‘RV Travel’ Reviews the Hélio HE3 Series Mini Travel Trailer – RVBusiness


EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an excerpt of an RV review of the Hélio travel trailer by Tony Barthel published by RV Travel. Click here to read the full review.

The readers of RV Travel are an incredible bunch. (Yes, that’s you!) Talking about little trailers, someone asked me if I had seen the Hélio trailers and, in fact, I hadn’t. The Hélio is one of those trailers that will appeal to a very specific market – those who want or need the absolute lightest trailer possible. And there are a lot of you out there for whom this fits. 

The Hélio trailer is an unusual, very light, very small bedroom on wheels, essentially. There’s not a lot to say about what comes inside this trailer because what’s inside is, effectively, a bed. In fact unlike some of the other trailers in this class, there really isn’t anything more than that – unless you choose a model with an air conditioner. 

Now, I can hear some of you asking what the point of this is. But, for some travelers, it’s really a big, big step up from a tent. For example, if you travel in bear country, a lot of campgrounds simply will not allow you to camp in a tent. Also, there are a ton of people who have smaller cars or SUVs who just want a weekender camper. Those are two prominent use-case scenarios.

Hélio H3 Series

One of the things that does set this trailer apart is how it’s made. You’ve clearly discerned that this is a wedge-shaped trailer, of course.

Essentially, the entire top of the trailer is a single piece of fiberglass, so there is virtually no possibility of water intrusion. The underside, too, is a fiberglass piece, and there are aluminum ribs on the underside to give it strength.

The windows are the frameless all-glass jalousie-style windows – which I have in my own trailer and really like. They essentially require zero maintenance to maintain the seals. Frankly, I worry about the competing Lexan models and whether or not they’ll be all scratched up over time.

Suspension is a torsion axle type, so the specifications on the few parts there are in this trailer are better components. There’s also an optional high-performance fan in the ceiling of the trailer. I wonder just how strong the breeze feels when that’s on a higher setting. I know in my own 19’ trailer that same fan can create quite a breeze. So it ought to blow at gale force here when you crank it to full blast.

Click here to read the full review.



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