Winnebago has a new, fun-size addition to its travel trailer lineup. It’s called the Hike 100, a physically small camper trailer (it’s the smallest Winnebago yet!) with many big trailer amenities. The Hike 100 is towable by midsize trucks and SUVs—heck, it might even within bounds behind a compact truck such as Ford’s Maverick or Hyundai’s Santa Cruz. This makes the mini-Winnie really a desirable travel trailer to pull with pretty much whatever’s already in the driveway. Bigger trucks, of course, wouldn’t even know it was there.
With an exterior body length of 15.0 feet, 9.0 inches, the Hike 100 is a few feet shorter than the Winnebago Hike, which measures 20.0 feet, 7.5 inches. Its narrow-body width is the same as the Hike at 7.0 feet, 9.0 inches, as is its full-height exterior at 10.0 feet, 2 inches. Its dry weight comes in at 2,700 pounds, and it has a GVWR of 4,200 pounds (allowing for about 1,500 pounds of stuff, which adds up quite quickly).
There’s no shame in adventuring in small travel trailers. In fact, it’s smart—their compact nature allows for easier on-site storage, even in driveways alongside their tow vehicle. Since smaller trailers are generally lighter, they can be towed by the already existing family SUV instead of a dedicated “tow rig” that’s less economical in everyday use. Small campers are nimble on the road, easier to maneuver in campsites, and allow for more spontaneity than larger trailers. The larger the trailer, the fewer the campground options. Small trailers simply do the job with less stress and fewer associated costs (maintenance, storage, fuel, outfitting, etc. ). On more than a few occasions, surely larger trailer owners have silently admitted that big, spacious trailers are big PITAs.
The Hike 100 has 31.0 gallons of freshwater, 4.75 gallons of blackwater, and 25.0 gallons of gray water storage. We like the greater allocation to gray water than black, as gray tanks almost always fill up faster. It has a small 6.0-gallon water heater, 18,000-BTU furnace, 13.5K low profile roof air conditioner, a standard 190-watt solar panel (with provisions to add a second, portable unit), and a standard 20.0 pound propane tank. The Hike 100 rolls on 16-inch off-road Goodyear Endurance tires and touts an axle lift for good clearance.
The Hike 100 offers five different interior layouts, providing sleeping room for 2-3 people and gives customers various sleeping, sitting, dining, storage, and rear access options. There are allotments for a variety of amenities: refrigerator, portable induction cooktop, portable Trauma cooler, covered sink, wet bath, power awning, secondary batwing awning, power tongue jack, powder coated roof rack system, stabilizer jacks, roof ladder, outdoor kitchen, outside shower, and lots more. The Hike 100 packs some cool standard features and good versatility for such a tiny trailer.
The bottom line is that a small trailer like the Winnebago Hike 100 gives you what you really need: shelter from the elements and a place to sleep. Unfortunately, small …….