How Much Does a Camper Weigh? Examples & Average Category Weights

The weight of a mobile habitat is an important factor that comes to mind when you want to buy one. Camper and trailer weight can affect where you can travel, how much it will cost, and how you get there.

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Why camper weights matter

While it might seem obvious, there are a number of critical reasons you need to know (and actually understand) your camper’s weight ratings. These range from ensuring that your vehicle can actually tow it to knowing where the limit is for how much weight you pack into it. All of these numbers and relationships go into a safe towing experience, and help you make the most of your new camper or trailer. Below, we’ll break down the most important weight metrics to understand, and how they relate to each other.

How to read (& understand) trailer weights

In answering the question of how much trailers weigh, it’s important to distinguish between different methods of measuring weight. There are numerous commonly referenced weight measurements in the towing world. Several of these measurements can come into play when planning your travels, but depending on your journey and tools available, some may be more important than others. For example, things like the material of a camper can make the same size footprint much lighter in dry weight, but also affect other things like maximum load.


Dry Weight

Dry weight is essentially the weight of the vehicle without any added cargo, fuel, or passengers. The dry weight range of camper vehicles can vary greatly, depending on the materials, manufacturing, internal features, and size of the loading space. Of course, the weight is often directly proportional to the number of amenities available in the vehicle. Heavier camping vehicles usually offer more amenities, including space for more travelers.

To find your exact dry weight on your trailer, unload all of your equipment including propane tanks and batteries, and go to your local weighing station. Once you have weighed the trailer, detach from your vehicle and only weigh your tow vehicle. If you subtract these two numbers, you get the dry weight of your camper.


GVWR, or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, is a practical answer to the question “how much does my camper weigh?” GVWR is the weight of your vehicle when your tanks and cargo load inside the trailer are completely full. The same camper trailer can have differing gross weights, depending on optional features and size of the cargo load included. The most accurate way to determine the total weight of your trailer is to fill all the tanks, add your equipment and supplies, and put them on a truck scale.

Maximum Trailer Load

Your maximum trailer load is the total weight of the trailer that your vehicle can carry under normal (and safe) circumstances. This is the total weight (including the driver) minus any freight or passengers. A good rule of thumb for estimating this is to add 1,500 pounds to the dry weight of the camping trailer. If you tow weight beyond the maximum trailer load, it will destroy your gear over time and reduce the speed at which you can drive, especially uphill.

Tongue Weight (Hitch Weight)

While a trailer has set weights, the distribution of this means that some of the weight is on the hitch, while some of it is on things like the axles. The tongue weight measures how much of the total weight distribution pushes on the attachment hitch, and is important to match up with your tow vehicle’s hitch rating.

Average camper & trailer weights with examples

When it comes to listing actual numbers, there can be a wide variance depending on who you ask. We’ve done our best to collect averages across several major categories, as well as a few examples to give you an idea of where specific sizes and types weigh in. However, keep in mind that there are always outliers and instances well above and below these averages.

See our towing guide for more information on what popular vehicles can tow different-sized trailers.


Avg. Dry Weight



Small utility trailers

1,100 lbs

2,000 lbs

Pop-up/teardrop/small campers

1,800 lbs

3,100 lbs

Travel trailers

6,000 lbs

8,500 lbs

Class A RV/motorhome

Motorhomes typically don’t use dry weight because they come more furnished/stock than towable campers

22,000 lbs

Class B RV/motorhome

9,000 lbs

Class C RV/motorhome

16,000 lbs

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