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The Many Different Types Of Travel Trailers

Travel trailers or caravans are trailers towed behind a road vehicle to provide a place to sleep that is more comfortable, sheltered and protected compared to a tent (although there are fold-down tent trailers). They provide the means for people to have their own home on a journey or a vacation (holiday), without relying on a hotel, and let them to stay in places where none is available.

Travel trailers and caravans vary from small basic models that may be little more than a tent on wheels to those containing several rooms with all the furniture and furnishings and equipment of a home. They are used chiefly in North America and Europe and are rare elsewhere, thus this article deals mainly with those continents.

Please take note that for safety reasons in North America and Europe it is generally unlawful for people to ride in a travel trailer or caravan while it is being towed on a public road.

In the United States and Canada, caravans are called “travel trailers”. Their history can be traced back to the early 1920s, when those who enjoyed their use were sometimes referred to as Tin Can Tourists. As time progressed, trailers became more livable and earned a new name in the 1930s and 1940s which was the House Trailer. Today travel trailers are classified as a type of RV along with motorhomes, fifth wheel trailers, pop-up trailers, and truck campers.

Smaller travel trailers and pop-ups are still made with touring in mind. These normally are less than 18 ft (5.5 m) long and contain simple amenities. By design, they are lightweight and quick to set up or prepare for travel.

Mid-range travel trailers are 18 – 25 ft (5.5 – 7.6 m) long can weigh 5,000 lb (2,250 kg) or more, and are generally towed with compact V-8 powered pickup trucks and SUVs. They have most of the amenities of the larger travel trailers, but sleep fewer people.

Larger travel trailers are made with the seasonal or full-time user in mind. These in general range from 25 – 40 ft (7.5 m – 12 m) long and contain all the comforts of a luxury condominium. Because they need a purpose built tow vehicle, highway tractor or large truck or SUV, these amenity-laden homes can reach 12,000 lb (5,500 kg) or more.

A latest innovation in the Travel Trailer typology is the “toy box” or “toy hauler.” Half living area and half garage, these trailers allow ‘toys’ to be brought to the countryside.

Bio – Ruth Rogers enjoys traveling around the country in her own travel trailer.  Seeing the world from the road is one of her biggest pleasures and recommends anyone that is in the position to do so, get on the road and enjoy the scenery.

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Guide to Buying a Used RV

RVs immediately begin to depreciate the minute they get driven off the lot. Like any other type of vehicle, they lose value no matter how much use the owner gets out of them. For those in the market for a used RV, this can mean finding great bargains, if they know how to look for them.

One benefit of buying used instead of new is that the vehicle will depreciate more in the first year than in any other year of its lifespan. The buyer of a used RV will not have to bear that loss. Of course, the vehicle will still depreciate, just in smaller increments.

Aside from the initial cost of the vehicle, the buyer must first decide how much use they want to get from it before they commence shopping. Heavy usage, such as spending a year traveling around in one, has different requirements from light usage, where the buyer plans on living in the RV for a short amount of time out of the year. They will also have to decide on a budget, as with shopping for any other large purchase.

Costs to take into consideration include the fact that many communities will not allow an RV to be parked indefinitely by a resident; the buyer will need to find out if this is the case where they live. If their homeowner’s association or landlord refuses them the right to park the vehicle, then the cost of storage will also have to be factored in.

Beyond that, they will have to follow the same rules as when purchasing a used car, meaning they will have to carefully inspect any RV they are thinking of buying.

With an RV this means looking for defects like:• Scratches and dents on the exterior• Bad tires• Air conditioning that does not cool• Missing or broken appliances (water heaters, stoves, refrigerators)

Note that not all problems may be seen at a glance, so buyers should take the time to perform a careful and thorough inspection. If necessary, they should find someone who knows about RVs to go along when inspecting the unit.

A buyer should expect to pay more for a newer unit, in good condition and that has more extras, as with any other type of vehicle. Research on the MSRP for a particular year, model and brand should be conducted. The buyer should also check the history and Carfax report.

RVs that are properly maintained can run well for years and provide multiple different owners with comfort and safety according to one of the best Springfield MO rv dealers. They can usually be resold without too much trouble if they are kept in good condition.