Vacation travels are exciting, and that is especially true if one’s destination is the countryside or some other country. Not everybody, however, shares this excitement. People who have grown too comfortable with their homes, for example, may find traveling very depressing.
But traveling need not always mean leaving one’s beloved home behind. And that is possible by traveling in a travel trailer.
Travel trailers, also often called caravans in many places outside the U.S., are small trailers that can be used as living quarters while traveling. Travel trailers are actually a part of a large family of vehicles having the same characteristics. Also belonging to this group of vehicles are the pop-up trailers, teardrop trailers, motor homes, and truck campers. Collectively, these vehicles are called recreational vehicles, or RVs.
The different kinds of recreational vehicles share several characteristics, so how can one differentiate a travel trailer from the others? Unlike motor homes that are vehicles in themselves, travel trailers are not. Instead, travel trailers are designed to be towed by other vehicles by means of a bumper or trailer hitch. One wouldn’t mistake a travel trailer for other towable RVs because of their style and their size.
Travel trailer lengths usually range from twelve feet to about forty feet. Those that are below eighteen feet in length are often called small travel trailers. These travel trailers are usually the simplest and can accommodate about four people at most. Small travel trailers would not weigh more than 3,000 pounds and thus can be towed by a family car or a small pickup truck.
Travel trailers of eighteen to twenty-five feet in length are classified as mid-range travel trailers. These travel trailers usually weigh 5,000 pounds or more and are designed to be towed by V8-powered trucks and SUVs.
Those travel trailers that measure more than twenty-five feet in length are called large travel trailers. These are often the most luxurious, equipped with amenities that make them look like moving condominiums. Large travel trailers can measure up to 12,000 feet and usually need a heavy-duty SUV or a large truck to haul them. These RVs can also carry the greatest number of persons, ranging from eight to ten.