Do you have a camper where you intend to spend a significant amount of time? Have you been avoiding camping trailers (small RVs) because you dread long trips planned entirely around your next rest stop?
Can’t stand the large, crowded bathrooms at truck stops? Wherever you’re headed and however long you intend to be gone, having a bathroom is one thing that will make your trip more pleasant. And by that, we mean a lot more pleasant.
You can stop and go whenever and wherever you want. That means you don’t have to obsess over where the next gas station is. A bonus is that you also won’t experience the dread of the potentially abysmal condition you imagine you’ll find it in.
You know what we’re talking about for sure. Buyers inexperienced in RV-ing might assume that small campers cannot have a good bathroom, or have a bathroom at all, for that matter, since everything inside is crammed and fighting for space.
With that in mind, they tend to focus more on bigger RVs. But classic small-size campers weigh less, are easier to tow, have a better fuel economy, are easier to park and drive in reverse, and are just more convenient in general.
Campers are a dream buy for some. But it is quite normal to be hesitant to bring home one because you think you’ll be giving up your bathroom. However, you might be pleasantly surprised by the options available.
They fit more places and you’ll have more flexibility with your hauling vehicle. And now you can have it all—along with that bathroom you crave. What’s more, you can also upgrade your bathroom at any time.
1. The Jay Sport
- Sleeps up to 8
- Spacious dinette slide
- Canopy awning
- Scratch-resistant, embossed-aluminum exterior finish
- The bathroom w/ shower is an option and should be ordered separately
- Small and tight floorplan
Like most other campers, this one is offered in a variety of sizes, with features you can opt into. But the good thing is, you can ask to replace the storage cabinet with a toilet and shower with a curtain.
Whether you need a model fit for a single occupant or one that can sleep eight people, the Jay Sport has something to suit your needs. If you purchase this camper new, you can fully customize the space to suit your needs.
With a list of optional extras that include a toilet and shower, this is the kind of camper that can take you where you want to go. This series belongs to the category of folding pop-up camper.
When traveling, you’ll have your camper in a fully collapsed position. This is great for your gas mileage as it makes it lightweight, low-sitting, and creates little drag. You’ll need to pay attention to how you pack and use storage well, however.
With a little bit of planning and effort, though, this camper can be just the compromise you’ve been looking for. The ease and value of a pop-up with the luxury of a bathroom.
2. The Airstream Sport
- Very polished and futuristic exterior and interior
- High quality materials
- Internals covered in anti-bacterial, mildew- and stain-resistant, and flame-resistant fabric
- Attachable expansion tent
- Wet bath
- Not the friendliest one for your wallet out of this list
If crisp modern campers appeal to you, you may be interested in this Airstream Basecamp line.
Airstream has long been a popular name in the RV and camper industry. RV-ers know the brand for the quality of its products and their unmistakable look.
The classic shape and metal exterior of the Airstream Basecamp will leave you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time. We are talking about a very towable, small travel trailer.
The dry weight is 3,400 lbs, with batteries and LP. The hitch weight, however, is only 500 lbs, which makes it highly maneuverable.
This camper series has a timeless feel, but not everything about it is from a bygone era. You’ll love how it seamlessly blends the vintage feel with modern convenience. The insides are just a beautiful contrast between brushed metal and high-quality wood.
You can also ask for a model with different interior materials, such as Forest Ridge Seating. The outside is a strong and durable aluminum-covered shell that will last you for years to come.
This is a small camper (sizes: 20’3″ x 7′ x 6’4.5″), but one that packs a punch. Space-saving amenities maximize the compact space.
This Airstream model sleeps up to 4. In addition to the bed in the bedroom, a convertible dinette can provide sleeping accommodations for two. And we’re talking about the slightly-larger sized Basecamp 20.
The Airstream Basecamp 16 is even smaller, but unfortunately packs only 2 sleeps. We’re sure you can be creative and convert some space (i.e. the dinette) into a sleeping area—or buy a conversion directly from Airstream. But—imagine this—it also has a bathroom!
