A Quick Guide To Understanding Different Types Of Travel Trailers

Posted on: 6 January 2015

If you love to travel but hate spending money on hotels and don't enjoy the rustic nature of sleeping in a tent, a travel trailer can be the perfect solution for you. They allow you to be off the ground while sleeping, they can be locked so you're more secure during the night, and they offer a wide variety of amenities to make your traveling more comfortable.

When you shop for trailers at providers such as Arentco Rental & Sales, you may notice a wider variety of models than you expected. While many travel trailers are simply a square box that you can haul behind your truck or ATV, there are some specific types that offer certain features. Consider this quick guide to understanding those different types so you know you purchase the best one for you and your family.

Fifth Wheels

A fifth wheel is specifically designed to be pulled by a pickup truck. It has a ledge in the front that goes over the bed of the truck and which will not fit over any other type of vehicle. This ledge typically has a bar that is lowered once the trailer is parked, to keep it level and in place. On the inside, the ledge is usually a sleeping bunk or can be used as a storage shelf.

Toy Haulers

A toy hauler is a special type of trailer that is used to carry an ATV, snowmobile, or other such "toy" on the inside. The back panel of the trailer opens up and folds down so it acts as a ramp. The floor of the trailer usually has a hitch or two, so you can lock your toy in place. It may be more empty on the inside or you will notice that anything in the back of the trailer folds up or out of the way so you can pull those toys inside and travel with them more readily.

Park Models

A park model trailer looks something like a mobile home and is not hauled on a regular basis. This type of trailer is meant to be put into an RV park and left there indefinitely. It usually offers the most comfort and space inside, since those who own park models may actually live out of the trailer or stay there for months at a time.

Pop-Up

A pop-up trailer means that the roof of the trailer slides up when it's parked and pops back down when it's towed. This type of trailer is very compact and lightweight and easy to tow. However, note that some RV parks don't allow pop-up trailers as they're very rustic and not soundproof.

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