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Everything you need to know about Travel Trailers

What is a Travel Trailer?

Travel trailers are a type of recreational vehicle that connect to your tow vehicle with a ball hitch, and allow you to take the comforts of home on the road with you.

There are many different styles and sizes of travel trailers, from very small to huge 35+ feet trailers.

Travel Trailers | Small RV OptionsForest River

Advantages of a Travel Trailer:

1. Hooks to the Ball Hitch

Travel trailers hook directly to the ball hitch of your truck or tow vehicle. This means that you don’t need any additional hook up equipment like a fifth wheel camper requires.

Because the trailer can be disconnected from your vehicle, this allows your truck to be used independently of the RV. If you’re camping and need to run into town, you don’t need to take your camper with you for a quick stop at the grocery store.

2. Vast Variety in Size and Style

Travel trailers are the type of RV with the most variety. You can buy small 13-17 foot travel trailers all the way up the huge trailers that are 37+ feet in length.

This gives the buyer lots of variety and options.

The floor plans also vary greatly, offering you many different options, and increasing the chance of finding the perfect layout for you.

3. Modern Amenities

Travel trailers have all of the comforts of home from kitchens and bathrooms to living rooms and comfy bedrooms.

Depending on the size of RV, they can include full sized fridges, pull out couches for additional sleeping space for guests, electric fireplaces and other luxurious amenities.

4. Ample Storage

Travel trailers are designed to offer storage underneath the living space of the trailer, as well as in the many cabinets and storage cubbies inside.

Because these trailers do not have a motor in them, like the Class B and Class C RVs do, there is extra space devoted to storage, instead of being taken up by an engine.

5. Affordability

Compared to the Class B, Class C and many fifth wheel options, travel trailers are often the least expensive option. For people who are looking for space and modern amenities but are budget conscious as well, travel trailers are a great small RV option.

 

Disadvantages of a Travel Trailer:

1. Require a more powerful tow vehicle

Towing power is an important consideration with travel trailers.

Depending on the size of the travel trailer, it might be still possible to tow a small travel trailer with an SUV, van or a very powerful car.

However, mid to large travel trailers require a truck as the tow vehicle.

Careful consideration should be given to the weight rating of the trailer and what your vehicle is rated to be able to tow.

2. Gas mileage

Compared to a pickup camper or a pop up camper which are lighter and smaller, a travel trailer being pulled by a truck is going to get less miles to the gallon. This makes travel more expensive.

However, compared to Class B and Class C campers, travel trailers get better gas mileage and are more efficient.

3. Swaying when driving

Because travel trailers connect to the back of your vehicle on a ball hitch, they are greatly affected by wind resistance and driving conditions. They require a slower driving speed, and sway back and forth on the road while driving.

For a more stable RV, fifth wheels are a great option because they hook into the bed of a truck, right behind the cab. This increases stability, decreases swaying and allows the rig to be pulled faster down the highway.

If you’re only using your RV for camping and travel relatively close to home, this might not be something you’re concerned with. But if you’re planning to travel extensively across the country, the swaying and stability might be a very important consideration.

 

Styles of Travel Trailers:

There are small travel trailer options like the Scamp and other short campers:

Scamp - Small Travel TrailerScamp – 16 ft

 

Small Travel TrailerRockwood Mini Lite – Forest River

 

And many large travel trailer options like the Canyon Cat below:

Travel TrailerCanyon Cat – Palomino

 

Travel trailers are a broad category of RVs that include small RVs all the way to very large trailers.

Depending on your needs, you have many options to choose from in order to find the perfect travel trailer to suit your needs.

 

A Small RV – What is it?

What is a Small RV?

RV is an abbreviation for “recreational vehicle”.

An RV is defined as a term for a motor vehicle or a towable trailer that has living space in it, and many of the amenities that are often found in people’s homes.

Usually used for travel and vacations, or a mobile home on wheels, RVs are popular across America and even the world.

There are many different kinds of recreational vehicles. They range in type and size from a small pop up camper to a huge 45 ft Class A motorhome, and everything in between. Regardless of a client’s needs, there is a perfect RV for them.

While the term “small RV” is a subjective term, we cover a broad range of options of small and moderately sized RVs on this site.

 

What are the different types of Small RV’s?

We are going to take a look at the wide variety of recreational vehicles that are part of the Small RV category in this list.

However, this is just a brief overview.

Each of the types listed have their own additional in-depth post which dives into the specifics of each type.

 

  1. Pickup Campers

A Pickup Camper or a “Truck Camper” is an RV that is carried in the bed of a pickup truck.

There are many different styles and sizes of pickup campers, as well as a range of amenities.

The biggest benefit of this type is that they are small, affordable, and can go anywhere a truck can go.

Pickup Campers | Small RV Options Palomino

 

  1. Pop Up Campers

A Pop Up Camper or a “Tent Trailer” is a type of RV that is towed behind a vehicle on a ball hitch. It is collapsible for easy travel and storage, and looks like a flat rectangle when it’s traveling down the road.

The camper is then “popped up” in order to use it. The roof is raised and there are canvas tented ends that slide out which increase the sleeping capacity inside.

The biggest benefit of this type of recreational vehicle is that they are affordable and can be easily collapsed for storage and travel.

Pop Up Campers | Small RVPalomino

 

  1. Travel trailers

A Travel Trailer is an RV that is towed behind a vehicle on a ball hitch, in order to offer people a place to sleep and the amenities of home on the road.

There are a wide variety of sizes and types of travel trailers, from very small RV’s like the Scamp to 37 feet spacious homes-on-wheels.

Because there is a wide variety of travel trailer types, there are options for every budget and every style preference.

Travel Trailers | Small RV OptionsForest River

 

  1. Class B Van Campers

A Class B Motorhome is also known as a Van Camper.

This is a type of RV in which the beds, bathroom and kitchen are all in the back end of an extended van with a raised roof.

The benefits of this type are they are easy to drive, can be parked in most normal parking spaces, can be used as a second vehicle when not being used as an RV and they are more fuel efficient than many of the other types of RV’s.

Class B Motorhome | Van Camper | Small RVWinnebago / Leisure Travel Vans

 

  1. Class C Motorhomes

A Class C Motorhome is a smaller version of the huge Class A motorhomes that look like big buses.

The distinctive feature of a Class C RV is the bunk bed that sits above the cab.

There are a variety of styles and lengths of Class C’s with different layouts and slide-out options.

The main benefit of this type of camper is that it’s a home on wheels and doesn’t require a tow vehicle. They offer more space than a Class B van camper.

Class C Motorhome | Small RVForest River

 

  1. Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers are a type of recreational vehicle in which it is attached to the bed of a pickup truck with a special “fifth-wheel hitch”.

Fifth wheels have taller ceilings and the option of more slide-outs than the standard travel trailers offer, and they are often noted to have better handling on the road.

Like the rest of the larger RV’s, they come in a variety of sizes and offer a range of amenities from more simple to extreme luxury.

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers | Small RVForest River

 


With each type of recreational vehicle, there are a range of amenities and in most cases, sizes of RV’s that are available.

The right RV awaits you, depending on your wants and needs!