Travel trailers are one of the most common types of recreational vehicles on the road, offering the amenities of home no matter the size you choose.
Travel trailers are unique in that they can vary in size and still accommodate what you need on and off the road. Travel trailers feature at least one bed, whether it’s queen or king size. Additional beds can be folded down or converted from seating arrangements depending on the size of the trailer. A full bathroom, including a shower, is included along with a full kitchen to make things convenient no matter where you’re going.
One of the best features of a travel trailer is the variety you get from your accommodations on your travels. They range in size, so depending on how many people are traveling with you, you can sleep anywhere from two to eight people comfortably. Most mid to large size travel trailers offer slide-outs, giving you even more room to cook, entertain and relax on the go.
Towing a travel trailer can be the only downfall to renting one if you’re not familiar with how to tow or don’t have access to a towing vehicle. However, learning to tow to take advantage of all the adventure a travel trailer can bring into your life is worth it.
How to Drive a Travel Trailer
Travel trailers will require you to tow them behind you with an appropriate class of towing vehicle. Most small SUVs and pickup trucks are capable of towing a travel trailer if the right hitch is installed. If you’ve never towed before, we recommend taking a class in your local area to get the hang of things. You’ll learn how to tow, how to hook up a hitch and what you need to look out for when towing a travel trailer.
One of the biggest concerns over towing a travel trailer is what happens once you hit the road. This is why taking a class on towing is essential before you get started. Take your time towing; you’ll need to adjust how your turn and change lanes on the open road. Patience is the key. Always be aware of your surroundings, the weather conditions and how your travel trailer is swaying side-to-side (which it shouldn’t) when driving.
There are a variety of towing combinations that may work depending on the type of travel trailer you rent. Make sure that your vehicle can tow the trailer you’re interested in renting, then go over the instructions that came with the hitch which will walk you through how to install and adjust it. Installing a hitch isn’t hard to do, it just takes some practice and patience to get it right.
Renting a Travel Trailer
Here’s an overview of the rental process for travel trailers:
- Price: Most travel trailers will be rented per day and by miles traveled. Depending on the size of the travel trailer, you’re looking at $150 to $300 a day on average.
- License Requirements: A standard driver’s license with no special endorsements needed.
- Age Requirement: Most states require drivers to be 21 or older to rent any type of vehicle or trailer, while some require the renter to be at least 25.
- Campgrounds: Certain campgrounds and RV parks have travel trailer length restrictions. Always call ahead of time to ensure your travel trailer will be able to be parked safely.
Upon renting a travel trailer, you’ll want to find a destination that meets all of your needs. We suggest finding a RV park with access to electric, sewage and water hook-ups if necessary. Not all parks offer them, so you’ll need to know this before booking.