Why Buy a Small Travel Trailer?

Here at Airstream of Montana, you’ll notice we have a wide range of trailer sizes. Some Airstream models can fit an entire family, while others are more on the compact side. When you’re looking at some of the luxury that comes with the bigger models, you might be wondering why you would want to consider going for a smaller travel trailer, like Nest by Airstream™ or the  Airstream Basecamp® or Sport trailers.

Small travel trailers are not for everyone, so we’re here to help you figure out if they should be on your shopping radar. Check out some of the benefits of choosing a small travel trailer below, and then stop by our location in Missoula, Montana, serving Bozeman, to see them for yourself.


One of the biggest practical reasons some RVers choose small travel trailers is their affordability. When a manufacturer doesn’t use as much material to build an RV, they won’t need to charge as much for it. Some of these models can even run under $40,000 when they’re brand-new. This, plus long-term savings thanks to better fuel efficiency and easier maintenance, can lead to an overall more affordable RV ownership experience.


A smaller travel trailer is also usually fairly lightweight. As we mentioned, this can help with fuel efficiency, since there’s less drag and your tow vehicle won’t burn through as much fuel as you drive. It can also open up your possibilities for tow vehicle options, since you won’t have to worry as much about exceeding weight limits.


Small travel trailers can provide an overall easier towing experience. You might be particularly drawn to this advantage if you’re a new RV owner. Your first time on the road won’t involve getting a giant trailer under control.

Easy Maintenance

With fewer moving parts, you’ll also have an easier maintenance experience. Between cheaper parts and faster (less expensive) labor, both the fixes you perform and any servicing the trailer undergoes won’t necessarily break the bank.

Storage Options

Smaller RVs can fit into all sorts of corners and out-of-the-way storage locations. Whether you want to keep your trailer in the garage or in the backyard, if you have a little bit of extra property, then you probably have a spot for your travel trailer. This lets you dodge storage facility fees that you might have to shell out for bigger models.


Most small travel trailers less than 23 feet long have absolutely no campground limits. Their size makes them a welcome addition to any RV park or federal land. Even if the campsite itself is a little hard to reach, if your tow vehicle can get there, then odds are your travel trailer can, too.


Sometimes what you see isn’t everything you get. Even the small RVs come with extensions and slide-out options, depending on the model. This means you can maintain your aerodynamic shape on the road while giving you and your fellow campers more interior space when you reach your destination.

Balancing Comfort With Adventure

So at this point, you might still be wondering who decides to buy a small travel trailer. The truth is, big camping parties should probably look somewhere else. These models generally only fit two to four, five or maybe six people (if you’re really pushing it). This can make them ideal for solo travelers or couples.

And at the end of the day, you may not want all the extra bulk that some of the bigger RVs offer. Many small travel trailers are built for people who appreciate modern comforts, but don’t need to be overwhelmed by them, especially when you’re out camping. After all, the whole point is to experience the great outdoors and clock some serious adventure time. Small trailers can give you a comfortable place to sleep and relax without getting in your way.

At this point, you might be starting to realize a small travel trailer is the perfect option for you. If that’s the case, or if you still need help deciding, stop by Airstream of Montana and let one of our staff members know how we can help you. We proudly serve Missoula and Bozeman, Montana.

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