Beginner's Guide to Small Travel Trailers

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Small Travel Trailers Beginner's Guide

Almost 100 pages packed with information based upon traveling with our own Small Travel Trailer

Welcome to my free guide to help you get started

Denny - Sharing info about Small Travel Trailers on the tinyTowable website and in the Beginner's Guide

Denny - Sharing info about Small Travel Trailers on the tinyTowable website and in the Beginner's Guide

So who wrote this guide?

Hi there! My name is Denny Johnson. My wife and I love small travel trailers. We got our first one back in the 90s. It was a small pop-up. Of course we fully enjoyed it, but it only lasted a few years. When our son got older, he lost interest. As a result, we stopped camping and sold it.

We decided to take up camping again when I retired in 2014. Our goal was to keep it small and we bought a 17' Casita. We have traveled with it ever since. In fact, and our trips have covered the U.S. coast to coast.

The Problem

In the beginning, you will feel like there is too much to learn and you will also worry about things going wrong. However, you will quickly realize that it's all quite easy and if everyone else can do it there is no reason you can't too. You must first learn what matters, in other words, what's important. Then, you will also have to learn what works well and what does not. You will run into too many ideas of things that sound good, and then find that they don't really matter.

The Solution

This is what led me to writing this guide. My goal is to let others know what has worked well for us. In addition, I am putting all the info in one place. While you can find it all over the Internet, you will find a lot of conflicting ideas. In other words, it's easy to get confused.

This Beginner's Guide to Small Travel Trailers covers buying, owning and traveling. It is the result of what has worked well for us, as well as what has not. I hope it will help you will get started and save you time searching all over the Internet and having to sort out the info you really need.

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15 thoughts on “Beginner’s Guide

    1. Thanks for the encouragement Rick. It’s been a great hobby, and always nice to know that it helps someone else.

  1. Regarding the hookup checklist (p 72). We check electric hookup as step 1. That way if it’s bad and you have to move to another site it’s a lot less effort.

    Regarding storage. There’s no reason to remove a fully charged battery from the trailer, and if you have a modern inverter that float charges the battery simply leaving the trailer plugged in is equivalent to having it on a trickle charger. (You’re correct that an older inverter can overcharge and destroy a battery).

    Goodyear recommends removing tires or overinflating 25% if left on vehicle (if rim can withstand pressure). https://www.goodyearrvtires.com/tire-storage.aspx

    1. Great suggestions Gerard. Thanks for taking the time to send them. I’ll work them into the next release of my guide.

  2. Denny, very well written guide ! One minor point. You refer to the possibility of the “inverter” overcharging the battery. It’s actually a “converter” that changes 120volt AC to 12 volt DC. An inverter changes 12 volt DC from the battery into 120 volt AC.

  3. Very helpful overview of considerations for someone just starting out and great review material for those who’ve been on the road a while. Thanks for the reminder to service the bearings.

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