How Much Does A Camper Weigh? (20 Examples)

Last Updated on March 7, 2022 by Ted Mosby

Are you wondering how much does a camper or a travel trailer weighs then you don’t have to wonder anymore.

I did a whole lot of research on camper weight and came up with a conclusion with proof. I researched with multiple dealerships and also communicated with multiple Camper Enthusiasts.

I have also given 20 different camper examples with their weights too.

So in this article, I will be giving information on How Much Does a Camper Weigh?

An Average Camper weighs around 5,200 Pounds or 2,350 Kilograms. This is a Dry Weight. Dry weight means it is the weight of the camper trailer when the fuel tanks are empty and also no gear or equipment in the trailer. If there is fuel then it’s around 1,500 pounds or 680 kilograms.

ImageName Weight
Starcraft Autumn Ridge RVStarcraft Autumn Ridge2958 lbs
Palomino PaloMini 177BH 2015 Travel TrailerPalomino PaloMini 177BH3162 lbs
Keystone Passport Express 239ML travel trailerKeystone Passport Express 239ML4140 lbs
K-Z RV Connect C191RBT 2017 Travel TrailerK-Z RV Connect C191RBT4790 lbs
Keystone Sprinter 312MLS Travel TrailerKeystone Sprinter 312MLS8440 lbs
Northwood Arctic Fox 28-5C Fifth-WheelNorthwood Arctic Fox 28-5C11564 lbs
Dutchmen Astoria 2513RLF Fifth-WheelDutchmen Astoria 2513RLF7703 lbs
Prime Time RV LaCrosse 339BHD Travel TrailerPrime Time RV LaCrosse 339BHD8678 lbs
Heartland Bighorn BHTR 39 D TravelerHeartland Bighorn BHTR 39 D Traveler13473 lbs
Tent TrailerFleetwood Destiny Yuma2090 lbs
Hard Side Travel TrailerForest River Flagstaff2228 lbs
2017 Cherokee West 274DBHCherokee West6216 lbs
2017 Coleman CTS192RDWEColeman CTS192RDWE3974 lbs
2017 Rockwood Mini-Light 2504sRockwood Mini-Light 2504s4800 lbs
2017 Salem Hemisphere 24BHSalem Hemisphere 24BH 5118 lbs
2017 R-Pod RP-176Forest River R-Pod RP-1763786 lbs
2016 Jayco Jay Flight 38BHDSJayco Jay Flight 38BHDS7690 lbs
2015 Jayco Jay Flight 27RLSJayco Jay Flight 27RLS6030 lbs
Happier Camper HC1 UltralightHappier Camper HC1 Ultralight1100 lbs
Homegrown Timerline TrailersHomegrown Timerline4550 lbs

Understanding Basic Camper Trailer Weight Terminology

These are the basic Travel Trailer Weight Terminologies that you need to understand properly. All the weights that I have mentioned above are the Dry Weight which is the weight of the vehicle without any fuel in them and also without any gears. 

The Fundamental Camper Trailer Weight’s Terminologies are

  • Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR)
  • Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW)
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR)
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity (NCC)
  • Sleeping Capacity Weight Rating (SCWR)

1. Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR)

Gross Axle Weight Rating or GAWR is basically the maximum load that the axle of the trailer can withhold or support. This rating depends on the axle, tires, and wheel which is also a type of rating based on the weakest link. This rating is provided by the Trailer Manufacturer itself. 

2. Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW)

Unloaded Vehicle Weight is the weight of the travel trailer when it’s fully unloaded and completely empty.  UVW is the one that is mentioned by the manufacturer but this weight terminology is pretty useless because you will be towing the trailer with stuff inside so this is completely obsolete. 

3. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or GVWR is the rating of the maximum weight that is allowed on the trailer including all the stuff such as the Passengers, Driver, Fuel, Water, and Gear. Both Travel Trailer and the towing vehicle will have their own GVWR. 

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4. Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR)

Gross Combination Weight Rating is the combined rating for the travel trailer and towing vehicle. GCWR gives the maximum combined limit of the tow vehicle and travel trailer. 

5. Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCCC)

Cargo Carrying Capacity is the weight of the trailer without the optional equipment and accessories in the trailer.

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6. Net Carrying Capacity (NCC)

Net Carrying Capacity is the weight of all the stuff in the trailer. Everything such as personal stuff, fuels, water, gas, food, gears, furniture, and many more.

7. Sleeping Capacity Weight Rating (SCWR)

The Sleeping Capacity Weight Rating is the maximum weight limit depending on the number of sleeping positions which is designated by the trailer manufacturer. For example, let’s assume each person is around 154 lbs and if two people are sleeping in the trailer then it means SCWR will be 208 lbs. 

How Construction Type of the Travel Trailer Affects Weight?

The construction type of travel trailer affects the weight so much because the whole architecture and design of the trailer depend a lot on them. 

