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5 Lightweight Standy Trailers Under 1,500 Lbs

Tiny campers like teardrops are so much more prevalent on the road these days. However, while some buyers like the idea of a lightweight, fuel-efficient way to travel, they don’t like the idea of not being able to stand up inside their own camper.

A standy is a tiny trailer that is tall enough to stand up inside.
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Photo by Rustic Trail Teardrops

“Standy” is a term used by small trailer enthusiasts for a camper that is tiny and has minimal amenities, but you can still stand up inside of it. These five standy trailers have the same simple design and layout similar to a teardrop trailer without the galley kitchen. They all weigh under 1,500 lb. and can be towed by smaller vehicles.

Most standy interiors are usually simple with basic amenities.
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Photos by Relic Trailers

While the kitchens in these trailers are either non-existent or very basic, they can still be used for preparing coffee or a simple breakfast when the weather is not cooperating.

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In addition, none of these tiny campers have bathrooms or showers. They are meant to be light, easily towable, and inexpensive, but still offer comfortable sleeping and living options with a bit more headroom.

1. Rustic Trail Polar Bear

The Polar Bear by Rustic Trail Teardrops in North Carolina comes in at a streamlined 1,365 lb. This standy trailer has six feet of headroom and a width of 5 feet 10 inches. There are two versions of the fiberglass coated teardrop.

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The standard model starts at $8,750 and includes birch plywood cabinets and an elevated queen bed with a mattress that converts into a dinette. The base model includes an unfinished exterior and a finished interior with no cabinets, bed, dinette, or mattress.

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Each of the models have 14-inch aluminum wheels, stabilizer jacks, and are built on heavy-duty metal frames. The Polar Bear can be painted in a variety of colors. Options like a rear camp kitchen, canopy, and a front rack are available.

2. Tiny Camper Company Stand Up Spam

The Tiny Camper Company is a Florida-based teardrop trailer company that also builds an efficient little 980 lb. standy trailer. The Stand Up Spam is only $5,300 and is built on a 5×8 metal frame. The inside is only 5 foot 9 inches, so it’s best for shorter people.

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However, the interior is multifunctional. It contains a drop-down table, a pullout bed, two front cabinets with a wooden countertop, LED lights, and a NOCO electric system.

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The interior has hardwood floors and birch plywood walls. The exterior can be painted in a variety of colors and can also have a front cargo rack or bin.

3. Little Guy Trailers MeerKat

The MeerKat Trailer by Little Guy Trailers in San Diego is a standy with a little more headroom in the form of a canvas popup. The 900 lb. MeerKat is small enough for lightweight travel but large enough to fit two people.

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The interior features a wraparound seating area and table that converts into a double bed. The kitchen includes wood cabinets, an icebox, and a closet. The stove is a portable one-burner butane stove that fits into a drawer.

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There is no holding tank for water. Instead, you can use your own water container that fits underneath the sink.

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The MeerKat exterior paint and canvas and the interior fabric can be customized with any color or fabric you want. There is also room underneath the dinette for a portable toilet and other camping supplies.

4. Weiscraft Little Joe

Weighing in at only 1,100 lb. and with over seven feet of headroom, the Little Joe by Colorado-based Weiscraft is an affordable trailer for two people.

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Made with smooth, molded fiberglass on a steel frame, the Little Joe contains a long dinette that converts into a bed, a table, plenty of overhead storage, and a kitchen with a sink, cooktop, and ice box. A refrigerator and microwave are optional.

5. The Relic

The Relic has been featured on DIY RV before. This unique fiberglass camper from Washington is more of a vintage-style trailer than a standy, but with its 1,000 lb. weight, it deserves to be on this list for its combination of amenities in a lightweight package. The Relic starts at around $16,000 and goes up depending on added options.

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There is an optional kitchen that features an icebox, a stainless stove, and a drop-in sink. The interior also features wood cabinetry in the front and rear, vintage-style interior lighting and jalousie windows, and wood paneling with your choice of finishes.

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The Relic has over six feet of interior headroom and the interior floor plans can be customized. From a full bed option with cabinets to twin beds and a U-lounge, the Relic fits everything you need (sans bathroom) into a classic shape. The exterior comes in several colors including Celeste Blue, Buttercup Yellow, and even a limited edition Flamingo Pink.

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See also: 5 Lightweight Trailers That Have Everything You Need


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