Is a Small Travel Trailer right for you?
Are you really ready for an RV?
If you've never owned and traveled with one before, you may feel overwhelmed at all there is to learn. But don't worry, thousands of people jump in every year. You will find that it's easy, fun and quite affordable when compared with other means of travel. Plus...we're right here to help you get started!
So why not a Motorhome, Fifth Wheel, or larger trailer?
A small travel trailer is certainly not for everyone. In fact, the larger recreational vehicles have many real advantages, including the comforts of home. But for us at this time, a small trailer has been the perfect fit.
You have to set your priorities and decide what's important to you. Keeping it small and simple has been the right choice for us. So to help you decide, here are some of our key considerations.
Reasons to Consider a Small Travel Trailer
For us, this was the right choice. We've found that our little trailer has everything we need...just not much extra. Here are the factors that were important to us in making the choice to stay small:
Easy to Store
We store ours beside our garage. Keeping it at home like this makes it much easier to get ready for travel, clean up afterward, and perform maintenance. It's also just nice to be able to check on it and work on it whenever we want to. Of course, the cost savings of not having to pay for storage is a big plus too!
Easy to Tow
We tow ours with a 6 cylinder Toyota Tacoma. With it, we have no problems getting up hills or getting blown around by big trucks on the highway. It's also very easy to turn, pull into gas stations and pull into other parking lots along the way.
Easy to Park
Being small makes it very easy to back into a campsite. (Once we got used to backing up that is!) We often see people struggling to get their big rigs into a campsite.
Easy to Come and Go at the Campground
It's easy to disconnect once we get it parked at the campground. After that, we can use our tow vehicle for getting around town and for day trips. Unfortunately, this is a big challenge with a motorhome. As a result, the common solution is to tow another vehicle behind the RV for their entire trip.
Less to Maintain and Clean
There are fewer things to break and less to take care of. Also, it's pretty quick and easy to clean once we get back home.
It's less expensive to buy and maintain. We use less gas when we travel. And in the end, we won't lose too much value to depreciation.
Forces Us to Enjoy The Outdoors More
So I don't really know if this is true or not and you may not see this as an advantage, but we seem to notice that people with small travel trailers are spending more of their time outside. Those with big rigs seem to be relaxing inside, frequently watching their big screen TVs. (Obviously, there's no place for a big screen in ours!)