Lightweight Caravans Under 1200kg in Australia

14 Lightweight Caravans Under 1200kg in Australia

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There’s no denying it, caravanning has become a massively popular activity over the last three to five years in particular. Gone are the days where hitching up a caravan and hitting the open road was a leisure activity reserved for retirees.

What with the current state of worldwide events and economical hits, adventuring in our own backyard is now the most attainable way for families, singles and couples of all ages to escape the grind for a while.

However, caravanning is not exactly the cheap activity that camping once was. Caravans are expensive and that’s without adding in a tow vehicle upgrade to actually be able to use the thing.

For those who want to enjoy the creature comforts of a caravan and be able to tow it with their existing vehicle, there are plenty of lightweight caravans under 1200kg on the market.

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Caravan Towing Weight Terms

When it comes to caravan weights, there are actually quite a few different terms that need to be considered.

Below is a summary of the towing weight terms that you’ll need to know when choosing a lightweight caravan under 1,200kg. To gain an even deeper understanding, check out Caravan Towing Weights (Full Guide) and Calculating Tow Ball Weight.

CARAVAN TOWING WEIGHT TERMS
Towing CapacityMaximum Allowable Weight the Vehicle Can Tow
Vehicle Tare WeightEmpty Weight of Vehicle + Oil & Fluids + 10L Fuel
GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass)Maximum Allowable Weight of Vehicle
Vehicle PayloadGVM – Vehicle Tare (amount of weight you have for accessories, luggage & passengers)
Caravan Tare WeightEmpty Weight of Caravan + Only Factory-fitted Accessories
ATM (Aggregate Trailer Mass)Maximum Allowable Weight of Caravan
Caravan PayloadATM – Caravan Tare (amount of weight you have for mods, accessories & luggage)
GCM (Gross Combined Mass)Maximum Allowable Weight of Car + Caravan
TBW (Tow Ball Weight)Approx. 10% of your ATM or maximum 350kg

All caravans included in this post have a tare (empty) weight of 1,200kg or under. Keep in mind that you need to allow extra weight for your “stuff,” which is what we call the ‘payload.’

So, if your car’s towing capacity is 1,500kg and you buy a caravan with a tare weight of 1,200kg, you will have a maximum payload allowance of 300kg.

While that might sound like a lot, things can add up really quickly! Here’s a list of payload items that you may have to account for.

Payload items to consider:

  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Water
  • BBQ & cooking gear
  • Kitchen & bathroom items
  • Linen
  • Full gas bottles
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor mats & privacy screens
  • Battery & solar upgrades
  • Generator
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Common Towing Capacities for Australian Vehicles

The table below will give you an idea on what the towing capacities are for 34 common Australian vehicles.

  • BRAKED Towing Capacity = the maximum weight the vehicle can tow if the caravan has its own brakes.
  • UNBRAKED Towing Capacity = the maximum weight any vehicle can tow in Australia if the caravan does not have its own brakes is 750kg.

NOTE – All figures below are based on 2023 models.

VEHICLEMAX BRAKED TOWING CAPACITY (kg)
FORD Puma1,100
FORD Escape1,800
FORD Everest3,500
FORD Ranger3,500
HYUNDAI Kona1,600
HYUNDAI I301,600
HYUNDAI Tucson1,900
HYUNDAI Palisade2,200
HYUNDAI Santa Fe2,500
ISUZU MU-X3,500
ISUZU D-Max (Dual Cab)3,500
KIA Cerato1,100
KIA Sportage1,900
KIA Sorento2,000
KIA Carnival2,000
MAZDA CX-31,200
MAZDA CX-51,800
MAZDA CX-92,000
MAZDA BT-503,500
MITSUBISHI Eclipse Cross1,600
MITSUBISHI Outlander1,600
MITSUBISHI Pajero Sport3,100
MITSUBISHI Triton3,100
NISSAN Qashqai1,500
NISSAN X-Trail2,000
NISSAN Pathfinder2,700
NISSAN Patrol3,500
NISSAN Navara3,500
TOYOTA Corolla1,300
TOYOTA RAV41,500
TOYOTA Kluger2,000
TOYOTA Prado3,000
TOYOTA Hilux3,500
TOYOTA Landcruiser (Wagon)3,500
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Teardrop & Pod Caravans

Teardrop Camper vs Pod Camper

If you’re interested in little caravans that are often well and truly under the 1,000kg (tare) mark, have a look at the Teardrop Caravans and Pod Campers.

These two camper styles are basically an enclosed bed on wheels, with an external kitchen at the back. With Teardrop and Pod Campers, you won’t have any bathroom facilities, nor can you stand up inside the van, so they’re not for everyone.

But, the great thing about Teardrops and Pods is that due to their light weight, plus their low profile, almost any car with a hitch can tow them!

