Buying Guide: General RV’s Top Budget-Friendly Travel Trailers

Last Updated on May 23, 2024 by Christina

When it comes to hitting the road and exploring the great outdoors, having the right travel trailer can make all the difference. With hundreds of models and floorplans on the market, there are plenty of options for any budget. Whether you’re looking to splurge on a new luxury RV, or you’re looking for something more modest that won’t break the bank, General RV has a number of standout selections, each offering unique features and amenities to enhance your camping experience. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at three top contenders: the 2024 Coachmen RV Clipper Cadet, the 2024 Keystone RV Springdale Classic Mini, the 2024 Forest River RV Wildwood FSX and the 2024 Forest River RV Salem FSX.

Coachmen RV Clipper Cadet travel trailers


Starting our comparison is the Coachmen RV Clipper Cadet 15CBH. Despite its compact size, this RV doesn’t compromise on comfort or amenities. Designed to be towed with a mini-van, jeep or any low tow-capacity vehicle, the Clipper Cadet 15CBH is lightweight with a dry weight of just over 2,500 pounds.

With sleeping space for up to four people, it’s perfect for small families or groups of friends. The kitchenette offers all the essentials for cooking on the go, while the rear corner bathroom ensures convenience during your travels. A unique front dinette converts to a queen bed, with single-over-single bunks providing ultimate sleeping comfort in the Coachmen RV Clipper Cadet 15CBH.


The Coachmen RV Clipper Cadet 16CFB is slightly larger than its 15CBH counterpart and offers additional living space without sacrificing maneuverability. With a length of just over 18 feet and a dry weight under 2,700 pounds, it’s easy to tow and maneuver, making it ideal for both beginners and experienced RVers.

The interior layout is thoughtfully designed, with a cozy dinette area that converts into a sleeping space for extra guests and a corner bath. The kitchen boasts ample storage and countertop space, making meal preparation a breeze. Overall, the Clipper Cadet 16CFB strikes the perfect balance between compactness and comfort.

Forest River RV Wildwood FSX travel trailers


The Forest River RV Wildwood FSX 174BHLE is a versatile and feature-packed travel trailer that’s perfect for families and small groups. Measuring just over 20 feet in length and weighing in at around 2,900 pounds dry, it strikes a balance between spaciousness and maneuverability.

Inside, the Wildwood FSX 174BHLE offers sleeping accommodations for up to six people, thanks to its innovative floor plan. In addition to a queen bed and a convertible sofa, it features a set of bunk beds, making it ideal for families with children or groups of friends traveling together.

Forest River RV Salem FSX travel trailers


The Forest River RV Salem FSX 174BHLE is compact yet versatile. This RV is easy to tow with a length just over 20 feet and a dry weight under 2,900 pounds, and it’s packed with features to enhance your travels.

The rear bunk beds are perfect for kids or additional guests, while the dinette area offers a comfortable spot for meals or downtime. The kitchen includes a refrigerator, microwave and cooktop, ensuring you have everything you need on the road. With its stylish exterior and well-appointed interior, the Salem FSX 174BHLE is sure to impress.

Keystone RV Springdale Classic Mini travel trailers


For those seeking a balance of comfort and affordability, the Keystone RV Springdale Classic Mini 1700FQ is worth considering. This lightweight travel trailer measures just under 21 feet in length and has a dry weight of approximately 3,050 pounds, making it easy to tow with a variety of vehicles.

Inside, the Springdale Classic Mini 1700FQ offers a cozy and inviting living space, complete with a queen-size bed, a booth dinette and a fully equipped kitchenette. The bathroom features a spacious shower and plenty of storage space for toiletries and linens, ensuring that you have everything you need for a comfortable stay.


The Keystone RV Springdale Classic Mini 1800BH ideal for adventurers seeking a blend of functionality and style. The spacious interior can accommodate up to six occupants, making it a great option for families. With a length just over 20 feet and a dry weight barely over 3,000 pounds, the Springdale Classic Mini 1800BH is ideal for any light-duty truck.

The rear bunk beds provide comfortable sleeping arrangements for the little ones, while the dinette area doubles as a cozy nook and bed for dining or relaxation. With its modern amenities and sleek design, the Springdale Classic Mini 1800BH offers a truly enjoyable travel experience.

Keystone RV Hideout Sport travel trailers


Last but not least, the Keystone RV Hideout Sport 175BH is comfortably situated to sleep up to six people with the rear corner bunk beds and convertible booth dinette. Take all of the comforts of home on the road with a full bathroom and residentially-inspired kitchen. There’s even extra room for all of your gear with the exterior pass-through storage.

Lightweight and easy to tow, the Hideout Sport 175BH from Keystone RV is the perfect balance of affordability, comfort and endless exploration.  Whether you’re seeking tranquil escapes or thrilling adventures, Hideout Travel Trailers promise to be your gateway to unforgettable experiences.

Find the perfect travel trailer at General RV

Each of these travel trailers offers its own unique blend of features and amenities, making it easy to find the perfect fit for your camping adventures. Whether you prioritize compactness, affordability or family-friendly design, General RV has a travel trailer that’s sure to meet your needs.

Our goal at General RV is to be your premier RV partner and your one-stop-shop for all your RV needs. For your convenience, we have in-house financing options and work with an RV insurance partner. Plus, you’ll find all the RV parts and accessories you need in our Supercenters. We also have more than 600 state-of-the-art RV service bays across our nationwide network.