The basic construction of a travel trailer is of two types, they are

  1. Fiberglass Construction
  2. Stick Built Construction

1. Fiberglass Construction

Fiberglass Construction is a type of construction where the camper is built using a fiberglass exterior with smooth exterior sidewalls. Fiberglass construction has an aluminum metal structure which is super lightweight compared to traditional travel trailers. 

If you are interested then check out this article on Best Fiberglass Travel Trailers.

2. Stick Built Construction

Stick Built Construction is the type where the aluminum corrugated siding is on the outside. Stick-built construction has bumps along the exterior of the trailer. This type of construction itself adds a lot of weight typically 900 pounds extra.

What Size Vehicle Do You Need To Tow a Travel Trailer?

What Size Vehicle needed to tow a camper

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In general, if your vehicle has a good tow rating limit, let’s say around 7,500 pounds or 3402 kg then it’s fine for most of the trailers. Most of the trailers in the market come under this range only. 

If you are wondering if you need a Truck? then with my experience, the answer would be No, you don’t need a truck for most of the trailers that are available right now. Make sure that your regular vehicle has a good and high tow rating so that it can pull any type of trailers. 

You can use a Car, Van, or an SUV for towing travel trailers. If you have a big family-size trailer then you might need a truck but those are just 3% right now.

Bonus Tip: If you are going to buy a truck because you have a big and huge family-size trailer then make sure you get a Diesel truck because of the fuel efficiency. Diesel trucks are known for towing heavy trailers so you will also save a lot of money in the long run. 

Types of Camper Trailer and Their Weights

1. Pop Up Tent Trailers

Tent Trailer

Pop Up Tent Trailers are lightweight. Pop Up Trailer Weigh around 1400 lbs to 3200 lbs maximum. 

The vehicle to tow a Popup tent trailer are Car, SUV, or Minivan to tow it.

Here are some of the best pop-up campers with their weights. 

Name Dry Weight Payload Capacity GVWR Hitch Weight
Livin’ Lite Quicksilver 8.0 994 lbs 1,096 lbs 2,090 lbs 124 lbs
Jayco Jay Sport 2,385 lbs 990 lbs 3,375 lbs 285 lbs
Opus OP4 3,100 lbs 500 lbs 4,200 lbs 400 lbs
Aliner Expedition 1,850 lbs 3,500 lbs 3,000 lbs 240 lbs
Forest River Flagstaff 205 1,997 lbs 1,233 lbs 3,231 lbs 230 lbs
SylvanSport Go 840 lbs 1650 lbs
Forest River Flagstaff Tent 2,091 lbs 1,167 lbs 3,258 lbs 258 lbs
Coachmen Clipper Sport 2,396 lbs 845 lbs 3,241 lbs 241 lbs
Forest River Rockwood Tent 1,465 lbs 793 lbs 3,721 lbs 162 lbs
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2. Travel Trailers

2016 Jayco Jay Flight 38BHDS

This type of regular travel trailer is lightweight too. Not so light as Pop Up Tent Trailer but very close. Travel Trailers weigh around 2,300 lbs to 8,800 lbs.

Here are some of the best travel trailers with their weights. 

Name Dry Weight Payload Capacity Hitch Weight
Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro 3,413 lbs 922 lbs 435 lbs
Dutchmen Aspen Trail 1700BH 3,199 lbs 651 lbs 452 lbs
Forest River Rockwood Geo Pro 12RK 1,252 lbs 710 lbs 162 lbs
Keystone Springdale 1800BH 3,394 lbs 1,006 lbs 485 lbs
Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite 16BHC 2,590 lbs 460 lbs 330 lbs
Forest River Cherokee Wolf Pup 16BHS 3,097 lbs 780 lbs 377 lbs
Coachman Catalina 343BHTS2QB 8,666 lbs 1,834 lbs 1,154 lbs
Keystone Hideout 38FQTS 9,291 lbs 2,069 lbs 1,200 lbs
Heartland Mallard M180BH 3,820 lbs 1,548 lbs 582 lbs

3. Hardside Travel Trailers

Hard Side Travel Trailer

Hardside Travel Trailers are somewhere in between the popup tent trailer and travel trailers. Hardside Travel Trailer weighs between 2,100 lbs to 4,400 lbs

Here are some of the best hard-side travel trailers with their weights. 

Name Dry Weight Payload Capacity Hitch Weight
Forest River Rockwood A214HW 2,700 lbs 653 lbs 353 lbs
Chalet A-Frame XL 1935 2,120 lbs 1,380 lbs 370 lbs
Chalet A-Frame LTW 1,380 lbs 1,120 lbs 95 lbs
Jayco Jay Series Sports  1,455 lbs 545 lbs 150 lbs
Chalet A-Frame Classic Alpine 1,300 lbs 1,700lbs 160 lbs

4. Teardrop Travel Trailers

Timberleaf Teardrop Trailers

Teardrop Travel Trailers are the smallest type of travel trailers. They weigh between 600 lbs to 3,100 lbs

The vehicles you can use to tow a Teardrop trailer are a Car, SUV, or Minivan. 

Here are some of the best teardrop trailers with their weights. 

