Some older ones may recall a time when a travel trailer might be called “A-frame trailers”(for the shape of the hitch frame up front), or “bumper pull trailers” (for how they attached to the tow rig). No matter what you call them, travel trailers come in a wide range of sizes, layouts, and of course, price ranges. Ranging from 12 to 35 feet, you can expect new prices to run from $8,000 to nearly $100,000.
Living features inside a travel trailer are from Spartan to super-deluxe, though almost all have bathrooms and showers. Cooking isn’t usually a problem, as most come with a galley, although the smaller the trailer, the more tight you’ll find cooking space. Sleeping accommodations are comfy; some are even set up “bunkhouse” style, with bunk beds especially favored by the younger ones. Need more space? Some units come equipped with one or more slide-outs that add floor space.
What you’ll need to pull a travel trailer is often directly related to size and weight. Smaller travel trailers can run along comfortably behind the family SUV, car or small pickup truck. Of course, you’ll need to have a proper towing hitch on whatever vehicle you use. More about that later. Many manufacturers are aiming for lighter trailers by using composite materials, making a wider range of trailers tow-able with six-cylinder vehicles.