Let's look at TRAVEL TRAILERS often labeled Conventional!

Travel trailers (TT) are towable RVs hitched to the rear bumper of the tow vehicle using a ball or coupler hitch.

Other appellations:

conventional trailer, travel trailer coach, bumper pull trailer, tagalong trailer, toy hauler

  • normally sleeps 4 to 8 people
  • cost $3,000 to $65,000 new
  • length of 12 to 35 feet


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

PROS: (advantages)

  • they have a one level floorplan, providing a lot of living space per foot length.
  • they offer an easier access, being lower to the ground, having less steps to climb to get into the RV.
  • a regular car, an SUV or a van with sufficient towing capacity , can serve as the tow vehicle, allowing to carry more passengers with the benefit of being also used as a regular vehicle.
  • if the tow is a pickup truck, one motorcycle (or two small ones) or an ATV can be carried in the box of the truck.
  • it is an affordable RV, generally less expensive than the 5th wheel , with a lot of living space for its size. There are different options like lighter and some expandable models.

CONS: (disadvantages)

  • it is recognized to be not as stable to hitch in comparison to the fifth wheel hooked in the box of a pickup truck.
  • the longer travel trailers have a tendency to sway but there are accessories available like load balancing hitches that would help.
  • as any trailer on a bumper hitch, it is always harder to backup and more dangerous to 'jackknife' often needing the help of another person for guidance when comes time to hitch and unhitch.
  • the tow vehicle plus a big towable RV attached to it is getting quite long together due to the extra feet required for the trailer tongue.
  • it has less storage room underneath compare to a fifth wheel with a raised section.
  • large units take a lot of space when in storage.


1) the Expandable travel trailer

This type is designed to be collapsible when pulled on the road and expandable either vertically or horizontally while at camp.

Horizontal expansion :

  • expandable sleeping areas on the rear exterior wall made of canvas like a tent-like compartment (also called fold-out)

Vertical expansion :

  • A larger top portion slides down over the bottom half, considerably reducing the weight and wind draft when towed.
  • When at camp, the top is pushed upward to give more headroom resembling a conventional model.

2) the Toy Hauler (towable)

It refers to a camping trailer either a fifth wheel or a conventional trailer with a closed in space (garage) at the rear to transport ATVs, motorcycles, small dune buggy and other toys.

Normally a big door at the back opens up and serves as a ramp to drive the 'toys' in. This door may be on a side with a smaller garage.

3) the Teardrop

At the beginning, it referred to a sub-category of small models having the aerodynamic shape of a teardrop. These first teardrop trailers appeared in the 1930s and were popular until the 1960s. They now seem to become popular again.

However, this appellation has been extended by many manufacturers to include all the specially designed small and light-weight units only providing the basics: a bed, some storage and sometimes minimal cooking facilities in the rear. (no bathroom)

The advantage of being light permits to be towed by a larger car or SUV. They usually have sleeping space only for two people. Some very small models are designed to be pulled by a motorcycle.


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


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