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The Travel Trailer is a non-motorized RV designed to be towed by a pickup truck, SUV or, for smaller units, even a car. These units offer all the amenities of home. Depending on the model and floorplan, some units can sleep up to 10 people, which makes them ideal for larger families.

Travel Trailer at a Glance

    • Length: » Normal Range: 14' to 36'
» Average Length: 21' to 28'

    • Width: » Normal Range: 72" to 96"
» Width does not include slide-outs

    • Sleeps: » Up to ten people, depending on model and floorplan

    • Price: » Range: $10,000 to $65,000
» Average price range: $15,000 to $30,000

A Travel Trailer is probably one of the most flexible and versatile RVs in the marketplace today. Models can include smaller units with basic features to larger units with triple slide-outs, two bedrooms and all the comforts and conveniences of home. They range from a compact 13-foot unit able to be towed with a car to 36-foot units requiring a pickup truck or other truck-based tow vehicle. And, of course, everything in between.

Floorplans and amenities in Travel Trailers are almost endless.  Options can include zero, one, two or three slide-outs, one or two entry/exit doors, full size bed(s) and/or bunk beds, compact or full-size refrigerators, stoves with ovens, multiple dining facilities, full bathroom facilities with a tub/shower, and the list goes on and on.

Some Travel Trailers today offer slide-out bunks in the front and rear, much like a Pop-Up Camper. These offer all the benefits of a hard-sided RV while increasing the sleeping capacity in a shorter unit. Others offer telescoping units, which can be raised for camping and lowered for towing and storage in a garage or carport.

As with all towables, you have the benefit of a vehicle to use while set up at camp. Conversely, the Travel Trailer's facilities are available for use only when stopped, as opposed to a motorized RV's facilities which are available while moving.

In short, Travel Trailers offer a wide variety of sizes, price ranges, options and floorplans. They are ideal for weekend getaways and extended vacations, and are even perfectly adaptable for full-timing.

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