardrop trailers are extremely small and lightweight. Providing a bed for two inside the trailer and cooking facilities under the back hatch, the teardrop is easily transported by a 6-cylinder vehicle. While not suitable for extended travel, these toy haulers are great for weekend getaways or small trips when a full motorhome may not be necessary. The downside is that, in inclement weather, there is not much living space inside and there is no room for a port-a-potty. They have very little storage and you will need to use an outdoor kitchen at the campgrounds or basecamp with this small camper. This is the ideal lightweight camper pod for RVing. It has pretty low ground clearance and less of the comforts of home, but this camping trailer has a low dry weight and low gross vehicle weight rating while still being pretty heavy-duty.

Pop-Up Trailers

The pop-up trailer is another light-weight travel trailer that is easily pulled by a 6-cylinder car, van or truck. More comfortable to sleep in than a tent, pop-up trailers often have heaters and air conditioners to offer better protection from the elements and airstream. The are 8-feet to 18-feet long and can accommodate extra sleepers with slide-outs. The downside is that you have to set it up and break it down every time you set up camp and it does not offer much protection in windy weather, especially if it has awnings and fiberglass walls.

Pop-up campers can also have soft sides. The tent camper does not have as many amenities, like an air conditioner, as other pop-up trailers, but they are easy to pull.

Light-Weight Travel Trailers

Lightweight travel trailers, like the Scamp, range in weight form 2,000 to 4,000 pounds. Even though light-weight trailers can be up to 30 feet long, they can be pulled by 6-cylinder vehicles. Most of the newer crossover models have full bathrooms and appliances that are comparable to larger recreation vehicles. They will usually have floorplans that include a dinette, at least a queen bed in the sleeping space, a wetbath, and an entertainment center. They have plenty of room and convenience to make a comfortable, temporary home away from home, so they are perfect for more full-time travelers. Their aerodynamic design helps save on fuel, and having a solar panel in addition to using propane can also help the payload.

Telescoping Trailers

Telescoping trailers, like the 15-foot long Hi-Lo travel trailer, which has a traveling height of 5 feet, 9 inches and a camping height of 6 feet, 3 inches. These campers tow easily and set up with the flip of a switch. They include a galley, storage and a sleeping area for up to six people. It is a comfortable little home away from home for a small family or friends that can be used during any season.