Name Dry Weight
Little Guy Mini Max 3,500 lbs
Xtreme Outdoors MyPod XT 1,200 lbs
nuCamp RV T@B 320 CS-S 1,851 lbs
Timberleaf Pika 2,000 lbs
Safari Condo Alto R1713 2,500 lbs

5. Fifth Wheel Trailers

Northwood Arctic Fox 28-5C Fifth-Wheel

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers are the biggest type of travel trailers. Fifth Wheel Trailers weigh around 5,900 lbs to 20,000 lbs.

The vehicles that you can use to tow a Fifth Wheel Trailers are Truck only. 

Here are some of the best 5th wheel campers with their weights. 

Name Weight
Grand Design Solitude 14,562 lbs
Northwood Arctic Fox 7,973 lbs
Forest River Wildcat 8,369 lb
Coachmen Chaparral 9,800 lbs
Jayco Pinnacle 15,500 lbs

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a 30-foot camper weigh?

A 30-foot camper can weigh up to 5,200 pounds on average. It totally depends on a lot of other qualities such as Floorplans, Constructions and more. So to sum up this question, a 30-foot camper weighs up to 5,200 pounds and more.

How much does a pull-behind camper weigh?

A pull-behind camper or a travel trailer weighs around 2,350 kilograms or 5,200 pounds on average. It can vary a lot from 4,500 pounds to 13,000 pounds.

How much do small campers weigh?

Small Campers weigh around 600 pounds to 2800 pounds. It depends on the floorplans and construction.

How heavy of a camper can I tow?

There is some technical understanding to find this answer. You need to understand your vehicle’s tow rating capacity which is critical to choosing the right trailer.

What does dry weight mean on a camper?

Dry Weight is the weight of a trailer containing all the standard equipment without fuel, cargo, passengers, cargo, or food.

How much does a truck camper weigh?

A truck camper weighs from 1,000 pounds to 5,000 pounds. This is the dry weight.

How much does an Aliner camper weigh?

Aliner camper weighs around 2100 pounds.

Can an f150 pull a camper?

An F-150 can tow or pull a camper that weighs up to 13,200 pounds.

How is towing weight calculated?

Actually, you will find towing capacity in the trailer’s owner manual. Or if you want to calculate on your own you need to understand the individual point of the vehicle and calculate.

Can a Chevy Colorado pull a camper?

Yes, a Chevy Colorado can pull or tow a camper. The maximum towing capacity of 2017 Chevy Colorado is 7,700 pounds so the average trailer weighs around 5,500 pounds. So it’s possible to tow.

How much does a vintage camper weigh?

A vintage camper weighs around 2,500 to 3,500 pounds.

How do I find the weight of my travel trailer?

You need to understand the weight terminologies first and then you need to calculate using the formula. Here are the basic weight terminologies, use this to calculate your travel trailer.

How much weight can pop up the camper frame hold?

The weight of a pop-up camper can vary a lot. The average weight of the pop-up camper is 2,700 pounds.

How much does a Jayco pop up camper weigh?

The average weight of a Jayco pop up camper is 3,715 pounds. Jayco has around 9 different trailer trailers.

How much does a Rockwood pop up camper weigh?

The average weight of the Rockwood pop up camper is 2,700 pounds.

How do you hook up a tow trailer to a camper?

The steps to hook up a tow trailer to a camper are 

  1. Line up your vehicle
  2. Reverse your vehicle in a straight line with the trailer.
  3. Position the trailer above the hitch ball.
  4. Lock the coupler latch.
What can you tow with 5000 lbs?

With 5000 lbs you can tow with compact trucks such as Toyota Tacoma.

Can an f150 pull a 5th wheel?

Yes, an F150 or Ford Explorer tow a fifth-wheel trailer but it’s not recommended because that could damage the vehicle in the long term.

How much weight can a 5x8 trailer hold?

A 5×8 travel trailer can hold up to 1,800 pounds and also tow up to 1,800 lbs.

How much weight can a half-ton truck pull?

A half-ton truck pull is around 453.5 kg which is 1000 pounds.

Can a GMC Canyon pull a travel trailer?

Yes, GMC Canyon can tow up to 7,000 pounds. So yeah it’s possible.

Do Camper Prices and Weight of the trailer correlate?

No, they don’t. It’s not gonna be expensive just because of lightweight or heavy.

Wrapping UP!

I hope that you understood How much does a camper trailer weigh? I did a lot of work to come up with this result. This average weight of a travel trailer is the standard right now.

I will keep updating it as per the standard changes. Please do share this article with your friends and family. If you have any doubts or problems then please don’t hesitate to comment down below.

Thank You and have a fantastic day. 

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About Ted Mosby

I am Ted Mosby from Cleveland, Ohio. I am a Freelance Architect. I live in New Jersey, USA right now and I take my RV every alternate weekend. I own a Forest River Berkshire XLT Diesel 45A Class A Motorhome. As I am a Freelancer I can work anywhere so most of my work is done inside my camper remotely.