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Micro caravans – Perfect for travelling Australia? (2024 update)

Are you fascinated with micro caravans Australia too? Or is it just me?!

On this blog I’ve made no secret of my love for small RVs. Whether it’s small pop-tops, small fifth wheels, small caravans, small campervans, or even small teardrop campers.

But today, I’m going as small as you can possibly go, and taking a look at micro caravans available here in Australia.

In this search, I will still maintain MY criteria for an RV, that it:

  • be able to sleep at least 2 people,
  • have a toilet and shower inside (wet bath is fine), and
  • an internal kitchen.

Since this post is all about tiny caravans Australia, I’m only looking at those small caravans that are 3.96m (13ft) or shorter. Most of these are caravans under 1200 kgs, with a couple of caravans under 1000kg. So they’re small and light.

Are there any mini caravans out there in Australia that will fulfil that criteria?

Micro Caravans | Australia

A few caveats before we really get into things…

When I’ve been able to find them, I’ve noted the length, weight (tare and ATM) and price of each of these compact caravans.

Take these with a big grain of salt and do your own due diligence.

  • Everybody measures their caravans differently (from tow ball to rear bumper / exterior body length / interior length) so just be aware of that.
  • Same goes with weight, except sometimes a manufacturer will just say ‘weight’ and not specify whether it’s tare, ATM or what!
  • Prices will vary greatly, some prices include all the ‘extras’, while some are just for the very basic model.

Enough of the caveats, on to the list!

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Ezytrail – Winton 10

I’m sure that Ezytrail are better known for their camper trailers, but I think they’ve really hit it out of the park with this little caravan.

The lounge converts to a double bed, giving you that versatility of being able to lounge inside the van when the weather prevents you from being outside.

Ezytrail - Winton 10 small caravan
Ezytrail – Winton 10
Ezytrail - Winton 10 tiny caravans Australia
Ezytrail – Winton 10
Ezytrail - Winton 10 micro caravan
Ezytrail – Winton 10

Length: 3.2m (just over 10ft)
Tare Weight: 1,080kg (ATM 1,500kg)
Price: $31,990

Find out more details on the Winton 10 on the Ezytrail website.

The Little Caravan Company – X-Scape

The Little Caravan Company obviously have it down pat! They’ve got 2 models that are a tiny 12ft in length. The X-Scape and N-Deavour come in either on-road or off-road versions and each of them has a combined shower & toilet onboard and both inside and outside kitchens. The X-Scape has a double bed and the N-Deavour 2 singles.

The Little Caravan Company – X-Scape
The Little Caravan Company – X-Scape

Length: 3.65m (12ft)
Weight: 1520kg

The Little Caravan Company website.

Crusader Caravans – Chameleon

The Chameleon comes as both an on-road (Action SV) version and an off-road (Liberty SV) version.

Small Crusader Chameleon caravan seen from the outside.
Crusader Caravans – Chameleon Liberty SV
Interior of a Crusader Caravans Chameleon Action SV looking towards the door in the rear.
Crusader Caravans – Chameleon Liberty SV
Floor plan of a Crusader Caravans Chameleon Action SV.
Crusader Caravans – Chameleon Liberty SV

Length: 3.817m
Weight: 1414kg (off-road model)

See all the details over at: Crusader Caravans

Silversun Caravans – Pluto

And here’s another little cutey!

small caravan exterior photo
Silversun Caravans – Pluto
small caravan interior photo
Silversun Caravans – Pluto
small caravan floorplan
Silversun Caravans – Pluto

Length: 3.3m (just under 11ft)
Tare Weight: 960kg (1,200kg ATM)
Price: $47,990

Find out more about the Pluto over on the Silversun Caravans website.

Golf – Maxxi 390 PT

The fold out bedroom area of the Golf Maxxi really expands the internal space while still keeping your towing size down to a minimum.

Golf Maxxi 390 PT
Golf Maxxi 390 PT

Length: 3.9m
Tare Weight: 1,300kg

Find out more about the Maxxi range over on the Golf website.

Century Camper Trailers – Venus11

Century Trailers specialise in trailers, but they’ve got a small range of caravans that they also produce. The Venus11 is the middle size option (yes, they go even smaller with a little teardrop camper available too) and even though it’s just 11ft long, it fits in everything you need.

Century Camper Trailers Venus11
Century Camper Trailers Venus11
Century Camper Trailers Venus11

Length: 3.35m
Tare Weight: 972kg (1,500kg ATM)
Price from: $32,000

You can find all the details about the Venus11 caravan on the Century Trailers website.

Royal Flair Caravans – Raptor Tandem 11’5-2 Shower

And here’s something a little different.

The Raptor’s are actually a toy hauler, but the toy hauler section is a fold up tray; so you can have a small caravan while still having the option of a longer toy hauler whenever you need it.

Royal Flair Raptor Tandem
Royal Flair Raptor Tandem

Length: 3.48m
Tare Weight: 2,263kg (3,063kg ATM)

Find out more about the Raptor toy hauler range over on the Royal Flair Caravans website.

Boss Adventure – XA11+

You’ll find that quite a few of the hybrid caravans will fit into this ‘micro’ category, like this XA11+ by Boss Adventure.

I love the hybrids because they have all the features of the bigger caravans, but in a small package. You do need to be careful though… as they’re built to be off-road, you’ll find that they can still be quite heavy.

Boss Adventure – XA11+
Boss Adventure – XA11+
Boss Adventure – XA11+

Length: 3.35m
Tare Weight: 1,850kg (2,750kg ATM)
Price from: $49,990

You can find all the details about the XA11+ on the Boss Adventure website.