The bathroom is a wet one, so after showering you’ll have to dry it out. But with the compactness which the Airstream Basecamp oozes, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better design. The great floorplan and luxurious finishings are no more apparent than in the bathroom.
The metal sink is equipped with a high-quality faucet. In the shower, you’ll love the handheld shower head and the retractable clothesline. The crisp white and metallic interior, and the well-utilized space leave the bathroom floor plan feeling spacious.
Have you been looking for a camper that evokes the past while boldly embracing the design of the future? The Airstream Basecamp 20 might just be what you’ve been looking for.
3. iCamp Elite
- Durable and low-maintenance design
- Very light and maneuverable
- Marine toilet
- Relatively small capacity: 2-3 people
- Only two bright color packages (orange and blue)
- Let’s say that we wouldn’t be testing it in off-road settings
If you’ve been looking for a little camper that can do it all, the iCamp Elite more than fits the bill. Although not as posh as the Airstream Basecamp 20 we presented above, this camper will accommodate you in the same places very well.
And it will do this while deflating your wallet less. Its attractive and low-maintenance design will be turning even those who’ve been reluctant to give RVing a try into dedicated fans. It has a queen bed that is extensible with a smart design of the dinette.
We know you will love this easy-to-care-for RV, with a modern classic look. We also know you’re interested to learn about the bathroom this model has to offer.
The iCamp Elite offers a modular fiberglass bathroom that includes both a shower and a toilet. The interior is light and bright and brings with it that retro whimsy we can’t get enough of.
If you love the outdoor life and the freedom that comes with a camper and RV lifestyle, we don’t need to sell you on the good points.
4. Winnebago Micro Minnie Compact Camper Trailer
- Spacious kitchen and sleeping space
- Dry bath
- Flexible storage
- Very maneuverable and towable
- Not among the cheaper offers in the list
- 3 sleeps in most variants (except the largest and most expensive ones)
Now, this is a camper you wouldn’t want to miss. Winnebago’s Micro Minnie has all the usual amenities—you know, a dinette, TV cabinet, a refrigerator, a good floor plan, and a double-sized bed.
But this small camping trailer also comes with a fully-equipped bathroom, with a separate shower, toilet, and a sink!
Besides this, it also has a fully-equipped kitchen, an AV system, and all sorts of dangerous gasses detectors. What’s more to ask?
The Winnebago Micro Minnie Compact Camper Trailer comes in different lengths, ranging from 19′ 4.5″ to 25′ 5″. Their height and width remain fixed to 10′ 5″ and 7′ 0″. This actually gives all versions great maneuverability while driving and parking.
Now, the bath can either be a wet bath or a dry one. This depends on whether you choose to install a simple curtain that will separate the shower from the rest inside the room.
All in all, it is (or it approximates) a deluxe offer that won’t tempt you to rob a bank to be able to afford it.
5. Casita Spirit Deluxe camping Trailer
- Heavy-duty steel frame and insulated interior
- Very lightweight and aerodynamic
- Very high-quality interiors
- Spacious bath
- Rubber torsion bar suspension
- Wet bath
- Roller shades are an option
Have you been on the hunt for a small trailer with all the amenities?
While the standard Casita Spirit doesn’t include a bathroom (and sports 6 sleeps instead), the Deluxe version does.
This translates into two less sleeps, but that still gives you 4, split into two sleeping areas inside. That’s a standard for this type of camper anyway. If you’re looking for a camper with amenities, this one hits the spot.
A patio awning, multiple sleeping spaces, a sink, stovetop, a refrigerator with freezer, a storage cabin, and a wardrobe are all part of the package. Some of these are standard features, while some (i.e. the awning) are add-ons.
It’s a small space that aims to deliver all the comforts of home. We love small campers — sometimes choosing something small means sacrificing little comforts. An indoor shower is often one of the things that have to go.
While outdoor showers will certainly get you clean, they can be laborious to set up. If the weather isn’t favorable, it’s unlikely you’ll get the shower you want.
