Camping Trailers:
PROS and CONS...

Is your preference going for camping trailers or motor homes ?

This is the first major decision you have to make when selecting a Recreational Vehicle: a choice between these two main categories.

Both options are viable!

The CAMPING TRAILER is a towable RV.

Let's see the advantages and disadvantages of this choice.

PROS: (advantages)

  • you can separate the 'tow' (the vehicle you use for towing) from the trailer and use it for different purposes. At home, it may serve as a regular vehicle; during your trip, to run errands or go sightseeing while leaving the towable RV unhitched at camp.
  • both vehicles are independent of each other which means they can be sold, renewed or repaired separately.
  • since the recreation vehicle is not motorized, there is less risk of mechanical deficiencies requiring repairs, and consequently, it keeps a higher used value. It is more susceptible to be bought or sold used.
  • regular maintenance (oil change) or repairs of the towing vehicle can be done at normal cost in any easily found garage while the trailer stays available for use at camp. Similarly, the camping trailer can be repaired while on the road, still having access to the 'tow' for regular use while waiting for repairs.
  • foot per foot, the camping trailer costs less (no engine involved) and offers, in general, more living space per dollar spent.
  • operating costs can be certainly lower, depending on the vehicles involved. Combined with the 'tow', it could be equal to a motorhome with the same living space with good chances of being slightly or substantially less costly.

CONS: (disadvantages)

  • lack of maneuverability, especially when backing up and parking. It may be easier with the 5th wheel trailer which is hitched into the box of a pickup truck instead of onto a ball hitch.
  • more time involved in setting up and breaking camp which inevitably requires help of another person to provide guidance.
  • often not very practical or simply illegal in different States and Provinces to pull double, i.e. a second towable vehicle hitched this time to the already towed RV, due to the total length of three vehicles (the 'tow' plus the two 'toads').


Always keep in mind your main goal for RVing in order to make the right choice. Then, most of your needs and preferences will be fulfilled. However, as with most things, compromise is to be expected.

To be honest, there is no such thing as the best RV that will satisfy you 100 percent and meet all your criteria.

Remember! The size of your RV is very important.

And this applies to both main categories of RVs: camping trailer and motorhome. Among other things, the cost, the maneuverability and the permitted use will differ according to its size.

You may decide to limit the length and instead select a RV with one or more slide out sections to add to the living space on the width side when you are at camp. This is another option available.

If your intention is to stay in a public campground operated by the Forest Service, a State or National Park, the size of the recreational vehicle matters even more. There is a good chance that anything over 30 feet will not be accommodated.

Do not expect a monster rig to fit the more secluded and less accessible spots, with overhanging branches and trees too close. You risk damaging your RV, and the very environment you want to enjoy.

Finally, you also have to make a decision between a new or used RV.


  1. the tent trailers (or pop-up RVs)
  2. the travel trailers (conventional)
  3. the fifth wheel trailers
  4. the truck campers


Check the PROS and CONS of MOTOR HOMES Types available:

  1. the Class A
  2. the Class B (or camper vans)
  3. the Class C

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