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SUVs are becoming one of the most popular vehicles on the roads today. Although many have lower towing capacities than full-size pick-ups, there are several campers on the market that can easily be towed with a mid-size SUV. The Chevy Traverse is just one example of a mid-size SUV that can easily tow many lightweight travel trailers on the market today. If you have a Chevy Traverse, get ready to pack up the family and go camping. In this post we are going to cover 4 perfect campers for the Chevy Traverse. Let’s jump in, shall we?
How Much Can A Chevy Traverse Tow?
The Chevy Traverse can tow between 1,500 lbs. and 5,000 lbs., depending on the size of engine you have. As you can see, there is a huge difference between the two.
The standard engine option is a 2.0 four-cylinder, turbo charged. You can expect to get around 257 HP and 295 lb.-ft of torque from this engine. As a result of the smaller engine, the maximum towing capacity is 1,500 lbs. With that being said, the best choices of camper for the standard engine are teardrops or small pop-up campers.
The other engine option for the Chevy Traverse is a 3.5L, V-6. With this option, drivers can expect to see 301 HP and 266 lb.-ft of torque. With the addition of the towing package, the towing capacity for the Chevy Traverse is increased to 5,000 lbs. So, hooking up a camper for a weekend getaway is no issuue.
This list is going to focus on the 5,000 lb. towing capacity. All of the campers for the Chevy Traverse will have a dry weight not to exceed 4,000 lbs., which leaves plenty of capacity for gear, passengers, etc.
Campers For The Chevy Traverse
With a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lbs., the options for campers that be towed by the Chevy Traverse are endless. RV manufacturers are producing more and more lightweight options every year. For example, Dutchmen has an entire line of Kodiak Cub travel trailers that are lightweight and big enough to accommodate a small family.
Riverside Retro 135
First on our list of campers for the Chevy Traverse is the Riverside Retro 135. Not only is this camper lightweight, if you are into the vintage look in a brand new camper, this camper is for you. The Retro offers up to 10 exterior colors to choose from, and 13 different floorplans, which allows you to choose the perfect location of the kitchen, dinette, bed, and more.
- Length – 15’9”
- Sleeps – 2
- Fresh Water Tank – 17 gal.
- Grey Water Tank – 32 gal.
- Black Water Tank – 17 gal.
- Dry Weight – 2,530 lbs.
- Hitch Weight – 210 lbs.
Kodiak Cub 175BH
With a dry weight of 3,593 lbs., this lightweight camper with bunkhouse is another perfect camper for the Chevy Traverse. With the added bunkhouse, this camper sleeps up to 6 people comfortably. There is also a Queen-size bed in the main sleeping area with a wardrobe closet located at the foot of the bed.
The kitchen features everything you need to make a great meal for the entire family. In addition, the family can sit around the booth-style dinette to enjoy a meal, play games, or just hang out.
The 13’ power retractable awning and outdoor speakers make a great place for gathering with the family or entertaining friends.
- Length – 21.42’
- Sleeps – up to 6
- Fresh Water Tank – 52 gal.
- Grey Water Tank – 39 gal.
- Black Water Tank – 28 gal.
- Dry Weight – 3,593 lbs.
- Hitch Weight – 417 lbs.
Forest River R-Pod RP-171
To keep the weight down on this small travel trailer, it is manufactured with an aluminum frame and covered with fiberglass siding. Although it is smaller than most, this camper is the perfect size for the Chevy Traverse. With enough room to sleep up to 4 people, a small family can enjoy weekend camping trips and still have some comforts of home.
This camper features a small kitchen for making meals and a convertible dinette for gathering as a family. With an interior height of 6’6”, there is more than enough headroom for even the tallest family member.
Some additional options that are available on tis camper are an upgraded A/C, 110W solar panel, and an R-Dome awning with screen room.
- Length – 19’
- Sleeps – up to 4
- Fresh Water Tank – 30 gal.
- Grey Water Tank – 30 gal.
- Black Water Tank – 30 gal.
- Dry Weight – 2,714 lbs.
- Hitch weight – 340 lbs.
Forest River Rockwood Tent Series 2716F
If a pop-up camper is more your style, the Forest River 2716F might be what you’re looking for. Not only is this camper great for the Chevy Traverse, it also has a bathroom. You might be thinking, “What’s the big deal about the bathroom?” Well, most pop-up campers do not have a bathroom. In fact, this po-up camper also features a dinette in the slide-out.
The 2716F may not have all the bells and whistles of larger travel trailers, but it does have everything you would need for the weekend family getaway. With sleeping arrangements for up to 7 people, this small pop-up is perfect for a small family.
You may notice that this camper does not a black water tank or a grey water tank. That’s because it has what is called a cassette toilet. A cassette toilet is installed on a small, removable waste tank. When the tank gets full, you remove it and empty it into a standard toilet.
- Length – 19’ 5”
- Sleeps – up to 7
- Fresh Water Tank – 20 gal.
- GVWR – 3,360 lbs.
- Hitch Weight – 360 lbs.
Conclusion On Campers For The Chevy Traverse
These are just some of the several campers for the Chevy Traverse that are on the market today. Just because you don’t have a pickup truck doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun of RVing.
What are your thoughts on the Chevy Traverse? Do you own one? Have you towed a camper? If so, leave us a comment below and tell us about it.
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