An RV travel trailer, or caravan, is a small trailer in which people
can live and travel simultaneously. RV travel trailers, in general
as well as other types of camping accommodations have had a long and
varied history. In the USA, this history can be traced back to the
early days in the 1920s when people of the time called it Tin Can
As time progressed, campers became more livable and earned a new name in the 1930s and 1940s - the House Trailer. In the 1950s and 1960s, the industry seemed to split, creating the two distinctly different entities that we see today, that of the recreational vehicle (RV) industry and Mobile home industry. Today, toy hauler travel trailers are classified as a type of RV along with motor homes, teardrop trailers, and truck campers.
Various Sizes for Your Various Needs
Smaller RV travel trailers and pop-ups are still made with touring in mind. These generally are less than 18' long and contain simple amenities. They are lightweight and quick to set up or prepare for travel. Most weigh less than 3000 lbs or about 1300 Kg and can be towed with a large car or small truck. Mid-range travel trailers are 18'- 25', can weigh 5000 lbs or more, and are generally towed with compact V-8 powered pick up trucks and SUVs. They have most of the amenities of the larger travel campers but have sleeping accommodation for fewer people.
Larger RV travel trailers are made keeping in mind seasonal or full-time users. These generally range from 25’-40' long and contain all the luxurious comforts. They require a large tow vehicle, either large trucks or SUVs; these can weigh up to 12000 pounds or more. Multiple TVs and Air Conditioners are common features found on these RV travel trailers. Slide-out rooms and screen porches add value to larger RV campers.
Innovative RV Travel Trailers
With time, these road trip essentials have witnessed many innovations. One such innovation is the "Toy Box." Half living area and half garage, you can roll all the toys down to the countryside. A folding rear ramp gives access for motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, even racecars. A built-in RV generator provides power for A/C, TV, and microwave. Another innovation is the hybrid travel trailer that combines the features of a pop-up trailer and a hard-sided trailer. There are also various lightweight rv travel trailer manufacturers today.
Amenities Galore in Travel Campers
A typical mid-range, modern RV Travel Trailer will contain features such as, gas/electric powered refrigerator, gas/electric powered stove, oven and grill and gas/electric powered water heater. It contains one or more beds, some of which double-up for daytime seating. Electricity is usually supplied by battery or external hookups. The RV toilet comes with removable disposal tank and flush-water tank. A shower for your bathing needs. Radio, CD players, TV aerial/satellite dish, etc. for entertainment. Air conditioning, clothes washer and dryer, microwave, etc., are additional ammenities you may find in today's RV Travel Trailer or today's RV trailer rental.
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