Wild Boar – Road Trotter

The Road Trotter is a great little off road beast. With internal kitchen, combined shower & toilet and a dining area that converts to a double bed, it would make a great option for a couple doing a Big Lap.

Length: 3.5m
Tare Weight: 1,090kg (1,500kg ATM)

You can find all the details about the Road Trotter on the Wild Boar website.

More European Caravans in Australia

Euro Caravans – Glider

How about this little beauty! Everything you need, and nothing you don’t.

I’ve been one of these, and there’s no doubt it’s small. I saw someone describe it as perfect for one, cozy for two.

Euro Caravans - Glider (micro caravan)
Euro Caravans – Glider
Euro Caravans - Glider - small caravan interior.
Euro Caravans – Glider
Euro Caravans - Glider (small caravan)
Euro Caravans – Glider

Length: 4m
Tare Weight: 560kg (850kg ATM)
Price: $37,800

Euro Caravans also have another micro caravan in their range called the Hobby. You can see both of them over on the Euro Caravans Australia website.

Adria – Action

At 4m (a smidge over 13ft) I think the Action caravan from Adria Mobil will still fit into many peoples wish lists, as it does mine! So I’ve opted to include it in the lineup.

compact caravan exterior photo
Adria – Action
Adria – Action
compact caravan floorplan
Adria – Action

Length: 4m (a smidge over 13ft)
Weight: 932kg
Price: $44,990

Find out more about the Adria Action over on their website.

Swift Caravans Australia – Basecamp

I’ve left this one till last, because even though I’m loving the look of this tiny caravan, finding information online about this mini is surprisingly difficult.

With a rear facing door, a tent/annex can be attached to the rear of the caravan, greatly increasing its space. But even without it, this little caravan fits our criteria of sleeping at least 2 people, an internal shower, toilet and kitchen.

You can see the promo video and download a brochure on the Australian Swift website.

Exterior view of the Swift Basecamp micro caravan.
Swift Australia – Basecamp
Interior view of the Swift Basecamp micro caravan.
Swift Australia – Basecamp
Floor plan of the Swift Basecamp micro caravan.
Swift Australia – Basecamp

It’s not a massive list of tiny caravans to choose from, and it’s clear that the Europeans love their mini RVs (and we love importing them), so we’re left with just a couple of questions still to be answered:

What is the smallest caravan you can buy?

The smallest caravan in Australia (with an internal toilet, shower and kitchen) is the Winton 10 by Ezytrail campers (the first one on this list, actually). At just 10ft, it sure does pack a lot into its diminutive dimensions.

What is the best small caravan?

The one that’s sitting behind your car! There is no ‘best’, except for the ‘best-one-for-you’. So use this list as a guide to find the best small caravan for you!

What are the lightest caravans?

The lightest caravan we’ve found here in Australia (that includes the requisite internal kitchen, toilet and shower) is the Glider by Euro Caravans.

As light as possible…?

One of the great appeals of a micro caravan (to me) is that a small/light caravan can be towed by many more vehicles than a large, heavy caravan can. 

But this does not mean that ANY car can be used. 

As we see more and more accidents involving caravans on our roads, it must be said again, that you MUST have a car and caravan combo that is safe and, obviously, within the legal limits. 

My preference is that I’m well within the legal limits. Hence the fascination with small and light caravans.

All that to say, you must do your due diligence. Don’t buy a micro caravan just cos you think your Nissan Micra could tow it. :-O

So how do you find all these small/micro caravans?

See below, ‘cos we got you covered!

We’ve put together a spreadsheet of all the caravans you can buy new in Australia, so you can filter and sort to find the perfect small caravan for you.

We’re Ben & Michelle and when we first started travelling around Australia, it was in a soft floor a camper trailer and then we ‘moved up’ to a 40 year old vintage caravan.

When we were looking for our next RV, Michelle started building a spreadsheet of all the RVs we were looking at, and their features.

It grew into a massive spreadsheet called the Australian RV Directory.

The Australian RV Directory is a full list of all the caravans, motorhomes & campervans you can buy new in Australia.

It contains columns of all the important features, (like dimensions, weights, berths, bathroom, off-road/hybrid & more) so that you can filter for only the RVs that fit your criteria.

adam

Sunday 7th of January 2024

Thank you for this info have a MG ZST 1.5LTR 750 towing capacity so have found this really informing.any suggestion would be helpful.

Deborah

Thursday 16th of February 2023

Thank you. Do you have a list of small/micro without internal bathrooms please?

Deborah

Wednesday 8th of March 2023

@Michelle, thanks. Just saw this response 😂 and still looking. No, tear-drop not suitable for living in. Ideally looking for similar to old viscount nipper etc .... everyone is going way too big in vans in my opinion. Thanks

Michelle

Monday 20th of February 2023

Hi Deborah, the Small Caravans spreadsheet that we created contains all the 'small caravans' that we could find (body length less than 5m) whether they had a bathroom or not. Of the 380 caravans on that list, 96 of them don't have a bathroom. I hope that helps? If you're wanting to go really small, maybe a teardrop camper would suit? I've written a post about them here: https://benandmichelle.com/teardrop-campers-for-sale but I don't have a post specifically about small caravans without a bathroom... yet! Michelle :-)

Liz

Wednesday 8th of February 2023

Fantastic Have you put the website links on the spreadsheets?

Michelle

Thursday 9th of February 2023

Yes, we've got the URL to each model on the spreadsheet. :)

Michelle G

Monday 5th of April 2021

What a great post. I've just started looking at small vans (under 1400kg) that would be suitable to tow with a Subaru XV and available on the Australian Market. Your post has provided some great options. Thank you

JohnMiller

Monday 5th of April 2021

Anyone had any knowledge or experience with Sunland Blue Heeler Pup (size =11ft 6 ins) thanks John

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