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No toilet, no shower. Get a portapotty and shower in the campground facilities, or get a propane powered shower from Cabellas if dry camping. Here's a very lightweight hardsided foldable: Aliner Alite


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The route I took was to build a super light weight camper on a 93 Toyota 2wd pickup. The all metal pop top is from a 1964 Econoline Travel Wagon. 30 MPG without the trailer, high 20s pulling the bikes, pops up in 10 seconds. Works great for a single person. Here's a pic with the top up.

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Our 2006 Aliner weighed in at 995#, hard walls that pop up in about 20 seconds, huge headroom, full kitchen + outdoor stove as well, microwave & AC, dinette and queen size bed. Did not have a bathroom but did have a porta potti (which we never used). It towed like a dream because is was only 54" high and tucked right down behind my truck/shell. The newer models have bathrooms but weigh more. Ours was the larger model but they make even smaller ones that some folks tow with a motorcycle, check them out.



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The "Little Guy" line of teardrops is very close to what you want -- not sure about the bathroom thing, though:

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You'll get better mileage with a pop up than a tear drop simply because of wind drag. They're also light weight. Coleman makes the Westlake with a cassett toilet and shower. I don't know what they weigh, but am guessing its under 1200 lbs.
Coleman's no longer in business, but there are plenty of used ones up to the 2011 model year.

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A buddy of mine has a Little Guy that he recently purchased new. After seeing the Aliner in my signature he will probably be taking a huge hit to sell the Little Guy and buy an Aliner. All the advantages of a folding trailer but it's more like a TT when opened.


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You might be able to modify something like this all-aluminum cargo trailer- this one weighs in empty at 985 lbs, but there might be lighter ones out there.

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You could just build your own. I am building this one to be pulled by a Saturn sl.


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I think you might be stuck with tent campers at that weight. Never had one, but the little Quicksilver's would have to be a major high-and-dry improvement over an ordinary tent in the mud. You know canvas attracts rain, right?

Besides the little 600 pound Alite, TrailManor makes some small fold-down hardtops, but even their smallest is more weight than you listed as your recommended vehicle match, and they don't seem to offer electric brakes. I suppose you could pull a heavier unit if it had electric brakes. Barring high speed mountain climbs, a bit more weight probably wouldn't matter as much as frontal area for both mpg and stress on your economical drivetrain. Once a low-profile heavier camper is moving, it pulls the same... until you get to a big hill.

This is an interesting proposal. Let us know how you solve it.

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