Here are 20 Teardrop Brands and 21 Pod Camper Manufacturers to browse through.

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Lightweight Caravans Under 1200kg

ADRIA – Action

Adria Action
Adria – Action
Adria Action
Adria – Action (interior)
Adria Action (floor plan)
Adria – Action (floor plan)

The Adria Action has a big u-shaped dinette, which converts into a double bed for sleeping. One of the unique things about this van is the massive glass roof, perfect for star-gazing at night! In the kitchen you’ll find a sink with 2-burner cooktop, fridge and full-sized oven. The ensuite is a shower and toilet combo.

Adria Action Measurements:

BerthBody LengthTare (kg)Payload (kg)ATM (kg)TBW (kg)
313.2 ft932

See the Adria Action lightweight caravan.


AVAN – Aspire 402

Avan Aspire 402
Avan – Aspire 402
Avan Aspire 402 (floor plan)
Avan – Aspire 402 (floor plan)

The Avan Aspire 402 comes in two different model options – either a double bed or twin singles. You can also choose between a full-sized hardtop caravan or a pop top version. The kitchen is equipped with a microwave, 2-burner cooktop, sink and 3-way fridge. While you will have air conditioning, you won’t have the convenience of an on-board ensuite.

Avan Aspire 402 Measurements:

BerthBody LengthTare (kg)Payload (kg)ATM (kg)TBW (kg)
212.6 ft1,040115

See the Avan Aspire 402 lightweight caravan.


CENTURY TRAILERS – Venus 11

Century Caravans Venus 11
Century Trailers – Venus 11
Century Caravans Venus 11 (interior)
Century Trailers – Venus 11 (interior)
Century Trailers Venus 11
Century Trailers – Venus 11 (floor plan)

The Venus 11 also has the u-shaped dinette and double bed conversion set-up. An induction cooktop, 50L fridge, sink and microwave live in the kitchen, which sits alongside the ensuite (shower and toilet combo). Similar to the Adria, there is a wrap-around sunroof, which invites in extra sunlight and moonlight.

Venus 11 Price: $38,000 AUD

Venus 11 Measurements:

BerthBody LengthTare (kg)Payload (kg)ATM (kg)TBW (kg)
210.3 ft9725281,50070

See the Century Trailers Venus 11 lightweight caravan.


EURO CARAVANS – Glider

Euro Caravans Glider
Euro Caravans – Glider
Euro Caravans - Glider
Euro Caravans – Glider 3-berth (interior)

The Euro Glider comes in two different models:

  • Double Bed with Ensuite
  • 3 Berth (no ensuite)

Much like the Euro Hobby (below), the double bed converts into a dinette, leaving room in the caravan for an ensuite. The 3-berth model has an extra single dinette that changes into a single bed, which is why there is no ensuite for that model. The small kitchen has a sink, work bench, plus a 65L fridge/ freezer.

Euro Glider Prices (AUD):

  • DOUBLE BED with ENSUITE – $36,800
  • DOUBLE BED + SINGLE BED (no ensuite) – $31,900

Euro Glider Measurements:

MODELBerthBody LengthTare (kg)Payload (kg)ATM (kg)TBW (kg)
Double Bed (with ensuite)24,500 ft68022090045
Double Bed + Single Bed (no ensuite)34,500 ft68022090045

See the Euro Glider lightweight range.


EURO CARAVANS – Hobby

Euro Caravans - Hobby
Euro Caravans – Hobby
Euro Caravans - Hobby
Euro Caravans – Hobby 2-berth (interior)

The Euro Hobby comes in three different models:

  • Twin Single Beds (or King Bed) with Ensuite
  • Double Bed with Ensuite
  • 3 Berth (no ensuite)

In the 2-berth versions, the dinette converts into the bed, which still allows room for an ensuite. However, in the 3-berth model, instead of a bathroom there’s an additional single dinette that converts into a single bed. The kitchen consists of a sink, small bench and 65L fridge/ freezer.

Euro Hobby Prices (AUD):

  • TWIN SINGLES/ KING with ENSUITE – $41,800
  • DOUBLE BED with ENSUITE – $41,800
  • DOUBLE BED + SINGLE BED (no ensuite) – $36,900

Euro Hobby Measurements:

MODELBerthTravel Length (mm)Tare (kg)Payload (kg)ATM (kg)TBW (kg)
Twin Singles/ King + Ensuite24,05068022090045
Double Bed + Ensuite24,05068022090045
Double Bed + Single Bed (no ensuite)34,05068022090045

See the Euro Hobby lightweight caravans.