Imagine doing a mountain river rest during winter–and then having to bath outside. It gives us shivers just by thinking of it. None of that applies to this little Casita Spirit Deluxe, though.
This is that time where you can have a small size and still have a fantastic bathroom—complete with a shower inside your camper. The Casita Spirit Deluxe is available in a 17-foot length.
It seems that the 16-foot models are not currently available, unfortunately, but the difference is slight. The spacious bathroom includes a toilet and a shower. You’ll love the window, the washbasin, and the crisp clean feel to the bathroom.
6. The Jayco Hummingbird 16MRB
- Dry bath
- Murphy bed
- 10’ mechanical awning
- Only 2 sleeps
- Very tight internals overall
Ultra-light and packed full of amenities, the Jayco Hummingbird is a great option for a small camper that comes complete with a bathroom, including a shower, toilet, and a linen and storage closet.
Ample storage, plenty of light — including a skylight, a compact kitchen, and a Murphy bed will give you the airy feeling of space and luxury.
The specs include 2,890 lbs dry weight with a dry hitch weight of only 315 lbs. The size measures 19’10” x 8’1″ x 6’6″, with an awning length of 10′.
Prepped for solar power, this classic teardrop style trailer is anything but outdated. You’ll love the residential-style aesthetic of the interior and the details that have gone into this trailer’s construction.
This trailer easily accommodates bicycles and extra gear. It may be small in size, but you’ll love the extras that come with it. Although Jayco did do an update on their models, this one can still be found as dealer stock.
7. Lance 1575 Travel Trailer
- Beautiful, high-quality interiors
- Very equipped kitchen
- Dry bath
- Mechanical awning
- Not so budget-friendly
- Not that suitable for off-road use
The Lance 1575 is also one of the gems of small travel trailers. It is a small trailer that’s loaded with options. At the same time, it’s lightweight, with only 2,775 lbs of dry weight.
While on the outside it might seem just like any other camper out there, the insides are where it really counts. Featuring a stove and oven, a large refrigerator with a separate freezer, and a bathroom with a shower, this trailer is full of luxurious living.
It’s always nice to find a camper with a bathroom. If the bathroom also has a window, that’s even better. The Lance 1575 outdoes them all with its spectacular shower skylight.
Not only do you have an indoor shower and toilet, but you also have natural light that provides an open and airy feeling. You have both a toilet and a shower with a showerhead. A curtain separates them, making this a dry bathroom.
If you’re looking for all the fun that comes with the camper lifestyle but don’t want to feel like you’re settling for the experience, the Lance 1575 is a good option. It is fairly aerodynamic, has an air conditioner, and is great for boondocking (‘dry camping’).
The stainless steel kitchen sink and the oversized windows with ample storage spaces will leave you feeling like you’re at a top-of-the-line hotel instead of tucked away in a camper.
If you think we’re going a bit over the top here, have a look at the gallery, and don’t say we didn’t warn you.
There’s no need to skimp on the good life when you’re traveling with your trailer. This travel trailer is a prime example of how you can have it all.
8. Homegrown Trailers’ Timberline Camper
- Made from environmentally friendly materials
- Sleeps 3-5
- Solar-powered and energy efficient
- Heat and air conditioning does not come in the standard package
- Wet bath
- Don’t take it on off-road adventures
The Timberline Camper is a great little wood-plastered teardrop trailer camper that boasts a bathroom. With an internal size of 18’10” x 7’5″ x 6’11”, it has plenty of space to include almost anything. With that headroom, anyone would feel quite comfortable inside.
The amenities don’t stop there, though. Looking for a camper that uses solar power and can sleep up to five? Love a clean and wood-based aesthetic?
If that sounds like what you’ve been searching for, the Timberline might be for you. The shower/toilet space is a wet bath. You get all the perks of both the shower and the toilet without sacrificing precious space to dedicate to them individually.
A 2.5-gallon hot water tank, a water heater, a 23-gallon freshwater system, and a composting toilet give you everything you need in an equipped camper bathroom. Heat and the air conditioner are optional.
