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The Appeal of Travel Trailers – Communing with Nature while Enjoying Creature Comforts

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Who hasn’t dreamed of getting away from the stress of city life into the tranquility of nature? Unfortunately, it can also be hard to forego the luxuries that urban dwellers have become used to, such as an Internet connection, cable TV and hot water. Fortunately, you can have it both ways with towable travel campers. These homes away from home allow you to enjoy your creature comforts even as you are communing with the Great Outdoors.

The main types of travel trailers are fifth wheels, travel trailers and pop up campers, although there are more specialized models such as toy haulers, truck campers and bike campers.

Fifth wheels are the most expensive towable trailers, as well as the heaviest since it is usually necessary to get a truck as the towing model; they range from 22 to 40 feet in length. These trailers are called ‘fifth wheels’ because of the way it is hooked up to the towing truck, with a gooseneck hitch that is hooked into the truck bed. These campers are also the most luxurious models, boasting of amenities such as a computer workstation, large LCD TV and DVD player, satellite radio and microwave oven.

Travel trailers are similar to fifth wheels in terms of length and spaciousness but are lighter and more affordable. They are hard-sided campers that are hooked to the towing vehicle with a rear hitch – since the trailers are lighter the tow vehicle can be either a sport-utility vehicle or minivan. Depending on how much you are willing to spend, they can also be as luxurious as fifth wheels.

Pop up campers are the most affordable of the towable campers, and also have many advantages over hard-sided models – their lighter weight, for example, which makes them easier to tow, and their low towing profile which does not block the driver’s view. But a major disadvantage is that it takes some time for them to set up their camper before it is usable.

So how do you decide which model is right for you? It really boils down to how much you are willing to spend on your RV. Remember that aside from the cost of the trailer itself, you would also have to consider if your current vehicle can tow the RV or if you would have to buy a new vehicle. Of course, the amenities would also be a factor.

The appeal of travel trailers is that they allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds – nature and city life – as long as you choose the right RV for your needs.


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