Posts Tagged ‘little guy’

Five of the best micro caravans as featured by Caravan Times

November 19, 2010

Thursday, 18, Nov 2010 01:28

by Holly Tribe

We’ve received a few comments in recent months from readers nostalgic for the simple things in life, namely, lightweight low tech caravans.

For some, the increasingly sophisticated technology and heavyweight designs of modern tourers aren’t cause for celebration.

As Beryl who currently lives in France, recently asked: “Why oh why are caravans so heavy? Surely in these days of climate change, the lighter the greener. I am pig sick trying to find a decent caravan that we can tow!”

Well Beryl, in response to your cries of lament here are our top five tourers that can be towed by a reasonably sized VW Golf.

The Little Guy

These teardrop shaped trailers are based on the travel trailer design which originated in the US. Their diminutive form is light enough to be hauled behind a quad bike. But caravanners beware, you will have to travel light as nominal storage comes in the form of a small roof mounted cupboard above the bed.


  • Price: £3995

  • Weight: 300kg



A winner in this years’ European Caravanning and Design Awards, the Tuareg is lightweight and garage friendly with an elevating roof for extra headroom. The cunning island kitchen design can be used in the cabin or taken outside for the chef to prepare dinner al fresco.


  • Price: Euro 13,995

  • MTPLM: on request



Manufactured at the Tabbart factory near Frankfurt in Germany, these pint-sized caravans come in a range of three layouts – the smallest of which is the T@b 320. In its naked form weighs approximately 550kg and is small enough to be towed by a mini.

  • Price: on request

  • MTPLM: 800kg

    Sprite Finesse 2

    If you’re looking for something a bit more mainstream, have a look at the Finesse 2. This compact lightweight tourer from Swift Caravans is the littlest in the Sprite range. Standing at 3.66m in length with an MTPLM of 1,084kg – it is small enough to be matched with a small family car such as VW Golf or Vauxhall Corsa.


    • Price: £10,599

    • MTPLM: 1,084kg


    Adria Action 361

    And finally, we come to our final European offering, the Action 361 from Adria Caravans. Slightly undercutting the Sprite in cost and weight it comes equipped with a large toilet and boasts class leading storage facilities.


    • Price: £10,114

    • MTPLM: 1,000kg


    Little Guy Lil’ Rough Rider Teardrop Camper Trailer – Rough Rider

    June 8, 2010
    From the August, 2010 issue of 4Wheel Drive & Sport Utility
    By Jim Brightly
    Photography by Jim Brightly
    Most of us came to four-wheeling from camping, while others discovered camping through off-roading. My first off-roading camping trip – other than high school in a ’40 Buick Roadmaster four-door – was in 1964. Six of us took an MB and my ’46 CJ-2A to 8,000-foot Monache Meadows in the Sierra Nevada, and we didn’t even take tents (we built a six-person lean-to alongside Fish Creek). My wife and I (and our extended family) have been camping with four-wheelers ever since; only the four wheelers and the RVs have changed (and no more lean-tos). 

    With apologies to Coleman and Big 5, the older one gets, the harder it becomes to be comfortable in a tent. When I was in the Boy Scouts, I made do with a surplus World War II shelter half (two of us each carried half the tent in our matching rucksacks and then buttoned them together for each night’s camp). But after six decades of camping I was more than ready to move on up to a hard-sided camper. However, where can an off-roader find such a camper that can tagalong behind a four-wheeler?

    Three years ago I saw a Little Guy Worldwide highway-model teardrop given away on “The Price Is Right.” Remembering a teardrop trailer my uncle owned in the ’50s, I thought a trailer that size would be ideal for off-road touring and camping – I figured all it would need would be an off-road suspension/tire package. I emailed the Little Guy Worldwide with that suggestion. Two years later I picked up a Lil’ Rough Rider test unit and gave it a 2,500-mile on- and off-road test.

    The Lil’ Rough Rider is available in two sizes (widths, really), which are also the models’ names: 5 Wide (5-foot-wide cabin) and 6 Wide. I tested the 2009 Lil’ Rough Rider 5 Wide. It has a 2×3-inch welded and powder-coated frame with a full belly pan of 11-gauge steel, which protects everything underneath, including the axle with its rugged suspension (the test unit was also equipped with electric brakes). The Rough Rider (71 inches high at the vent) has 20 inches of ground clearance to the cabin and 13 inches to the axle (with standard 235/75R15 off-road tires) and, according to the factory, offers a minimum of 19 inches of water-fording capability (although I forded deeper water than that during my test without mishap). Obviously, with taller tires, the clearance goes up.

    Although the large aluminum straight-line fenders are clearly marked “Not a Step”, they are perfectly shaped for jerry-can carriers and will support the weight of 5 gallons of water or fuel (I asked). If you mount taller tires, you may have to modify the fenders somewhat to accommodate them.


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    Have You Been Tear-dropped?

    May 23, 2010

    Imagine cruising down the interstate in your big rig, fifth wheel and toy-hauler in tow, headed towards your favorite kampground. In the your side mirror, you see the glimmer of a car in the distance. It gains on you, bit by bit, and soon you can make out the form of a compact car, the sort that most folks use for commuting—not camping. It comes closer and closer, signals and finally swings out to pass you. And it’s then that you notice that it’s not flying solo. In fact, it’s towing one of the smallest campers you’ve ever seen on the road. And it keeps heading right on past you at 70 miles an hour and 35 miles a gallon.

    You, my friend, have been tear-dropped.

    Sterling and Jeannie Bradley of Sheffield Village, Ohio, could have booked an ocean cruise or bought a large RV to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Instead, they decided to purchase a classic Silver Shadow Teardrop Camper and hit the road.

    “There are so many places we have not seen,” said Sterling Bradley. “And now seems like a good time. But we are not necessarily Interstate folks. Just getting from Point A to Point B is not our objective. We are more interested in what we discover along the way. If we see something interesting—an antique store or a farmer’s market or a good looking place to eat homemade pie—we stop.”

    For the Bradleys, their teardrop camper—christened the Gone Rovin’—allows them to travel the way they want, when they want and it fits their simple, adventuresome lifestyle. Its birch interior offers storage for day-to-day needs, and just enough space for sleeping. Lockable double doors with slider windows and screens allow for venting, privacy and security. Cooking and food prep are done in the galley located at the rear of the trailer.

    The couple said that the Teardrop is “ready to jump in and sleep instead of setting things up”, meaning they could spend more time out and about and less time worrying about where to park and how long it would take to set up camp. Their fuel-efficient Ford Focus has more than enough power to pull the thousand-pound trailer, and, according to Sterling, “pulls like a dream” without extra mirrors or other accessories.

    “Retirement has a lot of pluses—I took off my watch,” noted Sterling. “We’ve always taken whatever road looks the most interesting. And that’s the beauty of this whole operation—it’s so simple.”

    This summer the Bradleys will launch their golden anniversary travels with a trip to a family reunion in Colorado. As new KOA Value Kard Rewards members, they are eager to begin adding points and reaping rewards. In fact, Sterling figures they will take several trips that last 2-3 weeks each to various destinations but their plans are not concrete.

    So we guess that you’ll just need to look for them at a KOA—or in a rear-view mirror—near you.

    Think the Bradley’s have the right idea? Then you’re definitely going to want to read the June Kompass next month, ’cause we’ve got a camper giveaway courtesy of our friends at Little Guy Teardrop Trailers that you’re gonna love!

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