As if that isn’t enough, this camper is made with non-harmful materials and designed to be eco-friendly and energy-efficient. It belongs to the scamp trailers category, as it is lightweight and pretty compact. We love the large kitchen area and flexible interior.
This is the kind of camper you can shape to fit your exact needs—what’s not to love about that? While it might not be the best choice when traveling to the Amazon, it will serve you just fine in your vacationing across the Belt.
What Small Camper With a Bathroom Is the Right Pick for You?
You’ve been considering which particular camper would suit your needs should you set off on the road. Are the cheaper ones really worth it, or would you be left frustrated and looking to trade them for a more luxurious offer?
The best small camping trailers have a particular set of properties that we’ve come to expect from them.
The right choice for you really depends on what you intend to do with your camper, and how off-civ you intend to go. Typically cheaper options are more affordable (it’s in their name anyway,) but are less cozy. However, there are some surprises here and there.
We’ve figured that what most people look for when considering to buy a camper are the following properties:
- Versatility (includes the range of default features, both interior and exterior wise, as well as the camper’s driving characteristics i.e. towing, maneuverability, and off-road use),
- Luxury (default features that provide above and beyond what is commonly expected of campers)
- Quality (of the materials and of build)
- Economy (includes the baseline price as well as driving performance such as drag and aerodynamics which can quickly take away from efficient fuel economy)
If you are strapped for cash both the iCamp Elite and the Timberline Camper look like the way to go. If you have a bit bigger budget and want a better option, Jay Sport seems to be the best option.
Finally, if you seek maximum comfort, features, and luxury, the Airstream Basecamp and Lance 1575 Travel Trailer are the right picks.
Small Campers With Bathrooms FAQs
HOW MUCH DOES A SMALL CAMPER COST?
They typically cost between $8,000 and $23,000 for the baseline price. Where exactly will the price land in this range depends on the brand, any requested add-ons and options, as well as the overall build quality and characteristics (have a look at our table above).
Remember, we’re talking about the baseline price here, the average price can rise up to $28,012!
SHOULD I EXPECT MUCH FROM A CAMPER’S TOILET?
Well, that depends. Many potential buyers don’t put too many expectations in small RVs’ toilets.
However, some of them have great full bathrooms with freshwater that will keep you from dipping in the forest river. Having a good bathroom in your RV will make you a happier camper, that’s for sure.
IS IT CHEAPER TO RV OR STAY IN A HOTEL?
If we are talking about RV-ing in a small camper, then it beats hotels and typical vacations almost every time. For example, such RV-ing can range between $865 and $3,000.
Traditional vacation would set you off between $1,400 and $4,500, however. That’s a huge difference of about 30-40%! The cost difference becomes smaller if you opt for a campervan or a motorhome instead—but in many cases beats traditional vacationing anyway.
IS RV RENTING WORTH IT?
Small RV renting can be worth it, especially for short boondocking trips and the like.
However, in general, if you’re planning on renting an RV for more than a month it pays to consider buying one. You don’t have to buy new—there are plenty of second-hand campers that will impress you.
SHOULD YOU BUY AN OLD OR SECOND-HAND RV?
If kept in great shape, definitely. There are some real gems out there that are waiting for the right next owner, and you can save some good money over a new purchase also.
The Camper Lifestyle — With The Amenities You Crave
You can have it all. You’ve probably been looking for that rare small RV gem that gives you the memories and adventures you crave without the headaches that come along with bigger vehicles.
Now you can have all the things you crave, without sacrificing convenience. Stop making your plans around your next bathroom break. Instead, bring home a camper that’s fully equipped to make your life—and travel—easier.
Some of the above campers will be not suitable for off-road use. But, you always have a workaround if you have a good tow vehicle.
Have a trailer with a great bathroom we’ve missed here? We’d love to know about it—and we know people on the hunt for a new camper would appreciate it, too. Leave us a note in the comment section below.