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EZYTRAIL – Winton 10

EzyTrail Winton Micro Caravan
EzyTrail – Winton 10
EzyTrail Winton 10
EzyTrail – Winton 10 (interior)
EzyTrail Winton 10 (floor plan)
EzyTrail – Winton 10 (floor plans)

EzyTrail Campers offer one lightweight caravan, which is called Winton 10. The four person dinette converts into a double bed, plus there is an ensuite with the shower and toilet combo. The kitchen has an induction cooktop, sink and a 50L fridge.

Winton 10 Price : $31,900 AUD

Winton 10 Measurements:

BerthBody LengthTare (kg)Payload (kg)ATM (kg)TBW (kg)
210.3 ft1,0504501,50070

See the EzyTrail Winton 10 lightweight caravan.


FANTASY CARAVAN – E2

Fantasy Caravan E2
Fantasy Caravan – E2
Fantasy Caravan E2
Fantasy Caravan – E2 (interior)
Fantasy Caravan E2 (floor plan)
Fantasy Caravan – E2 (floor plan)

The Fantasy Caravan E2 is a 10ft van with all of the essentials. A u-shaped dinette by day, turns into a double bed by night. With a 50L fridge, sink and induction cooktop, there are no worries about having to cook outside in the elements. The combo ensuite is very convenient, especially for off-gridding.

Fantasy E2 Price: $32,990 AUD

Fantasy E2 Measurements:

BerthBody LengthTare (kg)Payload (kg)ATM (kg)TBW (kg)
210 ft1,0202301,25060

See the Fantasy Caravan E2 lightweight caravan.


FANTASY CARAVAN – E4

Fantasy Caravan E4
Fantasy Caravan – E4
Fantasy Caravan E4
Fantasy Caravan – E4 (interior)
Fantasy Caravan E4
Fantasy Caravan – E4 (floor plan)

Fantasy Caravan’s E4 is the perfect example of how a family caravan can be both lightweight and shorter in length. At just 12ft long, the E4 weighs in at 1,150kg (tare). With the convertible dinette for the double bed, plus double bunk beds at the other end, there’s room for up to four people. You won’t have to stress about midnight toilet block runs with an on-board ensuite, plus a little kitchen for food prep.

Fantasy E4 Price: $44,990 AUD

Fantasy E4 Measurements:

BerthBody LengthTare (kg)Payload (kg)ATM (kg)TBW (kg)
412 ft1,1503501,50070

See the Fantasy Caravan E4 lightweight van.


JAYCO – Journey Pop Top (12 ft)

Jayco Journey Pop Top 12ft
Jayco – Journey Pop Top 12ft
Jayco Journey Pop Top 12ft
Jayco – Journey Pop Top 12ft (interior)
Jayco Journey Pop Top 12ft
Jayco – Journey Pop Top 12ft (floor plan)

There are only two vans in the Jayco range, which come within the lightweight caravans under 1200kg range. These are the two smallest Journey Pop Tops, which are both 12ft in length. The only difference between the two models is the bed configuration. You can either go for twin single beds or a queen-sized bed. Along with that, there’s a kitchen with fridge and dinette. Unfortunately, this caravan doesn’t have the space for an ensuite.

View a comparison of the entire Jayco collection, including weights and lengths.

Journey Pop Top Price: $35,690 AUD

Jayco Journey Pop Top Measurements:

BerthBody LengthTare (kg)Payload (kg)ATM (kg)TBW (kg)
2 – 312.6 ft1,1203751,495100

See the Jayco Journey Pop Top (12ft) lightweight caravan.


LITTLE GEM CARAVANS – The Weekender

Little Gem Caravans Weekender
Little Gem Caravans – The Weekender
Little Gem Caravans Weekender (interior)
Little Gem Caravans – The Weekender (interior)
Little Gem Caravans - The Weekender (floor plan)
Little Gem Caravans – The Weekender (floor plan)

Little Gem Caravans have a slick little number called The Weekender. Inside you’ll find a kitchen with 90L fridge, sink and 2-burner cooktop. The four-seater lounge and table easily turn into a double bed for two, plus there’s a little ensuite onboard. Although the website didn’t list the tare weight, with the ATM sitting at 1,300kg, it’s an easy assumption that the tare will come in under 1,200kg.

The Weekender Measurements:

BerthBody LengthTare (kg)Payload (kg)ATM (kg)TBW (kg)
212.3 ft1,300

See the Little Gems ‘Weekender’ lightweight caravan.


SILVERSUN CARAVANS – Neptune

Silversun Neptune
Silversun Caravans – Neptune
Silversun Neptune
Silversun Caravans – Neptune (floor plan)

For a slightly larger lightweight caravan under 1,200kg, Neptune by Silversun Caravans is an ideal model. With a full-sized 150L fridge/ freezer, microwave, 2-burner cooktop, sink and pantry, you can enjoy a decent interior kitchen. There is a choice between a permanent double bed with dinette or twin single beds. All models have an onboard ensuite.

Neptune Price: $43,990 AUD

Neptune Measurements:

BerthBody LengthTare (kg)Payload (kg)ATM (kg)TBW (kg)
213 ft1,2004001,60065

See the Silversun Caravans Neptune.


SILVERSUN CARAVANS – Pluto

Silversun Caravans Pluto
Silversun Caravans – Pluto
Silversun Caravans Pluto
Silversun Caravans – Pluto (floor plan)

Silversun Caravans offer a smaller lightweight caravan under 1,200kg in the shape of the 10ft Pluto. With three configurations there is the choice between a dinette/ double bed conversion, single bed + two-seater dinette or single bed + single lounge. A smaller 80L fridge and microwave are included to pair up with the sink and 2-burner cooktop in the kitchen. Plus, an ensuite for comfort and off-gridding.

Pluto Price: $45,990 AUD

Pluto Measurements:

BerthBody LengthTare (kg)Payload (kg)ATM (kg)
1 – 210 ft9602401,200

See the Silversun Caravans Pluto.


SWIFT RV – Sprite Alpine 2

Swift RV Sprite Alpine 2
Swift RV – Sprite Alpine 2
Swift RV - Alpine Sprite 2 (interior)
Swift RV – Sprite Alpine 2 (interior)
Swift RV - Sprite Alpine 2 (floor plan)
Swift RV – Sprite Alpine 2 (floor plan)

The Swift RV ‘Sprite’ range has two models which fall under the 1,200kg tare weight. The first is the Sprite Alpine 2, which comes with twin single beds/ lounges. With a generous ensuite you can enjoy a separate toilet and shower, plus wardrobe for your clothes.

Sprite Alpine 2 Measurements:

BerthBody LengthTare (kg)Payload (kg)ATM (kg)
214.3 ft1,0422081,250

See the Swift Sprite lightweight caravans.


SWIFT RV – Sprite Alpine 4

Swift RV - Alpine Sprite 4
Swift RV – Sprite Alpine 4
Swift RV - Sprite Alpine 4 (interior)
Swift RV – Sprite Alpine 4 (interior)
Swift RV - Sprite Alpine 4 (floor plan)
Swift RV – Sprite Alpine 4 (floor plan)

The largest lightweight caravan under 1,200kg (tare weight) is the Sprite Alpine 4 by Swift RV. At over 15ft in length there’s room the kids up one end, parents up the other and even a separate toilet and shower inside the handy ensuite. Something to note with the lightweight Swift RV caravans is that they don’t allow for very much payload given the size of the van.

Sprite Alpine 4 Measurements:

BerthBody LengthTare (kg)Payload (kg)ATM (kg)
415.71,0942061,300

See the Swift Sprite lightweight caravans.

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Small Caravans Spreadsheet

Use the Small Caravans Australia spreadsheet to narrow down your perfect van. ↓

  • 70+ manufacturers
  • 350 different small caravan models
  • Select the number of berths, caravan style, bathroom, tank size, solar power etc.
  • Narrow down your search
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Lightweight Caravans Australia [Manufacturers Directory]

MANUFACTURERADDRESS & WEBSITEAUSTRALIAN
MADE
Adria Australia & New Zealand698 Nudgee Road,
Northgate QLD 4013
au.adria-mobil.com →
AvanPakenham VIC 3810
avan.com.au →
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Century Trailers706 Beaudesert Road
Rocklea QLD 4106
centurytrailers.com.au →
Euro Caravans2/148 Toongabbie Road,
Girraween NSW 2145
euro-caravans.com.au →
EzyTrail Campers1/97-107 Canterbury Road,
Kilsyth VIC 3137
ezytrailcampertrailers.com.au →
Fantasy Caravan3/37 Princes Highway,
Dandenong South VIC 3175
fantasycaravan.com.au →
Jayco1 Jayco Drive,
Dandenong VIC 3175
jayco.com.au →
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Little Gem CaravansHolland Way
Mons QLD 4556
littlegemcaravans.com.au →
Silversun CaravansUnit 37, 20/22 Ellerslie Road,
Meadowbrook QLD 4131
silversuncaravans.com.au →
Swift RVLevel 2, 9 Bay Street,
Southport QLD 4215
swiftrv.com.au →
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2 thoughts on “14 Lightweight Caravans Under 1200kg in Australia”

    1. Hi Bob, any caravan with an ATM of 1900kg or lower should suit your vehicle. The ATM is the maximum weight that the caravan can weigh when it’s fully loaded with accessories, food, water, camping gear etc. So, something with a lower Tare (empty) weight and a few hundred kilos of payload allowance would be ideal. All of the caravans on this list will come in well under your 1900kg towing capacity, so if you’re looking for something nice a compact, take your pick!

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